reply to post by dbarnhart
Just a passing FYI here..and I'm really too upset and sick over what's happened elsewhere in the last 24-36 hours to think much past what it means
for me and the future of many I love to get into big research efforts in tracking all this down again..
Having thrown that out for a uncharacteristically unsupported post, coming from me anyway, I wanted to add this to the thinking.
The Russian Federation has done an outstanding job of playing possum and appearing to be on the ropes and ready to hit the mat for the count. They're
always been masters as perception and controlling it. That's not changed a bit.
Specifically, Russia has turned out one boat in their new 21st century class of Ballistic Missile Submarine with a total of 10 planned to deploy in
the coming years. Putin has vowed to reestablish 24/7, year around blue water patrols with his 'Boomer' subs by the end of this year. They have
their next generation of both land based and sub based ballistic missiles for their nuclear forces...and they still have far more weapons on strictly
a count, than we do. Of course..what are numbers in THAT kind of war? So less bacteria and cockroaches survive here than there, right?
The important point here is though, they've been as hard at work on parity with Western forces for Strategic Bombers and fighters as well. All
without much fanfare and definitely without gawdy tours for the Media to gawk over their most prized state secrets. Oh, they're within agreements on
Arms control...barely...but their making sure what they have is bleeding edge to what is physically possible. You'll confirm all this with less than
an hour's solid research time..and from as many sources as you choose to really put time into. It's downright sobering.
The Bear has been in hibernation..and yes, downright ill since 1989...but it's waking now and it's feeling much much better for the long and quiet
period it's had to rest and recover from the near total collapse and ruin of the Cold War. Now WE are the ones that didn't know when to quite
spending...just as they once were. Now they are in a position to exploit our weakness...and as we once gloated in their faces, they've not forgotten
all these years later. I believe Vlad has some payback in mind..and it may come subtle by third party or it may come right in our faces. That part, I
believe, is up to us and how over-extended we allow ourselves to become while believing no one can exploit the opportunity we're offering.