posted on Mar, 13 2014 @ 11:17 PM
The US intelligence community is probably really pissed off about Snowden being granted asylum in Russia and that's why they have been concentrating
their efforts there. They often play with fire and blow-back is experienced but this time they are playing with a thug their own size who is
from the "intelligence" community and has greater command and control over defense and intelligence assets than anyone on the US side with comparable
experience. I hope not too many die in their quest to get one back on Russia after the perceived losses in Syria and the Snowden leaks. Putin should
probably just let them win this one so they can save face but I have a feeling he won't or can't.
edit on 12-3-2014 by john452 because: (no
First off, this isn't the 1960's anymore. The threat of the Soviets is no longer applicable today. Russias military, while strong, isn't really a
threat to a military like Americas. (Strategic nuclear forces are a whole other matter)
The Russian armed forces today are not designed to fight a military with the conventional capabilities like Americas. The Russian armed forces today
are designed for quick strikes against inferior foes (like their former soviet satellite states).
Russias entire force structure today is based upon an entirely different mantra. The Soviet force was based upon numbers and massive amounts of
ordinance. The Soviet military was a real steam roller because of how massive it was. That is why it was so feared during the cold war. They could
take over much of Europe and fight a force like Americas tooth and nail...making it an agonizing ordeal.
Furthermore, I just wanted to end this by saying that the US and Russia aren't about to kick start a nuclear war over Ukraine. Putin and Russia just
want to settle a post soviet argument. When Crimea went to Ukraine after the dissolution of the USSR, the Russians were not happy. Even to the run up
to this event, the Russians argued that Crimea belonged to Russia.
What will happen is an economic war, where Western nations back sanctions against Russias already failing economy. Russia will try to retaliate...but
seeing as how the west holds 50% of the worlds GDP, it will be a futile attempt by the Russians. There isn't much they can do apart from hold Crimea
(which the west will view as illegitimate). In the end, I feel that this excursion will cost the Russians a lot more than they initially bargained
edit on 13-3-2014 by rock427 because: (no reason given)