posted on Oct, 18 2007 @ 09:47 AM
"It is strong enough to protect its interests within the national territory and, by the way, in other regions of the world."
I could be off, but I believe he is referring to Iran. If we take over Iran, not only can we put military in the Caspian Sea, which Russia borders,
but we can tap it's natural resources, which it has a lot of.
Russia is flipping out about missile defense systems in Poland and Czech Republic, both of which aren't even on their border. Do you think they'd
really settle for us putting military in the Caspian Sea after an Iranian takeover? No way in hell will that happen.
People think Russia is weak post Cold War, but they're actually not. Are we stronger? Yeah, probably. We probably have better technology. But our
strength, our confidence, it's depleting. We're in a downward spiral in our history.
One thing Russia has the ability to do is mass produce military equipment quite quickly. If China allies with them, which they will, along with Iran
and North Korea - we're looking about close to a 25 million man army all combined, at the very least.
We would have to win that battle with Navy power. We are, hands down, the best Navy in the world. If we tried to go in with Air Force or made the
suicidal decision of going in on the ground, we'd lose.
So I think he was referring to Iran when he said Russia's interests "in other regions". I think they are strong enough to defend their interests,
as Putin said. But in any event, such a war would devastate the world, no question about it.