posted on Oct, 30 2009 @ 04:36 AM
I do think that Silver shadow has got a very valid point and if you take nuclear out of the article, The US has defended its self anywhere in the
And the article mentioned that the world has changed and is changing since the old military doctrine was developed which was based on two nuclear
armed superpowers facing off, both with the knowledge of mutually Assured Destruction (better known as MAD), and I would certainly want a major power
in the world to have an up to date military doctrine. No where in the article does it mention facing off against its old superpower rival, America,
but seems to suggest that Russia is starting to accept it is no longer a global superpower with the capability to project power as effectively as it
did during the Cold war, but that Russia wants to be seen, and for that matter, is acting as a regional superpower.
There is another article on the web site which talks about who should fear this new doctrine
Who should fear Russia’s new military doctrine?
and I think this sentence from this
article is most telling
The wording has encouraged some people to say that Russia intends to use nuclear weapons in conflicts with its closest neighbors – former Soviet
This would suggest that Russia wants to ensure that its neighbours are fully aware of the doctrine and use the treat contained to influence and
project power, with out the need for conventional forces to project and influence. In some respects, Russia may have already succeeded in projecting
power by saying that its military doctrine has been updated and enables Russia to consider a preemptive nuclear strike.
And just because this option is part of the doctrine, does not mean that in the future, Russia will be firing nuclear weapons at its neighbours when