auslander wrote:Statements from these two gentleman change nothing and unlike what Mercouris states, Mother will not wait a year or two years or five years or ten years to address this problem. In 6 months ukeland will be defacto, not officially but defacto, a nato member, ergo Mother will act long before that.
Our Flots have sailed, there are no military men on our local streets, heavy movements of units from the eastern and central military districts heading west. Last evening and afternoon our local shops were totally mobbed, everyone is stocking up. Calm, but stocking up.
I agree, Lavrov is not a man to be pissed about with by bunches of part time amateurs in Brussels and DC. He is on another planet by comparison and behind him are Putin, Shoigu and Gerosimov all three long time in job and hard as nails. Give a team like that the hint of a legal advantage, a primed and competent military with a secure economy and they will be like a dog with a bone, relentless.
The Yanks do not have a clue as to either what they are up against or to how to handle it. Their reaction is almost 'How dare they'. This has the makings of a Cuba 2.0. Having spent the last 60 years believing their own propaganda they probably think they really showed the Russians in Cuba and Clancy wrote history books.
Having committed what is probably one of histories greatest strategic blunders, forcing Russia and China closer together for self preservation over the past 10+ years, they are now faced with the results of those stupid, politically and MIC driven, short term decisions play out over the longer term.
You are right about NATO, they are on a righteous roll that looks like they will just keep pumping more and more gear, gradually getting more capable, on a drip drip basis. A C-17 plane load here, then a C-5, then one of their fast supply RO-RO ships and so it goes. Then come the bi-lateral (not NATO of course) exercises.
So, there are no 'sitting duck' targets left, by next week there will be 140 RuN ships of all sorts out at sea, driving up the need to monitor them to new levels. Personally I'm looking forward as the North Sea exercise gets going
Stocking up can be good, it distributes supplies widely and allows more to move into and down the supply chain.