Putin is giving all the western haters a swift kick to the 'nads by withdrawing so fast. Every hater that I have heard
is going on and on about how the "Russian occupation is here". With 3,000 troops in a 20 million country almost the size
of NATzO Europe.
i know, .. First, NATO has to fight over the air transport capability. It is just downright sad.
There are 3 E.U C-17's in Hungary that are shared by all. of course there are maintenance schedules.
The one stray C-130 or A400 is not going to mean much here.
Well, logistic company's are disbanded for budget cuts. Because paying civilian company's to haul cargo is cheaper.
Cant drive your vehicles either, because of all these maintenance contracts. That for example state if an vehicle drives an x ammount of kilometers under own power on say like a highway.
All service and warranty is nullified.
Then you got the very poor condition of EU millitarys because of deployment exhaustion and budget cuts.
Millitary's litterally strip their trucks and tanks that just needed some minor parts. To just keep others running in an process called "cannibalisation".
Troops are just not "battle-ready" because they just cant replace broken gear.
If they need to go on an mission, gear is pulled from other units. to make these units equipped for deployment.
Munition's?. they are non-existent. ammo-bunkers are empty. There is maybe enough for an year of the usual shooting exercises.
Its only bought for missions if neccesary,...and then second-hand if they can resulting in munition accidents.
NATO can not do what the russians did,....unless you give them an minimum of 4 weeks to prepare. even then it is an very big maybe. it would mean the U.S has to fly most of their total airlift capacity to Europe.
NATO has a very big mouth, but absolutely nothing to back it up with.
i am 100% confident any engagement with russian forces will go pretty quick and one-sided.
and i do not mean in the advantage of NATO....
Anyone seen the very frustrated press conferences off Stoltenberg and Blinken?. That was not an press conference, it was two people throwing an temper-tantrum from a lot of personal frustration.