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WWIII lovers can be rest assured that this wont be like WWII. Most countries have Nukes.
Nuke makes any small country into a potential threat.
reply to post by DJW001
But wont it be a land war mostly and most of the Russian naval assests are already in the black sea.
reply to post by asen_y2k
If Russia is moving on Odessa, the United States Navy will be called in to blockade the Black Sea. This is Obama's "Kennedy moment."
Russian troops have taken over a ferry terminal on the easternmost tip of Crimea in the city of Kerch and Russian armoured cars were lining up on the Russian side of the Kerch Channel. Kerch is about 20km (12 miles) by boat to Russia
The question is: is Putin crazy enough to open fire on American ships? Khrushchev wasn't.
The Man tries to impress his fellow world leaders by Wrestling Bears half naked ....of course he's Crazy enough...the guys a loose Cannon.
Putin knows he would lose his Navy in a few hours if he tried. There would be no competition just a lot of rusting Russian hulks sitting at the bottom of the black sea.
As opposed to the rusting Russian hulks currently on the surface?
reply to post by weirdguy
Haha stop enticing me with Amsterdam.
The police are surprisingly allowing the protestors to storm the buildings.
reply to post by DJW001
Na. would be suicide now. A lot of Russian ships are still the ones Khrushchev had! Russia would not even be able to complete with the Royal Navy, even the french navy could get a victory for once against it! So firing on a US ship would mean the black sea fleet would find a new home under the black sea.
. Putin is crazy enough to kidnap or kill Kerry in Kiev with a special forces raid.
I'd say you would want to look at where Russia is at for it's defensive capabilities and particularly missile technology. The Yakhont Missile in Syrian hands was a very real concern and you notice...for the whole Syrian issue, US Naval presence has been very limited. That truly is a first in my lifetime with a major US involved crisis and no Carrier around. There is a good reason....
This would be with Russia directly, not Syria. Russia's Navy may be a rust bucket fleet in many ways (but in many ways it definitely isn't too....upgrades seem to have been carefully and critically chosen) but get within a couple hundred kilometers of their shoreline, any shoreline they control, and it's 24/7 under threat for being sunk. The Russian home versions of the various systems are very specifically designed to defeat the top line Western (British and American) systems....and I hope we never have to see which comes out better.