Monday, October 5, 2015

U.S. vs. Russia: What a war would look like between the world's most fearsome militaries

Via Iver

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Early on the morning of Sept. 30, a Russian three-star general approached the American embassy in Baghdad, walked past a wall of well-armed Marines, to deliver face-to-face a diplomatic demarche to the United States. His statement was blunt: The Russia military would begin air strikes in neighboring Syria within the hour — and the American military should clear the area immediately.

It was a bout of brinksmanship between two nuclear-armed giants that the world has not seen in decades, and it has revived Cold War levels of suspicion, antagonism and gamesmanship.

With the launch of airstrikes in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated a proxy war with the U.S., putting those nation's powerful militaries in support of opposing sides of the multipolar conflict. And it's a huge gamble for Moscow, experts say. "This is really quite difficult for them. It's logistically complex. The Russians don't have much in the way of long-range power projection capability," said Mark Galeotti, a Russian security expert at New York University.


  1. Russian, Chinease and soon apparently Iranian forces on the northern approaches to Israel. Am I the only one who thinks this getting Biblical sounding?

  2. Israel had been sending rockets into Syria and Putin stated Moscow will not tolerate
    Israel firing rockets into Syria. Yesterday, Israeli fighter jets flew into Syria; immediately Russia fighter jets went after them. The Israeli jets fled to Lebanon
    who were not happen with the intrusion of Israel. No mention in the controlled media
    but there was mention of Russia entering Turkey's airspace who are hiding IS.
    Turkey threatened Russia with F-16's. HA