posted on Apr, 3 2008 @ 07:34 AM
There is always a need for a villain to oppose for funding purposes. This is especially important for the US government and DoD in particular. Russia
provides the perfect villain role as it has nuclear weapons and a modest army and navy. The better the threat, the more money needs to be spent on
Russian leaders seem to be nationalistic in nature which makes them even better funding targets. This trend also makes them natural leaders, not
followers. Within the NATO community, they would have to be followers.
As more and more ex-Warsaw Pact countries join NATO, there may be a push within Europe to start talks with Russia about a limited partnership. This
will be done to appease the die hard communists party members still functioning within the politics of several countries.
The bottom line to this is a national ego thing. Russia was a huge player that is just a shadow of it's former power. The only reason they are
listened to is because they have nuclear weapons. Without these weapons, Russia would be a regional power incapable of invading a country outside of a
few hundred land miles.
They are trying to rebuild their military and it will take time. They will conduct training exercises with both China and the USA so their commanders
will receive better leadership experience and training.
Realistically, Russia is a huge country. It would be a considerable expense to allow Russia to join NATO. A country like Poland is like adopting the
State of Indiana. Not that large of a land mass. Russia is like a couple of Europes. There could be a reasoned argument for not allowing Russia into
NATO due to the cost of defending such a vast expanse from China.
There are some real Russia lovers within these forums and several still live in the past when discussing the military might of Russia. It will be
interesting to hear what they have to say or even chime in.