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U.S. vs. Russia – Military Might

Which of the two superpowers has the greater military provisions?

US or Russia?

The historical relationship between the United States and Russia can hardly be described as rosey. The two countries are inextricably linked due to the Cold War era, with the world’s two modern superpowers having enjoyed an extremely suspicious relationship with one another for decades during the 20th century.

U.S. vs. Russia - Military Might

This suspicion led to the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis. What is perhaps not so infamous about this particularly tense situation is that the world was nearly blown to smithereens. It was only due to decisions taken on board a Russian nuclear submarine by Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov that full-scale of nuclear war was averted. This was acknowledged in 2002 by former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, who stated that the world has been much closer to nuclear war than is often realized.

Such history is rather chilling, particularly when one considers that the diplomatic relationship between the two nations has diminished recently. With tensions in the Ukraine, and some underlying economic and political reasons for the United States and Russia to be in military opposition, there is once again the tension between the two countries.

In March, 2014, Forbes gave seven reasons why the United States will never go to war with Russia. One would certainly hope that this is the case, but it is still interesting and informative to compare the relative military might of the world’s most powerful nations.

Manpower

The United States has more than double the population of Russia, and so it is not hugely surprisingly that it has a significant edge in available manpower. The United States has over 145 million people who could theoretically serve in the armed forces, whereas Russia has under 70 million by comparison. Of course, the notion of a draft would be hugely controversial in either nation, and this figure only really is relevant in theory.

Active Military Personnel

Of more relevance is the current levels of active military personnel in the two nations. The US certainly has a much larger armed forces to draw upon than Russia, with nearly 1.5 million military personnel of various denominations currently active in the United States. Russia actually has a higher level of military personnel per capita, but the total number of 766,000 is significantly less than the United States.

Aircraft

Movies such as Top Gun have created a collective imdge in our mind which suggests that the United States is associated with military might in the air. And this is certainly reflected in figures related to military aircraft. Of course, many of the world’s largest defense contractors operate out of the United States, and companies such as Lockheed Martin ensure that the US is pretty spectacularly endowed with military aircraft.

According to recent figures, the United States has over 13,500 military aircraft ready to be deployed at any given time. The Russian air force is paltry by comparison, with the Eastern European nation not even in possession of 4,000 active military aircraft.

Helicopters

The aerial supremacy of the United States is also underlined with regard to helicopters. Again, military history intrinsically associates this vehicle with the United States, as helicopters are indelibly linked with critical conflicts for the US in the 20th century such as Vietnam and Korea.

It comes as no surprise then that the United States has a huge amount of active military helicopters; just over 6,000 in total. This is clearly not an area which has been prioritied by Russia, with the former Eastern Bloc nation having less than 1,000 active military helicopters by comparison.

Tank Strength

When one pictures Soviet tanks rolling into Afghanistan, for example, the tank strength of the former Eastern Bloc Russia would be presumed to be significant. And this impression garnered from history would not turn out to be inaccurate.

Russia currently has 15,500 active tanks available for military service, and this is significantly more than the United States. The US tank provision is not as overshadowed as the Russian military is in some departments, but nonetheless the United States currently has around 8,325 tanks as part of its military capabilities. In terms of ground battles, Russia would appear to have the edge.

Submarines

As mentioned previously, it was a Russian nuclear submarine which almost prompted complete disaster during the Cuban Missile Srisis. But both the United States and Russia are associated with underwater technology, and as such there is no significant difference between the two in this department. The United States has slightly more deployable submarines, 72 as opposed to 63, but one cannot say that there is a significant difference in military strength in this department.

Defense Spending

Given that President Obama famously signed off a $1 trillion defense budget, and the notion of the military-industrial complex was coined by a 1961 speech by Dwight Eisenhower, it wouldn’t come as a huge surprised if US defense spending was significantly higher than Russia. And, of course, this turns out to be the case, with admitted defense spending in the United States currently equal to around $612 billion. This dwarfs any nation on the planet, and Russia is no exception, with the Eastern European powerhouse spending $76 billion annually on its defense.

Nuclear Weapons

Both countries have been reducing their stockpiles of nuclear weapons under various disarmament and non-proliferation treaties. But the bulk of nuclear weapons which remain in the two nations is a constant reminder of the potential stakes involved. This is one department in which Russia has the edge over the United States, with the Eastern European nation currently boasting around 8,000 active nuclear warheads. This is reckoned to be nearly 1,000 more than the United States.

In an estimation published in 2012, graphic designer Maximilian Bode stated that the estimated tonnage of nuclear warheads in the world today would easily be enough to obliterate the entire human population. Given that the United States and Russia is responsible for 75 percent of these nuclear weapons, we must hope that diplomatic relations between the two nations thaw somewhat in the near future.

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  • Charles

    read your history books, its not a lie

  • Charles

    Obama is going to get us all killed. I said that when he was elected the first time and the second time. There is nothing left to do but pray…..Obama sacked all the good commanders and is gutting the military. All the Gays and Lesbians out there had better hope we are strong enough to survive because I don’t think the Russians, Chinese, Iran or ISIS care much about gay rights. It was only the US Military that kept you free to be whatever you wanted to be. God Bless the USMC

  • Anthony Evans

    Numbers dont mean shit. Russia has 15 thousand tanks.. majority are obsolete. US has 8600 M1’s. Christopher Morris do real research give factual numbers.. or just get a new job.

  • Bryan Preston

    Really! Russia was pummelled by the Germans in WW2. Only a miscalculation by Hitler and the winter saved Russia’s ass. Doesn’t anyone read anymore they just google it? No one wins a modern world war that is why we need to communicate and not beat ones chest!

  • Serge Krieger

    stupid gibberish.

  • Anwar Chaudhry

    Wait without us EU USE ARE NOTHING WE CAN. DESTROY YOU YOUR ECONOMY relying ON us then u would be financially screwed then we would join our friends in US n destroy u every angle REMMBER THAT

  • Anwar Chaudhry

    Spoken like a member of the illuminati you snake

  • Dread Lock

    That’s a lie

  • BuckyLaw14

    The Soviet Navy never would have been a match for it’s US counterpart, which was a much more powerful conventional force. However the Soviet army would have likely overwhelmed the much smaller US Army in Europe. Although I have to confess that I do wonder if the substantial leap in conventional weapons technology by Western Powers in the 1980s wouldnt have more than made up for the numbers. M1 Abrams/Challenger/ and Leopard tanks were perhaps too advanced for even a much larger force of old T-80s T-64s and T-72s to even stand a chance.

  • Joe007007

    Wow, could you be more biased! How did USSR do in Afghanistan? Cold war? Remember, the main factor in defeating Napolean and Hitler was Russian winter, not Russian courage. Where was the Russian courage to stand up to Hitler when they invaded Poland? Oh yeah, they signed a treaty with them to split up Poland between the two. Your argument sounds childish and and uninformed. Typical Russia is the best because were Russian.. Good argument!

  • Darko714

    Those huge “unending” Soviet offensives against the Nazis would not have been possible without Lend Lease trucks, fuel, aircraft and munitions provided by the USA. As the saying goes: “American factories, Russian blood.”

  • Serge Krieger

    Not just tenacious defenders. Unstoppable attackers. The second and especially third period of Great Patriotic war saw unending Soviet offensives that pushed Wehrmacht all the way form Center of Russia back to Berlin.

    Note that US has never showed anything on this scale of success. American island hoping in Asian was painful to watch compared to lighting fast Soviet offensive in Manchuria. In Europe difference also could not be more stark. Regarding larger population , according to Pentagon only tiny fraction of that population can be drafted and even less are willing to go and fight…Russia is not looking to attack anyone, but within Russian sphere of influence everybody must bow and keep distance.

  • Darko714

    Except for their assault rifles, Russian weapons are even less reliable than US and NATO weapons.

  • Petra25

    Do not forget about S-300, S-400 “Triumph”, S-500 “Prometheus”, SS-27 Sickle B (“Topol-M”), SS-27 Mod 2 (“Yars”). soon restore the latest version of the R-36M3 “Icar”

    The war is useless. If someone wants it, he should be treated. And F-22 not invisible for Russian S-300/400/500… You don’t know about Russian weapons!

  • Serge Krieger

    It is exactly what you dave been doing until 1944. Sitting on the fence. It was we who won the war and you just been watching and came later only to share unearned spoils.

  • Nathan Mitchell

    All talk of old number stats, no actual real information about anything. This is really a piss poor attempt at real journalism. No mention of current advancements in technology on both sides, Nothing about Russia’s new radar systems that make all US stealth clear as day. Nothing about how the S-300 & 400 can intercept US and NATO incoming missles, and the USA’s vulnerability to Russian missiles. Nothing about the Black hole & new Lada Russian subs that are undetectable by US sonar systems, making all US war ships and subs sitting ducks. Its not about numbers any more, its about technology, and in the last 15 years Russia has become far superior than the US.

  • Nathan Mitchell

    (Russiaisweak) There’s not one single fact in your rambling rant of rubbish.

  • Richie Simonetti

    I saw it also!

  • Mr. Right

    We have weapons you or Russia hav t heard of!! And will never know about these weapons only when it’s time to use them sorry Russia it was nice meeting you.

  • Darko714

    The United States has a significant edge in manpower, training, technology, and logistics. But this does not mean that it can win a major land war in, say, the Ukraine, or contemplate invading Russian soil. In such a war the US gives up all of its advantages and risks a costly defeat against historically tenacious defenders.

    Likewise, any attack by Russia against a US ally would probably end in disaster for the Russkies. Former Soviet military adventures into Finland and Afghanistan illustrate how easy it is for them to get in over their heads. Russian ground forces, supply lines, and shipping would be exposed to, and devastated by, US air and naval power until sufficient US ground forces arrived on the scene to force them back.

    The bottom line is that neither of these powerful countries can afford to miscalculate against the other.

  • cragmuer

    When comparing the military of these two nations, I think what most people forget is just how important funding is. What’s less important is who has the most tanks or aircraft, or who can produce the most technologically advanced missile or ship; when you don’t have the money to train your soldiers to use and maintain that equipment, it essentially becomes useless. Russia has a core group of adequately trained career soldiers, but on the whole the rest are poorly equipped and trained conscripts. In addition, the pay received by the average soldier amounts to almost nothing; they can and do usually go months without receiving any compensation at all. Even the captain of a Typhoon class submarine lives in an apartment complex that hardly has power and is so run down it’s practically falling apart. That’s the captain of the largest ballistic missile submarine in the world. The Air Force doesn’t fare any better either, with pilots flying an average of about 55 hours per year, not even 10% of what US pilots fly annually. It’s unfortunate how poorly Russia compensates even the most dedicated members of the military.

    So while Russia can produce technologically advanced land, sea, and air power they simply don’t have the money required to properly equip and train the majority of their military. However none of this really matters anyway as both nations have more than enough nuclear power that neither will ever meet on the open battlefield.

  • cragmuer

    What I think most people fail to take into account when comparing the
    Russian military vs. the US military is just how important funding
    really is. Forget who has the superior numbers of this tank or that
    aircraft; when you don’t have the money to train your solders to use and
    maintain that equipment, it essentially becomes useless. Russia has a
    small group of adequately trained career military personnel, but on the
    whole the rest mainly consists of poorly trained conscripts. In
    addition, the pay received by the average soldier amounts to almost
    nothing; they can and usually do go months without receiving any
    compensation at all. Even the captain of a Typhoon class submarine lives
    in an apartment complex that hardly has power and is so run down it’s
    practically falling apart. That’s the captain of the largest ballistic
    missile submarine in the world. The Russian Air Force doesn’t fare much
    better, with pilots flying on average about 50 hours per year, not even
    10% of the annual flight hours of US pilots. It’s unfortunate how
    little they pay the most dedicated members of their military. So while
    Russia can produce technologically advanced air, land and sea power,
    they simply don’t have the money required to properly equip and train
    the majority of their military. However none of this matters as both
    nations possess enough nuclear power that neither would ever face one
    another directly on the battlefield.

  • cragmuer

    What I think most people fail to take into account when comparing the Russian military vs. the US military is just how important funding really is. Forget who has the superior numbers of this tank or that aircraft; when you don’t have the money to train your solders to use and maintain that equipment, it essentially becomes useless. Russia has a small group of adequately trained career military personnel, but on the whole the rest mainly consists of poorly trained conscripts. In addition, the pay received by the average soldier amounts to almost nothing; they can and usually do go months without receiving any compensation at all. Even the captain of a Typhoon class submarine lives in an apartment complex that hardly has power and is so run down it’s practically falling apart. That’s the captain of the largest ballistic missile submarine in the world. The Russian Air Force doesn’t fare much better, with pilots flying on average about 50 hours per year, not even 10% of the annual flight hours of US pilots. It’s unfortunate how little they pay the most dedicated members of their military. So while Russia can produce technologically advanced air, land and sea power, they simply don’t have the money required to properly equip and train the majority of their military. However none of this matters as both nations possess enough nuclear power that neither would ever face one another directly on the battlefield.

  • Mad Monk

    Hitler said the same thing with his Aryans…… Wish we’d stepped back and let Germany exterminate your race when we could.

  • Serge Krieger

    You would still lose. Do not count on your numbers. US military is spread like butter on a very huge piece of bread. US army folks are not ready to what is waiting for them if they start fighting Russia. Not only weapons but overall savagery of fighting with Russia. Fighting Russia always was a different thing from fighting everybody else.

  • Hoodrych

    You couldn’t be more wrong. stronger doesn’t always mean better. Not to mention the fact that Russia is stronger anyway. I hope we do go to war with one of the greatest super powers on this rock. America hasn’t seen sh#t. Putin will make world war 2 look like sh#t. Russia is nothing like ISIS, they wont stand for Americas bull shit and will respond and react accordingly. Everything we have, they have and better.

  • Bat Nut 43

    Oh, I’m sorry! I didn’t know that we were back in elementary school, having to learn our grammar all over again. I see “YOU’RE” anal.

  • Cristian Valcu

    Under NO circumstances should you be allowed to use the word “intellectually” since you don’t know when to use YOUR and when to use YOU’RE. Go get your GED.

  • Sergey

    The main thing that ruins everything is: average russian > average american in terms of courage, motivation, psycholigical and physical strength etc. It was always the same. All these numbers will have no sense at all if your army is a bunch of high-tech nerds, refusing to risk their life. US military wasn’t able to succeed in almost every conflict of the last decade it had involved itself in. All puppet armies trained by US failed (iraq vs isis butchers, georgia vs russia etc, ukraine vs separatists will fail either – just a matter of time). I believe your pentagon eagles clearly understand it too, otherwise they had destroyed Russians long ago (plenty of chances during 90s). US has to stop and think about what it is doing to the world. We don’t want to fight, we just want to be left alone.

  • Alexander von Eikh

    I DON’T KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHERE YOU HAVE COME FROM. I CAN ONLY TELL THAT YOU ARE VERY CONFUSED AND FOOL OF HATE.. GO A HEAD AND HATE, HATE MORE! YOUR HATE WILL HELP YOU, IT WILL LEAD YOU TO WHERE YOU MUST GO……..

  • Richie Simonetti

    It’s all about timing. Today the US would defeat Russia in a war as over all we are stronger militarily. If this was in the 1980’s the USSR would have crushed the United States as the Russian Army outnumbered the United States Army more than 2 to 1 plus their Navy was larger and stronger. The Russian Army would have pushed the U.S. Army from one end of Europe to the other and would have made the defeat of the British at Dunkirk look like a picnic as the US Army would have been pushed into the Ocean to drown. From there the Russian Navy would have destroyed the U.S Navy by cutting our fleet to shreds all the way from Europe to New York. Then their Air Force would have finished us off by Bombing us into oblivion and turning this country into an ashtray. Today we be drinking Vodka and speaking Russian! Timing, Timing, Timing! The USSR Would Win by Burying the USA!

  • montoya

    the United States is looser

  • Bat Nut 43

    This so called little boy. He knows more than you can imagine. It’s funny how you love to think your so intellectually superior, to others. Yet you can’t even do the basics of governing your own emotions.

    I see your still believing half truths, without checking all sources. When will you learn to look at them all? Stop being so one sided.

    The number of troops being sent to Lviv, was decided a little while back. It was 600. Did you ever find this out comrade?

    As far as your so called confirmation of NATO troops in Ukraine. That’s bogus. Jenn Psaki never said that NATO was there. She indicated that NATO saw some of the same things that the OSCE saw. NATO does have satellites you know. So yeah, they saw something.

    As for your video, that guy is speaking with an accent. He could be American. But most likely not. He sounds more like Australian. But then again like your glorious leader likes to claim. And I quote! “If they are there. They are there on vacation.” Seems rather strange to me. That a solider would be allowed to drive a tank around on his vacation. Wouldn’t you agree?! I guess that means that Mr. Putin is not in total control of his military. Then who is?

    If you want to see some proof of Russian military personnel in Ukraine. Go look up on YouTube Russian Marine in Donetsk Airport. The video in particular that I’m referring to you might ask?! Here let’s provide you with the link.

    http://youtu.be/wz5qHK3o8hQ

    Its like I’ve been saying too you over and over again. You need to be checking both sides. Not just one. Maybe one of these days you will be able to figure it out. Maybe.

  • ????????? ????????

    you DUMB, as EXPERT, I can see – you not even close to control your emotions.
    Stop cry.
    Get FAKING life, take CRAP, and crawl back where you came from.
    American people even sow HOW “smart” you are.

  • Bat Nut 43

    LOL I’m not the one with anger issues. I’m in control of my emotions. You on the other hand. Not so much.

    One thing I have to give Russians credit for. You guys sure know how to spin the facts and make it look in your favor. But in the end, a lie is a lie, no matter how you look at it.

  • ????????? ????????

    Listen. How old are you?
    Get FAKING life, STOP FAKING CRY!
    People ready see you enough how DUMB you are.
    STOP cry!

  • guess

    one point, some Obama administration officials suggested they no longer needed Egypt as they once did. But that was before the emergence of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

    In the last 18 months, tensions between Cairo and Washington have only mounted. The U.S. has suspended some weapons systems sales, like F-16 fighter jets, M1A1 Abrams tanks, and even spare parts for helicopters, in part because of how Sissi ascended to power. Meanwhile, Egypt has suppressed freedoms and made arms deals with China and France and hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin last week.

    Last summer, when the United States began rallying for allies to join its coalition, Egypt asked instead for the United States to lift its suspension of weapons systems. But two government officials told The Daily Beast that Cairo did little to alleviate U.S. concerns about the current government. Egypt made the request while imprisoning activists, suppressing protests and even holding an American citizen, Mohammed Soltan, on spurious charges.

    As an olive branch offering, the United States sent 10 Apaches to Egypt in December, calling them resources to conduct counterterrorism operations. But with no spare parts, those choppers are starting to breakdown. Sissi then began reaching out to other nations, including China and Russia, for weapons systems, as well as economic aid.

    Sissi’s attack on Libya and his push to expand Egyptian relations beyond the U.S. has the backing of his population and the military. Egyptians demanded a reaction to the killing of its fellow citizens. And the strained relationship between the U.S. and Egypt is not lost on the public. The most common question Egyptians politicians, journalists and citizens alike have asked as their nation faced a mounting ISIS threat has been: “Where is the United States?”

  • guess

    To the U.S., the ISIS threat may feel far away, in Iraq and Syria, where the U.S.-led air campaign is entering its seventh month. For Egypt, this is a danger that’s alarmingly close to home. ISIS is within its borders and in neighboring Libya. Extremist fighters have come from and travel through the Sinai. And many ISIS and jihadi fighters and weapons arrive in places like the Sinai from Libya.

    Because of that, Egypt refused to join the 60-plus coalition formed last summer to confront ISIS. Instead, Egypt asked the U.S. for more weapons to confront its ISIS threat. But the U.S. has been largely hesitant, citing what it considers troubling political developments in Cairo. All the while, it appears ISIS has expanded its grip in the region.

    On Monday, Egypt unilaterally launched an airstrike campaign on the restive Libyan city of Derna in response to a gruesome video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptian workers along Libya’s shores in the city of Sirte.

    Egypt did not inform the United States, its longtime ally, before the operation. And the United States stopped far short of backing Egypt’s effort. Rather, the U.S. called for a political solution in Libya, which is divided between two rival governments, each backed by different militias. Egypt’s call Wednesday for the United Nations to create a naval blockade to stop weapons transport to Libya was met with relative silence by the United States. And at the Pentagon, the military campaign against ISIS remains centered on Iraq and Syria.

    Privately, some U.S. officials told The Daily Beast they worry that Egypt’s decision Monday to hit Libya—and its vows to do more—could do more harm than good. And yet they concede there is little they can do about it.

    That the United States and Egypt are so at odds about the fight against ISIS is particularly striking, given the billions the U.S. has spent over four decades cultivating a relationship. Indeed, Egypt’s current president and nearly every military leader in the Egyptian army have received military training at a U.S. war college.

  • guess

    These countries, part of the coalition taking on ISIS, were responding to a new audio recording in which a senior ISIS leader, for the first time, explicitly called for attacks in the United States and on the home soil of Western allies

  • kingAmerica

    and little do you know even if ww3 break out china will not join Russia or probably join no one.. see here the reason why because the china military is not capable of a war with the u.s. plus there weapons and technology is no where near the U.S. even if ww3 come they wouldn’t choose Russia because they would want to join the U.S. side because we are more of there trading partner that Russia plus you think about would you kill one of your biggest partner that you trade with ? plus if they do kill us how will they make money ? and the reason they would join no one because they don’t want war the want peace and they don’t focus on military like other countries do. and you people forget numbers don’t win wars today advanced weapons and technology do so win it comes to space ,air,water,and land the U.S. owns all that. Little do you know china is not worried about us getting close because we have no reason to fight each other. so honest when it come down to it the U.S. will win unless its a nuke war then nobody lives nobody survive no body wins !

  • Bat Nut 43

    Apparently I already have Russian troll. Just seeing your response shows how I got under your skin and wasted your time. So, I would say my job is done. LOL

  • guest

    actually there are millions of people that’s been wanting to join the army honestly I say about 20 million people right now wants to join the army and its crazy how people talk down on the U.S. but in a lot of countries there are people playing airsoft (which is created by Americans) and that is playing as American and proud to play as an American in there airsoft games

  • corvonTrawick

    let me make this clear for you the only reason Russia is strong because of its nuke .how come you don’t go train other countries like the u.s. does. and somebody had to be the super power of the world ( police) so if the U.S. wasn’t doing what its doing now there would be countries attacking every country come on now you honestly don’t know how strong the U.S. is …you see how Russia been showing all its weapons we aren’t doing anything but looking at there weapons and making them better just recently we just upgraded all our stealth bombers for Russia and china .! we even upgraded our f-35 jet to be even more faster and stronger its suppose to be better than any Russian jet and it will be trust me don’t underestimate the U.S. power just like how you are now looks can be hard honestly I m an American and I will not underestimate the Russians because they are strong to but they just not better the U.S. when it comes to war and military the U.S. is always on top of there game honestly the U.S. doesn’t show its might every time I look on the U.S. military might I really cant find no good video but when you find Russia’s you will be like Russia got some good stuff and I believe they do got some good stuff im not going to doubt them I like Russia’s weapons but I don’t know if we had a war they will lose because the u.s. will keep fighting no matter what the odds is even if were going to lose we going to keep fighting we have more people than them ..but they only war it would be even if they only use there nukes because they wouldn’t have no chose to but that would be the end of the world but honestly no body wants the u.s. to use its full military power because if they do that country will be wipe off the earth maybe if we don’t feel bad for them but honestly you can say Russia is stronger but will all know for a fact they is not better than the U.S. I MEAN they will be a big opponent its going be a tough war but at the end the u.s. will come out on top the u.s. only uses about 25% of military force imagine the whole 100% if we use the whole 100% that means we don’t give a $$k about any country but our self ! but honestly I don’t can what you say you can say the Russians are better and stronger but they not . and you people need to stop comparing the past to the future you dumb f$$ks ! these war are going to be more different because these wars are going to be more advanced and harder we both militaries advanced but honestly the Russians aren’t strong you can keep talking about how they is stronger than the U.S. but there not ! there is no country in there world that can beat the u.s. we are and the only powerfulest military in the world so calm down Russia is not the strongest and I do a lot of research about both militaries every day so I know ! I stay on my laptop researching every day about both militaries so I know for a fact they are not the strongest military ! the U.S. is !

  • ????????? ????????

    Listen DUMB, you are IDIOT never can beet ME in any argument. Be cause you can’t produce small thing – FACT! O, ye, check MY grammar! And listen closer what they was talking on RUSSIAN, be cause I want you explain to the WORLD, WHAT RUSSIANS say!

    Differ between — ME and you IDIOT, I know, WHAT I’m talking about, and I have JUST FACT, YOU?

    – you another hand – didn’t STOP sucking PENIS, sucking out theory you believe.

    READ MY LIPS!

    GREW UP IDIOT, and accept your STUPIDITY!

    I’ll gave to you one more things to read on BLOOMBERGView – and watch this ONE, closer –

    ??? ?????? (2015) ????? ??????? ????????? – and – LISTEN, be cause I’ll ask you later explain to the WORLD, what that mean cover of issue magazine Collier’s, October 27,1951. Study closer cover, and later you DUMB explain to ME.

    BLOOMBERGView – Sorry, Ukraine, You Can’t Beat Putin – entier article, here I just gave you some idea:
    – …Putin had demonstrated that Ukraine’s military simply isn’t capable of standing up to Russian regulars, and that his tanks could indeed roll on to Odessa if he chose to give the order. In return for stopping, though, he expected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to sue for a political settlement of the conflict, beyond the localized Minsk cease-fire…

    …Yet this was unsustainable. Putin had still not blocked Ukraine from turning West. What’s more, he looked weak. And to make matters worse on that front, U.S. President Barack Obama, in his State of the Union address, portrayed him as defeated:

    Mr. Putin’s aggression, it was suggested, was a masterful display of strategy and strength. That’s what I heard from some folks. Well, today, it is America that stands strong and united with our allies, while Russia is isolated, with its economy in tatters.

    As fantasies go, this was right up there with George W. Bush’s “mission accomplished” boast after the initial invasion of Iraq. Putin hadn’t given up. And if Obama had the first inkling of Putin’s character, he would understand that the best way to push him to attack is to boast of beating him…

    you IDIOT ready just be cause you are SEATING IN CRAP up to your ears, and trying make a SMILE!
    And I just watching for – FREE in your face IDIOT outside STUPID HOUSE. I mean Yellow House.

  • Bat Nut 43

    First of all, your cockiness shows your dire need for recognition of some sort of a lack attention that you did not receive in your youth. Most likely, your father didn’t give you the time of day. Although, I imagine your mother gave you attention. Albeit, the wrong kind of attention I’m sure.

    Second, if your dumb enough to believe everything that is put out on the internet. Then you need to go back and check the validity of all your resources. In other words, look into their history of whether or not they are being objective or if they are one sided in their opinion.

    Third, like I’ve said before about my sources, I use multiple resources. Some examples? Well sure. One source outside of the United States would be The Moscow Times. Another would be The St. Petersburg Times. I also look at The Kiev Post (to show some opposition). Not without forgetting to mention other Western media sources such as CNN, Fox News, Yahoo is fine for multiple outlets. Like BBC, AFP, Associated Press to name a few from Yahoo.

    Too answer your question if I watched the news coming out of Russia 2 days ago. No. I did not.
    Some of us have jobs to go too. Do you?! I bet you believe everything that your glorious leader Vladimir Putin tells you. The man is a pathological liar. I know that my government, the U.S. think tank, thinks that Putin has Asperger Syndrome. I personally wonder if he is Bi-polar myself. He has shown over and over again that he cannot be trusted and he switches his way of thinking over and over again. Though, I don’t put much faith into what the current administration says. They are a bunch of idiots themselves. Example?! The 2 ladies that wanted to give ISIS jobs. Now there is a pair of real idiots for you!!

    Again, I mention the 1999 Ryazan apartment bombings. The man clearly was in on it with Yeltsin. Are you referring to where Putin is trying to proclaim that Russia has the strongest military in the world?! Probably so. That’s not the truth. There are more than one nations with the capability of taking down Russia, if it wasn’t for Russia’s tanks and nukes. Take India or China for example. Not to mention us the (United States) as well.

    Pertaining to John Kerry’s attempt at running for office of President. It wasn’t 2006. It was 2004. I don’t usually pay attention to much of what John Kerry says. Because he’s Obama’s lap dog. Your right that he came up short on the votes. But that’s too bad so sad for him. Yeah, John Kerry said that some people have the right to be stupid. But his point was if people chose to be. Then here in America, it’s their right to be. So what’s your point? You trying to accuse one of being stupid? Look no further than the man in the mirror.

    I’m done wasting my time on one like you…who cannot for starters get his dates right, use proper sentencing structures or even spell right, much less carry on a civilized conversation. (Referencing you DUMB HAVE and MUST accept “IDIO”) So, maybe once you get your grammar right you can carry on a civilized conversation. In the mean while…good luck to you. You’ll need it.

  • ????????? ????????

    BUN NUT43 – you are dumb – First. It took some time for “smart” FAKERS like you made this line.

    Second, to show to the WORLD, and to American people :

    – HOW DUMB you are.

    Just tell to the WORLD, where come from your knowledge? What sources you used? And, did you watch two days ago RUSSIAN news, and what they say?

    So, if your UNSWER – NO, and I’m pretty SURE, you WILL say – NO.

    WHO is – MORON?

    Meen time let you read this two articles, what kerry says about DUMMY like you:

    – John Kerry: Get An Education or Get Stuck in Iraq

    JAMES JOYNER · TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2006 · 61 COMMENTS

    John Kerry, who came a few thousand Ohio voters short of being Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces:

    You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.

    Unbelievable. And rather ironic given that the line sounds dumb in more ways than one.

    And, of course, in the age of YouTube politics, this is everywhere already including, appropriately enough, YouTube:

    – John Kerry says Americans ‘have a right to be stupid’

    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    – ‘In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be… and we tolerate that,’ Kerry said to a packed Internet cafe in Berlin

    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    you DUMB HAVE and MUST accept, – you are STUPID, and watching you here, I have a JUST good time.
    Where I can watch fo free!, IDIO as you, who couldn’t make to “comedy” club in Yellow House?

  • ????????? ????????

    First. It took some time for “smart” FAKERS like you made this line.

    Second, to show to the WORLD, and to American people :

    – HOW DUMB you are.

    Just tell to the WORLD, where come from your knowledge? What sources you used? And, did you watch two days ago RUSSIAN news, and what they say?

    So, if your UNSWER – NO, and I’m pretty SURE, you WILL say – NO.

    WHO is – MORON?

    Meen time let you read this two articles, what kerry says about DUMMY like you:

    – John Kerry: Get An Education or Get Stuck in Iraq

    JAMES JOYNER · TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2006 · 61 COMMENTS

    John Kerry, who came a few thousand Ohio voters short of being Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces:

    You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.

    Unbelievable. And rather ironic given that the line sounds dumb in more ways than one.

    And, of course, in the age of YouTube politics, this is everywhere already including, appropriately enough, YouTube:

    – John Kerry says Americans ‘have a right to be stupid’

    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    – ‘In America, you have a right to be stupid, if you want to be… and we tolerate that,’ Kerry said to a packed Internet cafe in Berlin

    Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

    you DUMB HAVE and MUST accept, – you are STUPID, and watching you here, I have a JUST good time.
    Where I can watch fo free!, IDIO as you, who couldn’t make to “comedy” club in Yellow House?

  • Bat Nut 43

    All you know is that your a moron. Enough said.

  • ????????? ????????

    you make ME lough!
    I know, for sure, you know NOTHING.

  • Bat Nut 43

    Looks like to me, you are trying your best to make it looks as if you are some sort of an expert. But straight up, you and I both know that you are just as clueless as the next man.

  • Delakando

    Oh if Putin does then it will be quickly and swiftly wiped out. They have a number of nukes but we have just as much and our allies have their own nukes. Russia would be a barren wasteland once more.

  • Andy R

    And you are just an idiot!

  • Chad

    Originally I’m from New York but I’ve lived in Africa and now I live in France near Geneva. I have many friends who work for human rights organizations. I believe that the Russian people are currently being lied to by their leadership and if you dissent you can easily find yourself in trouble. I’m not going to try to defend US foreign policy which in many cases has been far from perfect but what Putin is doing in Ukraine right now is adding up to a war crime. You can bring up Iraq if you want to and I’ll agree with you that Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc… should be put on trial but that case does not excuse or absolve what Putin is doing right now. I find it incredibly sad that after the end of the cold war that the US and Russia couldn’t find a way to become partners instead of this adversarial nonsense. We screwed up by expanding NATO the way we did and excluding Russia making Russia feel isolated and besieged but again that does not excuse what Putin is doing today. I just hope cooler heads will prevail at some point and this conflict can be resolved before many more people die. I’m not optimistic though.

  • Christina Metron

    All terrorists are US people, armed with guns made in the USA.

  • maxwell Bonaang Nare

    I think you confusing old Soviet union with Russia, Did they have those Iskander, Topol and Bulava missiles during world war two? I bet not, I guess that’s why the US is making allies with those around Russia. Besides why did America cry foul when Russia tested a cruise missile when they also have a tomahawk? to me that’s a sign of someone becoming weak , I for one know America is powerful but it isn’t ready to take on Russia directly.

  • Roman

    In the beginning of 20th century Russia was responsible for at least 20 war conflicts in Middle and Far East – from Turkey and Syria to China and Japan. Some battles were lost, some won. What is your point? You are talking about separate battles, not wars!

  • Roman

    The main point was that the supplies were paid for in full. It doesn’t matter who offered them. Year, I admit they were supplied not by the US alone, does it change any?

  • Roman

    Are you aware that by the time the war came to Russia it was already ravaging in Europe for 2 years? Was that not enough for US to do something or they thought it was just a red flag?

  • Kapaparov

    Well if you know how ICBM works, intercontinental nuclear missile could take hours or more before reaching its target (Europe/US). Therefore, counter measure can be implemented. The question is, does Russia and China can survive on nuclear counter attack from US and its Allies NATO? I don’t think so. I think Russia and China will suffer the most in case of Nuclear war. The US has more bases around the world, therefore, nuclear missile can be able to reach Russia and China in short period of time than Russia and China can do to US.

  • Michael Shanahan

    ummm, K, tried t have a philosophical discussion, You are to stupid to really discuss with. Good luck with your philosophy. Hope all turns our well for you!

  • Michael Shanahan

    Lol, and Russia’s excuse? We have discussed this previously Charles, “Make NO mistake about this” The US and NATO will crush Russia. No “excuses” they are out matched! But whatever you need to tell you self. Yes Putin can defy the world, he will crush NATO… ish… or try to reclaim his current country… whatever :)

  • charlesjannuzi

    Hezbollah has a few thousand missiles that says the IDF couldn’t do that so easily. But why send in the IDF to try and do that anyway? First, Hezbollah doesn’t represent all of Lebanon. So the idea of punishing all of Lebanon for Hezbollah only back-fired last time. Second, the IDF could use it crushing air power and obliterate much of Lebanon (it did last time actually). I doubt even the US would allow them to do that though.

  • Peace

    we need peace

  • Michael Shanahan

    Ummm, think you may have misunderstood my point about about Israel’s tactics. You have not seen what they would/could do.
    Think of it like this. If they decided to send their troops in, full force, kill all, take no prisoners and obliterate any thing and every thing non Israeli. What could Hezbollah or Lebanon do about it? They lack the military strength do truly stop it, imo. If they were to adopt the Mongolian philosophy in other words.
    So I guess my point is, Hezbollah’s tactic is working, well most guerrilla warfare is working today. It simply would not and did not with the Mongolian tactic of remove any and all threats, destruction of entire cites and states.

    As for the A-10, yes, easy to stop with an air force or surface to air missile system. However, just as in Iraq, air was under complete control by the Allied forces prior to the A-10 entering the theater.

    I am referring to the military items and technology that you are not aware of. Not to mention the stealth bombers that obliterated the Iraqi surface to air defenses in a single night. Granted, I assume both Russia and China has a more advance missile system, but you cant stop what you can’t see. Hence my reference to technology and the disparity between what the US spends compared to any other nation.
    Hope this turns out just to be a philosophical discussion and we never have to see who is correct :)

  • Christina Metron

    Russian soviet mentality is a big fail, allowing them to face corruption challenges at home and abroad, you don’t have to take it as personal insult these are reality of failed school of soviet era allowing 98% of terrorist organizations around the world to own and kill millions of people with their arms, don’t use justification method to cover up a Russian war crimes and wrong policies, today Russia uses Islamist terrorists once they faught before to fight for them in Ukraine the Chechians.

  • future_doc

    It’s either your grasp of English is tenable or you are too thick to understand what I countered your statements with….no response? You lose.

  • future_doc

    You need to stop speaking for “everyone”…..do you really believe the rest of the world is falling for this anti russian charade? Go read some international media sources like in China and india. In terms of terrorism russia works alongside america, they both work to fight terrorism, it’s actually one of the few things they cooperate in, search it up for yourself. Plus I’m sure you know that it’s certain middle eastern countries sponsoring terrorism, not to mention that these militias use the lucrative drug trade and illegal oil sales to fund their organizations. You can try actually coming up with a proper rebuttal, or just counter with your opinion and childlike insults. If not, just admit you are outclassed, illogical, and uninformed. Read more and work on your critical thinking skills and learn how to properly communicate with adults.

  • future_doc

    Wow its so sad how you would make another name and reply to yourself…I’m serious you really need to seek some help or counseling.

  • future_doc

    It’s dangerous to live in a world of “all’s”, it is an extremist point of view in itself. It’s the same polarized perspective that a terrorist assumes when he see’s mission as just and his enemies as the embodiment of evil. Find the middle ground and think for yourself.

  • Christina Metron

    Don’t need a professor what the entire world thinks and the Russian people themselves about Soviet school mentality and their wrong doing to justify their war crimes in Ukraine and other parts of the world. Russia is the major supplier for terrorism culture around the world, all terrorists are Muslims armed with the Russian Klashinkov and RPG’s.

  • ????????? ????????

    American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday.

    http: conservative-headlines/2015/01/obama-regime-to-escalate-conflict-in-ukraine/Obama regime to escalate conflict in Ukraine :
    – Another world war in Europe would mean the end of Western Civilization. But isn’t that what Obama wants anyway?

    The number of troops heading to the Yavoriv Training Area near the city of L’viv — which is about 40 miles from the Polish border — is still being determined, however.

    The American training effort comes as part of a US State Department initiative “to assist Ukraine in strengthening its law enforcement capabilities, conduct internal defense, and maintain rule of law” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News.

    After meeting with commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Anatoliy Pushnyakov and acting commander of the National Guard Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Kryvyenko during his visit, Hodges said he was “impressed by the readiness of both military and civil leadership to change and reform.”

    The training was requested by the Ukrainian government “as they work to reform their police forces and establish their newly formed National Guard,” Hillman added. Funding for the initiative is coming from the congressionally-authorized Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF), which was requested by the Obama administration in the fiscal 2015 budget to help train and equip the armed forces of allies around the globe.

    The training mission has been the subject of plenty of discussion among US policy makers for months, and the United States has already earmarked $19 million to help build the Ukrainian National Guard.

    “We’re very open to the idea that this becomes a first step in further training for the Ukrainian military,” Derek Chollet, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told Defense News just before he left the Pentagon on Jan. 17.

  • ????????? ????????

    American soldiers will deploy to Ukraine this spring to begin training four companies of the Ukrainian National Guard, the head of US Army Europe Lt. Gen Ben Hodges said during his first visit to Kiev on Wednesday.

    http: conservative-headlines/2015/01/obama-regime-to-escalate-conflict-in-ukraine/Obama regime to escalate conflict in Ukraine :
    – Another world war in Europe would mean the end of Western Civilization. But isn’t that what Obama wants anyway?

    The number of troops heading to the Yavoriv Training Area near the city of L’viv — which is about 40 miles from the Polish border — is still being determined, however.

    The American training effort comes as part of a US State Department initiative “to assist Ukraine in strengthening its law enforcement capabilities, conduct internal defense, and maintain rule of law” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman told Defense News.

    After meeting with commander of the Ukrainian Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Anatoliy Pushnyakov and acting commander of the National Guard Lt. Gen. Oleksandr Kryvyenko during his visit, Hodges said he was “impressed by the readiness of both military and civil leadership to change and reform.”

    The training was requested by the Ukrainian government “as they work to reform their police forces and establish their newly formed National Guard,” Hillman added. Funding for the initiative is coming from the congressionally-authorized Global Security Contingency Fund (GSCF), which was requested by the Obama administration in the fiscal 2015 budget to help train and equip the armed forces of allies around the globe.

    The training mission has been the subject of plenty of discussion among US policy makers for months, and the United States has already earmarked $19 million to help build the Ukrainian National Guard.

    “We’re very open to the idea that this becomes a first step in further training for the Ukrainian military,” Derek Chollet, former assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told Defense News just before he left the Pentagon on Jan. 17.

  • future_doc

    I think your the only one spreading hate here. Good thing with your intelligence you probably work as a common laborer, leave the thinking to capable people please.

  • Russia is Weak

    I am sorry that you’re upset that your Russians aren’t unstoppable. They continue to spread hate, claiming they are the toughest in the world, yet they had trouble against a army that everyone was attacking.

  • Bat Nut 43

    I know how to look things up on the internet. Thank you very much. But yeah, I am going too question any and all sources. So should you. This whole mess isn’t just about Russia, Ukraine, and NATO. What I believe this is…it is really a battle of the rich, and powerful in the world are fighting for money, and power. Take a look at how Russia is starting to set up bases up north in the Arctic. The Japanese, the Canadians, the U.S., and many others…are starting to prepare for battling up north. The reasons being given to why things are going bad seem to me to just be a cover up. Much like how Putin’s rise to the presidency. Referring to the 1999 Ryazan bombing here. Isn’t it strange why there was so much secrecy behind that bombing? You should read this link. http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/nov/22/finally-we-know-about-moscow-bombings/ It is quite the interesting read.

    But anyway, that’s just my theory. Believe what you want. And one more thing, why do you feel the need to be so insulting all the time? Do you just enjoy going through life hating on others for no good reason. I don’t know about you. But I much rather make a friend versus an enemy. Life is too short to go around just hating on people just because.

  • future_doc

    attacking? Are you not reading what this loon is writing? I only did 1 month of psych rotation, but I can recognize pathology when I see it, i person or in writing.

  • Idiot Cristian Valcu <—IDIOT

    Yet you’re able to read what a brainless imbecile has to say, what does that make you? Please, the user that you replied to is smarter.

  • Yeah Boy

    Just like the two users with that name. I agree with both of them, and you.

  • Yeah Boooii

    Russians are cowards, Russians are weak.

  • Johnny The Farmer

    You should take some medication yourself. Funny how you attack someone when they aren’t directly attacking you.

  • Simple Statement

    Again I stand by my statement, to say The Russians defeated the Nazi’s alone is not true, even to say mostly alone is not true because there was many countries involved. Do I believe the US did as much as Russia fighting the Nazi’s… no, but than again the US was not as close to Germany geographically so that obviously is not possible. I don’t downplay the sacrifices Russia made, but just because the US did not have the same losses doesn’t change the fact that the US was a key piece in the Allied victory. Group effort, therefore the glory goes to both countries. We also shared in the spoils of Germany’s plunder.

  • future_doc

    I would say that in war the most important task is to neutralize the enemy, 7-8 out of every 10 german soldiers died at the hands of the Soviets, it is a well agreed upon fact by most major historians, as you understand there is always some blurring of our historical memory as there are many accounts with unique perspectives, but overall I argue that the direct confrontation of the bulk of the german warmachine and the loss of life far overshadows sending supplies and a relative small amount of total manpower, especially later into the conflict. Me and you both know that the history books and our teachers certainly overglorified the role and motivation the United Stated had to enter the war, making it seem way more noble than it was. Nothing was noble about WW2, countries acted out of necessity, the Soviet Union was not looking to be a hero, they feared Germany as did the rest of Europe. What is noble to me is the defense of Russia’s land not only by its soldiers, but by its civilians. It is the people I respect and want to honor, not Stalin or the other cronies. Entire towns were wiped out as germany advanced…..america never felt the pain of war as it tears up your land, we sit and judge the rest of the world while we are very isolated and pampered…..i cant imagine what a day is like in the middle east…..

  • future_doc

    You forget that the U.S is the worlds number one arms supplier. The only reason terrorists buy ak’s is because of the increased durability and lower price…..and the part about no resistance, please pick up a history book, then come back and tell me numbers wise how many german soldiers were devoted to the eastern front vs the western front, and tell me who historians all agree is responsible for the majority of the german casualties? I would argue that a logical man would ascribe most of the wars importance to neutralizing the actual german army correct? All your statements are illogical, especially the one about ak 47’s simple selective tactics meant to villify a counter nation while negating to see what your own nation does. Its much easier to see the evils in your brother, while overlooking your own……..reflect on that for a bit.

  • future_doc

    seriously medication….please….for everyone in the world. I recommend you begin with some lithium.

  • ????????? ????????

    Just one things, IF any one of you don’t know, HOW to do to find any name and documentary on YouTube or GOOGLE please, find some on WHO can.
    I have one little BOY WHO can’t do anything, and I have NO idea, HOW he got in here. This boy don’t know HOW to move around and find what he need to, SO, please, if you can’t, nothing wrong with that, find someone WHO can and will help you.
    Name of this boy – BAT NUT43
    He is I understand – 43 y/o, and don’t know how to move around.
    So, here we go.
    And RUSSIAN STAR – jenn PSAKI confirm, presents of NATO in
    UKRAINE.

    What BUSINESS NATO in there?

    Any one can watch video about,on YouTube –

    – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have
    said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    or read –

    – “State Department Daily Press Briefing”

    … What was your second question?

    QUESTION: The other one was why you felt it – why you felt it
    necessary to call for the Security Council meeting for Ambassador Power to
    speak at on Ukraine.
    MS. PSAKI: Well, obviously, we’re concerned about continuous
    blatant violations of the Minsk Protocol and we’re certainly concerned about
    tensions on the ground and reports over the past couple of days about the
    developments seen by NATO and the OSCE. As you know, there have been meetings
    in the past – several over the past several months about this – and I expect
    Ambassador Power will speak to this in the next hour or so, if I’m doing my
    time right.

    QUESTION: Can I start a new topic?

    MS. PSAKI: Sure.

    And same – WATCH, LISTEN for you self, again on YouTube name video is: – ????? ? 21:00 26.01.2015 ??????
    (go time 8:05).
    Copy name in to box search on YouTube time 8:05. If this for you IMPOSSIBLE to do, how old are you? BAT NUT 43? If you can’t do simple things? IDIOTS can do.
    – ????? ? 21:00 26.01.2015 ?????? ?????

  • Truth

    Learn how to read the mans post. He never once said anything about “United States offering supplies.” He said the Allied Forces, it seems you’re the amateur.

  • Russia is Weak

    Stalin begged, cried to be put on the Allied side. He knew he couldn’t defeat the force of Germany. Just face it, even Japan demolished Russia twice in two different wars. Stalin needed and wanted help, he wanted everyone to turn their attention towards Germany. Plus the supplies that he begged for.

  • ????????? ????????

    For me, doesn’t look a like you know how to do so, or anything. Most it look a like, you trying to find where I don’t have a proof. I know for sure. When some one – want to know^ he never ask SIMPLE THINGS as you do.
    We say in RUSSIA, BAD DANCER BLAME HIS BALLS!
    In case with ME? I ask where exectly and WHAT part I don’t understand, BUT!
    I ask this only after, I couldn’t find MYself.
    Between you and FAKING UKROPS, no difference, on your example, world can see, when RUSSIA,L gave peace plan, NOVOROSSIA ask FAKING UKROPS for peace-talk, UKROPS same like you, looking for REASO, not to do so.
    you in condition to explaine? – WHY you can’t DO simple things and rest of the world JUST do it?
    you thonk, you first to whom I show this links?
    Bad thought came to your mind. Can you tell, this is MY – PROBLEMA? if you don’t want to, and people WHO want to, and they do.
    you acing pure FAKING UKROPS way – UKROPS blame RUSSIA for everything, RUSSIA’s fault, FAKING UKROPS didn’t do anything for 25 years,
    you blaming ME, because you don’t want to do, and be lazy. Can you do anything, – ANYTHING by yourself?

  • greg

    Why is Greece siding with Russia instead of the U.S.A. Because U.S.A. is only a puppet of the NWO Masters of the E.U….. U.S are only mercenaries that kill for money and fun…. Americans are still very, very weak……Even the Navy Officers are afraid to patrol their ships at night for fear of gangs that roam the halls…….And the Army Generals are getting whack by Obama because they lack balls….Very weak indeed….

  • greg

    Yea-They attack unarmed children….

  • KM

    Classified? Not hardly. Both the Marines and the Army have both publicly published and acknowledged their Abrams losses, and reasons for their losses as they are part of their budget requests for replacements and/or repair funding from Congress. An interesting point speaking to the survivability of the Abrams is that less than 5 hulls have been deemed not salvageable. Not to say that the Abrams does not have problems, too big, too heavy, too thirsty being first and foremost. Where the Abrams has not fared well is in Iraqi hands, where they have suffered substantial losses doe to the inability to effectiely integrate armor and infantry operations, thus denying their armor protection from flank and rear-aspect attacks (again, this is all published). And again, the Russian (the Chinese not so much, as they are tweaking borrowed tech. Smoking Russian engines on a “stealth” fighter being a great example of fail) have a few, heavy emphasis on few, first rate weapons but have not been able to produce them in number sufficient to give them any kind of tactical, let alone strategic advantage, let alone deploy these systems beyond thier own borders. As for being delusional, not hardly. The fact that you have to resort to name calling speaks to both your own vapidity and lack of any sort of knowledge of the subject. Carry on, sir.

  • A.Alexander

    Blah Blah

  • Delakando

    The enemy cannot fire the bazooka if they are cannot pull the lever.

  • Delakando

    If putin is crazy then there is likely a chance he will also fire on allies or neighboring nations he believes to be a threat. This would also cause the UN to fire their nukes. The US isn’t alone as a nuclear power and Russia knows this. Once Russia fires once… It will be bombarded by the US and allies. China will have to quickly decide if they want to get involved but its doubtful that they will be able to with Japan and the other asian nations itching to tear China to pieces.

  • kobe

    so you are an adult eh, with that grammar lol

  • kobe

    oh they will, Putin is crazy they will launch it I hope it will only be concentrated in your place not ours.

  • Roman

    How old are you? Let me guess, 19-23? Lots of amateurish bull$hit, nothing more… The US hasn’t supplied a single cargo FOR FREE! Everything was paid for with gold! I`m not saying it’s not fair, so you must admit that the Russians were not beggars, either! Every now and then when they manage to find a sunken Russian cargo with gold/silver (a lot of them were lost), the US and Switzerland claim them as their share of land-lease payments!

  • Roman

    Truth in a nutshell… You would never won that war either, if it wasn’t for the Eastern Front. So it’s a very much controversial statement, you just can’t put it this way…

  • Pax Orbis
  • Delakando

    Anyone else thinking Ukraine is going to end up like Germany and split in half by a wall? East Ukraine and West Ukraine with one side with more russians then actual Ukrainians? I find it sad though that instead of moving to Russia they would instead rather annex an entire nation into Russia. They were so close to a peaceful resolution and then the rebels decided to attack all over again.

  • Delakando

    Do you think the United States wants to go to war with Russia? We want Russia to stop attacking and invading its neighbors. Once they do then you won’t hear from the US.

  • charlesjannuzi

    Actually you are trying to discuss classified information. The M1 is such a lumbering broken down POS, that I’m sure M1s destroyed more M1s. You are delusional if you think what went down in the PGW 1 is anything like what the Soviet Union had or what Russia and China now deploy.

  • charlesjannuzi

    Russia has what it needs to protects its interests–it more than proved that in Georgia. The US has more than it needs and yet still lacks the capability to get most of it anywhere. The Soviet Union deployed tanks to Afghanistan, but the US can’t (o.k. there is a token force of M1A1 USMC tanks). The US is a military superpower scattered all over the world, and it has blown trillions fighting a few thousands guys with rifles in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. And empire that surely has run its course.

  • charlesjannuzi

    The results of 2006 say otherwise–IDF almost lost its flag ship to a Hezbollah missile. That is why the IDF chose to bomb much of Lebanon–to punish all of Lebanon for their war vs. Hezbollah and its failure. Sure, Israel could drop nukes on Lebanon and get rid of Hezbollah, but I doubt that they will. US A-10s might be good for keeping fuzzy wuzzy down, but Russia and China would have no trouble shooting down those planes.

  • charlesjannuzi

    Right, like that had anything to do with whether or not his army had much fighting capability against the US forces. What, lack of air power and tank ammo and spare parts condemned to hell? Do you realize how little sense you make?

  • Bat Nut 43

    Yes I know how to do that. But it seemed to me that some of your references were incomplete. So that is why I asked for the source .

  • Derek4Dolphins

    The Russian won WW2 huh…?
    What a joke….. Those “weak” Americans you are speaking of actually fought and entirely Global war. The fought Germans in Africa, Italians and Germans in Italy and Sicily, Europe, the The Japanese Empire in the South, Mid and Norther Pacific. The Germans in the Northern and Southern Atlantic AND in Western Europe… The Soviets only fought Germans in western Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Even then they were running from their own Communist Commissars who would shoot them as fast as the Germans would if they even tried a tactical retreat. There were two things that saved the Soviet Union from being annihilated by Germany. The only time The Soviet Union under Stalin the mass Murderer fought the Japanese was right after Germany surrendered and they were just trying to seize land… Something Russians and Soviets STILL HAVEN’T STOPPED DOING….. The Russians were terrified of the US and it Atomic Bombs…. Traitors is the only reason you idiots could even build one…….
    1. The Russian Winters…..
    2. The equipment that the United States gave the Soviets to fight with until they could actually figure out how to do it themselves.
    From 1938 through the end of the war this is what Russia got from the USA while we got NOTHING from you idiots…
    Aircraft………………………..14,795

    Tanks……………………………7,056

    Jeeps…………………………..51,503

    Trucks…………………………375,883

    Motorcycles……………………..35,170

    Tractors…………………………8,071

    Guns…………………………….8,218

    Machine guns……………………131,633

    Explosives……………………..345,735 tons

    Building equipment valued…….$10,910,000

    Railroad freight cars…………….11,155

    Locomotives………………………1,981

    Cargo ships…………………………90

    Submarine hunters…………………..105

    Torpedo boats………………………197

    Ship engines……………………..7,784

    Food supplies…………………4,478,000 tons

    Machines and equipment…….$1,078,965,000

    Non iron metals………………….802,000 tons

    Petroleum products…………….2,670,000 tons

    Chemicals………………………842,000 tons

    Cotton……………………..106,893,000 tons

    Leather…………………………49,860 tons

    Tires………………………..3,786,000

    Army boots…………………..15,417,000 pairs

    Just goes to show….. The Russians are an ungratful, pathetic, inferiority colex ridden bunch of Mongrols…. Who were damned lucky the US helped them after we found out they tried to cut an alliance with the Germans which the Germans flipped on them and made then look like weak idiots as Germans made it to the walls of Moscow and Leningrad. Then there is the blood bath of Stalingrad… Fitting name for that city. So much death and misery… Just like the man who’s namesake the city was….

    Must SUCK to know history make you look like an idiot alongs with your “Comrads”… You Soviet POS-……

  • Peace

    Russian Aggression And The BBC’s Drums Of Nuclear War

    Naked propaganda about fictitious ‘Russian aggression’ intended to soften us up for a war that could wipe out life on Earth

    By Oliver Tickell

    January 31, 2015 – “The Ecologist” – “Russian aggression” is the
    BBC’s meme of the day. I lost count of how many times the phrase popped
    up in the first 15 minutes of Radio 4’s World at One programme, devoted
    entirely to the ‘Russian problem – but the theme was drummed in
    relentlessly.
    The idea is that Russia presents a huge a growing
    threat to world peace and stability. Russian bombers are threatening the
    ‘English’ Channel (albeit strictly from international airspace). Russia
    is an expansionist power attacking sovereign nations, Ukraine in
    particular. And watch it – we’re next!

    Commentators wheeled into
    the studio were unanimous in their views. NATO must stand up to the
    threat. Presient Vladimir Putin is a dangerous monster who refuses to
    abide by the rules of the international order. NATO countries must
    increase their defence spending to counter the Russian menace.

    Not a single moderating voice was included in the discussion. No one to
    ask Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of NATO, if alliance aircraft
    ever fly close to Russia’s borders (they do). No one to point out that
    the real Ukrainian narrative in is not that of Russia’s ‘annexation’ of
    Crimea – but of NATO’s US-led annexation of Ukraine itself.

    No
    one to argue that Russia’s assimilation of Crimea was effected with
    hardly a shot being fired, backed by overwhelming support in a
    referendum which reflected the popular will – and if you’re in any
    doubt, just compare it to Israel’s ongoing and endlessly justified
    annexation of Palestine.

    The lies are in what the media don’t tell us

    There was no one to discuss NATO’s plan to expand right up to Russia’s
    boundary with Ukraine, string its missile launchers along the frontier,
    and to seize the Sebastopol naval base, home to Russia’s Black Sea
    fleet, and hand it over to the US Navy. Aside: how would the US react if
    Russia tried that trick in Mexico and Guantanamo, Cuba?

    While
    BBC news is prepared to speak of the million or so refugees from
    fighting in the Eastern provinces, there is no mention that those
    refugees have overwhelmingly fled to safety in Russia – a peculiar
    choice of destination if Russia is indeed the aggressor in the conflict.

    Nor is there any mention that the massive humanitarian crisis in
    Eastern Ukraine that forced the refugees from their homes is
    overwhelmingly caused by the NATO / Kiev campaign of shelling and
    rocketing civilian areas of Donetsk and other cities. Or that local
    rebels’ fierce and ultimately victorious battle for the airport terminal
    was necessitated by its use as a base for Kiev’s heavy artillery to
    massacre the ordinary citizens of Donetsk.

    Just as there was
    never any hint from the BBC that the Malaysian MH17 civilian aircraft
    downed over Eastern Ukraine could possibly have been shot down by any
    agency other than Russia’s. And now, as indications emerge that MH17 may
    in fact have been shot down by Ukrainian SU25s, the story has vanished
    from the news altogether.

    And of course the BBC would never
    reveal, in other than the most guarded terms, that the real threat to
    world peace and stability is not Russia, which has more than enough
    resources – and problems to occupy itself with – within its own
    boundaries, but … NATO itself, and the wider Atlantic Alliance.

    The other big threat the BBC endlessly warns of is that of Islamic
    extremism. But does it ever point out that, until recently, three
    independent secular regimes stood as firm bulwarks against Islamic
    extremism: Iraq, Libya and Syria? And if we go back a little further,
    why not add in Afghanistan, where the US created Al Qaida to overthrow a
    moderate Islamist regime?

    And does the BBC ever point out that
    it is the deliberate destruction of these secular or moderate regimes by
    NATO and its allies that created the void that has been filled by
    Islamic State? And has lead to the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in
    north and west Africa, including the murderous Boko Haram?

    Or
    does it ever let slip that 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were in fact
    citizens of Saudi Arabia, our great ally in the Middle East, and that
    this made NATO’s choice of Afghanistan as the country to go to war
    against a little … paradoxical?

    It’s deju-vu all over again …

    Anyway – the BBC’s dismal performance today on “Russian aggression”
    stirred up memories – memories of the run up to the Iraq war, when the
    BBC was similarly gung-ho in its depictions of Saddam Hussein as a real
    and present danger to us all, whose ambitions had to be countered by
    military force.

    This gives me to cause to fear that we are being
    softened up for war. But this time, there’s a difference. Saddam’s
    weapons of mass destruction were, as many of us suspected, but we all
    now know, an invention of our mendacious politicans and intelligence
    services.

    But Russia’s nuclear weapons are all too real, as is
    the danger they present. A full scale nuclear war would be an
    unthinkable disaster for all people and the entire planet. Yet NATO is
    deliberately baiting the Russian bear, and what we are now seeing, in
    Russia’s so called ‘aggression’, is that Russia is getting cross, and
    defensive. As they have very right to.

    So what is NATO’s
    motivation? One simple reason is that NATO was set up as a cold war
    military alliance, and with the end of the cold war its raison d’etre
    evaporated. Simply put, we no longer need it, and its drain on our
    resources. So, the NATO logic goes, we had better start making some
    reasons fast. Which is exactly what they are doing.

    Another
    reason is the US’s aspiration for a ‘unipolar world’ in which it enjoys
    ‘full spectrum dominance’. These ideas are those of the neocons who
    enjoyed supremacy under the presidenices of George W Bush. But they have
    now become the core philosophy of the American Imperium – and Barack
    Obama adheres to them as firmly as ‘Dubya’ ever did.

    First, don’t fall for it!

    So what, as ordinary citizens, can we do to block this push to a war
    that could, literally, annihilate civilization and much of life on
    planet Earth?

    First, don’t fall for the vicious anti-Russian
    propaganda that the BBC and other news outlets relentless spout at us.
    Second, talk about it – with friends, family and down the pub. Share
    this article, and these thoughts, on social media.

    Third, make it
    an election issue. Push electoral candidates in your area on where they
    stand. Emphasize the importance of making peace with Russia, rather
    than goading it into a wholly unnecessary and stupid war. Tell them your
    number one election priority is not the NHS, not immigration – but
    peace!

    And remember – it can work. In August 2013 NATO was all
    set to go to war on Syria on the grounds – entirely unsupported by
    evidence – that President Assad was waging chemical warfare against his
    enemies in the civil war unleashed by … NATO, its member states and
    allies.

    Overwhelming political pressure on MPs, and Labour MPs in
    particular, caused Ed Miliband to back out of a tentative agreement to
    back Cameron’s military adventurism. On 30th August the Commons vote for
    war was lost. In turn this undermined the US’s drive to war.

    And
    while the situation in Syria remains dreadful, it’s surely nothing like
    as bad as it would have been with the additional devastation of
    millions of tonnes of NATO bombs. Just look at the failed states we have
    created in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya to see how bad things can get.

    Yes, it’s hard for the essential sanity and peacefulness of ordinary
    people and families to prevail against the world’s most powerful
    military and propaganda regime. That’s why we need to be constantly
    bombarded with media lies: to overcome our right and proper horror of
    war, and manipulated into risking our lives, health, prosperity and
    wellbeing, all for a false cause of futility and destruction.

    But it can be done. And for all our futures, for all generations to come and for Earth herself, sanity must prevail.
    Oliver Tickell edits The Ecologist.

  • Delakando

    You think they would immediately launch nukes? That would call for an immediate counter strike and they know its mutual destruction. Thats suicidal for them to launch any missiles and they know it.

  • Stacy

    Hi, are you reading what I’m reading? Obama and Vasilli/Valdimer

  • Raptor Buddha

    You are absolutely right concerning the logistical issues, which is why I think–realistically–Russia’s theater of operations would be limited to areas where there are large segments of the population which are either Russian or feel alienated from a former Pact nation’s civil society. Thus, realistically we would be talking about theaters in the Baltics, Moldova, Romania, Ukraine, Georgia etc. rather than Central Europe. At least in Eastern Europe Russian spec ops would have the ability to passably blend into Russophone areas. My theory–which you can feel free to call out as stupid because, after all, I’m just a random guy on the internet–is that Russian insurgent backed forces don’t actually have to achieve major tactical successes or conquer territory. All they have to do is apply enough pressure to make areas of former Pact states fundamentally ungovernable, thus allowing Moscow to funnel superior resources into those areas to make them dependent on Russian energy, finances, and security. It’s kind of a variation of COIN: instead of sending your infantry out to provide visible security for the local population in order to legitimize government control, you’re instead sending out soldiers to deny the government that. It doesn’t really matter if the territory in question is officially “annexed” or not. Russia never officially annexed South Ossetia or Abkhazia either. However, they are Russian states in all but name and the Georgians have no realistic way of exercising control over those areas. In contrast, when I think about the instances that the Russians have used their conventional forces in the last twenty years–from their epic failures at Grozny to their struggles in the 2008 Georgia War despite having every single military advantage known to man–there’s very little incentive to actually use conventional forces in open battle. Heck, their armored forces in Ukraine took pretty heavy losses from Ukrainian rocket arty back in June-July.
    In contrast, their asymmetrical operations in Georgia and Ukraine have been far more successful–especially in proportion to the costs involved. That being the case, military brasses do tend to be staffed by traditionalists. There are probably a lot of Russian generals who sneer at all this “cloak and dagger” stuff and would rather fight the Great Patriotic War 2.0.

  • terry bigler

    As one of the millions of regular citizens,,I rather hope that neither nation has an advantage in the stupidity level..This saber ratting might impress the morons but the reality is chilling to say the least. There are enough nuclear weapons to split the planet into pieces so maybe both sides should focus on trying to work together .

  • KM

    Very good points but consider the missing aspect of asymmetrical warfare, It is one thing to fight small unit engagements, wrecking havoc behind enemy lines but there is one aspect you neglected. Successful insurgencies, require either the allying with partisan bands or there being a sympathetic populace for resupply, hiding, transportation, etc. our Spec-Ops could move about A-stan because we owned the sky (hardly ever the ground), unfortunately, their firepower and fight endurance was limited to what they could either carry, or call in. Fly in, attack, fly out. These were, generally speaking, short bouts in the fight. How would Spetsnaz operate in say, Germany, France, or Poland today? I’m not seeing a partisan or sympathetic force to ally with. Short-term safe houses from a few spies to open some doors, sure but how long do you see them being able to supply and support a raider force in “hostile territory”? Spetsnaz forces could definitely deploy as you state but these would be one-way missions and elite forces are time consuming and expensive to replace.

  • Perd

    Russia is scared of U.S and N.A.T.O. Putin would crap himself in terror before he even decided to smoke one.

  • Perd

    You’re right. I am just stupid.

  • Russia is Weak

    You are really low minded. During the war between Germany and Russia. Russia was being supplied nonstop, while Germany was stopped. Face it buddy. Before they had supplies sent, Germany rolled through with ease. Secondly, it wasn’t the US that defeated Germany, or put the end to WW2. It was all of them combined, the whole Allied Forces. Russia on the other hand wouldn’t be able to take Germany on alone, that is why Stalin begged for supplies, begged for them to start something with Germany, and begged for them to take them on their side. Japan defeated Russia several times. I am guessing Russia will float through the waters towards mainland Japan, that’s a smart one. Japan’s naval would demolish Russia in seconds. You forget, Japan won twice against Russia, while Russia won one small conflict between the two. Your Russians are weak, as are you.

  • GREGGM

    Amateurish article. Count means nothing. Trident subs have NO match. Our carriers have NO match.
    Our technology reigns supreme.
    Scare tactics to insure support for the U.S. industrial military complex? Me thinks so.

  • Raptor Buddha

    “The Russians have only made substantial investments in the weapons they
    can sell and have let the rest of their forces and equipment atrophy at
    home.”

    I would agree with that with the following qualification. The Russians have heaped a significant amount of money on modernizing the equipment and organization of some of their elite units: the VDV and the Spetsnaz. Meanwhile, the last two decades have seen their active armored and mechanized units downsized–if not actually demobilized. I think that probably says quite a bit about how the Russians want to fight: low intensity conflicts involving small units of light infantry fighting asymmetrically. This isn’t the same Russian Army, I don’t think, that’s going to eagerly charge through the Fulda Gap. It doesn’t have the tech, and isn’t even a fraction of the size of the Red Army in the 80s. If you can’t fight the West at in the open field, you ally with local groups and fight them asymmetrically.

  • KM

    Raptor, think about it. How much has Russia invested in its ICBM equipped subs since the fall of the wall? Their land based strategic missiles? Nothing. Most are likely to burn up on the pad if a launch attempted, their subs are lined up at the pier without fuel for their reactors, IF they’re still floating. The Russians have only made substantial investments in the weapons they can sell and have let the rest of their forces and equipment atrophy at home.

  • KM

    Charles, the number of M-1 Abrams tanks, destroyed in combat with other tanks can be counted on one hand, the same is not true of the T-80, T-72, and T-62. The number of Abrams destroyed in any kind of fighting is under 20. Not bad for a piece of equipment designed in the ’70s.

  • v1adg

    Keep in mind that Russia’s air defense system is one of the best world wide. Nothing like Libya’s.

  • KM

    Charles, Russia had a few really good tanks and a few really good airplanes but 100 great tanks and 50 super airplanes will only go so far once they venture beyond their protective umbrella, then they’re cannon fodder. Russian is a huge threat to those places they can get to on a single tank of gas but a paper tiger beyond that range. Still, their method of command and control, lack of training, and lack of modern combat experience is what really makes them a non-factor in the threat department.

  • v1adg

    A lot of Russians operate better while drunk.

  • v1adg

    Also keep in mind that we here in the U.S, excelled with technology gained with the fall of Hitler.

  • v1adg

    Thank you, it is refreshing to see logic occasionally online.

  • Thomas Simmons

    not sure why i even read ‘news’ articles on the internetz anymore. If it wasn’t obvious enough from what passes for high end ‘news’ that the major networks pump out. It’s all propaganda for whichever side the ‘news’ source is located in/funded by. Just a couple years ago, the mere concept of a US-NATO vs. Russia-Allies? shooting war was reserved for video games or some twice/decade wargames run by the staff/command officers of our respective military’s. I know from 1st hand experience that the American media has been shoving the specter of war with Russia for many months now. All the little, ‘Russian vs. US Might’, ‘5 Russian weapons of war the US should fear!’, and “Russian Nuclear Bombers buzz (enter area here) coastline in yet more signs of Russian aggression’ type of articles serve to enforce the “common knowledge” in American’s that war is very likely to increase the chances they will either support, or more importantly, not oppose the war when it starts.

    The manipulation of media is one tool being used by those making the real decisions. A means to an end which is civil indifference to a war with Russia. The US is not a stand out for this sadly, as it’s the way all the industrial nations operate these days.

    Putin knows he could go as far as rolling Russian tanks through Kiev without a military finger being raised against him by Ukraine’s ‘allies’, and he knows it. Economic warfare has not proven effective in the short – mid term in regards to changing Putin’s actions, people must by now understand that doesn’t hurt Russia the way it might hurt Germany or Spain. Putin will continue to keep Ukraine destabilized for so long as his interests are served.

    Ukraine’s problems may well be the end of Putin’s geographical ambitions. Should he continue is expansionist agenda, the only nations worth the time to spend the treasure needed are either members of NATO or America’s close ally Japan. Only 1 nation off the top of my head is exempt to these conditions, Belarus. We can only hope this madness will soon end.

  • Raptor Buddha

    1. Generally alleging bias doesn’t actually refute anything. It just impeaches the credibility of the information which may still be correct that notwithstanding.
    2. Fox and CNN don’t compile Human Development Index statistics. That is done by the United Nations which, last time I checked, Russia was a member of.
    3. Based on those metrics, Russia’s HDI ranks at 57, tied with Bulgaria and just under Libya, and significantly lower than most nations in Eastern Europe.
    4. I am aware that sudden market liberalization in Eastern Europe and Russia was traumatic. Nonetheless, the data suggests that as of now it is a far better deal to live most of everywhere in Eastern Europe but Russia.
    5. Pray tell, since I seem so “massively misinformed,” which sources of information you would recommend for my enlightenment? RT? Stephen Cohen? Globalresearch ? RIA? Random comments and youtube videos on the internet? Is there some other bastion of objectivity?

  • JTR

    I think Obama and Putin need to work sh$t out or a lot of people will die. Maybe they can smoke a couple of blunts together and raid the fridge and forget about all this war sh$t.

  • greg

    But they fought the entire War basically by themselves …….Read your history books….

  • Perd

    I totally disagree with you. Not Russian is weak. US is weak and always pokes his nose in different countries affairs. Russia has strongest and superior army in the world. Russians defeat Germany and Japan. Only Russian soldiers could win WW2. Nobody helped Russia fight against Germans. Americans helped only in the end of WW2. Americans were afraid to fight against Germans. Americans are weak. Nobody likes americans. They yanks. Obama is stupid president who doesn’t care about his nation. He cares only about himself. Again, Russia won WW2. Only Russian people could handle Germans and defeat them and free all Europe from Fashizm. We need to say bravo to Russia with its brave and strong army.

  • Christina Metron

    This is not true, the Russian haven’t won anything the doors were open and no resistance after entire Europe was destroyed ahead by Germany and nothing was left, like always the Russian came in without a resistance like they did in Cremea, luck and nothing more with your Russian. all terrorists are Muslims armed with the Russian Klashinkov and RPG’s.

  • CAPPIE

    If a war broke out with the U.S. and mother Russia there is no doubt that the U.S. and N.A.T.O would lay a serious as$s whooping on Russia. BUT Russia would not go down with out blowing its load on its nukes. Winner …. ROACHES

  • Bruce Denton

    i’ve read my history and people forget who sent all the equipment to russia and england and the statement made was russia won ww2…for which, i replied what i did…

  • Michael Shanahan

    Yeah, no worries.
    The Japanese were a formidable military, any time they were defeated they put up a heck of a battle. I’m sure the Manchurian invasion was no different.

  • larsky

    Agreed.. war is horrible. People talk about it from their arm chairs like its so awesome..while they let their children sit on their asses all day and play war games on the computer. Someday their will be a war..here. it may be in two years, or it may be in a hundred years, but it will come here in one way or another. We have become numb to death, and blood thanks to the television, movies, video games, and the media. But personally, i don’t ever want to watch my family be murdered, tortured, homeless, imprisoned, or anything that i see happenning in other war-torn countries right now..its sad that we like to compare who has the biggest muscles when it comes to warfare. Its sad that we spend so much money on warfare, when so many people in the world are homeless, sick.
    We should be competing to cure diseases, competing to see which country can decrease their use of fossil fuels. We should be bragging about how our children are so physically fit, and that they are the most educated in the world. People who Bragg about warfare capability, and who could wipe out who the fastest are basically on the same mental level as racists, bigots, and any other narrow minded moron. Do i respect servicemen and women? Of course i do. I respect them for their bravery, and honor. Its the bigger picture that im talking about, the entire planet is ours. We need to learn to get along , without war. But, unfortunately for our children that will not happen.

  • Guest

    We are sissies because we haven’t taken as many losses in battle? Maybe that’s because we already knew about the Manhattan Project and didn’t need to take that many loses. If the sissies are the guys that take the least amount of casualties and still come out on top sign me up.

  • Michael Shanahan

    lol, well said!

  • Michael Shanahan

    Lol, imagine how I feel. I’m an American, married to a beautiful Belarusian woman and currently living in Belarus. I read and hear about both sides daily.

    Bottom line, the news in both countries is absolutely politically based and exceptionally bias. Do not believe any of it, the only people that really know what is going on are in the Ukraine. Even their opinions and facts will change depending on who you ask.

    So read this crap like it’s the funnies section and disregard any attempt to gain knowledge from it.

    I just like the comments and debate part :)

  • future_doc

    Why don’t you look up and tell me who historians all agree killed the most Nazi troops….tell me….8 out of every 10 german troops died on the eastern front……germany devoted like 80% of their troops to the eastern front. You are a simple person and lack critical reading skills.

  • future_doc

    I recently did some research on the mineral distribution in the world. Its really getting hard to ignore certain facts. Afghanistan was discovered to have about 1 trillion dollars worth of minerals…..that number is staggering. Libya has lots of oil and natural gas, along with tons of gold. Iraq…..obviously we all know what they have. It just seems to be too much of a coincidence that we proclaim that democracy needs to be spread to these specific places that always seem to be rich with minerals. Are we not all playing the same game here? To denounce Russia is a hypocritical act on behalf of the U.S.

  • future_doc

    I dont think Russians lack intelligence at all, but don’t take my word for it, perform a simple google search on russian scientists, you may be surprised to find out how much Russians have contributed to math, biology, physics, chemistry. Oh and there’s always the intellectual game of chess where Russians have proved to be a dominant force. Don’t go judging other people’s intelligence. Remember that America is a nation of immigrants, there is no one ethnicity, we have all of the nation’s people at work here.

  • MaxL

    Japanese forces in Manjuria: 1,217,000
    Japanese forces in Mongolia: 210,000
    Total: 1,427,000
    Not sure about your number of Soviet troops. This is info off basic Wikipedia

  • Michael Shanahan

    Russia 1,685,500 troops, Japan 1,217,000 troops. Source- Glantz, David M. & House, Jonathan (1995), When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler, Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas. Not sure where you got your source Max, if your source is more accurate, then an even better battle for the Russians :) However there are still circumstances like Hiroshima being turned to sand that more than likely played a large hand in the outcome imo.

  • MaxL

    you know, it doesn’t hurt to learn something at list… sometimes.

  • MaxL

    I appreciate your sympathy for Russian people, but let them decide for themselves…

  • Yars

    Gawd every time I read one of these articles proclaiming how ‘superior’ to Russia the U.S. is… Then again, the arrogance on display by U.S. media pundits is in a parallel universe all its own… Every single day, there is an article proclaiming the imminent demise/collapse/breakup/dissolution of Russia (and Putin) etc., ad-nauseam… Folks, regardless of your opinion about Russia and Putin, what the U.S. media barfs up every single day, is clear evidence of an Empire in decline and headed towards Major crisis – and I’m not talking about Putin’s Russia…

  • MaxL

    Simply not true:
    Soviet forces: 1, 578,000
    Mongolian forces: 16,000
    Japanese forces: 1,427,000

  • MaxL

    Tell that to some people with ridiculous ” USA is a hero of the world” statements..

  • Michael Shanahan

    Yeah, kinda gotta agree with crackers guy. The US certainly wasn’t solely responsible for winning WWII, but you do have to wonder how long the Brits or Russia would have held without US entering the war, especially if Japan would have attacked. The Russians had massive casualties and the Blitz Krieg was really slowed by the famous Russian winter…. Gotta give it up for the Brits, they put up a hell of a fight, though how long could they sustain? Guess a debate for the ages :)

  • MaxL

    I don’t want to see either of these countries fighting.

  • MaxL

    Good point..

  • MaxL

    I think its time for your meds… lol

  • Simple Statement

    The USA didn’t save the world, it was one the the main reason the war tipped in the Allies favor, but not the only reason. The other reason was the USSR could fight the Nazi’s more effectively because of their location. Many factors play into it, but certainly both countries shared in the spoils of their sacrifices.

  • Michael Shanahan

    Umm, if memory serves me correctly, the Mongols where there also. Japan was quite outnumbered. As well, it started the day or next day after the Hiroshima bombing and was followed by the Nagasaki bombing.
    Not to take anything away from the Russians, they won a great battle. But there were circumstances that aided. Russia was no more single handedly responsible for winning that battle as the US was for winning the war.
    Not sure “sissies” would aptly apply to the US forces in the Pacific theater, or any man for that matter willing to go to battle….. :)

  • MaxL

    Nobody could say for sure what would happen without Soviet or American involvement in that war. But, sometimes, I see comments online about USA saving the world in WW2 and that makes me very agitated..

  • MaxL

    Now, I will agree on this statement..

  • MaxL

    I would agree that weather was one of the important factors for German defeat in winter of 1941.. But, relying on weather factor is simply understating Soviet Army effort in that defeat. Also, most of the East Soviet Armies were not moved from Manjuria’s border until the offense in 1945..

  • Johnny John Jon

    Give this man a piece of Ukraine.

  • John

    well said.

  • YouCrackersArePussy

    It was a group effort Russian manpower American industrial capacity, its often stated that the two biggest military blunders hitler committed was declaring war on russia then the united states….

  • Russia is Weak

    Russia is weak. They couldn’t even handle Germany, when Germany was facing the whole world. Stalin went into his depression, stuffing his fat face with wolf milk. Poor pit stained Stalin. After the betrayal, he begged the Allied forces for supplies, begged them to join him, and attack Germany. The winter had nothing to do with Germany losing the war. It was the fact Germany was facing the whole world, + a over supplied barbaric Russia, while Germany was under supplied. Face it, if it was just Germany and Russia alone in a room. Germany would lay the worlds biggest beating on Russia. Japan dominated Russia before WW2. Japan did not surrender because of Russia. There was a reason two bombs were dropped over Japan. Russia wouldn’t even be able to compete against Japan. Russians are so greedy, you help their pathetic country out and in return “We defeated Germany, we won the war. Moooootheeeer Russiaaaa, we so good. We drink vodka, and down Helga’s wolf milk down.” Russia is weak. Germany and Japan beat Russia until they cried again. This should be U.S vs Russia (Putin crying for help, needing more supplies, and more allies to help beat U.S” No one likes Russians. They aren’t wanted because they spread hate, they aren’t satisfied with anything. Stand down, Putin. You can’t copy someone from WW2, when your country was weak before, and even now.

  • Simple Statement

    If that is how it was taken, than I apologize to Soviet families, but again just because you took it out of context doesn’t make what your assumption is to be true.

  • MaxL

    Didn’t you say “hilarious” at statement about Russians defeating Germans? Even if you disagree, your statement is very downgrading to Soviet people and their families..

  • YouCrackersArePussy

    If im not mistaking the only thing that saved the russians besides the winter was a promise from japan not to attack from the east so with russia not having to fear fighting on to fronts they where able to moved there siberian divisions which where fully prepared for winter fighting unlike the germans

  • Simple Statement

    I didn’t place it in the category, I merely stated that as one of the fronts where American Military fought. If you will continue to take what I say out of context there will be confusion. At no point were we categorizing battles. This still goes back to my main statement, that for people to declare that Russia single handily defeated the Nazi’s is silly, lets be honest, both Russia and the US together were the main reason the Allies won WW2, would they have won without the US, I dunno, would they have won without Russia, I dunno. That isn’t what happened tho, it took both of them to do it.

  • MaxL

    Once again, did I minimize American sacrifice in WW2? There were some great military operations by US forces against Japanese in Pacific front and Germans in Italy. But, placing Attu n the same scale as Kursk or Iwo Jima is simply ridiculous..

  • Simple Statement

    This is strictly about WW2.

  • A Dalengo

    Trying not to “continue to minimize every military conflict the US was engaged in.”
    If not for the Russians bloodying Germans in the Eastern front, on the next days after the D-Day Germans would have allies in their stool.

  • Simple Statement

    So you assume that is my opinion, when it is actually far from it. That is good to know.

  • Simple Statement

    I have no idea what you are trying to say, can you clarify your statement.

  • A Dalengo

    Vietnam? Iraq? Afghanistan?
    How it feels, with a face broken in by a gang of AK47 wielding guys?

  • MaxL

    Well, your original comment sounds like you laugh over the enormous sacrifice Soviet Army made during the war, defeating 94% of mighty German Army forces (best in the world at the time)I might add..

  • Simple Statement

    It was against the Japanese, have you read the comments correctly? We are speaking about all the battle fronts, including, Japan, Italy, and Germany.

  • A Dalengo

    Russian brought Japan to their knees by incinerating Kwantung Army, million-strong, in a few days. They did what American sissies could not do in four years. Amer sissies could not take losses. That’s why they have not won any wars, rather, expedition campaigns, but Grenada.

  • A Dalengo

    Is it near Waco, TX?

  • Simple Statement

    So fighting Japanese in hand to hand combat is not a battle, wow there is no point in talking to you if you will just continue to minimize every military conflict the US was engaged in.

  • A Dalengo

    US Alaskan front against German Nazzi !? Man – you beat even the Dilbert’s account of ridiculous American’s “knowledge” of WW2! That’s quite a feat.

  • A Dalengo

    US Alaskan front against German Nazi!? Man – you beat even the Dilbert’s account of ridiculous American’s “knowledge” of WW2! That’s quite a feat.

  • Simple Statement

    Yes a battle that lasted two weeks, in which we defeated the Japanese in brutal hand to hand combat.

  • MaxL

    Kursk. That’s a battle. Verden. That’s a battle. Stalingrad. That’s a battle.

  • Simple Statement

    Never said or acted like the US saved them, I simply stated that Russia did not defeat the Nazi’s alone, please read my comments.

  • MaxL

    Battle?

  • A Dalengo

    The present author Chris Morris is a “passionate player of video games”, same as the Illinois Nazzi in the WH. Apparently, they both believe that the Russians can build Sukhoi jets but no drones.
    No guys, Russian hi-schoolers were building those bumblebee size drones since at least 1960s. They can go thru the vent into the WH and cleave off any of two big ears of the Supreme Commander of your choosing. Same with the continuously upgraded Stuttgart bunker safekeeping Admiral-General Breedlove.
    Relax, guys, and have some fun in your worthless lives. Peace.

  • MaxL

    Nobody is minimizing US’s contribution in victory over Japan and Germany in WW2. But, please stop acting like it was the US who saved the Europe and USSR in that war…

  • A Dalengo

    The present author Chris Morris is a “passionate player of video games”, same as the Illinois Nazi in the WH. Apparently, they both believe that the Russians can build Sukhoi jets but no drones.
    No guys, Russian hi-schoolers were building those bumblebee size drones since at least 1960s. They can go thru the vent into the WH and cleave off any of two big ears of the Supreme Commander of your choosing. Same with the continuously upgraded Stuttgart bunker with bonehead Admiral-General Breedlove.
    Relax, guys, and have some fun in your worthless lives. Peace.

  • Arse

    Do you people realize that you are fueling this situation. Do any of you really want to go to war in today’s weapon age. Do you know what will happen to your families at home, your home your private life and your life.Why weigh them up against each other. This is totally crazy. Rather get on your knees and pray to your God not my God your God that this will never take place at all. It will be total destruction of the world as we know it, is this what you want. Catch a wake up and smell the coffee.

  • Simple Statement

    Wow have you ever heard of the Battle of Attu, LOL Certainly not since you laugh when I said Alaska.

  • MaxL

    I meant to say mostly Brits against Rommel anyway ( Africa)

  • MaxL

    Once again, please elaborate on the fighting fronts..
    North Africa: Rommel’s forces are less then 2% of the German active force ( mostly Brits anyway)
    Italy: 1944
    France/Germany: 5-6% of active German force , again 1944-1945 (Soviet Army at that time is in full offence in Poland and Romania)
    Central Pacific: Japan (main enemy)
    Western Pacific: Japan (main enemy)
    Alaska: lol

  • Simple Statement

    Not arguing that point, but to say that the Russians took out the Nazi’s almost all by themselves is just a bit of a lie, while they did kill more Nazi’s and suffer more causalities the US had a hand in the defeat and to minimize our contributions to the war is just ridiculous.

  • Joe Dirt

    This is rather sad that there are people like you who still get their information from CNN/FOX. Look, this topic is not a matter of opinion, it’s statistics. How about you google what happen to eastern European countries after they joined EU? You’ve been massively misinformed.

  • A Dalengo

    Ryan — crawl back into your spiderhole in TX, grandpa, have some bourbon to calm down.

  • Joe Dirt

    Omg, are you misinformed or brainwashed? How about you at very least Google subject first, post second. “Improved” my ars

  • MaxL

    Soviet Union stationed massive amount of military force on the border with Manjuria against Japanese Kvantun Army from February of 1941 to the end of the war.

  • Simple Statement

    The US fought on more than two fronts during WW 2.

    The ground fighting fronts included:

    North Africa

    Italy

    France/Germany

    Central Pacific

    Western Pacific

    Alaska

  • Joe Dirt

    lol, you couldn’t handle tribal Taliban. What capabilities are you talking about?!?

  • MaxL

    94% of German Vermaht’s forces were deployed on Eastern Front.. What did you say about US fighting on both fronts? US forces were deployed in Europe in 1941 then?

  • Joe Dirt

    There are no breadlines in Russia, step out of your cave for once. Most Russians own their homes outright w/o mortgage, unemployment is close to zero, taxes 13% flat, 0.1% realestate tax, free healthcare, free education including college and so on and so forth.

  • Brian D. Magana

    Common sense and logic dictate there will be NO winners if war breaks out between the U.S. (with western Europe) and Russia. Neither will restrain themselves from using nuclear weapons ultimately, if there is a fear of losing the conventional war. So, will that war start off as a conventional war? Or will they just push the “nuke” buttons from the start? Who knows? It all ends badly with no winners, and no world left to rule, or live in. We will become like the moon or Mars. Life as we know it will cease to exist. Period. And don’t forget China. In the above scenario, they will have no choice really but to launch their nuclear arsenal as will N. Korea and India. Everybody will be under attack, and everybody will be on the offensive. Make no mistakes, the stakes of a serious confrontation between the U.S. and Russia are the highest ever, and dwarf every other news story.

  • favian

    if we go bankrupt the whole world goes bankrupt, considering the fact we have the largest and most expensive economy in the world, second to none, so when you hope that we go bankrupt, just know that you ill be bankrupt also.

  • Simple Statement

    I completely agree! =) Economically we produce so much goods, movies, technology, oil, etc. we are finally getting back into producing new rockets. The debt is our biggest concern economically, other than the same concern every country has which is the devaluation of money, that is global (inflation).

  • Joe Smith

    Against Georgia, HA!
    That’s like watching your 20 year old brother kick the crap out of some 12 year old.

    Yeah, they used T72s against Georgia; a country that had no hope whatsoever to standing up to them.

    What this article does not mention, and the real reason for disparity between the US and Russian armies, is the lack of any real NCO corps in the Russian military. The Russian army is made up of a bunch of poorly trained children, led by corrupt political figures.

    In contrast, the US military (all branches), is made up of a bunch of children, led by veteran NCOs with 10+ years of training, who are themselves led by, all things considered, a pretty competent officer corps.

    It is training, discipline, and technology that wins wars; and in all of these areas, their simply is no comparison between US and Russian forces.

  • Simple Statement

    We arm the forces of our choosing to fight our enemies, which doesn’t always work out the way we want it to.

  • NormanAllen

    When facts are perceived through shades, they appear different. Glad it is a free country and all shades are allowed to be shown…

  • Simple Statement

    The Russians took out the Nazi’s by themselves, wow that is hilarious. Please study WW2 a little more closely, The US was fighting on all fronts while the Russians main concern was the Nazi’s. Both US and USSR are the main reason allies won the war.

  • Cristian Valcu

    It’s OK. You may take a break now. You have proven what a brainless imbecile you are.

  • Guest

    We could certainly do better I agree. I agree that other countries economies are on the rise still, but even China’s economy is beginning to taper off now, we also had a huge growth in our economy in our golden age, but that doesn’t last forever. http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-doomed-dragon-chinas-economy-headed-crash-landing-11619 The debt is another thing entirely, that I cannot argue, there is no excuse for building up that much national debt.

  • Michael Shanahan

    Ummm, “the best country to live in economically”, that’s arguable. There are several countries without the debt whose economies are still growing. However that is something else entirely.

    As for Russia, no, I do not believe they could do any better. There is way too much corruption and lack of business incentive in Russia for them to succeed with the US economy. IMO I just found it funny that John implies the US is doing a fine job :)

  • Joe Dirt

    It’s fascinating to observe how you paint Putin as a “nuke happy” guy, when its USA the only country that committed autrocity to drop nukes on civilians previously. You have no moral authority to speak on this matter, sir.

  • Joe Dirt

    They “escaped dirt” over 20 years ago. Yet, that moment of prosperity hasn’t arrived to any of them. I wonder why…

  • Joe Dirt

    There are no bread lines in Russia. You are typical product of US propaganda. Try travel?

  • Michael Shanahan

    The objective was to remove the Taliban controlled or supported government and install a pro US government, mission accomplished. Did we have to stick around and make sure Japan could run their country? No… once again the US proves how short sighted they are. That discussion could go on for days, however the US’s original goal was met. It is wholly up to the existing government to take control, which they have not and will fail. But you can’t blame the US military for a loss when it was not. Blame the government for not thinking it through to the end.

  • Joe Dirt

    You need to turn off your Sony Playstation and read up Pentagon papers at very least. I admire your fanatical confidence in US military ability tho, however grossly wrong you are.

  • Bruce Wayne

    You are befuddled. The Russian tanks are are modern where they need to be, And not so modern in places where they face a less formidable foe. They used older T72’s against Georgia. Their T90 and more modern varieties would be used if needed.

  • Simple Statement

    We may be incapable, but surely you don’t think Russia is more capable, in fact no country is capable, if you look at the entire world every countries economy is failing. In the grand scheme of things the US is still the best country to live in economically. Eventually we will have to come up with a new monetary system as the one every country uses is flawed and will lead to the devaluation of their money to zero.

  • Bruce Wayne

    You are a moron to suggest we won in Libya.

  • Michael Shanahan

    Ummm, as long as we are talking hypotheticals. The US fought an all out war on two fronts in WWII. How long would Russia last had Japan attacked them, instead of Pearl Harbor?

  • Bruce Wayne

    Fools! Afghanistan and its fellow wet paper bag that was Iraq, go down in the loss column. We won no more in Afghanistan than the Soviets, and the Russians did not supply the Taliban with Stinger type launchers.

  • Bruce Wayne

    YOu forgot to mention the US congress and the Duma

  • Bruce Wayne

    Tell me how long the USA would have lasted, had they faced Operation Barbarossa. The Russians took on the Nazis pretty much on their own and won. The USA would have given up as soon as the electricity went out, just weeks into the assault.

  • Michael Shanahan

    Funny, considering the US government is incapable of running their own economy, as the 18 trillion dollar debt has proven. Just saying :)

  • A Simple Guest

    Russia won’t invade or attack anybody! (Crimea had to return to Russia simply for protecting their military naval base)

    What does president Putin want? – I found the answer in Spiegel’s article ”’From Lisbon to Vladivostok’: Putin Envisions a Russia-EU Free Trade Zone” President Putin is a very pragmatic, down-to-earth, rational person. Russia is ready to make BUSINESS with West and East. Russia wants to be a bridge economically and politically between Europe and Asia.

    But the united stares of financial mafia ($oro$ & his criminal gang) would not accept that: they needed EU bankrupt (look
    beyond vulgar nullity message ”f**k EU” and you will see the real scope of Ukraine coup from Feb 2014) and Russia on its knee so then they can impose TTIP (and TPP in the East) and rule the world (look for the geopolitical role of TTIP)

    And in the mean time MIC makes profit -US can NOT thrive if they do not make war… now they destroy Ukraine in a proxy war – trying hard to push Russia into the conflict

    Ukraine is failed state – like Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan…

    What did EU gain – economically, financially and politically – from dragging Ukraine to sign that EU association agreement?

    Why did EU politicians support the coup in Kiev in Feb 2014 when they knew that Ukraine is a bottomless financial black hole and all the money will be gluttonously devoured in no-time by the ruthless cynical money hungry Ukrainian oligarchs?

    Do ordinary Ukrainians live better NOW then 1 year ago? What did Ukrainians achieve in this inferno year by destroying their country in a fratricide war sponsored by the oligarchs (from West – Wall Street – and East)?

    and a voice of wisdom

    http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/05/vanden-heuvel-need-some-common-sense-in-ukraine/

  • stoneworker

    Best Soviet weaponry during the 1960s….name the technology that they used that you think is “the best soviet weaponry and air defenses” then we can actually have a constructive discussion.

  • John molester

    Let’s say that the Russians could survive and win the war they have not the intelligence. Or are smart enough to run America and its economy let alone try to rule anything that large when they are not smart enough to make their own country successful. Putin is just 10 bricks short of a full load anyway

  • Ryan

    crawl into your soviet cave commie

  • goofballsgalore

    How much do they pay the author Christopher Morris to write this B.S.? The U.S. with our fascist run government is the one trying to back Russia into a corner because their NWO guru’s want Agenda 21. Wake up folks, and prepare now. I’ve found numerous articles by Yahoo that are simply intended to divide our nation and create strife–YAHOO IS A PUPPET OF THE NWO

  • tut

    ” And, of course, this turns out to be the case, with admitted defense spending in the United States currently equal to around $612 million. This dwarfs any nation on the planet, and Russia is no exception, with the Eastern European powerhouse spending $76 million annually on its defense.”

    Please Dr. Evil, million or billion?

  • im

    this is another Yahoo BS article, and interesting to note that you can’t favorite someone’s post like yours, only put a negative to it==yahoo stinks imho.

  • Potarick

    I got it from yours truly, and not from CNN, FOX and the other mindless and spineless propaganda distributors…

  • Christina Metron

    United state more united and willing to fight the evil claim of Soviet school mentality, the Russian will end fighting each other in religious and civil war.

  • ??????? ??????

    you misled….the whole situation is much more complicated…

  • ??????? ??????

    tell me, where are you from? this is important because vision problems are different for everyone…I will be easier for you to try to explain something

  • Chad

    You are a clown. We are not going to war with Russia. If we locked you out of SWIFT transfers your banks would go belly up tomorrow. The Russian economy is floundering. The population is shrinking. Men are dying at alarming rates due to alcohol (vodka). Russia did not diversify their economy which makes them totally dependent on selling gas & oil. It would hurt the EU and countries like Italy if those supplies were cut off but the EU would survive. Russia on the other hand may go bankrupt in a years time if the price of oil doesn’t rebound and the current sanctions aren’t lifted. Nobody is investing in Russia. Some deals are being signed by China, India, etc… but as the ruble collapses none of those deals are going to go through. Do you really think China is coming to your rescue? They hate the Russians. They might buy your women and some of your oil but they know the average Russian is about the most racist human on the planet. Try being a black man on the subway in Moscow. It’s only a matter of time before you get sucker punched. Under Putin racism & homophobia has come out of the shadows and is completely acceptable. The rest of the world sees what’s going on.

  • Chad

    I saw it and I know we’re far from perfect. Both the US and the USSR have many many skeletons in their closets. Iraq is especially painful for many Americans. That being said there is no excuse for what Putin is doing in Ukraine today. It’s not rocket science to understand who is driving this war in Ukraine. Make what you want about what happened in Kiev but what’s happening now is 100% being driven by all out support from Russia. Some people died in Kiev but now we’re talking about thousands of civilians and total destruction of villages & cities.
    Bottom line is the price of oil and the isolation Russia now is experiencing will make for a very painful near future. Again, all the blame needs to go to Putin.
    I do think NATO and the US blew it after the Cold War by not helping Russia more and isolating them like we did. We bear some blame for the rise of Putin much like the Allies bore some blame for the rise of Hitler after WW1.

  • Chad

    and you get your stats where???

  • Chad

    They are fleeing from a war zone created by Putin.

  • Michael Shanahan

    I assume you are referring to the security companies? Simple, they are paid by contract companies. Not directly by the US government, hence they are not mercenaries, but contract security companies. They are employed by other companies for security purposes only. Lol, yes, yes, I know, semantics :) but that is the difference.

  • Chad

    The current “political crisis” is called a war where people are dying. There was a political crisis in Kiev and when the corrupt and yes ‘elected’ leader high tailed it to Moscow and a new and unelected government took control there was zero threat to the Russian speaking people in Crimea or eastern Ukraine. Yes the US encouraged this revolt but you give no credit to the Ukrainians who took to the street and demanded a government that wouldn’t be bribed by Moscow to reject improved relations with the EU. There were silly laws proposed and then thrown away about not having people speak Russian in all of Ukraine but that was fringe stuff that never became law. There was no violence against Russian speaking people.
    What happened next was 100% driven by Putin. After he got over his big party in Sochi he turned his attention to Crimea and then eastern Ukraine. Putin has been orchestrating this entire conflict by supporting and supplying rebels in Ukraine with arms and personnel. Remember when Putin & Lavrov said there were no Russian troops infiltrating Crimea and then they both said of course there were. They say they were there to protect the Russian speaking population but they were never under any threat. Now thousands of civilians are dying and all that blood is on Putin’s hands. History will not be kind to Putin and neither will the next year. Karma is a beeiiooch.

  • Charles Mcalister

    DOES nobody find it conspicuous that obama and putin are found in all these ridiculous poses as if it’s all a big soap opera and we’re the clowns who believe they’re not in bed together? where do these ridiculous photos come from anyway? highly unbelievable!

  • Michael Shanahan

    I agree. That however, is post objective. The original objective was completed. I make no mention of the short sightedness of the most of the US’s conflicts, the latter two being monumentally foolishly handled imo. I was simply replying to the original post that I found inaccurate.

    Chad, your post my friend, is a wholly different debate….. well, I wouldn’t debate it…. as stated, I agree :)

  • Chad

    Tell that to Putin or Cheney.

  • Chad

    Do they even have enough guys who aren’t drunk on vodka to drive all those circa 1950’s tanks?

  • Chad

    What exactly would you call all the private contractors we employ all over the world who are armed and don’t exactly follow the Geneva Convention?

  • Russia is Weak

    MOOOOTHER RUSSIAAA, MOTHER RUSSIAAAA. Oh wait. Germany smacked the living hell out of Russia. You remember when the leader of Germany, betrayed Stalin? Poor pit stained, tubs Stalin went into depression, he wouldn’t speak to anyone. Russia had supplies, and managed to turn the tide. I love how they do that. “WE WON WW2.” No, you guys didn’t win. You guys had supplies, yet they think they did it all alone. Poor Russians, everyone hates them. They are a laughing stock of the world. The typical Russian “I drink wolf milk, and stumble when I sip vodka. I can’t count, and I am scared. Mooooootherrrrr Russssiiiiaaaaaa, we get da supplies. We so weak, we will only fight if we are supplied. Germany, and Japan both slapped us around back in the day. Mooooootheeeeerrrr Russssiaaaa.”

  • Chad

    You are technically correct but most of those conflicts were technically military wins except Vietnam but in the long run they will cost us more. You call Iraq a win but with the successes of ISIS and the fact that we really never left and are creeping back in I’d say it’s long from over. Afghanistan is also going to be a disaster after we pull out if we every really do. Not sure what we’re going to get from that mess.

  • Ok

    he speaks the truth, and u try to go against him. u should find hobby ok

  • Chad

    Russia has a shirtless homo with small man syndrome running the country into the ground right now. Russia imports 40% of it’s food and 60% of everything else it needs. The ruble is somewhere around 70 to the dollar with no chance it will rebound while Putin continues his military adventurism laying waste to innocent civilians not to mention using his own soldiers as fodder in eastern Ukraine. As Russia’s economy implodes this year cooler heads will prevail in Moscow and the shirtless wonder will be quietly retiring. Might take a year and it will be a painful year for the average Russian but some lessons are hard.

  • shockerT

    No, dumbass, if our forces wage war with ‘one hand tied behind their backs’ (as in Iraq with all of the stifenining rules of engagement) then the costs will run up and lives lost versus a TOTAL OBLITERATION mode where you kill everything that moves … Military is set up for obliteration yet we are managing it like a police force in some respects

  • audioquest56

    Does it really matter who has more tanks or aircraft or guns? If these two nations were to go to war, it would eventually escalate to a nuclear conflict and then we would ALL lose as in end of civilization as we know it.

  • Michael Shanahan

    Umm, think “mercenary actions” is not correct. As the US doesn’t use mercenaries, I believe that is now against the Geneva Convention. Had something to do with a country in Africa…. anyway, the politically correct term I believe, protecting American interest :)

  • Brandon

    Read Mi
    chael’s post.

  • libertyanyday

    ” We tried to separate the good from the bad. ”

    This has been the ‘ reason ‘ why all wars are fought, we are good and they are bad…. next.

  • libertyanyday

    u should probably find a hobby or something else to occupy some of your extra time…..

  • Michael Shanahan

    Lol, beat me to it… I’m a slow typer I guess.

  • Michael Shanahan

    Guess that depends on your definition of “Win”. As well, technically, the US has not been involved in a war since WW II. They have been called conflicts…. just saying :)

    South Korea was not taken over by the communist north….that was the objective…. win.
    Panama, Noriega was ousted… that was the objective… win.
    Vietnam, stop the north from controlling the south… objective not complete…lost.
    First Gulf conflict, expel the Iraqis out of Kuwait… that was the objective…win.
    Afghanistan, remove Taliban, set up puppet government… that was the objective…win.
    Second Gulf conflict, remove current dictator and establish puppet government, allow oil trade and American investments…. that was the objective… win.

    So what is your definition of “win”, total control? That was never the objective.

  • libertyanyday

    please do……. The last declared WAR was WWII wasnt it? Everything else has been politically motivated mercinary actions.

  • barret arquette

    Who ever wrote this article is a phawking moron and has no Idea of what Russia has! Just jabbering BS to brainwash people in to his bubble fantasy world he lives in! so if Russia would ever invade America this motherphawker would be the 1st to hide under his mommy’s bed!

  • brandon

    You forgot to mention the Kremlin.

  • Brandon

    And what do you define as war? and what exactly is “won” Many different forms of war. Depends on the purpose of why we go to war. Desert Storm, we didn’t win, we demolished. few weeks of air strikes, and a ground offensive of just over 100 hours, destroyed the numerically superior Iraqi Army. etc. We don’t go in and just blow everything up anymore.
    If you want to scope it down, we won in Libya, we did what we wanted to do, and got out, Afghan, Iraq again. WE did our mission so technically we “won” We won the cold war too. Shall i go on?

  • http://www.rap.ru/ ????? ?????? RAP.RU

    the main problem of humanity sits in Washington, in the White House

  • Charles

    If America is so great, why haven’t America won a war in the past 60 years?

  • Brandon

    I love how this article goes by numbers alone, Russia has more tanks, so they have the edge….The majority of Russian tanks aren’t even close to modern most are from the 50’s and 60’s while roughly ALL of america’s tanks are Modern

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  • Michael Shanahan

    Lol, Russia has been kicking the US’s [email protected]# in the space war from day one. Would love to see a Russian rover on the moon to verify the US actually landed or planted a flag there.

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  • shockerT

    Everything you point out about Iraq/Afghanistan/middle east is missing one key fact – the USA did not try to ‘conquer’ them. We tried to separate the good from the bad. If the USA tried to conquer, the time would have been much shorter and the casualties much less. Conquer means destroy ALL and submit ALL not separate good from bad.

  • ??????? ??????

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  • shockerT

    Hey dumb f#ck – not that I am proud of Russia – but what defense is there against submarine launched Nuclear weapons? if you have more kitchen knives than me, but I have a single bazooka — who has more? Again, its not about this notion that more of one type of conventional weapon means one side is better than the other – UNIFY and LOVE is better than war games – NOONE wins in war

  • shockerT

    In war, humanity loses. Powerful men only serve themselves. The voice and compassion of the people should trump the power hungry and control desires of the 1%. What is the point of humanity? We need to bond together and stop this notion of America is better than Russia or Russia is better – there is much that can be done together with love

  • Michael Shanahan

    I would have to disagree with most of your comment. Israel has more than enough capability to destroy Hezbollah, their circumstance is dictating their tactics. That being pressure not to commit fully by the US and retaliation by the surrounding gulf countries. Remove those and it would be the most one sided conflict in history… Imo. As for the US strength being only tanks, helicopters and the A-10, that is quite debatable. Think about this, the US spends more money on defense than the next 10 countries combined. That can pay for a whole lot of technology and you and most civilians have no idea about. I will agree that tactics, more specifically, the try and be nice in war tactic, will fail every time. Genghis comes to mind.

    Just my opinion and hope that these two governments can come to their senses and avoid us from finding out :)

  • RussiansRCowards

    The US Navy would completely obliterate the Russian Navy. No doubt, the entire Russian Navy would sink to the bottom of the ocean. When was the last time any of you have seen a proper Russian Battle Group sail across the globe? Well, the US Navy does this everyday because the US Navy has a fleet for every ocean and then some. Last time I checked, the US Navy had 300+ Cruiser’s, Destroyers, Frigates, Subs, Carriers, and Assault Ships. Plus a few hundred logistics ships for logistical purposes. In Lay mans terms, could Russia dispatch a battle group of ships to Florida? Heck no!! Because a majority of their ships aren’t fully intact and they’re at port rusting away. All Russia can dispatch is stragglers. In lay mans terms: A few bear bombers and a few subs here and there. Please Google People. Google: When was the last time Russia conducted blue water naval operations? You’ll find the answer, 1989. We all hear about these amazing military exercises in Russia, yet they’re primitive WW2 Era tank formations with a few dozen helicopters and jet fighters. Hence, the USA conducts the same operations in the same numbers. But they’re conducted around the World with other military or on foreign soil. Russia can only have its war games in Russia or with its friends that live next to its borders, like China and the trash can former Soviet Republics. The only thing Russia has going for it: Nuclear weapons and Russia hides behinds its weapons. Yet, people don’t realize, America has 1,000s of nukes as well. And America can also wipe Russia from the map too. Putin lovers don’t like hearing that logic or reality because that evens up the game. Russia and its internet fools always make the West look inferior, so they can recruit idiots that believe this nonsense. If any of these Pro Russian posts had any logic, they would include logic and reality. Here’s some reality. How can Russia invade or outsmart and defeat the USA when the USA owns 10x more spy sats than Russia? Oh, and the largest spy plane force in the World. Can Russia cloak its gear and make it magically appear in the USA? Also, how will the Russians get their gear on US soil and past the US Navy? Listen Pro Putin Lovers: Russia dispatches a tank force into Europe or perhaps they launch a nuke. What do you think the USA is going to do when Russia launches its nukes? The USA will strike back and it will be the end of the World as we know it. Wake up and smell the coffee Putin Lovers.

  • RussiansRCowards

    The US Navy would completely obliterate the Russian Navy. No doubt, the entire Russian Navy would sink to the bottom of the ocean. When was the last time any of you have seen a proper Russian Battle Group sail across the globe? Well, the US Navy does this everyday because the US Navy has a fleet for every ocean and then some. Last time I checked, the US Navy had 300+ Cruiser’s, Destroyers, Frigates, Subs, Carriers, and Assault Ships. Plus a few hundred logistics ships for logistical purposes. In Lay mans terms, could Russia dispatch a battle group of ships to Florida? Heck no!! Because a majority of their ships aren’t fully intact and they’re at port rusting away. All Russia can dispatch is stragglers. In lay mans terms: A few bear bombers and a few subs here and there. Please Google People. Google: When was the last time Russia conducted blue water naval operations? You’ll find the answer, 1989. We all hear about these amazing military exercises in Russia, yet they’re primitive WW2 Era tank formations with a few dozen helicopters and jet fighters. Hence, the USA conducts the same operations in the same numbers. But they’re conducted around the World with other military or on foreign soil. Russia can only have its war games in Russia or with its friends that live next to its borders, like China and the trash can former Soviet Republics. The only thing Russia has going for it: Nuclear weapons and Russia hides behinds its weapons. Yet, people don’t realize, America has 1,000s of nukes as well. And America can also wipe Russia from the map too. Putin lovers don’t like hearing that logic or reality because that evens up the game. Russia and its internet fools always make the West look inferior, so they can recruit idiots that believe this nonsense. If any of these Pro Russian posts had any logic, they would include logic and reality. Here’s some reality. How can Russia invade or outsmart and defeat the USA when the USA owns 10x more spy sats than Russia? Oh, and the largest spy plane force in the World. Can Russia cloak its gear and make it magically appear in the USA? Also, how will the Russians get their gear on US soil and past the US Navy? Listen Pro Putin Lovers: Russia dispatches a tank force into Europe or perhaps they launch a nuke. What do you think the USA is going to do when Russia launches its nukes? The USA will strike back and it will be the end of the World as we know it. Wake up and smell the coffee Putin Lovers.

  • RussiansRCowards

    I love how you state that you’re a Vietnam Vet and an American. Yet, you’re speaking Russian in your former posts. Pretty much, kiddo, you’re a liar and everything you just said is now a lie because it’s no longer relevant. Why would you lie and steal valor from an American Vet? You never severed a day of your life in the US Military. Well, maybe in Call of Duty. I must admit, though. You’re a troll that lies so much, you’re starting to believe what you say. That’s scary, and I bet you work a sorry job back in Russia flipping burgers. I feel sorry for you.

  • RussiansRCowards

    Let’s also not forget: Afghanistan. Yeah, the war that the Soviets retreated from ,hahahaha. Also, the Soviet Union fell and lost the cold war. You prop Russia up so big and powerful? Yet, when was the last time we saw a proper Russian fleet sail in blue navy formation? Maybe 1989? Hahahaha. The US Navy has a fleet for every ocean and can resupply its ships with logistics from its 100s of logistical ships. The US Navy has patrolled the World oceans since WW2. Russia has no capable Military that could reach the USA but the USA has a capable military. All Russia can do is hide behind its nukes like cowards. Russia would never have a duel with the USAF or USA because they would be destroyed and humiliated like the food they are. I normally don’t reply to moronic idiots like yourself, but when you said you were a Vietnam Vet, I couldn’t help myself, lol. You’re a liar, nothing more, nothing less. Grow up, kiddo. A whole World exists outside moms basement.

  • AA

    Yea, but you are comparing apples to oranges. Labor and materials in Russia are much cheaper. And why are our astronauts riding on Russian rockets to get to the space station if Russia is technologically inferior? For how long can we stomach heavy losses? Too many variables. And why die for Ukrainians. All they want is our money, a commodity in short supply.

  • RussiansRCowards

    Spoken like a true Third World Idiot. You’re not American. How do I know? Because you’re using British English. And It’s obvious you learned it in your Third World Country. I can’t believe you would base the US Navy on its Carrier Force? When the US Nay has over 230+ Cruisers, Frigates, Subs, and Destroyers. You’re a Russian trying to pose as an American. Anybody can figure that out when they look at your past messages.
    Everything you also said is false, and my 12 year old daughter could conjure up a better story than you can. You’re pathetic and a coward. I’m ashamed that people like yourself even have access to the internet. Because people like yourself continue to educate the stupid people like yourself with false info and pro Russian hot garbage. I reckon, you’re the product of Call of duty. You wake up one day and want to become a Russian soldier. Judgeing from all of your rants, It’s obvious you’re nothing more than a bona fide man child still living at home with mom whiffing her crusty old panties. That’s pathetic and you kiddo are pathetic. Grow up and face the real World. I also like how you said: You’re a Vietnam vet, hahahahaha. Yet, in your past posts you were speaking in Russian. I reckon Putin is paying you with Vodka and Potatoes, lol.

  • AA

    Your aircraft carriers have to go trough the Bosporus, easily plugged straight. In war nothing is easy except the talk.

  • Russia – Lies

    Death to Putin!

  • AA

    Well, maybe.

  • AA

    At least learn to spell, before you offer your unqualified opinion. It is “their economy” and not “there economy.”

  • PolterPulp

    Very poorly written article. That makes me laugh, lol. Because It’s not an Independent Clause!! Yet, you insult others, and you’re just as bad. I dislike morons like yourself. Please leave the planet.

  • PolterPulp

    Are you a Third world Idiot or something? Hey, pal, I can buy that. And if you are, I take back everything I said, sport.

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  • PolterPulp

    Very poorly written article. Never ceases to amaze me how many people cannot spell correctly or use proper grammar.
    Yet, you can’t even form a complete sentence. How can you make a sentence out of a dependent clause? Maybe you should practice what you preach, kiddo. Because everybody is laughing at you!! Let me guess, HS Dropout and proud Subway Worker?

  • ??????? ??????

    Yes you’re a complete idiot who does not know history…. moron . I can say only one thing: if you go, Y O U will get hit in the head….warriors

  • Ty

    Both counties are in no shape for large scale war with one another. Any type of coalition is hard to even daydream about and the U.N. AND NATO are a huge joke.

  • Kiwi Preacher

    Perhaps you would care to explain your statement and back it up with facts rather than make pointless attacks based on ignorance.

  • Ty

    Much of what you say is correct. One point you did miss is that Russia, in most cases, is using outdated, rusting and I’ll mantained military equipment across the board. Russia is also seeing there economy weaken and it is at the start of a recession.

  • Russia is Weak

    Russia wouldn’t win, unless they were being supplied by 10 different countries. Let’s go back, Japan smacked Russia around in naval before WW2, forcing them to sign a treaty. Let’s go towards World War 2. Germany rolled through Russia, dominating their forces. Wait a second, Russian fat dough boy Mario, Stalin is upset because he has been betrayed. Now he begs for help from the Allied forces. Now he is being sent supplies nonstop, now these Russians start to turn the tide of the war screaming “MOOOOTHEEEER RUSSSIAAAA.” They claim they won World War 2 alone, they claim Japan surrendered because the Russians were heading their way. Why do you think the bomb was dropped over Japan? They would have demolished the Russians if they attempted heading towards mainland, Japan. WW1 speaks the facts about that. How about this Russia, I’ll along with everyone else in the world will send you supplies, maybe you can go to war with someone, and boast about how you won all alone, while chanting “MUTHER RUSSIA, I RUSSIA, I SWING ME VODKA BOTTLE INTO ME HELGA LIKE TOOTH, WHILE DRINKING WOLF MILK.” Even after someone has helped you guys out, you would turn around, and continue hating on that country claiming you did it all alone. Morale of the story. Japan smacked you guys around. Germany demolished you guys, you wouldn’t stand a chance against anyone. I bet someone will say “don’t attack Russia during the winter.” All Germany had to do back in the day, if they weren’t being supplied. They wait out the winter, and resume their attack. Russia was finished, until smelly pits Stalin begged for supplies, and help. I would hate to call Germany on you guys again, this time you won’t have supplies handed to you nonstop, pathetic dogs.

  • YouSoStupid

    Are you stupid? There was a reason they dropped the big bomb over onto Japan. Before World War 2, Japan and Russia faced off. Who won that battle? (It was naval.) They even had to sit down, and sign papers because Russia lost so many forces. What is Russia going to do, drive the tanks over the water? Japan had a great naval fleet, something Russia didn’t have. Russia was only good when they had 6+ people supplying them, face it. You guys couldn’t even defeat Germany, without help from the rest of the world. Japan didn’t surrender because MOOOOOTTHEEER RUSSIA was arriving. The bomb did numbers on them. Foolish boy.

  • The Truth

    You can’t reason with these Russians. They scream and shout “MOOOTTHEEER RUSSIAAAAA.” Germany was beating Russia down. Russia only managed to turn the tide of the war, because they were being supplied nonstop by the rest of the Allied forces. It’s easy to beat a enemy that is under supplied, and has the whole world going against it. Germany vs Russia, easily Germany would have won. You help them out, give them supplies, and the Russians will still continue to hate you and claim they are the best “Mother Russiaaaaaa.” Don’t forget World War 2, one country managed to slap Russia around, until the whole world jumped in to save them. Lingban Tobo is stupid.

  • Dennis Swanson

    so anyone opposed to corruption sounds like a Russian troll?

  • GREG

    how can u disagree? just look at how small our military is. compare that to the size of the population. Are strongest men are the best and bravest but to many have died while most stay home. Bush senior+junior devastated our military for financial gain. now with saddam or a proper replacement. the whole world can move through iraq and who has to clean it up? the u.s.a and allies that will turn on us like the afgans did. The founding fathers WOULD TAKE AWAY OUR GUNS. FREE SPEACH AND PUT US UNDER A CURFEW IF THEY WERE ALIVE. EXCEPT FOR COMBAT VETS. EVERYBODY ELSE JUST GETS ICE CREAM.

  • greg

    sadly u are correct. its scary to hear some people talk. a country of 100s of millions of people and not even a 3 million man army? just crazy. After JFK got his head blown off. we got rid of any real draft+got off the gold standard. Are men are killing each other in the streets, going to jujitsu class. coloring their hair, watching mma, voting for any one who talks of war and low taxes while a smaller and smaller number of real men fight are growing list of enemies. Dicky and bushy wrecked the military. to wussies whos greatest battle was with cholesterol. So many good men disabled or killed in these wars. i wish u were wrong. when i look at whats happening, im scared. A draft is the only way to save this country now. thank u for your service.

  • timbuk2

    Hello. I received my initial brainwashing in US and my advanced brainwashing in Russia. Can you tell me what is sin’s name?

  • Timbuktoo

    What does this story have to do with today’s events or the article?

  • normfields

    Tell that to Saddam Hussein. He says after two wars, he waiting for you Russians and your terrible under estimations of US military capabilities, in hades.

  • Aleks Joans

    “Arrogance and pride”

    Yes it will defeat you, and sooner than you think. Just look at your tl;dr comment (magazine article) rife with hubris. Are you the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs? Are you a general? I don’t think the upcoming war is going to go quite the way you think it will.

  • Havik

    And let’s not forget the [email protected] that now is allowed to run rampant in the us military, along with “sensitivity” training for dealing with female soldiers. Jesus, the whole damn country has gone to [email protected], and it’s only going to get much worse. The liberals which run the media empire in the us have been making astounding progress toward their agenda, which doesn’t bode well for the overall health of the country as a whole. The writing is definitely on the wall and america’s days are most definitely numbered.

  • ??????? ??????

    The leader of the movement “Ukrainian choice” Viktor Medvedchuk surprised by the idea that Russia is an aggressor country, citing the example of what ordinary citizens of Ukraine are saved from the fighting there.
    Today, according to the FMS of Russia, more than 276 thousand citizens of Ukraine have applied for refugee status and temporary asylum in the Russian Federation since the beginning of the armed conflict in their country.
    “I would like to ask the representatives of the “party of war” requiring to accept the Russian Federation an aggressor, a simple question: would the Ukrainians to flee from “Russian aggression” as they try to convince us policy in Russia?” – posted by Medvedchuk on his page in Facebook.

  • ??????? ??????

    let’s remember the reason for the political crisis.the U.S. government decided to support the power coup in Ukraine. for the sake of what? some of you here can give a definite answer??? but it is not necessary here to speak about democratic choice of free people and blah-blah-blah

  • walkergw

    People have been saying things like this since Iraq. They had the 4th strongest military before Bush senior devastated it. Libya had air defenses that Iraq didn’t have, yet US and NATO walked around them. Air defenses all have a weakness. If you don’t take it properly, they will mess you up. But US has more experience against air defense systems than any country. You would be wise to not underestimate that. Your diatribe about weak American men is a sign that you are likely not even American. If you met the men and women who have been to Iraq and Afghanistan, you would know this is just not accurate.

  • Potarick

    So we do have more military manpower, half of which will report sick if there is to be a real war with Russia, while another quarter are not born Americans (but naturalized aliens) and will most likely jump ship. It is during wartime that humans mostly remember their birthrights.

  • walkergw

    Wonder who all these people really are.

  • walkergw

    America did have an Imperialistic era. But the inability to realize that it doesn’t any more is a huge blindness. Oliver stone is far from an authority on the subject. Hawaii is the last land that US took for itself. No one can dispute this, yet people like you can’t seem to figure it out.

  • ????????? ????????

    No, it good things you want to see it for you self.

    What this?. – #1. YouTube – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    #2. – http: iipdigital.usembassy.go…
    – State Department Daily Press Briefing – ( scroll down) – and read for yourself.

    Can you copy name on YouTube?

    And copy on Google?

    I have to explain to you HOW to DO?

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  • ??????? ??????

    I recommend viewing for Americans: The untold history of the United States. Oliver stone lifts the veil on many of the mysteries of American history. Oliver stone, American film Director, winner of many awards, including three Oscars, believes that the concept of American exceptionalism has firmly taken hold of the minds of Americans. Most never admit that the US has Imperial aspirations. However, history tells a different story. The atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the main role in the beginning of the cold war, funding for Islamic fundamentalists to fight against the USSR and its allies, the violation of the presidents of the United States Constitution of their country – these and many other examples steadily suggests that the historical facts are often interpreted as it is beneficial to American politicians. Does America need to change?

  • charlesjannuzi

    What the Balkans showed was NATO is simply a US puppet group, and the US military are a bunch of paper tigers with paper assholes. That is why they simply used air power against civilian targets to get Serbia to back down. They really couldn’t take the fight to the field against the Serbs.

  • charlesjannuzi

    Without real ability to mobilize and deploy, the conflict would be over and done with long before most of NATO ever got there. That is the dilemma of the US–they created this full-spectrum trillion-dollar military superpower, but the superpower basically can’t do anything but fight the Taliban and ISIS with air power. And even then, it needs months to get stuff to theater to do that (even after forward positioning of huge amounts of equipment and personnel).

  • charlesjannuzi

    As if the US hasn’t carried the bluff of the nuclear big stick everywhere itself.

  • charlesjannuzi

    Is it rational for the US to seek to expand NATO right into that region though? NATO is a military alliance. It is not an economic union. It is aggression, and Putin has decided to draw the line with the Ukraine. Given the Georgia debacle (ouch, the CIA’s collective butt must really hurt after that one), the US is not really operating from some sort of military strength. Rather, it is hoping it can keep the EU backing its NATO expansion. That probably won’t work for long–as the interests of the EU and NATO are not really at all the same.

  • charlesjannuzi

    What Hezbollah’s ongoing war with Israel shows is that US equipment and tactics are not going to work very well against a determined, well-armed guerilla force. Fortunately for the US, they never had to face a force like that in either Iraq or Afghanistan. As for the so-called strengths of the US military (tanks, helicopters, A-10s), Russia and China can easily match–and even best–those in a regional conflict.

  • charlesjannuzi

    What does it tell you that the US spends almost as much on its special forces as Putin does on his whole military?

  • charlesjannuzi

    The T-90, in a combined combat arms team, is probably a better tank than the M-1A2. It incorporates newer but proven technologies, and is much more transportable and mobile.

    But the US would never be able to get any tanks to any battlefield against Russia or China anyway. Their tanks simply are not very transportable.

  • James Jerome Phifer

    Stop bragging about the false bravado of the US military, it is dangerous to delude yourself and ignore reality. The US has just fought two wars with 13 years in Afghanistan and 10 years in Iraq, against 40,000 insurgents in Iraq and about 50,000 in Afghanistan, these insurgents had AK-47’s, Rocket propelled grenades, (RPG’s), and IED’s, (Improvised Explosive devices), what we called roadside bombs, we had complete air superiority. And yet we have accrued 6 trillion dollars in unpaid war debt, 10,000 dead soldiers and contractors, 300,000 soldiers mentally or physically disabled for life, 22 soldiers a day committing suicide and career soldiers leaving in droves from the multiple deployments and backdoor drafts between two war theaters. In addition a bankrupt currency and 18 trillion dollars in government debt. And now there are 10 times more terrorists organizations in other countries with four of them large enough to consider forming their own countries, ISIS in Iraq and Syria, Yemen, Libya, Nigeria, and these organizations are becoming better equipped and better trained, and sympathizers and support cells around the world in nearly every country including the US., Remember when we only had Al-Quaeda in Afghanistan. Iran is becoming a regional power and on the rise with a new Persian Empire on the Horizon. As for the military the US has not fought anybody with advanced weapon systems equal to or in most cases better than what we have, like anti-aircraft missile systems, anti-ship missile systems, anti-tank rockets, and aircraft that are better than ours, or soldiers well trained to use them, yes the majority of these are Russian made, S300, S400, S500 anti-aircraft missiles, SN22 sunburn anti-ship missiles, AT14 Kornet anti-tank missile, that we have no defense against. Carriers are cold war relics and are just sitting ducks that will be dispatched within weeks with the loss of a considerable amount of manpower and hardware, just think 12 carriers with 6,000 personnel and about 80 aircraft each, that’s 72,000 soldiers and about 1000 aircraft fighters, and about 120 billion dollars worth of Carriers gone and every base outside of the US will become wide open for attack. I’m a Vietnam Vet and as far as air power the Viet-minh shot down over 15,600 aircraft, we will not have air superiority or any, in a war with Russia or China, and Iran with its proxys will be a formidable opponent since the Russians are now going to sell them the S300 anti-aircraft missile system. A war with any of them will require a draft, and most US men are wussified, feminized male bimbos and might be afraid to muss their hair. The pentagon generals know very well the status of our military, and know they will have to make those decisions that are going too result in a astounding defeat.

  • normfields

    I am not disputing the top Russian tanks. Just the stated number. Half would just be in the way or be target practice. Putin has tried to upgrade his military, but at the tune of 68 billion a year to the US 620 billion a year, does not even BEGIN to equal quality, even at those numbers of tanks.

  • charlesjannuzi

    James Bond Moonraker?

  • charlesjannuzi

    Russia’s top main battle tanks and jet fighters are among the best in the world. Russia isn’t fool enough to try and project its power all over the world. But current US forces do not really pose a threat to them in conventional terms. The US couldn’t even get enough tanks to any possible battlefield to make a difference. As the Balkans showed. Helicopters are easily shot down by modern air forces, as well as well-equipped ground forces.

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    and to bomb a foreign country is that?

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  • charlesjannuzi

    Stats show that Croats (who also killed Bosniaks) and Serbs died in about the same numbers. There were atrocities committed all around. War is an atrocity.

  • charlesjannuzi

    Actually what the two Balkans conflicts showed was how ineffective US military forces are. That is why Clinton resorted to bombing civilian infrastructure to get Serbia to back down–the US military could not hope to defeat the Serbs in the field.

  • Kiwi Preacher

    All these articles that ‘compare’ the 2 sides are pointless because they look at the situation from very simplified viewpoints.
    One thing War never is, is simple. Assumptions that future conflicts will be similar to past conflicts are invalid, technologies, supplies, tactics and motivations, etc. will be different. Just because we had an easy time with Iraq does not necessarily quantify we would have an easy time with Russia. Remember, those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it. Always, and I mean always respect your opponent no matter who they are, failure to do so will likely cost you victory.

    In terms of pure numbers, Russia is certainly at a major disadvantage. There is a lot of talk about Russia v’s America, but that is not true. Russia v’s NATO would be more accurate. At present Russia has no allies it could call upon to support it so it is effectively 27 nations v’s Russia. NATO however is something of a mixed bag, 26 European nations + the USA. Of those European nations 8 have no air force and little or no ground forces and another 7 nations maintain small numbers of obsolete ex-soviet equipment. So of the European partners 26 nations you are effectively reduced to 11. The reality about NATO is that the majority of it’s forces are concentrated in Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey and to a lesser extent Poland. By and large the major part of NATO is composed of the United States.

    Professional Soldiers : Nato – 2 million, Russia 300,000
    Tanks : NATO 13,000, Russia 15,000
    Aircraft : NATO 5,000, Russia 1,300

    While it has oft been pointed out that Russia’s military might is largely obsolete as it dates from the 1980’s (very true), what is not often pointed out is that so does the bulk of NATO’s forces. The difference is NATO has been able to update and upgrade much of its equipment, Russia has not. However the fact that Russia is suddenly challenging NATO airspace with its air force suggests that its equipment is perhaps not as poorly maintained as some suggest. That said our equipment has largely reached the limits technology can push it hence the need for new aircraft, tanks etc. After the fall of the Soviet Union in the 90’s Russia realised it could not compete in this regard, hence its focus on asymmetric warfare and defensive capability as opposed to NATO’s focus on traditional warfare and offensive capability. It can be equally argued that both are superior to the other in relative terms.

    The same can be said of tactics. Russia has fought over the last 20 years several conflicts against local insurgents, from Afghanistan to Chechnya, as well as its localised conflict with Georgia. As a result it has largely shifted its military doctrine away from the large scale traditional conflicts the West has focussed on. Conversely NATO has successfully used its traditional ‘shock and awe’ tactics with great success against opponents such as the Libyan and Iraqi armed forces. However, against opponents such as Serbia and the Iraqi insurgents we fared poorly despite huge advantages.
    If Russia were to invade the West enmasse, as many news organisations were suggesting not too long ago, short of a decisive rapid first strike they would be at a major tactical disadvantage. Should it be NATO that invaded Russia instead, it would be they who were at the disadvantage.

    Logistically NATO is at a distinct disadvantage. By maintaining a mix of old Soviet equipment and more modern Western equipment supplying such a military force becomes a nightmare. On top of that much of NATO has faced huge cuts to their militaries in recent years as finances have become tight. There have been a number of reports published over the last decade suggesting a lack of spare parts for tanks and aircraft in major European partners, as well as cuts to training. Russia has already been through such tough times in the 90’s and has steadily been increasing its training and logistics.
    Another aspect is retention of trained personnel, an area that has become increasingly difficult for NATO to maintain after decades of constant conflict. Reduction in armed forces, as well as attrition from conflict have put a strain on Western militaries. NATO’s major partners have to face the fact that our military personnel are exhausted after 2 conflicts in Iraq, a decade of conflict in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Libya… as opposed to Russia’s who are largely well rested.

    Any armed conflict however relies on more than firepower, numbers, tactics and supplies. For there is one force on earth that defeats an army faster than any opponent – politics. It is here that Russia enjoys a huge advantage, for while NATO is 27 nations struggling to find an agreement, Russia is a single unified nation. While Europe puts on a brave unified face, it is anything but. Tension and resentment that has been boiling for years is beginning to crack the surface of that unity as the more powerful NATO nations seek policies that are pushing their smaller partners to economic ruin. It is economically that Russia enjoys a huge advantage over its Western neighbours, for while its economic base has been hurt via sanctions it is Europe that has been hurt more. Russia’s economy has by no means collapsed despite the assertions of politicians and media alike and it will undoubtedly recover. By contrast the US and Europe are in major economic strife, no matter how much the politicians wish to sugar coat the numbers. Printing money won’t stop a significant contraction of the US and European economies, especially if more European nations begin to reject the austerity measures that major Western powers have forced upon them.

    In short.

    Were Russia to invade the West, undoubtedly they would face a swift end from a unified front.

    Were NATO to attack Russia such a campaign would likely come to a quick halt as economic and political divides appeared.

    Arrogance and pride will see you defeated quicker than any tank.

  • Bat Nut 43

    Yes, I can read. But I wanted to see the links that go to the articles that your referring too. I want too see it for myself. Is that such a bad thing? You should always verify things for yourself. Then judge whether or not it’s accurate. Don’t just take anyone’s word for it.

  • charlesjannuzi

    And little kids with RPGs destroyed the Abrams. Big deal.

  • charlesjannuzi

    I think their fighting forces are more prepared to go with T-90s and T-80s. You can’t use a tank if you can’t deploy it. The US’s M-1s are so heavy and big, they are not easily deployed anywhere.

  • PolterPulp

    Very poorly written article. Never ceases to amaze me how many people cannot spell correctly or use proper grammar. Please do the world a favor and learn when to use “fewer” versus “less”. And when to use “are” versus “is”.

  • charlesjannuzi

    Iraq didn’t really have anything like the capability of current Russia. The US had better ammunition and control of the air. Tank-on-tank, the current Russian forces would probably do very well against US forces. But that is never going to happen. Russia would shoot down US helicopters and A-10s. Russian tanks would get first hits way before US ones could now. What modern military force has the US fought lately? They largely backed out of a fight with Serbian forces in the Balkans. Their tanks never made it to theater. Their helicopters were destroyed at an airfield. Did the A-10s kills loads of Serb tanks? No!

  • ??????? ??????

    open spatial thinking)

  • Werner

    Maybe u can also tell the U.S. to stop meddling in affairs of other nations. The west destabilised Ukraine first by meddling into their affairs and trying to install an anti Russian government.

  • ??????? ??????

    maybe it’s you’re stupid or you’re the assistant to the President and know the policy of his country from the inside?) your media such as false as your President) look like anything on the interview of the representative of the state Department Jen Psaki))) in the circus doesn’t have to look!)))))

  • Werner

    This article even forgets to mention that in case of such a war, US will be supported by NATO and then Russia will be really outnumbered.

  • Joe Wilson

    The Iraq’s and the Libyans had the best soviet weaponry and air defenses, and they collapsed completely the first time they were tested by US air power. The soviets are 2-3 generations behind in technology by now, perhaps even worse.

  • Lingban Tobo

    That’s the best you can say? I am not a Russian nor US. I am someone who is not brainwashed by Russia nor US. I am someone who calls sin by its name.

  • Joe Wilson

    Oh, yes it is nasty when your mother country of communists is shown to be a complete and total failure you get a bit butt hurt don’t you. So sorry your unhappy I’m completely and totally correct.

  • Joe Wilson

    Mark, your point is what?

  • Lingban Tobo

    Broaden your definition of Hypocrisy bald.

  • normfields

    Hey numb nuts, we actually have a free press here, that do not wind up shut down or in Gulags like some countries I know of. (Russia, North Korea and China).

  • Fred Burbage

    We know what your capabilities are, and we would adjust strategies to compensate. Not to worry, Russkie, we have a handle on things here.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Are you Allen or Alien?

  • levelheaded

    Go back to your dirt, you cannot handle someone having an opinion.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Read history from different sources you bald. Don’t read only from US libraries.

  • Fred Burbage

    Thanks for your peaceful way of thinking, instead of all the saber rattling going on here. But if we were at war, those 120 planes wouldn’t go down with the ship because they would be in the air tearing the place up even if it meant parachuting behind enemy lines after their fuel ran out. Our pilots are pretty awesome people, but I, too, hope to hell it never comes to that. You have to know that if one aircraft carrier got sunk, we would probably put the word out to every submarine we have to start launching everything in its arsenal.

  • levelheaded

    Me forgetful about Yugoslavia? Last I heard that used to be a country, run by Yosef Tito. By the way we did not invade them, nor occupy it. That country that used to be was broken down in to several independent nations. So don’t call me forgetful , less you have proof.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Yea? and the need for US troops in Iraq as at now is the making of bad US policy. Otherwise Saddam Hussain would not have no need for US army. You sicko

  • Duel

    The one thing that was completely left out was the Space planes that spend 400 plus days orbiting around the earth. Who knows what the US is doing in space with these planes or what other technologies are being advanced in deep secret that few people know about. Russia may have lots of oil but they still can’t bring the potatoes to market before they rot.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Yea? and even that small incident scared the sh–t out of US warship. What a shame..go back to your hole down under.

  • Fred Burbage

    And how do you say “paranoid”?

  • Fred Burbage

    Wealth of Russians? Your standard of living is pretty high, is it? The pics of the people standing in breadlines don’t look too happy to me, or do I have to visit Russia to see for myself? I don’t think so. Don’t want to end up in a Siberian gulag, or worse.

  • Chimp

    Tell Putin to stop invading sovereign countries (Georgia, Ukraine, who’s next?) and there wouldn’t be any tension between our countries. Putin needs to go. He’s a thug and a criminal. He’s ruining the russian economy from his thoughtless actions and ruining Russia’s reputation around the world.

  • Chimp

    This article is a joke. The author can’t even use basic english. Numerous wrong words used, poor grammar. Also, next to no mention of the enormous advantage the U.S. has in force deployment with 10 super carriers and another 8 light carriers compared to Russia’s obsolete one.

  • Fred Burbage

    I think what he’s trying to say, Joe, is that nobody today would use nukes because they would immediately be the enemy of the rest of the world. It would destroy everybody, even those not involved in the conflict. It’s hard to say if Putin and Kim are sane enough to realize that, though.

  • normfields

    Cuba was never a buffer state. It has been communist for the last half century. less than a hundred miles from our shores. We put up with it. May not have done business with them, put up with them. We drew the line with YOUR nuclear missiles being secretly placed there. Your BS about NATO missiles in Ukraine and our intent is and always has been part of Russian paranoid phobia that will always keep you a third world economic nation trying to maintain 8.000 aging nuclear weapons.

  • Lingban Tobo

    ISIS is the making of US. US trained them and financed them to fight Assad Syrian President and what happened? Cry baby cry. The terrorists who attacked France recently came from Syrian and trained by US. Don’t you see? Open your big eyes.

    Russia thinks US is stupid enough to fund terrorist training and then fight them again as enemies when things turn sour between them? Why would any other countries get involved in the war created by US itself? NATO and the rest of the west are so ignorant to the consequences of US bad foreign policies yet, they like to war and will make up excuses as justification. US funded Ukraine Coupe. Russia reacts. Simple as that yet, you can’t see.

  • Fred Burbage

    Nato did. So what? Somebody had to stop your murderous ralatives from committing genocide against the Bosnians. What’s your point? We invaded a country? No we didn’t.

  • Joe

    Kobe your dumber that a box of rocks. Go play your playstation and let the adults talk.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Don’t forget Russian Scalar Electromagnetic weapon which US has NO defense against. Before your planes and missiles department US or sites they’re burnt right there. Hide your sorry face.

  • Fred Burbage

    What the heck did you just say? It’s somewhere between Russian and English, but incomprehensible.

  • normfields

    This because they may not be at that moment, is NO excuse to keep them from dreaming and wanting to try something different to escape your “Dirt”.

  • Fred Burbage

    You’re stupid, too. You know nothing about the American people or our military, only what your commie news media tells you.

  • normfields

    Putin has since sent his people to the bread lines with a “Junk” yard status and worthless Rubles and the blood of thousands of fellow Slavs on their hands.

  • ????????? ????????

    RUSSIAN – NEVER EVER START ANY WAR!
    RUSSIA ENDING THEM!

    I’m worry about Ukraine, I have relatives in Luhansk.
    So, any FAKING UKROP, it not ukranian.
    Second, if – IS RUSSIA was care about UKROPS, RUSSIA, didn’t signed contract build gas pipe to Turkish.
    In 2018, gas – valve to UKROPIA will be closed. WE don’t care&
    You ask why RUSSIANS here?
    WE are here, be cause I don’t want any MY American friend^ or any American Whom I know and don’t know^ vent to WALL-MART get toilet-paper, diapers for UKRPS FASCISTS and sent to UKROPIA, instead^ take their kids to Disney World.
    American people most got SMARTER, they began asking UKROPS:
    – What UKROPS did for 25 years of “freedom”

    I’ll give you list period of 25 years of freedom. And you decide,
    WHO you trying to speak for.

    1.How many electric –power plants UKROPS build?

    2, How many new towns they build?

    3. How many war ships UKROPS build?

    4. How many tanks UKROPS build?

    5. Any research in medicine?

    6. How big got their army?

    7. Where UKROPS working most? – In which country?

    8. How many new nuclear plants UKROPS build?

    9. How many heavy machinery UKROPS build? – Similar to CATERPILLARS

    In USA,
    in Illinois.

    10. What new supper jets UKROPS build?

    11. How many new models of car UKROPS developed?

    12. How many astronauts UKROPS sent to space?

    This is just short list, at this time came to my stupid brain.

    Answer of this entire 12 question JUST one – NONE!

    So, now think about^ UKROPS still used everything RUSSIA build MORE
    then 70 years ago.

    UKROPS running around world asking for HELP, and HELP mast is for
    UKROPS – FREE!

    Think about, you working American guy – DO YOU REALLY WANT SUPPORT
    UKROPS, WHO DIDN’T DO ANYTHING FOR 25 YEARS?

    Before I gave you some documentary, what fascists UKROPS do with
    people.

    Look ODESSA MAY 2 2014, UKROPS burn alive more then 146 people.

    After they DONE& they took pictures, makes films, and most
    interesting, all this burn body’s UKROPS call – N***os.

    Do you want support people who LAZY and just blame others?

    In our case, UKROPS blame RUSSIA. BUT^ UKROPS got from RUSSIA – gas
    electricity. Coal. And cheaper then people in RUSSIA self.

    If you like to support this UKROPS, I don’t want MY Americans
    friends^ different nationality they support UKROPS, this reason WE are here.

    Simple.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Your analysis is well written and comprehensive, but I don’t even think we need to go that far. The very fact that Russia mentions, and is so reliant upon, its nuclear capability is evidence that it has little confidence in its ability to fight the US and/or NATO in a conventional battle.

  • ????????? ????????

    AND SECOND, what exsactly – LIE?

    Airplane was shut down by U UKROPS.

    NOT?

    Well, WHERE is results? Where it show any experts, say it was shut by RUSSIA?

    Please, don’t make ME cry. Not WE RUSSIANS running around world asking for free everything.

    I’ll give you list period of 25 years of freedom. And you decide,

    WHO you trying to speak DUMB!

    Can u DUMB answer just one question?
    – What UKROPS build for for last 25 years.

  • ????????? ????????

    AND SECOND, what exsactly – LIE?

    Airplane was shut down by U UKROPS.

    NOT?

    Well, WHERE is results? Where it show any experts, say it was shut by RUSSIA?

    Please, don’t make ME cry. Not WE RUSSIANS running around world asking for free everything.

    I’ll give you list period of 25 years of freedom. And you decide,

    WHO you trying to speak DUMB!

    1.How many electric –power plants UKROPS build?

    2, How many new towns they build?

    3. How many war ships UKROPS build?

    4. How many tanks UKROPS build?

    5. Any research in medicine?

    6. How big got their army?

    7. Where UKROPS working most? – In which country?

    8. How many new nuclear plants UKROPS build?

    9. How many heavy machinery UKROPS build? – Similar to CATERPILLARS

    In USA,

    in Illinois.

    10. What new supper jets UKROPS build?

    11. How many new models of car UKROPS developed?

    12. How many astronauts UKROPS sent to space?

    This is just short list, at this time came to my stupid brain.

    Answer of this entire 12 question JUST one – NONE!

    So, now think about^ UKROPS still used everything RUSSIA build MORE

    then 70 years ago.

    UKROPS running around world asking for GIVE me, and GIVE me must is for

    UKROPS – FREE!

    you FAKING UKROPS who LAZY and just blame others.

    In ur case, UKROPS can only blame RUSSIA. BUT UKROPS got from RUSSIA – gas

    electricity. Coal. And cheaper then people in RUSSIA self.

    Simple.

    And NOW american people began ask UKROPS 2 questions

    #1. – HWAT UKROPS did all this 25 years of “freedom”

    #2, – WHY AMERICAN PEOPLE MUST SUPPORT u LAZY UKROPS?

    And this what make u fell as a [email protected] Don’t make ME cry, DUMB.

  • Raptor Buddha

    The tank numbers are misleading since the Russians haven’t really thrown anything away since World War II. In terms of modern main battle tanks, the have 750ish T-90s (upgraded T-72s) and about 1,400 T-80s with 3,000 in reserve. The bulk of the tank force actually consists of T-72s. Perhaps the Russians keep them in a higher state of readiness than I give them credit for, but I can’t imagine that they could be ready for combat and deployed at the drop of a hat.

  • kobe

    what a stupid moron did you really read the article, planes and tanks wont matter since everyone is dead what superiority are you talking about they can launch all their nukes and just kill everyone.

  • kobe

    this is why I hate Obama poking at the bear with nukes that can kill us all, i hope Obama and the US get struck by karma

  • ????????? ????????

    Really?
    LIE?

    And how about UKROPS used RUSSIAN gas, coal, all energy
    resources coast LESS then in RUSSIA. And UKROPS DEMAND from POLAND coal – for
    FREE!

    REASON?

    – NO EXPLONATION, because UKROPS want
    to. You can read everything on NEWS.

    NO problem but in the beginning of 21st
    century UKROPS forgot about HISTORY

    –Massacres of Poles in Volhynia and
    Eastern Galicia

  • Russia – Lies

    Down with the Kremlin!

  • normfields

    Tanks are WAY closer than the numbers given. Just look at what US tanks did to Iraq’s soviet tanks back in 1991. I am willing to bet more than half of their 15 thousand plus tanks are from that era. When you have a long distance kill ratio of about 25 to 1, most of your tanks are just target practice. Throw in Wart hogs and air force capability, their “effective” tank force becomes much smaller. No mention was even made of the huge difference of Air Craft carriers, ABMs, and new technology (Lasers and Rail Guns) let alone who has the edge in space and satellite killing technology.

  • ??????? ??????

    you long to compare the weapons of our countries……BUT why all of a sudden we have to do? 2 years ago I even could not imagine that it will be so(( and it’s all thanks to your idiot Obama…even Putin on his background doesn’t look so stupid… I am sure that 90% of Americans in General are not interested foreign policy ( that’s right))) we are all on the contrary…

  • walkergw

    Wrong. First and most difficult is to take out the air defenses. No one says that part will be easy, but it will get done. Next will fly stealth bombers to take out older defenses. Next will fly stealth fighters to take out Russian Foxbats. After that US will have air superiority and start bombing weapons supply lines.

  • Raptor Buddha

    “listen to the geeks) you never fought a worthy opponent…tell us what war did America win??”

    Yes, because military, doctrine, tactics, and the status of the respective armed forces are less important than which nation won the most victories half a century ago.

    “most Russians hates you….”

    So you are bragging about Russia’s bigotry? That’s…charming.

  • ??????? ??????

    you’re each other’s ears pour warm honey))) to be sure of their superiority, you need to verify their lives in the war…your happiness is what you overseas

  • walkergw

    Poland, Lithuania are just a couple. All that have joined the EU have improved. All that stayed in the RU have not.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Romania, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Belarus, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic all have higher Human Development Indexes. So, pretty much all of the ones in Europe.

  • walkergw

    And yet it is still lower than India and it dropped close to half over the last 6 months. Russians aren’t dumb. They know he hasn’t kept his promise.

  • ??????? ??????

    listen to the geeks) you never fought a worthy opponent…tell us what war did America win?? ( that’s just do not about WW2) if you attack on Russia – we will destroy…even at the cost of their own lives…most Russians hates you….you can take your chance and check

  • KM

    We developed the cure for Russian armor numerical superiority in the ’80’s; the LANTIRN Pod, combined with the incredibly accurate Maverick missile. The combination of these two tools rendered their armor force obsolete, as they cannot travel beyond the protection of their air defense network, as short-lived as it would be in a shooting war. The Russians are an incredibly loud tiger, but a tiger stuck within the cage of their own borders. Caged tigers are east to kill.

  • walkergw

    That is moronic.

  • Don

    you should take Soros Koch out of your mouth and go back to your xbox

  • ??????? ??????

    Hey, forgetful….and WHO BOMBED YUGOSLAVIA?

  • Delakando

    Makes me wonder why Russia would even think about launching an attack against the United States. Military wise they are weaker and only more numerous with tanks but how could they even reach us with tanks if they cannot get it through the air or sea. The only weapons that they could threaten us with is the nuclear missile and even then they risk themselves being bombarded as well and everything they are fighting for would be pointless. Their resolve for dominance over their neighbors would lead to their downfall.

  • Don

    your a moron

  • ??????? ??????

    you mean Russia, talking about the mouse? ))))) yeah we’ll tear)

  • Don

    don’t you know Soros has his finger on the button?

  • Joe Dirt

    US has no capability to command the skies in Russia. You need to study more here

  • KM

    Numbers mean nothing, it is the capability of the piece of equipment and the ability of the personnel to use it. American military officers and enlisted personnel are taught and trusted to make tactical decisions on their own. Russian still fight like the Soviet armed forces of old, strict command and control from remote headquarters, slowing tactical decisions and increasing the likelihood of poor decision making; advantage USA. For example, the Russians may have twice as many tanks, but the vast majority cannot accurately shoot while on the move, having to stop, acquire, and shoot whereas the M1, Challenger II and Leopard II can all shoot on the move accurately, and hit deadly with single shot kills; advantage NATO and the U.S. with their depleted uranium SABOT rounds. That is a decisive advantage. Submarines? Numerical parity in which type, attack or ballistic missile? The edge again goes to the U.S. (and allies), their boats of both types being able to range across all of the worlds oceans, the Russian boats are still loitering within 500 nautical miles of their coast for the most part; advantage USA. We won’t even go into naval force projection and the incredible advantage that gives in war time. The U.S. will be able to control sea lanes of communication thousands of miles from out shores with a large, experienced blue water navy, cutting Russian ability to re-equip, re-fuel, and re-arm, having a rusty coastal navy, manned by unmotivated conscripts who are poorly trained does not serve them well (although it does make for catastrophic naval tragedies caused by accidents); advantage USA. When it comes to fighting the Russian it will be really exciting, for about three days, then it will be over for the Russians for good.

  • Don

    your as paranoid as Putin…and just as stupid

  • Joe Dirt

    Point to a single Ex Soviet state that is prospering. Even Baltic countries are a wreck compare to wealth of Russians.

  • Joe Dirt

    Income and wealth of average Russian citizen increased 8 fold under Putin presidency. Civil rights and liberties improved too (please travel to Russia before you argue this point). I think with that, Putin pretty much set in history and doesn’t have to worry about retirement

  • Joe Dirt

    Dude, were you absent at history lesson at school or something?

  • Joe Dirt

    I’d say your post is BS

  • al len

    The 20,00 ton fission bomb.

  • al len

    With a small bite worth nothing. Mouse does not take crunch you know! lol

  • Raptor Buddha

    Yeah, NATO expanded because the nations of Eastern Europe that were hogtied into the Warsaw Pact wanted assurances that they would never be bullied by Russian imperialism again. Looking at the history of Poland–you know, the times it existed when it wasn’t part of Russia, the Baltics–you know, the times it existed when it wasn’t part of Russia, or Ukraine–you know, the times it existed when it…wait, I am seeing a pattern here…Anyway, if you look at the history of these nations, you can blame them. If you do blame them for expansion–you know, having the audacity of wanting to remain independent–then I am afraid you are the gullible one.

  • Raptor Buddha

    “We know about the thousands being paid to spam message posts and facebook in support of his lies.”

    A pretty poor investment, if you ask me.

  • al len

    Tobo
    Stop living in your own delusional day dreams lol! You gotta be this stupid to pick that kind of a childsplay stories! lol

  • Raptor Buddha

    Well, I am not trying to legitimize Russian troll arguments, but the Russians have always linked possession of their near-abroad to their national security. This isn’t a modern thing either. This is the foreign policy of Peter the Great and Alexander I, not just Vladimir Putin. Like all security neuroses, it is fundamentally irrational and born out of a concrete and superficial analysis of history. The Poland now, for example, is not the Poland of the Duchy of Warsaw that served as a launch base for Napoleon’s Grand Army. However, like everything that’s irrational, you can talk about it forever and that’s still not going to make it go away.

  • walkergw

    This statement is comical. I bet you don’t even know what is wrong with it.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Yes, because dropping a 20,000 ton fission bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki (to end a war where it wasn’t uncommon to drop that much on a city in one day just using conventional strategic bombing) is totally predictive as to whether it’s likely a nation SEVENTY YEARS LATER will launch a 10,000,000 ton hydrogen bomb.

  • al len

    Tobo
    Have you heard of the Iraqi Government pleading for ground troops to fight against ISIS today? Ow yes, even now Iraq is requesting for the return of US troops!. But you said US has wage war with other nations? Like with what South Korea? Japan? Afghanistan? Presently NATO troops has left Afghanistan on its own while Iraq is requesting US full military support. But you wish this is a war propaganda gimmick. You see no one wastes 5,000 armed forces lives for nothing. US troops took the responsibility in restoring Democracy and local Government in Iraq before leaving after the ousting of Saddam Hussein for more than 10 years battling Al Qaeda and insurgents from tribal wars and infighting! Iraq’s 200,000 casualties came with terrorist attacks in a market place killing 200 civilians at once, suicide bombers attacking its fellow Muslims to put them in fear and bow to insurgents and lawlessness. US forces took these ghost enemies face to face in Iraq, USSR tumbled in defeat in Afghanistan after trying to land grab its territories. The very purpose of US and its allies is to restore freedom and democracy, free market and economy. While Russia only wanted tyranny, Vassals and slaves for its own greed and self serving purpose.

    BTW, Hows Georgia and Ukraine going with Russia’s covetous interest.

  • Raptor Buddha

    So, Russia is completely absolved from whatever it does because, according to you, it is merely copying what America does? Well, it’s nice to know that if I see a cop shoot somebody that means I get to kill one person for free–because that’s how hypocrisy works.

  • 26Thirdeye

    already did use them on Japan

  • Raptor Buddha

    “Russia was on its war to stop Japan using ONLY conventional weapons”

    Because Russia only had conventional weapons–not because Russia somehow elected to assume the higher moral ground. And no, Russia would not have been the nation to win the war in the Pacific unless you assume that the Invasion of Manchuria alone would have brought the Japanese to the table. Absent the atomic bombs, the Allies would have launched an amphibious assault on Japan known as Operation Downfall. The Red Army was an imminently impressive fighting force, but the Russians simply did not have the amphibious warfare capabilities to launch an invasion of that magnitude. It would have strained American capabilities as it was. Again, this pettiness over who really won World War 2, unless you were actually there, is childish.

  • al len

    Tobo
    The Black Sea incident happen in a peace time. If AEGIS defense system in on? Those Migs could have tumbled down on the Black Sea and its pilot missing. Idiot! US allows foreign warplanes come close enough and not get shot down… why? We’re not in a war status. So no aggression is entitled. But you can play your wargames around pretending you had a kill! lol Stupid delusional Russian troll.

  • walkergw

    The west will never be the first to use them. Although i don’t doubt there were times historically when some people suggested it.

  • 26Thirdeye

    I’m more worried about soros and obama using them

    Why not? They have every nation in the world surrounded and could unleash them at any time.

  • Vidar

    Even a mouse will bite when backed into a corner…. A crazy mouse will bite sooner.

  • levelheaded

    Putin is paranoid, so much so he is acting like Kim Jong Un of North Korea. America has never invaded a European country, nor would we today. Putin should know those missile defense systems are aimed stopping missiles launched from Iran or some rogue terror group in the Middle East. They went from a poor communist country, to an up and coming economic power in Eastern Europe, and because of Putin, they are going back to being poor , all that hard work because of Putin’s afraid of his own shadow.

  • Raptor Buddha

    I guess I was referring more to asymmetrical responses like encouraging local insurgencies rather than asymmetrical online/economic responses–though the Russians have done and probably will continue to do the latter to some extent. I would agree that it doesn’t make much sense for the Russians to use online attacks unless there is a conventional objective involved–like hacking into the networks of defense contractors or pilfering the intellectual property of corporations like the Chinese do with some regularity.

    I guess my conception is that Russia would simply continue to perform Ukraine-style, low intensity operations that are plausibly deniable. Folks seemed surprised by what happened in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, but the Russians seemed to have developed a playbook for this that at least goes back to the late Soviet era (I’m talking about the very early Georgian-Ossetian flare-ups in the 90s). It all seems to involve supporting local groups that are either Russophone, Russian sympathizers, or simply groups that feel alienated from the civil society of a former S.S.R. or Pact nation. The Russians then use arm, train, and augment these forces on a small scale. It doesn’t seem that the goal is to win a military victory per se, more so it’s simply to make the area in question ungovernable and thereby making it a de facto autonomous region under Moscow’s indirect control. Then Russia uses its economic clout to discourage the beleaguered nation in question. It’s the same type thing they pulled with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Now, I suppose Europe and the US has finally “wised-up” to Russia’s act, but it seems to me that with these low-intensity operations that it’s hard to draw a line. It’s not like these wars involve tanks moving towards Berlin or missiles flying over the Atlantic, but instead small scale skirmishes at a squad or company level that might not be discovered by Western intelligence services for hours or days. It’s allows Moscow, it seems, to play in a sandbox of strategic ambiguity, and I think Moscow also knows that very few NATO members want to embark on what could potentially be another counterinsurgency mission like Iraq or Afghanistan.

    “Consequently, the Russians would attempt to employ twice as many officers at a specific command level as was necessary for the standing force. One would truly be in command, the other would act as an ‘understudy’ of sorts. They also had warehouses of mothballed equipment instead of scrapping it as obsolete.”

    I wonder if this officer over-staffing is the reason that Russia has never really developed a strong institution for NCOs the way most Western armies have. I remember reading (admittedly, anecdotally) that in the Russian Army it wouldn’t be uncommon to have lieutenants essentially perform the world of sergeants–and the sergeants themselves usually belonged to the same conscript class and were typically given just a few weeks extra training more than their fellow enlistees. I don’t know if the Russians have ever tried to reform that aspect of the army, but given the fact that the Russian Army was still more or less the Red Army in doctrinally and tactically as late as 2008, and given that they’ve had a difficult time holding onto full time professionals, I wouldn’t doubt it’s changed all that much.

  • walkergw

    Here is a problem. Putin knows he will not survive removal of office. He also doesn’t really care about his people. Kim is in the same position. Push comes to shove, they will do anything to hold onto power.

  • al len

    Tobo
    Just look around you… Putin is the devil around here. Just look how the world engages ISIS in the middle east US joined not just with NATO but Saudi and Jordan. Where is Russia in the picture? In Ukraine land grabbing Donetsk territories. Greedy pig Russians are a pest.

  • http://www.wheretobuybelowwholesale.com/ RssWire

    You don’t have to be intelligent to know that Nuclear Weapons are ONLY useful in threatening other countries. You don’t even have to have common sense to know that No nation’s leader (not even Putin or Kim) will ever use Nukes on any nation and expect to still be alive as a nation on this earth. So, with these facts of life, Russia is NO MATCH at all for the United States.

  • al len

    Tobe

    Who told you! lol
    You’re day dreaming idiot! THAAD is intended to take down mid, short range nuclear missiles. SM-6 is intended to take down hypersonic cruise missiles in low altitude flights. SM-3IIA has a 1000 mile with 350 mile altitude range able to cover the whole of Europe’s defense against Russia if installation in Poland completes in 2018.

    And AEGIS system is a network that incorporates multiple source of radar navigation, satellites, even F-22 and F-35, AWACS, E-2D and a whole radar systems playing the battlefield in one scenario! That is how EAGIS works, not this kind of one piece of equipment you’re trying to picture! lol Jamming a destroyer only hinders one ship but not the whole thread of fire and control that allows everyone to see one same picture of the battleground. IDIOT! lol

  • walkergw

    While communists are one group that support Putin, Thirdeye belongs to a different group. The neonazi white supremacists.

  • Steve Hendren

    Very good point, thanks Matthew. I will sleep much better tonight!

  • Lingban Tobo

    Russia was on its war to stop Japan using ONLY conventional weapons. So Russia after winning Germany was on its way to attack the last enemy Japan. If US did not have nuclear bombs then it would have still been Russia to end WW2 in the pacific (Japan). Read some history.

  • al len

    Tobo
    The only reason you’re here in an English news source is you’re paid to run your KGB style propaganda gimmick and we know who you Russian trolls are!

    And to play our mind in winning Europe alone, you’re the one day dreaming pal. US was facing 2 major wars with Europe and Asia yet both were won.. Russian on the other hand had to throw in 20 million of its people dead in order to survive. We all know that if US is not part of Europe’s war Russia must have fallen also to German’s hand uniting the whole of Europe, but good thing Alliance back then works perfectly well. So stop boasting on a victory which Russia could not win on its own. And mind you it is your leaders fault in aligning themselves with Hitler in a secret pact supplying Germany of raw materials for a non-aggression treaty that cost you 20 million Russian lives..

  • walkergw

    I also don’t remember any part of this article talking about wanting to start a war. I certainly don’t want one. But I am realistic enough to admit that sometimes things we don’t want happen. What do you do to prepare for that?

  • Lingban Tobo

    Everything Russia is doing now is a norm set the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. American hypocrite. US makes wars with other Nations. Russian follows and makes wars with other nations. US is the leader of GOOD and EVIL

  • walkergw

    Russia isn’t really that worried about NATO directly. They are worried about ex soviet states prospering and their own people questioning their Kleptocratic government. This is why they have to maintain their sphere of influence to hold these countries down.

  • Lingban Tobo

    And Russia has counter measure – remember the Black sea incident where AEGIS system of US warship blacked out at the incoming Russian war plane.

  • al len

    Tobo
    US status with Russia is not “at war” and to assume Russia attacking a US vessel is non-existent.

    US defense system is not even functioning with its Phalanx CIWS on to start engaging or else. Russia can try jam and throw in some electronic attacks in peace times that might affective AEGIS system but in an actual war time none of Russia’s mechanism will come even close for an effect. Do you get what that means? Stupid to play your mind as if we’re at war. Idiot.

  • Raptor Buddha

    The Russians would have to worry about the same thing coming from an Ohio-class sub. Both sides have, as far as I am aware, all but guaranteed second-strike capability.

  • NormanAllen

    Keep creeping NATO into Russia’s borders close enough to scare the heck out of their defense establishment would not help easing tensions in the future. Buffer states are essential for Imperial powers to avoid direct friction. Imagine Russia helping Mexico to become part of Eastern alliance. What would be the US or NATO reaction then? The Cuban Missile Crisis foundation was laid when the US placed ICBM missiles in Trabzon, Turkey pointing at Moscow. Khrushchev was reported to have said “let them bastards understand what it feels like missiles pointing at them from their borders” and decided to build missile silos in Cuba. If we are interested in creating peaceful world, we must create buffer states between the US and its main adversaries. Otherwise, wars will consume most of our resources and efforts.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Blind old man….World crisis is often stirred by the West – US namely.

  • Lingban Tobo

    The war will be fought with short, mid and long range missile, no tanks and no helicopters.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Yes true but, before US fires the first missile Europe (US allies) will already be annihilated by Russia. It’ll be only US against Russia, China and India one side side.

  • Chris

    That’d be like showing a Christian proof of carbon dating. You still won’t believe me you have already made up your mind so I’m not going to waste my time showing you all the ways you are wrong because you still wouldn’t believe me when I did.

  • 26Thirdeye

    Nato and Soros are encircling countries all around the globe. Now they created a coup in Kiev and are encircling Russia with weaponry.

    If you actually buy the propaganda that Russia is the aggressor, you are quite the gullible.

  • 26Thirdeye

    Show me where I’m wrong, and explain to me why the leader in Kiev was booted out? A pro-Russian leader too and legally elected…

    Time to go do your homework…

  • Chris

    Really bought into the propaganda haven’t you? So sad and pathetic.

  • Lingban Tobo

    You’re only wishing now. But what has transpired is Russia won the war in continent Europe while US in the Pacific. But if US did not bomb Japan with nuclear bomb Russia was already on its way to annihilate Japan. The islands north of Japan now administered by Russia are the evidence of Russia’s importance during WW2. And remember Russia fought only with conventional weapons then with great success. Now that they are the world’s greatest nuclear power the story of the 3rd WW will be a much greater success.

  • al len

    Tobo
    And who’ inside Ukraine land grabbing its territories? The last I heard it was Russia annexing Crimea you pig! Hypocrisy is when you’re accusing someone of your own guilt!

    Ukraine is entitled to its own freedom whether it be on economy or governing! The West never intended to take anything from Ukraine, not an inch whereas Russia is in dire need of Ukraine’s pipelines to puppet for economic use as to run its oil and gas to Europe leaving Russia with the biggest greedy intent by far, yet here you are in your HYPOCRISY accusing the West of your dirty games! Virtually Russia’s hands is in the cookie jar while you accuse the US of your crime! Ukraine only wanted a share with the free market with EU, and you Russian’s wanted full control to puppet them! You hideous evil creature!

    And for a fact, Viktor Yanukovych took shelter in Moscow where his master resides! A very evidence he is Russia’s puppet! For more than 5 years Russia has interfered with Ukraine politics and governing under Yanukovychs corrupt leadership stealing at least $70 billion transferring them to his family’s bank accounts. We all know how much you love Yanukovych in making Ukraine Russia’s Vassal, this is why you keep trying to twist things around accusing the West of your own very devilish intent with Kiev.

  • Chris

    Ever heard of mutually assured destruction?

  • 26Thirdeye

    Putin had nothing to do with the Kiev Coup. That was all obama and soros. If you want to find out who’s restarting the cold war, why not start there, the place that triggered the entire crisis….

  • Chris

    I’m talking about the former KGB agent who is trying to turn Russia back into the Soviet Union and start the cold war again. All while riding shirtless on the back of a horse hahaha. How ridiculous.

  • corey

    I was thinking the same thing……The article says something about Obama signing a defense budget for $1 Trillion and then says that America spends $612 Millon…..and yea, a few tricks up out sleaves…we have already put lasers on some of out ships, we will be putting rail guns on destroyers in the next couple of years, our new destroyers are stealth and we are replaceing our Nimitz carrier and they are already designing the replacement for the B-2….but if there is one thing that Russia or any of our enemies should be paying very very close attention to, and that is x37-B. The world knows what it is. They know where it goes. They know how long it can stay there and they know we can bring it home and send it back whenever we want but nobody knows exactially what it is doing and that should make some nervous…look it up if you don’t know what it is

  • 26Thirdeye

    I’ve never supported chief 0b0z0…

  • Chris

    You are the one supporting a communist.

  • 26Thirdeye

    I didnt say it did, but for America to get involved in yet another conflict for globalism, it will be a disaster for Americans, especially military families. After Iraq and afghan nightmare, you really want to tango with Russia?

    lol, have fun with that…

  • Victor Khablo

    Stupid comparison. US military is on the hundreds bases all around the world. Russians in its own country.

    Russia able to destroy all US forces in one salvo launch of ballistic missiles in case of threat.
    for example: to sink aircraft carrier need a volley of 23 not nuke missiles. 22 will be intercepted and just one will reach the target. about 6000 killed and 120 jets are destroyed.
    I hope it is never happen. Let us live and die in peace. God bless America.

  • Lingban Tobo

    US’s AEGIS system will become vulnerable when missiles start flying from Russia. Russian missiles will evade counter missiles from US. Right now no matter that US has the biggest defense budget it is AFRAID of Russia otherwise, what’s keeping it from attacking Russia already…you’re an idiot.

  • corey

    nope….Their nukes are irrelevant. They may be a threat to most countries but the US is not most countries. Russia can not use nukes against the USA without destroying themselves in the process… no matter how many nukes they have, we have more than enough to kill everything in Russia 10 times….their traditional military weapons are a bigger threat to the Us than all of their nukes combined

  • McCheeseFist

    Lies lies and more lies, Russia is making up all kinds of lies to justify its takeover of Ukraine.
    they send hundreds of tanks… they lie and say “hey those rebels stole those from Ukraine!” Lies.
    The rebels kill civilians? They blame Ukraine. They shoot down an airliner, blame it on Ukraine. This isn’t Russia were we simple go “Putin said it? oh it must be true”. We know he lies, its the only thing he knows how to do. You are simple a paid “propagandist”. We know about the thousands being paid to spam message posts and facebook in support of his lies.

  • davidjordan

    Get real… You are the typical Americans that always speak this nonsense? The real threat is the U.S. Russia and China have one common enemy and that is the U.S. Hence why these two nations are pushing back, with the U.S. attempting to encircle both of these nations.

  • walkergw

    Please point to any where in Sun Tsu’s “The Art of War” where righteousness is a tactic that wins wars.

  • corey

    lol…think what you want but the only momentum Russia has is going in reverse…we just killed Russia’s economy because we felt like it, and big bad putin didn’t do a damn thing about…If he had any [email protected] he would have done something other than sit there and take it like a b#tch.

  • walkergw

    Seriously you talk? You use the word righteousness in combination to war tactics.

  • 26Thirdeye

    you really drank the koolaid

  • McCheeseFist

    China will own Russia after this is over. Russia gave away its natural gas to China… Putin got suckered.

  • McCheeseFist

    lies Russia is a terrorist nation now it seems. Murdering people for a vacation spot on the lake…

  • magnumpi28

    Nobody fears Russia? They just took some land from Ukraine! I think some people are worried.

  • walkergw

    Number of Submarines and ICBMs is irrelevant. If a war escalates to the use of nukes, both sides lose, end of story. However, In conventional war US would most likely whip Russia pretty handily. That assumes that Russia does not have proper asymmetrical weapons. This is not impossible, but it’s pretty improbable. Strategically, the U.S. would probably take their time and first dominate the air and then pound from the sky and only move in ground forces when they have been given superiority from the sky. Brutal but effective. Russia on the other hand would probable press the attack from the beginning. Attempting to use judo like moves to keep the US off balance. Early on in a war it might even be fairly effective. But this effectiveness would probably back fire on Russia as it gets overly confident and makes bigger and bigger mistakes. End in almost any case is a US win.

  • Lingban Tobo

    And Ukraine is not yours Westerners to play around with either. You hypocrite warmonger. I’m surprised you’re too blind to see what the west is doing to the world today. The west is the major threat to world governments. They interfere with foreign governments by removing democratically elected governments and installing NOT democratically elected governments. The West trains terrorists and finances their operation.
    If there’s anything you don’t like that Russia’s doing blame yourself idiot because Russia is only following on the footsteps of US. = US making wars with countries it doesn’t like…Lybia, Iraq and now Syria. West = Waste.

  • WHR

    The Russian numerical superiority in tanks is probably made up for by a qualitative superiority by U.S. and western European tanks. The bulk of the Russian tanks are T-72 and earlier designs that were decimated by U.S. M1’s in the Kuwait and Iraq wars. Plus our allies have some outstanding tanks like the British Chieftain and the German Leopard.

  • Evenater

    U.S. Boy Scouts could slaughter n Korea. Iraq took a week for them to be on their knees. The occupation wasn’t worth it…..Russia, two weeks!

  • magnumpi28

    You do realize how close the close the world really came to nuclear war during the Cuban missle crisis? You do know that Putin has made off handed comments about its nuclear warheads in conversation about the USA?

  • 26Thirdeye

    lol “russian aggression”

    while Nato piles on more weapons and tanks all over Eastern Europe….do some critical thinking….

  • 26Thirdeye

    Putin and Russia have righteousness and momentum on their side. I’d still put them up against Soros’s puppet any day….

    Everyone knows the kiev terrorists are all Soros – 0bama.

  • Evenater

    90 percent of Russians live in 10 percent of the land. Can you say nukes?

  • magnumpi28

    Depending on wind pattern wont some of the radiation reach the USA? or maybe one nuke make it through? what a bout a russian nuke submarine? My question is this…..If there is a nuklear war with Russia you are not saying we wont even know about it in the USA are you?

  • Scottie M.

    No thanks. I have better things to do with my time. Using nuclear weapons would cause the world to unite against Russian aggression… Even more than they have already.

  • jim beam

    I know the russians have a lot of manpads and anti air systems which I’m sure would take a heavy toll but I think they are prepared for a cold war style battle. The era of the drone loitering over the battlefield relaying real time information about troop movements and equipment strength as well as surgically striking command posts is here. I think a few weeks into the conflict the anti air defenses would be pretty well destroyed and then the helicopters and a-10’s would just destroy all those thousands of tanks in mass. Supply columns, trains, airfields, you name it would be picked off by drones day and night and you know those tanks only get about 1/2 mile per gallon fuel efficiency. I just don’t see how Russia could stop it anymore than the Ukraine could stop them.

  • Lingban Tobo

    AEGIS system is long gone from Russia’s point of view. On the oncoming missiles and war planes from Russia AEGIS will be blacked out and US becomes defenseless – remember the incident at the Black sea last year. I’m surprised you don’t know this fact. US missiles are inferior to Russian missiles. And the third world war between Russia and US will NOT be fought using tanks and helicopters. The war will be fought with long range missiles flying between the two countries and launched from land, submarines and planes. The number of troops matters but not so much as long as they have technical experts to operate missile launchers. That’s how the war will be fought. Now remember that Russia has Scalar Weapons that US don’t and that means all or most missiles shot from US territory will be detonated on launching. RUSSIA STILL HAS THE EDGE OVER US.

  • Evenater

    Really? Russia lost 20million

  • magnumpi28

    NK,Russia, China, Iran……take your pick(i see you pick China)

  • al len

    magnum
    Nobody wanted to push that read button or you’ll see the last or Russia. You know that, right?

  • magnumpi28

    What about starwars? Did that ever get developed?

  • magnumpi28

    And what about there nuclear warheads? should you fear that?

  • Scottie M.

    The “Russian bear” is actually a teddy bear. Their aircraft carrier needs to be pushed around with a tugboat. Their strategic bombers have propellers. Nobody fears Russia

  • davidjordan

    This article is pointless. Should this conflict turn from cold to hot, then we all die… Each nation would have to contend the others stockpile of nuke weapons. Russian doctrine, if the nation is facing overwhelming, then nukes are to be used… The only winner of this article are U.S. Defense Contractors, pushing their products to the Pentagon and NATOUS and Middle Eastern Countries.

  • al len

    Too bad, China is just waiting for Russia to fall apart at Siberia is China’s expansion option.

  • al len

    Keep dreaming English

  • al len

    Lingban Tobo
    First of all Ukraine is not yours to play around with to control and treat as a Vassal. You Russian maggots think every ex-Soviet nations are an open land for yours to land grab.You’ve gotta thick face to make such assumptions. Viktor Yanukovych is a murderer and is subject to Ukraine civil laws. Stop pointing fingers on the West while Yanukovych hides behind your pitiful sorry face. Russian troll.

  • Lingban Tobo

    Blame yourself westerner for current tension between US and Russia.

  • al len

    Matthew Bryson
    Have you heard of EA-18G growlers? This jet comes in play to deter Russia’s ground detection and missile defenses to take them down. EA-18Gs is an electronic attack aircraft intended to locate and fire its HARM missiles as it disrupts or jams radars before stealth forces enters and destroys other ground defenses.

  • Freddie777

    I guess that explains why the http:// for this article is “valuewalk”.

  • AmericaPutFirst

    The US and Russia have zero threats with each other. The real threat to both nation is China. Russia better keep looking to it’s land hungry neighbor with people spilling into the sea and into Russia all the time. China needs land for it’s 1.5 billion people.

  • al len

    WWII where Rommel was facing Paton and Allied Forces in Africa instead of Russia? With constant bombings into the heart of Germany gradually weakening Germany’s ability to supply its forward defenses and front lines? Take away all other Allied components and Russia will face Germany’s full force of estimated 22 million of 14 year olds to 60’s. Mind you Germany faces multiple front lines from Western Europe to Africa. The constant battle in the English channel for example had loses of up to 200,000 fallen men on dogfights and lost bombers. Take that front line out and you’ll see Germany fully deploying its bombers, fighters deep onto Russia’s territories and Russia falls easily. No one can brag that Russia alone could win WWII without Allies help.

  • cedaly1968

    How many errors can there be in a single article?? The U.S. spends $612 million annually? We wish… it’s $612 BILLLION. And if you think Russia’s submarine fleet compares to the U.S. you are nuts. Half their subs are rusting hulks ready to sink and not of their own accord. And while they have more tanks, I am taking our A10 Warthogs over the tanks 5:1. And something tells me we have a few satellites with a few tricks up their sleeves that would probably put the edge toward the U.S. That being said, who knows if the Russians are crazy enough to launch nukes at us???

  • john R

    Around 1960

  • al len

    8,000 missile against 8,000 warheads? Are you kidding me? Russia’s ICBM’s carry 10 warheads per missile! SM-3 takes down ICMB’s in early or mid flight. Warheads are counted but not the very ICBM’s. Go check how many Ballistic missiles Russia has and not just mere warheads will ya.

  • wopp22

    You can feed all that bs to your comrades but just like in Afghanistan the death toll will rise to a level that Putin cannot hide it the mothers and wives will make sure of that,as far as your budget goes you seem to forget even your own government say you don’t have enough revenues from oil which accounts for 50% of it to balance it and your economy and the ruble is going down the toilet. All you Trolls are good for is throwing out BS. So don’t waste your time no one believes it.

  • Reality

    The ONLY difference is when that time comes, you declare war. That means we will no longer worry about collateral damages.. properties or human lives would mean [email protected] We drop bombs and keep dropping them until it’s over.

  • Russia – Lies

    Russia has become a cancer upon this earth. Putin cannot die soon enough. Glory to Ukraine.

  • Matthew Bryson

    Consequently neither has Russia.

  • Steve Hendren

    Matthew- don’t you worry about the use of a nuke that could be shot from a ship off of one of the US coasts? The EMP effect would send most of us back to the horse and buggy days. Scary stuff!

  • Matthew Bryson

    Anti-missile defense, as it currently stands, is not yet capable of countering a stockpile on the level of Russia or America. We simply don’t have 8000 missiles to counter Russia’s 8000 warheads. Not to mention missiles in Poland will do little to stop a launch in Kamchatka. The RIMS are more suited to stop a minor nuclear power like N. Korea or (hopefully not) Iran from being able to threaten America or its allies. For Russia, our biggest counter to their nukes is still having a big pile of our own.

  • Matthew Bryson

    In a purely air to air fight, you’re correct. America would handily take the skies due to numerical and technological superiority. What this article doesn’t address though is the fact that the primary threat to America’s jets has traditionally come from the ground than the air.

    It’s more a question of how far the arms race between stealth and stealth detection has progressed. One byproduct of our dismantling of Iraq’s air defense network during Desert Storm was that we showed the world our tactics for punching holes in an enemy’s air defense in order to allow us to strike without fear of losing aircraft.

    We haven’t had those tactics countered as we haven’t faced an adversary with a functional air defense network since that conflict. One has to believe that considering the Iraqis based their network on Soviet strategies, that any Russian general with half a brain would attempt to alter his nation’s own network to correct these glaring weaknesses.

    This leaves us with the stealth of American planes versus the capability of Russian ADA platforms to detect them. We’re probably not going to be able to know the answer to that until the bullets actually start to fly.

  • ray allen

    It sounds like we’ve read some of the same policy papers and doctrine.

    The quantitative (not qualitative) difference between the NATO and Russian tank forces also begat the A-10 that the Air Force didn’t want and is still trying to kill.

    The full colonel that I worked for also wasn’t worried about a traditional nuclear war, because the major powers understand that winning a nuclear war will be a Pyrrhic victory.

    What he worried about was the warlord or dictator that was able to get their hands on nuclear, biological or EMP weapons, and felt that they had nothing to lose and/or who decided to launch a false flag attack on a major power in the name of their god.

  • al len

    If US navy’s missile defense system in Poland becomes operational with SM-3IIA under ground based AEGIS installed along with THAAD then Russia’s nuclear threat would fall apart like a fart and Russia’s rhetoric is toothless. SM-3 anti-ballistic missile defense system stands US greatest threat to Russia’s ICBM’s. SM-6 poses killing instinct to hypersonic cruise missiles in low and high altitude kills and THAAD is for SRBMs. Russia’s threats have its counter defense force with the West leaving Russia with but big mouth rhetoric.

    NATO at this moment sustains a 1.5million standing army while Russia’s is 700,000. US has an active 1.5 million troops as well. US Army has an active 5,000 M1-A1 tanks and reviewing the two Iraq wars, Russia’s T50’s to T-70’s does not stand a chance leaving Iraq a worthless battle force. We even saw T-80’s in ruins in face of US and British armored forces.

    The very threat that stands against US is Russia’s Bulava armed nuclear submarines. They are a loose Ivans out there that can go berserk anytime if Putin becomes insane or obsolete.

  • Mark Bernadiner

    Problem of American army is very simple: it has no competent political and militare istablishment. This explains why America has won no war after WWII that was won by the USSR.

  • Matthew Bryson

    You’re quite right. Technology and an increasingly digital world have made things like our infrastructure, economy, and national secrets vulnerable to cyber warfare attacks. Russia could engage in such a campaign, but you have to weigh the costs versus the benefits.

    Ask yourself what real damage was done from Sony being hacked? Money was probably lost, but no physical damage was done and no life lost. North Korea mysteriously lost all their internet connectivity soon afterwards. Even if the attack had been on our electrical grid, there might have been some physical damage, but it wouldn’t be a knockout blow. Our response would likely have been more severe as well.

    Russia probably realizes that every member of the developed world has their fly unzipped when it comes to internet security, including themselves. Therefore they would have to find a way to deliver a worthwhile attack that could not be traced back to them even by suspicion. It can be done, but it would require a great deal of coordination, subterfuge, and luck. The cost of failure would be a similar attack on their infrastructure, additional crippling sanctions, or even a justification for a military buildup that could result in the same conflict they were trying to avoid.

    Besides hacking the odd bank or taking down a major website, I don’t think that a main player like Russia is going to commit any major cyber offenses against the US or NATO unless it’s accompanied by some conventional objective or they have been so economically isolated that they feel they have nothing to lose. Since this is a major frontier of warfare however, tomorrow might prove you right and me wrong.

  • Kapaparov

    Well, if you considering a war. Allies of both nation should be consider as assets or weapons as well. US has more allies than Russia. In history of war, the more allies you have the more chances you will win.

  • Robert 808

    Excellent!

  • al len

    The world crisis is often stirred by the evil regime namely China and Russia. So the story goes.

  • al len

    Ground battles may give Russia the edge with massive tank numbers, but mind you half of Russia’s tank numbers ranges from old T-50’s,60’s,7o-s, and with only the 80’s and 90’s are considered modern tanks while the rest are target practice in the battleground. 22,000 tanks that does not stand a chance when faced with modern tech M1-A1 Abrams or British Challenger and other NATO tanks. Russia can only brag and boast on its nuclear arsenal, nothing more with half of its Navy fleet inactive, 70% of its Airforce are Soviet era technology that badly needs maintenance and upgrades. I can’t tell if Russia could even win a fight with NATO at this moment… And all it can use for threat is again… its nuclear forces.

  • dr. no

    I looked at all the yahoo news headlines, more than 50% are either china or Russia related. it makes me wonder since when our media have become a subsidiary of ministry of propaganda.

  • jim beam

    Russian tank strength is not relevant if they don’t have air superiority.
    Whichever side doesn’t have control of the air is going to get plastered.
    From the sound of things the US would be able to maintain air superiority if their was ever a straight up war.
    I’m sure the russian airforce would fight hard but its hard to win when you don’t have the numbers or the technology advantage.

  • 5topAmnesty

    It’s up to President Obama if he wants today’s Cold War with Russia to end…and he doesn’t seem to be interested in that. He seems more interested in seeing just how far he can push them…and if he overdoes it, what’s a few American cities anyway.

  • Bruce Denton

    you are kidding of coarse? remember Nagasaki and hiroshima

  • Matthew Bryson

    Correct, but these are not meant to be rapidly mobilized forces used at the outset of the war. They’re meant to be placeholders outside the fighting or used to bolster diminished aspects of the primary force in time. The set piece Cold War conflict was (and is) widely hypothesized to be a large war of attrition in central Europe. The US would similarly require weeks to mobilize and deploy the bulk of our forces across the Atlantic to respond to any attack.

    It was an interesting philosophy in that the US had no real counterpart to it. We could draft veterans from the 80’s and early 90’s, but how effective could somebody who drove a Sheridan convert that knowledge to a Stryker?

    This points to another facet of Russian wartime philosophy: That top of the line doesn’t always mean tactically superior. Their argument was that if you could have 2 low quality mortars for the cost of a cutting edge one, then the low quality mortars are the better choice. Losing the top of the line mortar means losing all your firepower and all your investment. Losing one low quality mortar means you still have 50% of each.

    Once again, all sandbox theory that has yet to be tested by two first world armies, but interesting to study nonetheless.

  • Frank Sowhatsky

    It’s all B/S with thousands of nuke aimed at each other and every one believing that they will not be one of the zombies , but will survive to start anew , let’s get real if it kick’s off you and I will not be the one’s in the shelters so stop counting !!

  • Vince

    At least they are American Comrade

  • Levi C. Arabelo

    Defense Spending is in Billion not Million sir.

  • Raptor Buddha

    I do have to say, it is fascinating to watch Mr. Putin’s defenders on these comment boards (and others) try to sell their position by attempting to convince Americans of either 1) how stupid they are or 2) how horrible America is, and how that entitles Russia therefore to do whatever it wants. I do wonder if the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg really thinks that strategy works.

  • rishisraj

    World leaders should sit for a cup of tea and try to resolve all major issues and cooperation to bring prosperity to people instead of piling up of weapons to destroy the others

  • Justin Mastowski

    Dude your post makes no sense. I cant even tell what point you are making.Is english not your first language or something?

  • Raptor Buddha

    Okay, if you have to re-fight a seventy year old war that you probably never witnessed in order to feel good about Russia, go right ahead buddy.

  • fuckyahoo

    You can have the finest, the most with 10 times the destructive power but if you have a gutless, spineless, PC momma’s boy for a CIC then you don’t waste your time by getting involved. Just ask them what is you would like then Obama would say Okie-Doke is that all?

  • greg

    Russian won WWII, the weak Americans were only along for the ride…..

  • ????????? ????????

    I did.
    Can you read?
    I don’t MIND once more.

    #1. YouTube – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    #2. – http: iipdigital.usembassy.go…
    – State Department Daily Press Briefing – ( scroll down) – and read for yourself.

    And
    #3. Who sent weapons to UKROPS fascists:
    – Name of article-
    Russia warns Bosnia and Herzegovina against sending ammunition to Ukraine

    And JUST show WHO is real UKROPS fascists please look same on YouTube:
    And now UKROPS not fascists? Look for
    you self please.
    All for free on YouTube.

    Video 1. – 2014 Odessa Massacre / Odessa Khatyn,

    Video 2. – ?Luhansk. June 2, 2014. Missile attack on
    the city center.

    Video 3. – UKRAINE: EXECUTION OF CIVILIANS IN
    MARIUPOL – ENG SUBS

    We can show THE proof. Can do the same UKROPS? On presents of RUSSIAN troops?

  • ????????? ????????

    I did.
    Can you read?
    I don’t MIND ince more.

    #1. YouTube – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    #2. – http: iipdigital.usembassy.go…
    – State Department Daily Press Briefing – ( scroll down) – and read for yourself.

    And
    #3. Who sent weapons to UKROPS fascists:
    – http: dw.de
    Name of article-
    Russia warns Bosnia and Herzegovina against sending ammunition to Ukraine

    And JUST show WHO is real UKROPS fascists please look same on YouTube:
    And now UKROPS not fascists? Look for
    you self please.
    All for free on YouTube.

    Video 1. – 2014 Odessa Massacre / Odessa Khatyn,

    Video 2. – ?Luhansk. June 2, 2014. Missile attack on
    the city center.

    Video 3. – UKRAINE: EXECUTION OF CIVILIANS IN
    MARIUPOL – ENG SUBS

    We can show THE proof. Can do the same UKROPS? On presents of RUSSIAN troops?

  • Raptor Buddha

    Possibly. Often times states going through economic hardship will externalize in order to distract their populations with nationalism. This has happened time and again in history, and nations like China and Russia–where the legitimacy of the government derives chiefly from its ability to stimulate economic growth–are very susceptible to the attraction of a nationalist “get-out-of-jail-free” card.

  • ????????? ????????

    I did.
    Can you read?
    I don’t MIND ince more.

    #1. YouTube – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    #2. – http: iipdigital.usembassy.go…
    – State Department Daily Press Briefing – ( scroll down) – and read for yourself.

    And
    #3. Who sent weapons to UKROPS fascists:
    – http: dw.de/russia-warns-…
    Name of article-
    Russia warns Bosnia and Herzegovina against sending ammunition to Ukraine

    And JUST show WHO is real UKROPS fascists please look same on YouTube:
    And now UKROPS not fascists? Look for
    you self please.
    All for free on YouTube.

    Video 1. – 2014 Odessa Massacre / Odessa Khatyn,

    Video 2. – ?Luhansk. June 2, 2014. Missile attack on
    the city center.

    Video 3. – UKRAINE: EXECUTION OF CIVILIANS IN
    MARIUPOL – ENG SUBS

    We can show THE proof. Can do the same UKROPS? On presents of RUSSIAN troops?

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  • ????????? ????????

    I did.
    Can you read?
    I don’t MIND ince more.

    #1. YouTube – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    #2. – http: iipdigital.usembassy.go…
    – State Department Daily Press Briefing – ( scroll down) – and read for yourself.

    And
    #3. Who sent weapons to UKROPS fascists:
    – http:www.dw.de/russia-warns-…
    Name of article-
    Russia warns Bosnia and Herzegovina against sending ammunition to Ukraine

    And JUST show WHO is real UKROPS fascists please look same on YouTube:
    And now UKROPS not fascists? Look for
    you self please.
    All for free on YouTube.

    Video 1. – 2014 Odessa Massacre / Odessa Khatyn,

    Video 2. – ?Luhansk. June 2, 2014. Missile attack on
    the city center.

    Video 3. – UKRAINE: EXECUTION OF CIVILIANS IN
    MARIUPOL – ENG SUBS

    We can show THE proof. Can do the same UKROPS? On presents of RUSSIAN troops?

  • ????????? ????????

    I did.
    Can you read?
    I don’t MIND ince more.

    #1. YouTube – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    #2. – http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/texttrans/2014/11/20141113310827.html#axzz3QRvKK3lv
    – State Department Daily Press Briefing – ( scroll down) – and read for yourself.

    And
    #3. Who sent weapons to UKROPS fascists:
    http://www.dw.de/russia-warns-bosnia-and-herzegovina-against-sending-ammunition-to-ukraine/a-18224123
    Name of article-
    Russia warns Bosnia and Herzegovina against sending ammunition to Ukraine

    And JUST show WHO is real UKROPS fascists please look same on YouTube:
    And now UKROPS not fascists? Look for
    you self please.
    All for free on YouTube.

    Video 1. – 2014 Odessa Massacre / Odessa Khatyn,

    Video 2. – ?Luhansk. June 2, 2014. Missile attack on
    the city center.

    Video 3. – UKRAINE: EXECUTION OF CIVILIANS IN
    MARIUPOL – ENG SUBS

    We can show THE proof. Can do the same UKROPS? On presents of RUSSIAN troops?

  • Raptor Buddha

    “That’s a lot of fancy words that boil down to “America believes it has
    the right to control the world and doesn’t allow any competition.”
    After all, we are “unique”. We will continue to create havoc and fear
    and ramp up the cold war until we are in total control. That is the down
    simple meaning of “stewardship”.”

    Yes, I suspected you might seize upon that and only that. That is by no means the only–or even the most important–dimension of the problem. And furthermore, that’s not even a passable interpretation of my comment. I suggest you reread my post and I would like to hear your views to my specific points on Russia’s historical relationship with its near-abroad.

    “The anti-Russian hysteria in Europe is a recent phenomenon caused in
    large part by NATO’s and the US’s fear mongering. The constant, and
    totally unsupported, charges by NATO that Russian tanks will roll into
    Berlin by Christmas and kill you like they are killing Ukrainians has
    re-awakened a lot of fear that died with the cold war.”

    You know, I feel like I am back in 2003-5 when I was turning blue in the face when I was trying to convince Americans that anti-Americanism wasn’t motivated by bigotry, jealousy, or conspiracy, but more so because the government was doing stupid stuff foreign policy wise. When Russia carves out puppet states in Georgia and Ukraine and uses its economic and military might to leverage neighboring countries, then that is obviously going to impact how it is perceived. There might be anti-Russian hysteria among some elements of the population in Europe and the US, but I think most of it is reasonable apprehension of Russia’s geopolitical ambitions–apprehensions that are entirely understandable, by the way. And Russia cannot pretend that it doesn’t make threats: when Rogozin threatens to send bombers to Romania, or when Makarov makes the claim that Finland joining NATO will start WWIII, etc. it can’t reasonably expect that kind of assertiveness not to make an impact on how it’s perceived. Nor can it then blame that decline in prestige on some kind of wonky NATO conspiracy. That’s just silly.

    It doesn’t help that they are, in fact, killing Ukrainians. That’s not even debatable. Russian soldiers have been captured in Ukraine and Putin and Churkin have recognized that there are Russian nationals fighting. They’re there. Period. The sticking point is that they simply deny that they are receiving state sanction. Furthermore, we know that he denied sending Russian troops into Crimea only to admit that he did so a month later. That type of activity also can’t help your perception. This all seems quite narcissistic to me. Russia is blaming everybody else for its lack of support except itself. That would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.

  • favian

    okkkk russia is more than 2 times the size of the us thats basic info that every one knows, and everyone also knows that 3/4 or russia is covered with ice and is not opera table, and as far as tanks the m1 abrams is the mest MBT in the world look it. and the army is working on upgrading it, it has a perfect kill ratio already imagine it upgraded. and who cares who has more nukes, both countries has enough nukes to destroy the world 300 times, and comparing guns, think about our M-16 or M-4 or AR-15, there are no russia riffles that are capable of what theses guns are capable of. russia is nothing more than an iceland trying to play hard ball in the big league, but i tell you something, do not miss judge the US, we will do what is necessary to protect our national interest, and to our national security. and even if russia and china was to join forces none of them would win considering the fact that we own all the major oceans, our navy is already unstoppable and is still upgrading, our marines are the best of the best, and lest not for get about the airmen, who fly those mind razzing fighter jets. and with a military budget of 612 billion compared to 72 billion, its a wrap.

  • Derek4Dolphins

    Strange….. I’ve heard Russian soldiers love taking it up the ars while saluting the Soviet Cickle & Hammer logo……………

  • Betty White

    Betty White said it best, “Why do people say “grow some [email protected]”? [email protected] are weak and sensitive. If
    you wanna be tough, grow a [email protected] Those things can take a pounding.” Maybe what you’re trying to say is that Russians are sensitive and weak while Americans can take a pounding. Hahahaha. Plus, are you trying to say that you don’t like [email protected]? I don’t know a single straight man that doesn’t.

  • Bat Nut 43

    From my understanding, China’s economy is getting ready to go through a rough time. So, I imagine if that is accurate. Then they will not be able to keep going like they have been on their military build up.

  • Bat Nut 43

    You say that there is proof. How about present the evidence? Like a link to the web page or something.

  • greg

    Russia doesn’t have the amount of deadlier weapons as the U.S. and Americans are probably smarter but the Russians have balls and honor while the majority of Americans are pvssies….

  • julius rosen

    Interesting theory, But I have seen how long it takes to de mothball any amount of materials and also seen that it takes weeks / months to move men and machines from one continent to another.

  • ????????? ????????

    And RUSSIAN STAR – jenn PSAKI confirm, presents of NATO in UKRAINE.

    What BUSINESS NATO in there?

    Any one can watch video about,on YouTube –

    – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    or read –

    – “State Department Daily Press Briefing”

    … What was your second question?

    QUESTION: The other one was why you felt it – why you felt it necessary to call for the Security Council meeting for Ambassador Power to speak at on Ukraine.

    MS. PSAKI: Well, obviously, we’re concerned about continuous blatant violations of the Minsk Protocol and we’re certainly concerned about tensions on the ground and reports over the past couple of days about the developments seen by NATO and the OSCE. As you know, there have been meetings in the past – several over the past several months about this – and I expect Ambassador Power will speak to this in the next hour or so, if I’m doing my time right.

    QUESTION: Can I start a new topic?

    MS. PSAKI: Sure.

  • ????????? ????????

    And RUSSIAN STAR – jenn PSAKI confirm, presents of NATO in UKRAINE.

    What BUSINESS NATO in there?

    Any one can watch video about,on YouTube –

    – Psaki: “We certainly stand by what the OSCE & NATO have said…” 12 Nov 2014 (Ukraine)

    or read –

    – “State Department Daily Press Briefing”

    … What was your second question?

    QUESTION: The other one was why you felt it – why you felt it necessary to call for the Security Council meeting for Ambassador Power to speak at on Ukraine.

    MS. PSAKI: Well, obviously, we’re concerned about continuous blatant violations of the Minsk Protocol and we’re certainly concerned about tensions on the ground and reports over the past couple of days about the developments seen by NATO and the OSCE. As you know, there have been meetings in the past – several over the past several months about this – and I expect Ambassador Power will speak to this in the next hour or so, if I’m doing my time right.

    QUESTION: Can I start a new topic?

    MS. PSAKI: Sure.

    Read more: http://iipdigital.usembassy.gov/st/english/texttrans/2014/11/20141113310827.html#ixzz3QRwcVpRW

  • julius rosen

    COmpare actice tanks / ship please then our usa is way over powering.

  • julius rosen

    $76 million annually on its defense. CORRECT TO ” BILLION “

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    That’s a lot of fancy words that boil down to “America believes it has the right to control the world and doesn’t allow any competition.” After all, we are “unique”. We will continue to create havoc and fear and ramp up the cold war until we are in total control. That is the down simple meaning of “stewardship”.
    The anti-Russian hysteria in Europe is a recent phenomenon caused in large part by NATO’s and the US’s fear mongering. The constant, and totally unsupported, charges by NATO that Russian tanks will roll into Berlin by Christmas and kill you like they are killing Ukrainians has re-awakened a lot of fear that died with the cold war.

  • Mark Bravard

    Army vet for Call of Duty? I bet you have COD PTSD.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    Not this time. Russia has learned from the Soviet experience and has better leadership than we do. They pay cash, spend what they can afford and then stop spending. The entire military budget of the US, on the other hand, is borrowed and adds to that $18 trillion dollar debt that we can never pay off. As for “Russian lives”, funny thing about that. Despite NATO claiming every day that there are Russia armored units in Ukraine, not a single picture has emerged of those “hundreds of tanks.” Guess everyone’s cell phone batteries died.

    Of, perhaps, just maybe, your government is lying to you – again.

  • B-man

    Biological weapons are cheap but hard to contain. When you talk about biological weapons, all I can think of is Resident Evil movie. Once it spreads, good luck humanity. Only a few select people aren’t infected because they develop immunity to it. But I don’t know if I can consider them lucky or not to continue living in a world that’s completely ruined.

  • Raptor Buddha

    The world has become more multipolar-ish, and if you look at an economic break down the US and China are more or less even. Militarily, the US is still far ahead. However, that gap will probably close more and more provided China can maintain its level of growth. The US has problems–notably its still uncomfortable debt-to-GDP ratio and the fact that it is underserved by its political class. However, at the end the US still leads directly or indirectly most of the global institutions, and is at the head of a pretty vast alliance and patronage system. China has yet to create a comparable system (indeed, most East Asian nations are outright suspicious and/or hostile towards China), and Russia is all but isolated. Indeed, Russia’s actions in Ukraine have served to actually strengthen that alliance system which had been badly frayed under Bush’s tenure. The US might not be the global hegemon it once was, but to think of the world as strictly multipolar, I think, wouldn’t be accurate either.

  • B-man

    Greg,

    Modern wars between powerful countries are done through economy. Between US and Russia that’s happening now, which one do you consider winning?

  • B-man

    Eric,

    Riffles make no difference in battles between US and Russia. Nobody cares about what AK or M4 can or cannot do. Minus nuclear, what really matter are air superiority (US wins), naval superiority (US wins), and electronic warfare (not sure who will win, but I’m guessing US because US spends 10 times more on this technology than Russia).

    As for tanks, are you talking about Russian T-90? If yes, it only ranks #9 in the world behind even Japan’s TK-X . If you’re talking about T-95 or Black Eagle, they’re both cancelled. If you’re talking about T-99, the model hasn’t been deployed or tested in real combat situation and most op eds still consider it slightly inferior to M1A2 SEP Abrams (M1A1 upgraded model).

    As for nuke, it doesn’t matter who has more. Each country has enough to obliterate the entire world 3 times over. Just because Russia has 8000 (1000 more than US), it doesn’t mean Russia will win in a nuclear war. As a matter of fact, US nuclear missiles are much closer to Russia than Russian nuclear missiles to US. If both fire at the same time, Russia will be gone first and then US will follow 15 minutes later.

  • Roger Stephen Roth

    Today in my opinion there is more than one Superpower. We should not forget that China is a very powerful nation as well. The list of the world’s most powerful countries can be found on the internet. Out of 200 something nations though the 3 strongest armies could be USA, Russia, China. Israel military is also one of the top in the world and a very powerful nation despite its size.

  • wopp22

    But it’s costing Russia money they really can’t afford to spend and lives that eventually Putin will not be able to hide the longer it goes and will lead to another Afghanistan and we all know how that ended for Russia. That’s a good thing.

  • White dude

    Big difference between fighting Russia/China and guerilla groups like the Taliban an Al Queda. The US can beat any conventional army on earth, its the guerilla groups that are difficult to defeat.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    Doubtful, we have rarely engineered a regime change that did the country any good. Remember our goal is American Power, not the good of the other country. Ukraine is typical. We cost them the Crimea, split the country in two, bashed the rest of its industrial base and installed a government so horrible that a third of the country rebelled to get away from it.
    Afghanistan and Iraq are little better off and between them they have between 250,000 and 500,000 people dead because of our “war to defend democracy”.
    If you look at the list of the 20 regime changes we have engineered since WWII (available on Wikipedia), you won’t see a lot of success there, but you will see a lot of dead people and destroyed countries.

  • James Huang

    Our enemy thinks that if we get you in a tit for tat attrition battle, U.S will cry uncle first.

  • Raptor Buddha

    I said they’re working as a way to raise costs–not that they’re deterring Putin’s actions. However, I think you can correlate the recent offensives in Eastern Ukraine to the fact that Putin is boxed in and has lost the ability to leverage Europe and America through playing hardball with gas, bellicosity, dividing the Europeans amongst themselves, etc. It’s the only card he has left to play, and he’s not playing it terribly well.

  • R.D. Cheese

    Journalists are non-existent. Journalists are stenographers. They merely record what they are TOLD to record. They do no investigative journalism anymore, and can be fired if they refuse to lie.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Eeesh…I am not apologist an for the Russian armed forces, but they could still do quite a bit of damage. There is no technological or qualitative parity any more, but at the end of it all Russia has the assets in the region and the US really doesn’t any more.

  • James Huang

    Sanction doesn’t seem to be working, the rebel is doing spring offensive and Putin has high approval rating.

  • wopp22

    That’s ok we sure live good.

  • R.D. Cheese

    I do hope you’re right. But what I fear is that a couple of the criminal enterprises that appear to run are country are composed of insane people–LITERALLY insane. I will not mention those cabals, but I’m not talking about groups that are NOT known.

    Our politicians are also a HUGE stumbling block for the prevention of war. Your statement about Russia and NATO or the U.S. avoiding war is based on rational thinking. Are our countries free of irrational people in the leadership? I do not think so. There are leaders, as well as people of influence inside and outside of our country, that live in the Cold War past, and some of them still ACTUALLY believe that a nuclear, first-strike war against Russia can be won. And they DO have influence, I’m telling you.

    What I don’t know is whether or not there are enough sane people, in our government, as well as enough good guys that would block any attempt at war. Our economy, despite claims to the contrary, is shattered to pieces (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf-C2kearTw .

    And a shattered economy means that these idiots are planning for war.

    If brave means having no fear of war, then I’m not brave. I hope you are right.

  • Raptor Buddha

    The issue would be how many could mobilize fast enough to a Russian attack before they get attacked. Still though, the British and the French–all joking aside about the latter–have first-class, crack armed services. The Germans are still working out the kinks as they professionalize, but they have some of the best kit in the world. Also, it’s worth remembering the British defense outlays alone almost equal Russia’s.

  • Jack Mabry

    If Russian forces went up against US and European forces, they would get slaughtered. Most of their equipment is outdated, and in ill repair. The days of some degree of parity between Russia and the US are long gone.

  • wopp22

    So be it life’s a B-tch.

  • wopp22

    That’s a good thing.

  • PhillipNagle

    One additional side note. In a confrontation with Russia in Europe we have our NATO allies (as a matter of fact, if not for our NATO allies we would have no fight with the Russians) which would make the comparison even more lopsided.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Nope. Tactical nuclear weapons would, almost inevitably, lead to an escalation to the use of strategic nuclear weapons. NATO hasn’t sent in a Rapid Reaction force because 1) Ukraine is not a NATO signatory, 2) there is no consensus among the member states to use military force as a solution, 3) the ethnic and regional complications of the conflict, and 4) sanctions seem to be working better as a way to levy cost than any tactical contribution on the battlefield could.

  • wopp22

    That’s OK.

  • R.D. Cheese

    THANK YOU!! “Americans” live under an illusion. Also, they think that they’ll be WATCHING any war that takes place, on TV. They don’t understand that, if there is a war, it means brutal pain and bloodshed and death.

  • wopp22

    Better then Russians.

  • Johny English

    So combine forces US and Russia and just delete north Korea from the map.Then shake hands as friends and the planet will be happier.

  • wopp22

    That’s a good thing better then the Russians.

  • R.D. Cheese

    The economy is collapsing (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf-C2kearTw ).

    So, the U.S. government is preparing for war. That’s how it works.

    I don’t know what we, as U.S. citizens, can do about our corrupt government to stop it from taking us, and the world, to hell. I just don’t know.

    But, please don’t be ignorant, thinking that we have “enemies” that are out to get us. Any such talk is manufactured, by our corrupt and evil politicians, as smokescreen to deflect attention away from the fact that our economy is shattered. Your leaders are lying to you, as you’ll clearly see if you look at the above YouTube, X22 video report. I don’t have a clue as to what can be done.

  • http://www.wheretobuybelowwholesale.com/ RssWire

    You’ve said it right. But, instead of Putin and Russia working together to fight the terrorists, Putin is consumed in invading smaller nation in his neighborhood. Russia is just a regional bully, leaving the real fight on the Most Powerful Nation on the Planet, the US of A.

  • James Huang

    Nukes matter, no one will invade your land if you have nukes. That’s why NATO hasn’t send rapid reaction force into Ukraine. They don’t want any part of tactical nuke warfare.

  • Lester

    Russia may have more tanks, but they will be fodder when put up against the Abrams, the A-10, and the AH-64. They have quantity, but lack the quality of a us tank. As for nuclear weapons, I wonder how many of them will really work when needed. The US Navy Boomer subs alone could destroy the entire Russian population. And as for air power all the US has to worry about is to counter the SA-300’s and 400’s and then it will be a turkey shoot for the US Navy and Air Force, Not to mention all the NATO capabilities that will brought to bear against the Soviet Union and it’s supporters.

  • http://www.wheretobuybelowwholesale.com/ RssWire

    Dummy, Nukes is the most useless of all weapons in this day and age. So, the power of a nation is NOT how many Nukes they have pilled up. Russia Nukes will go obsolete, they will continue to make more but can NEVER use it.
    NO NATION IS STUPID ENOUGH TO USE NUKES. So, no matter how many Nuclear Weapons Russia Piles up,
    Russia can NEVER use Nukes (You can bet if you want) Putin is just bluffing. RUSSIA CAN NEVER USE ITS
    Nukes on any nation here on earth and still be alive and Russia. Think about it and stop being dumb like Putin himself.

  • Raptor Buddha

    A counter-insurgency campaign against a political ideology or guerilla group can’t really be equated with conventional warfare. The US did just fine on the battlefield in all of these campaigns. However, military strength and tactical sophistication don’t win a counter-insurgency fight. That takes a political solution mixed with providing security and necessities (and in many cases, much more). In contrast, Russia’s conventional campaigns over the last two to three decades have not been impressive–to say nothing of its similarly unimpressive track record dealing with insurgencies.

    “They are willing to trade their lives and starvation to beat the U.S, Americans wouldn’t give 1/10 for the cause. Look at Vietnam and current war in middle east.”

    That was the Japanese strategy in World War II after naval defeats at the Philippine Sea and Leyte–and they debatably had much higher morale than either the PLA or the Russian Army (having a head of state also be God tends to produce pretty high morale). All that morale and bluster really did not accomplish much more than increase the enemy’s body count. At the end, in conventional campaigns, soldiers can run away–but unlike guerillas, cities and industrial centers cannot.

  • Raptor Buddha

    I don’t think anybody is really looking for a war. The costs are too great and the benefits too minimal. The issue is quite simply that Russia has always been a European great power with a disproportional amount of influence in its near-abroad, and now they aren’t. To complicate that, Russia has always linked its security to maintaining a wide buffer between it and Western Europe. This isn’t the foreign policy of the politburo, but goes all the way back to Peter the Great and Alexander I for crying out loud. When you mix in collapse of empire and security threat, and NATO expansion (I can see why the Poles, Czechs, etc. wanted it, but I would also concede it sent the wrong message), it’s pretty easy to understand the Russian position–that’s not condoning that position, but understanding it. But this isn’t a bilateral problem between Russia and the US–though that’s the most significant. It’s a problem between 1) Russia and the US–with the latter viewing Russia as a threat to the international system it stewards, 2) Russia and Europe–with the latter viewing Russia as deliberately trying to undermine the European integration (Russia, for its part, finds Europe similarly meddlesome, and 3) Russia and the former members of the Warsaw Pact, most of them viewing Russia as an existential threat. So no, nobody wants war–and the likelihood a deliberate conventional war is remote–but these are legitimate issues.

  • Richard Brahman

    So all those helicopters, aircraft, tanks and infantry doesn’t really matters, what is important is nukes; they are more efficient in terms of war. This is non productive for US military budget.

  • James Huang

    To bloggers who want to write off Russia and China as obsolete Super power wannabe, look at how we are doing with the Taliban, ISIL and Al Qaeda. We fought 14 years and look at the current status. It hardly gives our enemies pause. They are willing to trade their lives and starvation to beat the U.S, Americans wouldn’t give 1/10 for the cause. Look at Vietnam and current war in middle east.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Great post.

    “That being said, I doubt that Russia and NATO or the US will ever get into a major altercation simply because of the nuclear specter that would wipe out both sides. Neither power can even afford to flex their military muscle to such an extent without bankrupting their economies as well.”

    You are the expert, so I will defer to your judgement. However, it seems to me that Russia also knows that it can accomplish more with asymmetrical warfare in its near-abroad–and with less risk of escalation–than it can by a conventional offensive where the risk of military defeat and nuclear retaliation becomes significant.

  • Marcus Antonius

    I certainly would not count on that. The Russians are very smart people, even if they are a little strange also, by our standards, but so are we, by any bodies standards.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    Yep, you are right
    T-90 Main battle tank 743
    T-80 Main battle tank 1400 active, 3000 reserve
    T-72 Main battle tank 2255 Active, 8000 reserve

    Is it possible that they haven’t been looking for a war? Maybe they feel that they don’t need more because their troops aren’t in 150 countries looking for trouble.

  • Israel Ruelas

    Come on already.. Enough of this bullsh$t!!!! USA and Russia need to settle this shit already and come together and get rid of these isis and saudi arabia

  • Matthew Bryson

    I’ve spent the last 10 years of my military career reading up on Russian theories of war and how they contrast with those of NATO. I knew that pride on both sides would make the end of the Cold War a temporary state of affairs, and that as soon as the Russian economy started to grow again they’d start to try to regain their position as a check on the West.

    An interesting tactic used by the Soviet and then Russian military was to put in place to rapidly expand their manpower in the event of war with the West. Being a conscripted force, the Russian Army could count on a sizable portion of their population being proficient with the weapons of their period. They didn’t need to know advanced tactics, just how to take orders from officers and operate their equipment.

    Consequently, the Russians would attempt to employ twice as many officers at a specific command level as was necessary for the standing force. One would truly be in command, the other would act as an ‘understudy’ of sorts. They also had warehouses of mothballed equipment instead of scrapping it as obsolete.

    In the event of a major conflict, the understudy would be placed in charge of the former conscripts brought back into service. The mothballed tanks and rifles would be brought back to fighting order and the Russian order of battle would double in quantity thought not quality. This would at least free their modernized forces to focus on the Western front rather than spreading them to nothing trying to secure the numerous entry points to their homeland.

    Would that have resulted in a total rout of NATO or even the US alone? No. The chances of a conventional force from Russia reaching the United States was minimal. It was a deterrent against invasion, and insurance in case expansion into Europe ever became feasible.

    That being said, I doubt that Russia and NATO or the US will ever get into a major altercation simply because of the nuclear specter that would wipe out both sides. Neither power can even afford to flex their military muscle to such an extent without bankrupting their economies as well.

  • Crom!

    most of them are probably not working or reached its half life.

  • Marcus Antonius

    Absolutely correct. Just think if the Iranians get them also.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    What in the world do those countries have to do with anything? The wars of ancient history have nothing to do with modern day Russia. It has only been in existence for less than 30 years and hasn’t attacked or threatened any of those countries – or anyone else.

    They aren’t even attacking Ukraine now, despite the hysteria from NATO. (NATO keeps claiming it sees columns of Russian armor in Ukraine, but their camera’s can’t take pictures because the tanks are invisible).

    Comparing the military capabilities of Ukraine and Russia, if Russia was attacking the Ukraine, they would be having dinner in the Presidential Palace in Kiev by the end of the week.

  • Raptor Buddha

    So, by that metric, is Pakistan, France, and Israel. All you really need are a few, afterall.

  • Marcus Antonius

    Still extremely dangerous because of it’s nuclear weaponry.

  • Crom!

    Nope, nukes are of a last resort. What would it say to the populace if the mighty Russian and Chinese army could not stop the US/NATO ground offensive unless they used nukes?

  • Julian

    What is the “Cuban Missile Srisis”? I’ve never heard of such an event. I have heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis however.
    Journalism in the 21st century is so bad. They don’t even know how to proof read their own article.

  • Crom!

    CIA check and Obama phone? what’s that? Is that some toy? Anyways Russian post is down due to vodka shortages, so you will get your check via horse carriage.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Nope, that isn’t the tank the article factored in because there are only about 750ish T-90s actually in service. Besides, a T-90 is basically just a modernized T-72. They also have higher quality T-80s, but again most of these are in reserve.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    Yep, that’s right. We spent $5 billion dollars to buy a coup. Our definition of “civil society and a good form of government” is a government that takes orders from us in civil manner.

  • Marcus Antonius

    That is for sure.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    The main battle tank is the T90 and that is what the number of tanks refers to. There are no T72’s on active duty outside of the Ukraine and Poland.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    You need to read the history of Pyrrus. The question is not could we win, but at what cost. They have international bombers able to reach our shores, nuclear missiles and submarines that can lay down H#ll on Washington, fighters that can match anything we can put in the sky and some of the meanest bastards ever put under arms. Why in the world would they refuse to use what they have?

  • Tim Chrisolm

    That’s along the same lines as N. Korea and sub marines. They actually have the most subs of any nation. However coma I wouldn’t wanna be on any of them when they dive. If you know what I mean.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Soon Amerikkka will fear our newly created Supertinfoil hat made by glorious FSB/KGB. Perfect to protect your brains from decadent Western ideas like elections and constitutional rights and aerodynamically designed to keep glorious Russian sausages warm for cocktail parties.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    What nonsense. Russia was attacked on Georgia while they were protecting ethnic Russians from genocide, is in the Crimea because the citizens requested annexation by Russia, and is NOT in Ukraine despite the hysterical screaming of NATO – which constantly accuses Russia of having invisible tanks in the battle.

    On the other hand, has troops in 150 countries, has invaded 2 nations and destroyed them in the past 20 years, and has attacked 12 more with cruise missiles, drones, special forces and air bombardment in the past two decades.

    Compared to the US, Russia is the Dove of Peace.

  • Raptor Buddha

    YOU HAVE NOT ACTUALLY ASSERTED FACTS FOR YOUR ARGUMENT. All you have done is generally alleged stuff like the NWO controls the world and pushes for NATO expansion and that the CIA runs Ukraine. A generic allegation or innuendo is NOT a fact that can be rebutted. Try again.

    Look, I get that this is a job and that you are trying to get Americans to hate their own country more than they hate President Putin. However, if that is going to be your schtick could you be a little more competent at it? Otherwise, I think I will send a CV to your Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg.

    Not that this has anything to do with you, of course…

  • Raptor Buddha

    The User “UpLateAgain” had a really great break down of Russia’s tank advantage down in the comment section. In summary, most of the tanks they have are legacy models–many of which in storage since the Russians have never really thrown anything away since the “Great Patriotic War.” The majority are T-72s. I wouldn’t write them off completely as they still have some pretty good units (Spetsnaz and VDV) and kit. They would also have some pretty significant strategic and logistical advantages–interior lines, close proximity to most potential zones of conflict, etc. But on the whole your point is right.

  • David

    Russia is not a superpower. It is a former superpower that is now a wannabe superpower.

  • Mark Bravard

    you not made a rebuttal too the facts . america falling every day in to heartless country. soon have bio-metrics lost of rights own guns , lost right too free speech . fact. then american be lost. then happen too rest the world.

  • http://aztecoutdoors.com Billy Orban

    The apparent advantage that the Russians hold in tanks seems fairly meaningless when you see their military budget and do some simple math. Likely, this equipment is poorly maintained and manned by under-trained personnel.
    The warheads remain a problem because of the sheer numbers. Their ability to deliver them is questionable, given the state of their overall military. Having some of this weaponry fall into the wrong hands (Putin’s gonna be looking for a way to raise cash very soon!) looks to me to be our biggest worry where Russia is concerned.

  • Raptor Buddha

    None of this rebuts my criticism of your “NWO” theory.

  • Mark Bravard

    problem is america think their gov care about them they don,t too them your just a number . like when mitt Romney said 47% Americans are useless eater’s. too rich like him if don,t pay tax,s you be dead.

  • derwolf

    Mark, We know who you are, and where you live, and if you continue to telling people about our secrets we will be forced to deal with you(and those like you)..Signed, The CIA(and our Alien overlords)
    PS take off the tinfoil hat we have the technology to defeat it.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Then I ask again, do you unambiguously condemn Vladimir Putin and his invasion of Ukraine?

  • Cristian Valcu

    Really? Then the IDF keep a huge amount of Merkava tanks because they wanna make sure the menorahs they transport in those tanks are going to make it safely to the synagogues located close to the Lebanese border. Saddam”s tanks were sitting ducks to the US Apache helicopters and A-10 planes because there was NO AIR SUPPORT for those tanks.

  • Mark Bravard

    i have empathy for neither their just pawns in a larger game for the rich.

  • David

    The West can keep on funding Ukraine for decades. No problem. Russia can just stay poor singing old Soviet songs behind the KGB colonel. Actually, we do not care what the attitude of the Russian people is now or ever will be. As long as Russians continue allowing that goon to grab territory and send in troops to another country, we will try to make your economic life crap. We will continue providing funds for Ukraine so that they will keep on sending Russian regular army soldiers back to their moms in a box. We will see in a few years if the Russian moms start protesting like they did during Afganistan.

  • Raptor Buddha

    No, I understand the notion. I also agree that rich people like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Vladimir Putin (oh, that’s right, he’s not rich. I am sure he just makes a civil servant’s salary) do have a disproportionate say in government and society on account of their wealth. I just think your idea that this therefore means there’s some kind of mass conspiracy to create a one world government is rubbish. Especially when you consider that this “global 1%,” whether Russian oligarchs, the Saudi Royal Family, the Koch Bros., George Soros, Bill Gates, or Warren Buffet are just as likely to disagree politically among themselves as the rest of us.

    So, again to your theory, I say hogwash!

  • Mark Bravard

    hard for you too understand one world gov control bye rich’s people. too them world is control bye wealth they buy president’s ,kings, dictators like it was candy. they careless what you think unless your a 1 % like them. that’s problem you think you can control them but they just laugh at you.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Favian, don’t you know that if you read you are almost assuredly going to read biased Western-propaganda? Don’t read that stuff, it’s all a conspiracy to manufacture lies…unless of course you read it on RT or hear it from some random commenter on the internet railing (in broken, barely comprehensible English) about the NWO, American imperialism, and the fact that Ukraine was never really a legitimate nation to begin with. Those guys are 100% right all the time. So Favian, get your priorities and facts in order.

  • Raptor Buddha

    So pervasive wealth inequality somehow engenders desire for world federalism, which somehow equals American ultra-nationalism, and then creates a desire for world domination…which is why NATO wants expansion…

    Or you know, there’s the other answer, which is that Russia just wants Ukraine under its thumb like it always has wanted. However, I guess my answer is more complicated and convoluted than your concise and empirically-based theory.

  • favian

    nawwww it sounds like he knows what he is talking about, unlike you. why don’t you study and read and maybe you would see that russia is the one that wants war, thats why they have violated every nations airspace, broken all treaties, and invade ukraine sovereignty, lets not forget that they said they could destroy us in 30 mins r less, and lets not forget that they said ww3 will happen soon… solo you read and tell me who actually wants war.

  • Mark Bravard

    do the richest people in world like bill gates warren buffet and many others 1% rich’s . want a one world gov. fact 1 % rich’s people own 87% world.

  • Cristian Valcu

    Not only nukes. Let’s talk about aircraft first. All Russian fighter planes of the 80s and 90s were true nightmares for the American pilots and that is still true even today. No American pilot of an Eagle F-15 (considered one of the best US panes from the past and present, to a certain extent) had a worse nightmare than having to get involved in a dogfight with a Mig-29 Fulcrum, not to speak about the Su-27 Flanker. Both Russian planes are superior to the F-15 and even the now fast aging F-16 the pride of the US Air Force in terms of maneuverability. Today, the F-35 is nothing but a huge (and costly) failure, while the successful F-22 is going to be soon surpassed by the T-50, which is the Russians’ response to the famous US stealth bomber. With all this being said it should be evident to even the imbeciles who have no better occupation than writing “patriotic”, yet idiotic comments on the Net that the Russians are doing to us RIGHT NOW what we did to them in the 80s. They are parading some ICBMs, long range bombers with “nucular” capabilities (as George W Bush the Imbecile used to say), move some tanks and personnel close to some strategic points where US would love to stick their noses and the f(ucking imbeciles inside the Pentagon go nuts to the delight of the huge corporations, which control them and the US government like a puppeteer would move a marionette. Evidently for that tiny group of 1% who detain 50% of all the money in this s(hitty world we live in, the new Cold War added to the other “bogie man” – the Islamic terrorism – reinvented by the US of A after the fall of the “Communist” Block lead by the Soviet Union is nothing but a gold mine. Fear controls the imbeciles, which comprise 70% of the US population and fear justifies the maintaining of the arms race at the highest level possible.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Oh yes, far more plausible. You seem to have far more faith in the CIA than I do. It might interest you to know that I have neither faith in the CIA or the FSB–especially since the latter infiltrated Ukraine in 2004 and couldn’t even fix the election the right way. Tsk tsk. Tragic.

  • favian

    well if we don’t protect our interest we wouldn’t be “the home of the brave, and land of the free anymore”, we fight for the sovereignty of the people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. we have a reason we go to war, and that reason is to stop evil communist killers like vladimir putin from getting his way or the russian way

  • wopp22

    Mark B – Do you really believe anyone take anything serious that comes out of a Russian Tolls mouth like yours?

  • Raptor Buddha

    Ah, so your conspiracy theory trumps nearly 400 years of history. Gotcha. You do realize that it was the Poles, the Czechs et. al. who pitched NATO expansion to Bill Clinton–not the CIA NWO KKK SS whatever types in Washington, don’t you?

  • Mark Bravard

    Cia control puppets in their gov.

  • Mark Bravard

    we know why want NATO expand so trap Russia for new world gov . only thing stopping one world gov is , china,Russia, Syria ,Iran ,

  • Raptor Buddha

    If, after reviewing Ukrainian history from the Zaophizhian Hetmanate and Ivan Mazepa to the Orange Revolution and Viktor Yuschenko and expect us to believe that Victoria Nuland and shady money is responsible for the removal of a Russophile government, then you must have far more respect for Nuland’s abilities than I do.

  • bobussery

    EAST meets WEST in Ukraine over world views, rights, and hope, that is true. The people of Ukraine want freedom, not communism. Ukraine is a good investment for USA, the WEST, true.

  • Mark Bravard

    US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Nuland said: “Since the declaration of Ukrainian independence in 1991, the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government – all that is necessary to achieve the objectives of Ukraine’s European. We have invested more than 5 billion dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals. ” Nuland said the United States will continue to “promote Ukraine to the future it deserves.

  • http://WTF.COM/ Frank Marshall Davis Jr.

    And your CIA check and 0bama Phone are in the Mail……

  • Raptor Buddha

    That makes about as much sense as your selective outrage against the US but pronounced empathy for Russia.

  • wopp22

    You don’t expect anyone with any intelligence to believe your BS?

  • bobussery

    Eric-I never mentioned US invading anyone…but also study history, it’s full of super powers invading countries. US has in the past invaded….don’t kid yourself.

  • http://WTF.COM/ Frank Marshall Davis Jr.

    Do your homework, The US Banking interests spent between 5 and 6 BILLION Dollars to topple the Democratically elected Ukrainian Government…….

  • Mark Bravard

    free country when the gov is control bye CIA. already admit we spend 5 billion dollars over throw the old gov.

  • Eric

    Tacy Green , Agree to what? Agree to be encircled?

  • Raptor Buddha

    And expansion of NATO was initiated because Eastern European states were wary of Russian expansionism and interventionism. If you look at the Soviet Union and Russia’s history in its near abroad, you really cannot blame them without looking silly. If Russia wants to go ballistic about NATO and expanding membership, maybe it should instead address the causes for why those states might want to join NATO in the first place rather than dismiss it as Russophobia or imperialism.

  • favian

    shut up you communist.

  • Mark Bravard

    be anti-war then kill just for greed.

  • favian

    sorry but the US spends 612 billion dollars on defense not “612 million”

  • wopp22

    And you are one of the Bottom Feeding Trolls.

  • Mark Bravard

    Russia has long been wary of the expansion of the military bloc of 28 nations into eastern Europe, with President Vladimir Putin saying last month that his annexation of Crimea was partly influenced by NATO enlargement. nato and cia control of puppet gov of Ukraine. cause Russia too back the rebels and too reclaim Crimea. as defense against usa and nato .

  • Eric

    bobussery, and the US does not invade other countries, Huh You have the right to stay blind, that is your right, but don’t expect other to be blind

  • Raptor Buddha

    I care, and I make loads of typos. However, error-free text creates the presumption that an author cares enough about what he or she has written to review it and think about it. I understand the economics of the “instant-news” environment we live in, but errors and sloppy writing does, in my opinion, undermine the credibility of a piece.

  • http://WTF.COM/ Frank Marshall Davis Jr.

    Numerous spelling errors as well. In order to be taken in a serious manner one should at least use spell check or proof read. IMHO

  • wopp22

    Right on Sree!

  • wopp22

    Even their most of us don’t give a dam as you can see by the amount of reader that have made an issue of it.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Ah, well so much for being a morally consistent anti-war humanitarian.

    Ladies and gentleman, I present the exotic Russian troll.

  • bobussery

    So Putin funds rebels in Ukraine because CIA invades Ukraine? Ukraine a free nation, Ukraine obey international laws…not invade anyone. Putin invades Ukraine….read the news.

  • Raptor Buddha

    Ah, well so much for being a morally consistent anti-war humanitarian.

    Ladies and gentleman, the exotic Russian troll: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/08/the-kremlins-troll-army/375932/

  • Mark Bravard

    Cia force putin into backing the rebels against cia control gov of Ukraine.

  • Eric Benson

    Brian, be realistic, for that to happen , Nato must desolve first and the Ukraine is not going to join any military allaince. If people like you can’t see the causes of this confrontation, then I beilieve humanity will always be destine to make the same mistake again and again. You just said the Russians are smart people, yet you don’t expect smart people to react to the slow but steady eastward encrochment of a Military machine known as NATO. It puzzle me every time I see this insensitive and arrogance attitude expressed here. The should just watch and do nothing while the countries bodering it are bribed to join an enemy allaince. If the Ukraine makes a public declaration against joining Nato and the EU everything would go back to normal. Remember , Putin is the most popular person in Russia not Medvedev, remember

  • Raptor Buddha

    I’ll agree with “shame on America” if you unambiguously condemn President Putin and his invasion into Ukraine.

  • Mark Bravard

    cia does not control Putin. cia hates him. that’s why CIA fund new puppet gov of Ukraine

  • http://WTF.COM/ Frank Marshall Davis Jr.

    Nobody does in the comment section. The article itself is presumed to be Professional. As such, a proof reading would go a long way towards credibility.

  • Eric Benson

    B-man, don’t forget that Russia is more than two times the size of the US, and it cost more than double to build these systems in the US. I shall make it very short. The kalashnikov costs half of what it cost to produce the M-15, yet more rubust and far easier to maintain, less prone to jamming. And in a BBC documentry considered to be the best of the best. It can be buried in the dirt as was demonstrated,dug out and can fire instantly, the M-15 could not , it jammed, to sensitive to dust. Drive a jeep over it , but can still fire, not the M-15. The new Russian Tank is second to none and soon to deploy. The Americans still has the Abram, nothing new at the monemt. The Russian ww2 T-35 was crude by comparision to the German Panther, just best in battle, and still considered one of the best of its time. Now lets go nukes: Russia has 1000 more nukes than the US. Remember , it nukes that count. What advantage do you have if your cities are all reduce to piles of radiactive ashes while you are out encircling Russia? Wake Up Use YourBrain. Nobody can threaten Russia. With the size of the US, every American will fry, while the Russians at least have a higher survivability ratio than the US, it has vast and empty space in siberia

  • Phuket_whocares

    R.E.M knew it all along!!!!!

    That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes,
    an aeroplane – Lenny Bruce is not afraid.
    Eye of a hurricane, listen to yourself churn,
    world serves its own needs, dummy serve your own needs.
    Feed it off an aux speak,, grunt, no, strength,
    The ladder starts to clatter with fear fight down height.
    Wire in a fire, representing seven games, a government for hire and a combat site.
    Left of west and coming in a hurry with the furies breathing down your neck.
    Team by team reporters baffled, trumped, tethered cropped.
    Look at that low playing!
    Fine, then.
    Uh oh, overflow, population, common food, but it’ll do.
    Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs, listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and the revered and the right – right.
    You vitriolic, patriotic, slam, fight, bright light, feeling pretty psyched.

    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it.
    It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

  • Mark Bravard

    bye the comments most here love wars , they praise what weapons they used too kill their enemy ? shame , america is police and boss of the world just like old Rome empire.

  • bobussery

    So CIA controls Putin? Ukraine? Hm, that’s a stretch….

  • wopp22

    I don’t know where you get your info from but it’s a load of BS.

  • wopp22

    Jim- I didn’t know they allow readers to post a manuscript on here?

  • AJONJOLI

    These are the weapons that we know of thru. the press but God knows what else these nations have in their arsenal that can obliterate the planet in minutes….

  • wopp22

    So be it. Life has been good.

  • Mark Bravard

    most sound like want a war with Russia and not afraid of nukes. make sound your a fox news followers? everyone know their war monger that run Fox news . why say ww 3 used nukes and ww 4 with sticks and stones. for men love killing and wars.

  • wopp22

    Denis- Who gives a dam.

  • wopp22

    sbb714-We have all known that sense the Cold War/

  • Raptor Buddha

    “Apparently you missed the newsest Russian fighter jet”

    Actually I caught it. It’s the T/Su-50. As to its capabilities, we shall see. In either case, it’s certainly not been produced in sufficient numbers to really be taken into account. As to the “jamming,” I suppose that’s possible given my knowledge of electronic warfare capabilities are limited as I am not a technician, nor am I aware of the full range of electronic warfare capabilities of the US or Russia. However, even if that were the case and Russia could completely jam the AMRAAM-120, it would be a significant disadvantage, but not a crippling one. Beyond Visual Range combat is an important component of modern air combat, but it is not the end-all. Sidewinders and guns will still play their role, and it’s rather hard to jam heat-seakers and bullets. I suppose you could argue that Russia’s emphasis on aerial maneuverability and “knife-fighting” might give it a step up here, but based on the total available air power the US could lose several planes for every Russian one and still come out ahead–and I don’t see such a lop-sided kill ratio happening. I haven’t been a fan of US fighter engineering for some time, but the US Navy and Air Force produce some pretty first-class pilots–considering the amount of money that goes into their training, they bloody well better be first-class!

    “Do you really think all Russia’s cards are on the table.”

    What makes you think all the cards of the United States are?

    “Also, there are many thousand Spetsnaz already stationed inside the US borders, on US Army bases.”

    Source? I am sure a handful might plausibly be available and undetected, but thousands is pretty ludicrous.

  • Mark Bravard

    lmao , Russia give a rats as$ at expanding their country. Ukraine a buffer against NATO and USA. once the CIa fund the over throw of elected gov of Ukraine only then did Russia went on the offense.

  • lanche

    Does not sound like he loves war. It sounds he is aware of our strengths and weaknesses as a nation. Just because you like to stick your head in the sand Mark does not mean he loves war. Wierdo!!

  • Mark Bravard

    true, ww 3 used nukes and ww 4 sticks and stones . men love their wars.

  • Raptor Buddha

    It’s the old issue of interior lines and logistics. That’s why there’s the old adage that amateurs talk tactics, and pros talk logistics.

    “What happens if one side starts winning?”

    According to Russian battle doctrine, it reserves the right to use nuclear weapons whether if it is attacked–no matter if it is conventionally or with nuclear weapons. That being the case, I think even the most ardent Kremlin nationalist would think twice before embracing suicide. The doctrine itself is a form of deterence; but it does encapsulate its mind-set. As to what happens if one side gains an advantage, the two wars in history fought between two nuclear powers have been the Sino-Soviet Border War, and Indo-Pakistani Kargil War. In the case of the former, I don’t think any one side gained any real advantage, and the territorial dispute resulted, eventually, in China allying with the United States. In the latter, the Indians gained a pretty decisive military advantage before Clinton had fit and both sides had to de-escalate. In both cases, the risk of nuclear war forced both nations to back down–ultimately solving none of the underlying problems.

    “Suppose Russia outright invades Ukraine, or Estonia, or Georgia. They
    can occupy these places with adequate forces such that it would take us a
    year to gather forces and prepare to take them back, and our supply
    lines would be long and theirs short. This does not mean that they could
    just roll west, with each country they would take their forces would be
    diluted, their supply lines longer, and as they go west, their
    opponents would be stronger.”

    This is true, but the United States has greater expeditionary warfare capability than the Russians with a slew of allies. Supply lines would be long, true, but these supply lines wouldn’t have to go all the way back to San Diego or Norfolk, but to Berlin, London, Warsaw, etc. These don’t eliminate the problems your discuss, but they do allieviate them.

    “It appears to me that the Russians, as a practical matter, can recreate
    the cold war exactly, dominating and occupying eastern europe. As they
    get to Poland, or at least Germany, they are faced with newly motivated
    and well resourced opponents. They would be isolated economically and
    their economy and standard of living would decline drastically, and
    Europeans would not have their natural gas and oil.”

    A conventional war for the Russian Army is frought with risks–the risk of a nuclear exchange, and then the risk of being outright defeated. As you suggest, the US and its European Allies have massive logistical problems, but if that can be solved the US alone outclasses the Russians both qualitatively and quantitatively. Given that, the Russians will probably continue fighting, if at all, in the style we’ve seen in Ukraine. I don’t know why people are so surprised over the operation in Crimea as the Russians have developed a remarkably consistent playbook over the last two decades fighting numerous local wars. Georgia and Chechnya aside, they have a few elements in common:
    1) Small, plausibly-deniable operations;
    2) Exacerbating ethnic, nationalist, or political problems with countries in its near-abroad;
    3) Arming, training, and augmenting small insurgent groups to carve out autonomous regions;
    4) Utilize Russia’s political power to legitimize breakaway zones internationally;
    5) Use economic power to leverage the country in question to deescalate its response.

    This is certainly what happened with Georgia in its wars in the 90s, the Balkan Wars, and Ukraine. If you think about it, it makes sense. Russia’s military performance conventionally, especially in the First Chechen War and to some extent the Georgian War, has been lackluster. And these wars were against unimpressive opponents. Fighting a well-trained NATO army would probably be even more crippling. Using this battle system, Russia is able to fight asymmetrically under the thin-presumption of deniability. It has generally worked for Russia so far and the risks are minimal. The risks for conventional war are far greater.

  • Pat

    Sounds like he’s studied the subject.

  • JC

    Dont kid yourself! The dollar will always be king. As Usual another clueless Russian dreaming.

  • protn7

    What are you telling us ME? Why would anyone welcome a nuclear war?

  • sbb714 .

    The fact that Russia has more (1000) nuclear warheads then the U.S. was addressed by a USAF Maj. General from SAC when I was in the Air Force. He said that by his calculations we had only enough warheads to kill every living thing on the planet 300 times, while the Russians could do it 310 times. He felt the warhead disparity had no meaningful difference, at best.

  • David

    You’re telling us – that Russia has THOUSANDS of special, elite troopers inside the United States, on ARMY bases? What is YOUR SOURCE for this Combat Vet??????????????????????????

  • UpLateAgain

    What is almost never talked-about in these kinds of articles is the fact that nuclear weapons have to be maintained and upgraded to retain effciency, or in many cases even be usable at all as a detonatable device. It’s highly likely that much of the Russian nuclear inventory is significantly degraded. I’m sure, however, that they still have more than enough usable nukes to keep MAD up and running for some time.

  • combat vet

    Apparently you missed the newsest Russian fighter jet. Need to do some more research. It has the capability to jam the missiles fired from our fighters. Also, in 2016 and 2017, it’s either the tomahawk or sidewinder and hellfire missiles will no linger be in the U S aresenal thanks to Barak. Do you really think all Russia’s cards are on the table?. Also, there are many thousand Spetsnaz already stationed inside the US borders, on US Army bases. Many thousands. Look it up.

  • Joe Black

    Hopefully not. The concept of MAD, Mutual Assured Destruction, coined in the fifties or sixties has remained in place even with the downfall of the USSR. Russia is just upgrading it’s weapon systems. There isn’t an upside for them or the US taking that option. It’s the terrorist or small rouge nations that are more concerning. One high level detonation causing an EMP could also set the US back into the stone ages for some time.

  • Denis

    Does this guy ever proof-read his stuff? Jesus Christ spelling mistake upon spelling mistake.

  • Mark Bravard

    sound you love killing and war wonder why america spends 1 trillion dollars for their wars ? sad when biggest thing is war and killing ? end . war is death children,women, old people. shame . evil world we live in www 3 nukes and ww4 sticks and stones because men love wars.

  • John

    Very disturbing news is Russian’s new cyborg combat robot technology just released by Russia’s Advanced Military Lab. They are catching up technologically: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=283bDqu92PY

  • Mark Bravard

    guy hide a keyboard some fake name and acct. his profile private and hiding.

  • UpLateAgain

    A couple notes on a couple of areas……

    Manpower: Our military forces are 100% professional. Russia’s are about 80% made up of conscripts, most serving a 1 year tour of duty. A draft would not at all be controversial in Russia, where they still use it every day.

    Aircraft: It’s not just the quantity of aircraft at stake…. it’s the quality. Russia produces OUTSTANDING prototypes, but seldom gets them into production in any significant numbers. Nearly 90% of Russia’s front line AF units are flying 20 and 30 year old airframes. Just this year, they tabled production of SU-37s to use the money to buy a series of SU-27s and Mig29s instead. They did this primarily to keep five factories open that would have closed had they spent the money on the SU-37s, and the ‘new’ planes are still an upgrade for the units they’ll be going-to….. but they are nowhere near what we are currently fielding. Their gen 5 fighter (PAK FA), supposedly a direct challenger to the F-22, has been sent back to the drawing board for engine re-design, and is now not projected to get into service for another five years…. THEN we’ll see how many they actually produce.

    Armor: Russia NEVER throws away a tank. When they stop running and are too costly to repair, they find some place to dig them in and make pill boxes out of them. The armor ‘edge’ Russia has really isn’t one at this point. The majority of their armor are T-72s, with some T-62s, and even a few T-55s thrown in. Anything T-82 and before suffers from the same defect that created the loss of about 550 Iraqi T-62s without the loss of a single Abrams to armored conflict. They have carousel ammo storage inside the hull beneath the turret. One bit of hot metal penetrates into the compartment (and the armor behind the road wheels is notoriously thin), and the turret blows about 60 feet in the air. Which is why any time you see a picture of an Iraqi armored battlefield, the turrets are blown off the Iraqi tanks. Beyond the T-82s, the design defect has been corrected by the Russians, but their tank force has a relatively small number of tanks in that category. US Armored forces are all currently composed of models of M-1 Abrams for the MBTs. Throw in the German and British MBTs and any armored battle would be dramatically one-sided strictly from an armor perspective. Of course, control of the air neutralizes any armor (or manpower) advantage in any event.

    Artillery: Surprized the author didn’t mention this. It’s one area where the Russians have a significant advantage…. strictly from viewpoint of sheer numbers. Western artillery is generally superior in capability. The Germans, for example, produce what are unquestionably the world’s deadliest howitzers. They can fire off a dozen rounds and because of computer-controlled barrel transitioning as the rounds are fired, have them all hit on the same target at the exact same time…. meaning NOBODY gets the chance to duck for cover. But the numbers are not there for NATO. Include Russian rocket forces, and they have a significant artillery advantage. Of course, modern air superiority neutralizes the majority of that advantage as well.

    And there’s nothing in the article about weapons tech….. weapons currently under development and pending deployment. The US Navy is already testing rail guns, and expects to have them deployed throughout the fleet within five years. These can hit a ship with a 1inch kinetic energy bolt from 100 miles away in 45 seconds, causing more damage than an 8 inch explosive round would cause. The Russians are not even close to testing one. Though rail guns have been widely understood, they require energy sources well beyond what the Russians are capable of producing at this time. Lockheed Martin has a functioning tactical (read about the size of a small pickup) fusion reactor prototype, and is expecting to have functioning fieldable such reactors being installed in Navy ships within five years. Add to the rail guns the high energy weapons the Air Force has been testing, and we’re talking about having the ability to even take out re-entering MIRVs likely within ten years.

  • Mark Bravard

    i,m army vet . been more countries then you . fox news type of person such as were you get your info from. train with Iraq , Jordan,Africans Egyptian. what have you done for america except run your mouth ? been too real war ? been in the field a lot good men from diff countries as army soldier so you can run your mouth on social media site .

  • norik

    “with admitted defense spending in the United States currently equal to
    around $612 million.( billion is 1000 time more then million ) This dwarfs any nation on the planet, and Russia is
    no exception, with the Eastern European powerhouse spending $76 million ( again — billion not million)
    annually on its defense.”

  • Jim

    In June the US national debt was $12.6 trillion & it’s still increasing. We are told that we don’t have enough money to pay for repairing our roads, running our schools, or paying out Social Security benefits, but we do have enough money to meddle in the affairs of Ukraine.

    US Assistant Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland said: “…the United States supported the Ukrainians in the development of democratic institutions and skills in promoting civil society and a good form of government…” & “We have invested more than 5 BILLION dollars to help Ukraine to achieve these and other goals.” The current government that we support in Ukraine came to power in a violent coup d’état.

    Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson flew 1100 combat hours as a helicopter pilot during his 1st year in Viet Nam. Later in his career he was the deputy director of the Marine Corps War College & chief of staff for Gen. Colin Powell. Col. Wilkerson has stated that our foreign policy is really run by, “The people who own the wealth, the people who therefore have the power and who more or less (and I’m not being too facetious here) buy the president and thus buy American foreign policy.” He also points out that, “big American defense contractors are largely responsible for our current dispute with Russia.”

    Smedley Butler is one of only 19 people in the history of the US
    military to have received the Medal of Honor twice.
    Here’s an excerpt from a 1933 speech by General Butler, “I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps… And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism… I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.”

    David Shoup joined the Marines in 1926, & was awarded the Medal of Honor during WWII. As Commandant of the Marine Corps & a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Shoup was in on the planning for the initial stages of the war in Viet Nam at the highest level of the US military. He retired in 1963, & here is what he said about the war in Viet Nam in 1966, “I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar-soaked fingers out of the business of these nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own—and if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the “haves” refuse to share with the “have-nots” by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don’t want and above all don’t want crammed down their throats by Americans.”

    The time served in the military by Butler, Shoup, & Wilkerson covers an almost continuous period of about 100 years. Nothing has changed since the days of Generals Butler & Shoup. Get ready to pay for another multi-trillion dollar war. “The people who own the wealth” aren’t going to pay the bill. They get the profits, we pay the bill.

  • Crom!

    careful now, you might want to add some slack to your tin foil hat strap.

  • Mark Bravard

    ? . CIA does bully other country and under mine their gov ‘s ? american watch too much tv ?

  • Mark Bravard

    cia invade almost every country too over throw them too a cia puppet gov .

  • Raptor Buddha

    I hate to say it, but this is a fairly superficial analysis that really only looks at “quantity of kit” as a viable metric of miltitary strength. Simply comparing the amount of stuff each nation has, without really analyzing either military institutionally or qualitatively, is fairly superficial. For example, on the submarine front the newer Russian subs tend to have more primitive sonar and detection devices with more limited operational ranges (e.g. the Lada), but because they have air-independent propulsion systems they are also more quiet than US nuclear powered boats (and much more quiet than the noisy diesel subs like the Kilos and Victors they replace!). On the other hand take tanks: the Russians certainly have quantity, but the vast majority of the Russian Army’s tanks are actually legacy T-72s–most of which are in reserve. The T-80 and the T-90, while fast tanks–with a pretty impressive array anti-tank missiles–don’t really stand up to Western main battle tanks. Of course, they are not supposed to as Russian armor is designed with maneuverability rather than firepower and protection in mind. However, tank-on-tank, Russian armor is behind.

    Additionally, look at military personnel for example. The United States does have numerical superiority, but keep in mind that every US soldier is professionally trained. I am not sure why the author states that the draft would be controversial in Russia, because the Russian military is in part dependent on conscription to supplement its military strength. The Russian Army has taken pretty impressive strides to professionalize its enlisted-ranks, especially after the 2008 Georgian War. However, that revolution is still far off from being complete, and the Russian Army is still dependent on conscripts and contracted soldiers to supplement regulars. The Russian Spetsnaz, Airborne (VDV), are highly competent, first-class troops that are above-all tough (these were the Little Green Men in Crimea), but these are hardly representative of the Russian Army. The Russians have also never shown much interest in spending money on realistic training like the US does at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. That kind of realistic maneuver-warfare training was what gave the US such a dominant edge in the First Gulf War over its Iraqi opponents as much as airpower.

    More than anything, you have to contrast the doctrine and fighting stances of both military services. At the end of the day the United States military is a military that is oriented towards expeditionary warfare and the ability to rapidly move assets by land, sea, and air towards any potential global hotspot. This is in part (beyond personnel cost) why the US defense budget is so high; expeditionary capability is incredibly expensive. The Russian military, despite modernization, is a military oriented toward fighting a major, conventional European war near Russian territory, with Russian airpower oriented towards area denial and the Russian Navy oriented around convoy interdiction and ballistic missile delivery. It’s very much apples and oranges, I’m afraid.

  • jt95124

    There are nice Russians and some wonderful culture, but … I have known some Russians, There is a large element of bullying and corruption in their culture, very macho. One Russian tried to bribe me to get a job interview. I have never had anything like that from a cultural American. I see a lot of this in news and reading and cultural commentary. Listen to the logic and basis for Putin’s bellicosity and check out the commentary sections for remarks from Russians supporting him.

    Again, I am sure there are Russians that would be great people anywhere in the world, but … The statistics on wife beating, drinking, and social issues are bleak. I read one estimate that the Russians have ten years less life expectancy than other countries because of alcoholism alone. Russia is a mess in many respects, and Putin either doesn’t care or likes it that way.

    I don’t think Putin is an outlier, I think he represents a significant, maybe dominant part of the Russian culture – macho bullying nationalistic and not very empathetic.

  • Mark Bravard

    rather be a puppet gov run bye cia like Saddam ?

  • Mark Bravard

    a bunch of cave dwellers train bye cia take down the towers in nyc ?

  • Mark Bravard

    Afghans kick america out as well they were tired the puppet run gov control bye USA.

  • Louis Kalman

    So now, Lets talk about China………

  • IDIOT

    STFU.

  • Mark Bravard

    I wouldn’t pay attention to him. He thinks the Russians are immortal, able to take anyone on whenever wherever. He clearly forgets about World War 2, when one country manhandled his MOOOOTTTTTHEEEER RUSSIAAAAA. You could help them out, give them clothes, do everything for them and the Russians will continue to hate you.

  • jt95124

    Most of what this article says is irrelevant. The question is not how many do they have, the question is how many will show up for the battle. If the battle is in Ukraine, for instance, we would have to ask Russia to wait months to start shooting while we shipped our tanks there. They just have to drive a few miles over the border.

    The important question is how would this go. Suppose we have WW3 in Europe as updated WW2, traditional 20th century war with air battles, tank battles, infantry battles. What happens if one side starts winning? The end can only be either acceptance of defeat and humiliation by one side, or nuclear war.

    Suppose Russia outright invades Ukraine, or Estonia, or Georgia. They can occupy these places with adequate forces such that it would take us a year to gather forces and prepare to take them back, and our supply lines would be long and theirs short. This does not mean that they could just roll west, with each country they would take their forces would be diluted, their supply lines longer, and as they go west, their opponents would be stronger.

    It appears to me that the Russians, as a practical matter, can recreate the cold war exactly, dominating and occupying eastern europe. As they get to Poland, or at least Germany, they are faced with newly motivated and well resourced opponents. They would be isolated economically and their economy and standard of living would decline drastically, and Europeans would not have their natural gas and oil.

  • Mark Bravard

    that mean nothing in a nuke war. all rich people in nuke bunker’s why your rotting away with rest of the people in usa.

  • Mark Bravard

    lmao , think french , German, fire nukes,lol.lol. all be sitting on the side lines watch it . and lmao .only people that CRAZY are uk and usa . Arabs fire nukes, lmao.

  • Sree

    Dear Greg
    Now that, all said and done, so eloquently, you should be having a proposal, an advice or some kind of remedy to over come this issue. am I right? I am so sure, you being a very very intelligent personality, you have great many ideas under your sleeves.
    This should have been scripted at the conclusion of your text material, which you didn’t.
    So why not edit it, re-edit it, for the sake of people like me, who do not know any thing, please?
    Awaiting your new edition.
    Have a nice day (weekend) sir.

  • Mark Bravard

    think america want missile defense shield in eu . america afraid of nukes. america want over throw Russia make it puppet gov. they want used NATO put defense missile in eu.

  • William Oscar Hand

    You should have someone proofread your articles. The military budget is billions in both countries, not millions. When you talk about relative strengths in weaponry, you can not go strictly by numbers. You need to compare the quality of weapon systems, and the technological level. Quantity is not important if your adversary has the ability to destroy the majority of your tanks subs, etc before they can be used.

  • pr0n

    You seriously don’t think Russia is fighting a proxy war with Ukraine? Who’s the delusional one here pal?

  • Tony Pokorny

    Russia has not been so forth coming in nuclear weapon depletion. They still have nearly as much nukes as they did during the Cold War. And their tech use potential to the EMP over anything we have since everything is so dependent on electrical field of some sort, from radio to operating computerized equipment. In turn, they can slap us back into the stone age with a flip of a switch.
    The author should write with more accuracy, not with political propaganda agendas.

  • Mark Bravard

    lol, all Obama a Muslim . he fool all dum Americans . shows how smart Americans are ? vote for a Muslim. a socialist . why america fall . america a sin nation and war mongers.

  • Mark Bravard

    lol, all Obama a Muslim . he fool all dum Americans . shows how smart Americans are ? vote for a Muslim. a socialist .

  • Crom!

    that may be, but it wasn’t US/NATO troops pulling the trigger now was it? A bunch of cave dwellers did that. AH-64 carry a lot more heavy fire power than that.

  • Mark Bravard

    lol, all Obama a Muslim . he fool all dum Americans . shows how smart Americans are ? vote for a Muslim. a socialist ..

  • Greg

    As long as we do not go bankrupt (which I believe we already are). All that needs to happen is for America’s credit card to be suspended and ALL will fall apart! Do you disagree? Because without that credit card , most corporate, industrial and business interests will not be able to continue on without the current credit system which does all start at the Federal Reserve level. Follow the trail of what will happen when the government can no longer spend more than revenue. It trickles all the way down to us and will change EVERYTHING we as Americans know.

  • Mark Bravard

    lol, all Obama a Muslim . he fool all dum Americans . shows how smart Americans are ? vote for a Muslim. a socialist .

  • Noughgames

    Both Russia and The US have been working frantically for small pox vacine because they know a biological attack is cheap, clean, efficient and cannot be traced back to origin. I have family working for CDC that refers to these pox as biological weapon. The point is before the war starts to infect the host and send them to a large city such as DC or Moscow then let nature do its thing. Missiles are for making rich people richer. Bio weapons are for killing efficiently

  • L0L

    Germany invades Russia, Germany pushes all the way through. Russia is supplied by every Allied power, Russia starts turning the tide against a under supplied Germany.

  • Billiam

    Which two brilliant men are you referring to?

  • Crom!

    i got a tin foil hat for you to complete your existing collection. It will look good with your chicken little outfit.

  • Crom!

    not in your wildest dream

  • Greg

    I believe the U.S. will eventually be an easy take for whomever wishes. For those evil countries with future devious intentions, all they need to do is to stand idly by and watch America dismantle itself.
    Our political parties mean nothing as they both currently and historically over the last 100 years engaged in objectives that will eventually eliminate the U.S. as any benefit to anyone in the world.
    We always spend money we don’t have as a nation without the slightest intention of ever paying it back. Look at our debt and its history and it’s obvious that is the case. The future ambitions of BOTH parties guarantee’s we’ll ALWAYS spend more than we have therefore perpetually increasing our debt. So when does that debt become too much? Common sense say’s it will while only fantasy paints a rosy picture going forward utilizing the same monetary policy that is eating away at our nation. Fractional Reserve Banking policies will without a doubt destroy this nation.
    At the same time we have just about all politicians protecting and pursuing legislative policies that enable corporate America to continue to outsource jobs, decrease corporate tax liabilities and moral obligations to keep jobs here and pay wages that will actually drive any American economy to speak of all in the name of “freedom”, “democracy” and “capitalism”.
    But these things do NOT bolster the financial health of our people. There is no way America can economically grow with the intentions of todays special interests and investors as they are more concerned with siphoning off profits. The Eagle is DEAD! And the vultures are currently feeding.

  • Mark Bravard

    They declared war on U.S because of Japan declaring war on them. You know you’re a threat, when everyone has to team up on you just to take you down. 1vs1, Germany would annihilate Russia. That’s a fact, if it wasn’t. It wouldn’t have taken all the Allied forces teaming up on one country, along with sending massive supplies to another country just to defeat them.

  • Mark Bravard

    russia is part Ukraine,lol.. most them Russia . Georgia about Muslims , Crimea is Russia way before america was america. talking out your a$s. america is new Rome . rome did same thing america invade couintry destroy it army then leave a puppet gov and their arny and a bases. control bye them . same in Afghan invade then put in a puppet gov and army too help . made base in their countries. then afghan got tired you bossing them around kick you out like they did the Russia .

  • B-man

    Comparing numbers only is like comparing apples to oranges. Very inappropriate in this case. You have to consider the technology of the said equipment as well, not just numbers.

    Subs: US operates the most advanced, fastest, and quietest nuclear subs in the world. Most of Russian’s are diesel powered. So US has a big advantage here.

    Tanks: US M1A2 SAP tanks are often regarded as the most advanced, powerful, and strongest tanks in the world, comparable to British, Israelis, and German tanks. Russian T-90 tanks are much smaller, provide less protection, and are not as advanced in technology although they have more in quantity. That means, Russia has no real advantage here.

    The only advantage Russia has over the US are the number of nuclear warheads and missile defense system (S-400 and S-500). Those are the real threat of the Russian military.

    And the author forgot about the number of carrier groups that the US operates and are capable of reaching any part of the world within days and completely encircle Russia from all direction.

  • Mark Bravard

    It’s funny how people claim it was the winter, or the size of Russia. Germany was winning, while Russia could do nothing. The Allied forces seen what was going to happen, so they started sending massive loads of supplies to Russia. Russia now being heavily supplied, could push back against Germany (which was running out of supplies) Let’s rule out the whole “Russia not being supplied bit.” All Germany had to do was wait out the winter, and resume their attack. Please, you guys give Russia so much prop when they were nothing without their friends. Winter? Wait it out. Supplies is what won them the war.

  • bobussery

    Brian Smithen – Modern Russia feeds middle east un-rest, invades neutral countries like Ukraine, and suppresses human rights within its borders. It practices anti-Semitism and provokes world in-stabilities. There are serious global issues tied directly to Russia since WW 2, since the rise of “communism” within Russia’s borders. Russia is a major problem among the nations and should not be glorified in any way.

  • Vet

    It’s $619 Billion, Russia does have conscription, (the draft) the Russians also have over a million member military, tanks and armor would be useless in a war with an enemy equipped with modern weapons. Satelites can pinpoint any movement around the world , we and Russia have them. The most likely method of attack would be a first strike EMP. The destruction to the economy of either country would render it virtually powerless and third world, maybe both and both countries. Then China would be king

  • Brian Smithen

    Question. What country did Nato ever invade and occupy? Answer: None.

    NATO was created by smaller countries to join forces to thwart the efforts of larger powers to invade them. The fact you use American’s CIA to say they started war is ridiculous. Ukraine is a sovereign country, they have their own government, and military. They just don’t want to have puppet government being led by Putin and Lavrov.

  • Noughgames

    I think we are all failing to see what the next war will be fought with. Sure you can have more jets, nukes, etc. But Jets can get shot down. Nukes destroy more than they need. But if you give someone small pox and send them into cities its clean and doesnt create fallout. Just wait till the masses are dying. Missiles and jets are just fancy curtains to the next war. Think about WW 1 when mustard gas was introduced.

  • tj

    I would fight you face to face and you would be running to mommy.

  • Vince

    KGB asked me to tell you that the Check was in the mail comrade

  • Vince

    But I thought Obama was going to “reset” relations with Russia?

  • Mark Bravard

    ARE GOV RUN BYE THUGS AND WAR MONGERS . gov take’s are rights away every day soon have no rights in america. see any one try too fix it no . some say america has guns , yes tell gov makethem illegal they try every day too take them . then what will protect america people from war mongers?

  • tj

    You must be a democrat and an Obama supporter. Because truthfully most Marines hate Obama.

  • Larisa

    It is very funny that you put North Korea and China together it is same like to put Cuba and USA together … understand how analyst, that no one want fight with USA. At least not without your initiative. If we wish to do it why we put all our money into your bank??? You have the whole world and will soon have another interest always you are not enough. In Russia not only oil, but also water source. You understand that it is not enough water now already for 30% of the world population. China is interested not only oil and gas. Without water will not live long no one nation … even with a Chanel bag with greenbacks. And even if when that Russia will lose strength or in the worst case sovereignty in this time not for you profit. It’s all China will took and this will only strengthen their power. As long as they do not express it out loud. Eastern wisdom)

  • Mark Bravard

    lie america CIA force this war between rebels of Russia and puppet gov in Ukraine

  • RED-BLOODED AMERICAN

    Yes The Ukraine situation was started and is funded by the U.S. government, and U.S. corporations, for the purpose of making The Ukraine part of the EU, and NATO. Russia of-course is just defending it’s interests. Would a missile shield be placed there? Probably. Does it diminish Russian capability? Slightly.

    I don’t think any country (besides America) is willing to risk their civilization on something that has never been battle tested with Russian missiles. In my opinion, The Ukraine situation affects Russia more on an economic level, and slightly land defense but not their sovereignty. At-least I hope its that way. Who knows though? Right?

  • Mark Bravard

    that’s not true . was for us supplied stinger missiles defeat Russia hinds.

  • Brian Smithen

    I like Russians, and Russia. They have a magnificent culture. The people of Russian are beautiful, intelligent and cultured. Moscow and St Petersburg are magnfiicent cities. Russians, American and Europeans are destined to be great allies. The only issue is that Russia has to stop invading and starting wars with its neighbors If Russian pulled out of Ukraine, everything would go back to normal. Prime Minister Medvedev who is a smart visionary man needs to replace Putin. Medvedev will bring about democracy, peace and success to Russia, and good relations with the West.

  • tj

    I will just watch you get your brains blown out while the elitist gets to cash in on your stupidity for following them.

  • Mark Bravard

    amaze your sheepish . USA is control bye elected rich and mega corps that used you every day get richer. war is profits . your too blind see it .

  • all american

    we couldn’t even win in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, africa

  • Mark Bravard

    bush want invade iraq way before 9/11 fact. reason he want to invade iraq because Saddam back stab bush’s

  • Mark Bravard

    Saddam was in power never a problem of isis. . love bush di,ck sound suck every chance. bush want invade iraq way before 9/11 fact. reason he want to invade iraq because Saddam back stab bush’s

  • P P

    Typical troll garbage. But since we’re on the topic of Russia stealing technology and the toilets that don’t flush– those toilets are a German design.

  • Warren Breaux

    U.S. vs. Russia=end of days.

  • Brian Smithen

    I second that. Russians, Americans and Europeans should be like brothers. We have a lot in common despite historicalcultural differences. The fact that we are going back to this Cold War discussion is pathetic. I like Russian people a lot. Moscow and St. Petersberg are magnificent cities, they have great Universities, culture, there isn’t anything I don’t like about Russians, except one issue. Their leadership can’t keep from invading their neighbors, and making the West out to be demons and blaming their problems on them. If Russia pulls out of Ukraine – and I mean really pulls out and stays out – everything goes back to normal.

    To Russian people – We don’t hate you, and we don’t want a war with you. We want to be friends and work together to fight terrorism. We can learn a lot from each other. If Prime Minister Medvedev (who was moving Russia in the right direction) was President instead of Putin their wouldn’t be any talk of a new cold war.

  • Mark Bravard

    all usa gov wants too invade Russia . not Russia invade usa. USA try get Russia surround bye NATO with defense missile bases for a first strike.

  • Mark Bravard

    sounds like you think can a nuke war ?

  • Stacy Green

    I believe that two brilliant men coming to terms with one another’s stances and capabilities should be commended, however, war should not be something that is hastily done. America is too important for us to jeopardize. I also believe that the citizens of Russia feel the same about their country. If we are not able to come to mutual agreements, only then should retribution be considered. I have a sling mind, but I do not feel that Russia is a country that is unwilling to communicate and agree.

  • ME

    So many can’t even comprehend that interest incurred from the loans, doesn’t even exist, can’t be created out of thin air. They really did a number on this country, and it hasn’t even started yet so to say as far as the penalty phase.

  • Mark Bravard

    lol watch too many war movies from Jewish run Hollywood of war. Russia could careless about invade america . all about making american used their tax’s keep wars going over seas.

  • ChukyChez1

    He’s half AA. He’s also is not a Muslim & never has been. His runaway father was, & Obama’s mom raise him as a single mother. Most Russian’s are racists.

  • Veritasortruth

    The Russian economy is a joke. I work with people who have immigrated from the old Soviet Union. The story they tell is that Russia could not even build a flush toilet that worked reliably. You are still POed that Russia lost the cold war. Communism doesn’t work- get over it.

  • Island_Boi

    Cub Reporter wannabee Christopher Morris clearly failed to do his due diligence when comparing nuclear submarines. He just looked at numbers, said no difference. Really Chris boy? Are you that obtuse? Yes you are.

    What you should have done is looked at more than numbers and wiki for your research. Lets look at how the US Navy has a perfect safety record with nuclear powered ships and subs. Russia? How many of their subs had to surface to to mechanical problems, how many nuclear reactor issues? Next lets look at quality of their crews. USA has the most professionally trained submarine force in the world. Russia? Well lets start with the Kursk fiasco. Enough said.

    Chris Boy should find a new job. Clearly not capable of writing anything of value.

  • Mark Bravard

    they and china did not steal america gov gave a way alot more info aka bill Clinton gave alot too china, JIMMY CARTER. few other presidents too keep cold war and wars going for profits.

  • james

    When Russia failed to collapse the first year of the German invasion Germanys fate was sealed,they didn’t have the resources for long war with a country the size of Russia,declaring war on the U.S. was just adding stupiud on top of stupiud.

  • ChukyChez1

    Russian’s killed a million Afghans, & lost 15K of their military. They had their army & air forces whacked by a bunch of Camel herders. Killed 260K in Chechnya in 2 wars. They will doing the same in Ukraine soon. Death follows Russia were ever she goes. ISIS is not in complete control of IRAQ. They are losing more territory every day. Russian contribution, 12 Su-25’s & a dozen trainers. The next Islam hot spot will be in Russia. With a large oppressed people. Look what Ruskies did to Tartars in Crimea.

  • C. D. Carney

    Does anyone remember that awesome boardgame called Supremacy? I feel like playing it now that I read this article, with all the expansion packs in play- pirates, terrorists, tanks, superweapons, submarines, and enough people to play allies and enemies! Fun times…

  • Larisa

    I wonder why do not you screaming when China took Tibet? I’ll tell you why … because at first you do then ingloriously fought in Vietnam, and secondly, you know that China on that time was your last chance to exchange your paper to the real production. About your conflicts in Mexico and Panama is generally out of the question. You are not only fight with countries that border you attack the whole world. Russian lazy and no one need our oil. But then why do we have placed our money in your country. Money from the sale of oil, which nobody need it. Wake up. US oil is not cost-effective and competitive. And so you have a military base in Saudi Arabia and you are fighting without end in Iraq, Iran …
    We would not have any wars in Chechnya in Georgia where did not come you and NATO with with own interests.
    And the Ukrainian revolution is your doing. It’s so obvious.
    In the world there is a higher justice, and time will judge who is really lazy. When the oil in the world will no longer be sold for greenbacks. And the demand for printing these wrappers shrink much faster than demand for oil. Let’s see how long it will live after that your hardworking nation!

  • dale

    Crom, If the Nukes go off China will be wiped out as well, BTW, China hates Russia more than we do, China just wants what little money they have lleft

  • Mark Bravard

    dude way think CIA invade Ukraine so they could put in a puppet gov and allow NATO . then put defense missiles their against Russia a first strike .

  • Mark Bravard

    if usa did put defense missiles around all russia borders then used then as way a first strike .

  • redski1960

    WOW Mark, have you ever heard of “therapy”?

  • C. D. Carney

    And there was that whole second front thing…

  • Mark Bravard

    american been one attacking the world . since ww2 . Russia tired of the us and NATO putting missiles around her lands.

  • steff

    BS article for poor brains…

  • Mark Bravard

    us gov place missile around Russia borders too threat a first strike against Russia . then gov sends in cia too over throw Ukraine too put in a puppet gov too kiss america a$s . were they can,t put in missiles against Russia.

  • P P

    You’re delusional if you think that Ukraine is in a war with Russia. Did you see how quickly the things got done in Georgia? That’s what happens when Russia rolls over your pissant Western lackey dirt hole.

  • Nick

    They make some nice precision machinery, as for the chip foundries they use the same ones we use in China.

  • C. D. Carney

    America could not invade Russia and China and expect a win even though we have the capability to get our troops and equipment there. Conversely the Russians and the Chinese lack the capacity to get their people over to America and even if they did make it here there’s that old adage about 9 guns for every 10 Americans. While you’ll say how are random everyday people with rifles going to compete against the grand war machines of Russia and China I’d say they won’t. The American military would handle that but a massive civilian populace, pissed off their everyday lives have just been interrupted, the internet is down and they can’t laugh at stupid cat videos, they’ll all be taking pot shots at random soldiers while the army does the bulk of the work. America vs Russia/China would not be fought conventionally and atm it could not be fought in America. It’ll be through proxies, on the Pacific, or on the peripheries of Asia.

  • Mark Bravard

    we move too 2014 NATO witch run bye us gov place missile around Russia borders too threat a first strike against Russia . then gov sends in cia too over throw Ukraine too put in a puppet gov too kiss america a$s . were they can,t put in missiles against Russia.

  • Travis Spears

    Mark Bravard. This is so true. You need people like saddam hussein in power to b***h smack these people and gas their families. There were reasons why he was killing his own people. Now you can see those reasons. This is what the world gets when you take away a dictator from the middle east that didn’t take s**t from anyone and leave a giant empty land mass formally known as Iraq with nobody in possession of the fortitude down below to rule it.

  • Brian Smithen

    Ridiculous comments…

    * First, anyone that thinks they will win a nuclear war is a complete and utter fool, and anyone that wants war is an even bigger fool. I guess that pretty much sums up Russian Leader Putin, who doesn’t seem to be able to keep from starting wars with his neighbors.

    * Second, the fact that Russia has nukes, mean’s little unless another country plans to use them.

    * Third, what was the last war Russia actually won? Answer: You’d have to go back to the Wars with Poland (many many years ago). As part of the Allies they joined in the win over the Axis powers with a lot of help. They lost Afghanistan. Even the Patriotic War of 1812, the French kept defeating the Russian Army who kept retreating. The only thing that saved the Russians was the Winter. And the only reason why Napoleon spent so much time in Russia was to find a Russian General who would sign a surrender and then he would sign a peace agreement, only it was impossible because the Russian army was always retreating and eventually Napoleon’s troops were suffering from the Winter.

    Bottom line: Only a fool would want to start another world war, and only a bigger one would be stupid enough to think they could win a Nuclear war. But whats even sadder is that the only reason everyone and the media is bringing this up, is because Putin can’t stop invading his neighbors – neighbors who can’t defend themselves from being invaded. Whats even more stupid is that Putin and Lavrov flagrantly lie about not invading, but the evidence is so spectacular and so obvious, that only a Russia who only watches Putin Television would believe their lies.

  • redski1960

    It figures, a bible thumper in the mix…
    Aesop had many fables too!

    Europe would have no choice in the matter if Russia and America pushed the buttons.

    Russia will launch a few towards Europe as well because they are all a part of NATO so it just wont be Russia vs America, it will be Russia vs the world!

  • The Equalizer

    First off, if things continue the way they are for Russia, you can rest assured that there will be another war. History repeats itself. Second, the only way a land war would take place is if the US and NATO must defend another country such as the Ukraine. Nobody is invading Russia or America. Especially not America when 90% of the population owns a gun. Third, if even a small nuclear incident happens (one or two bombs are dropped) it would be the end of the country that started it. From economic sanctions to complete obliteration of the country’s ability to do business with other countries. So if you drop one bomb, you had better finish the job. Not to mention that the residents of said country would pretty much be persona non grata around the rest of the World. Think radical muslims have it bad? Try being from the country that dropped a nuke in the 21st Century. Oh by the way, the reason Bush Jr. didn’t invade Iran is because Iran is an ally of Russia. Iraq at the time was not. So I like the fact that we kicked as$ in Iraq to send Putin and Iran a message. Did it work out? Let history decide. And finally, Russia has had no real war experience since Afghanistan. Their army is not battle ready. The US Military on the other hand, has had plenty of real world practice…and looking for more.

  • RED-BLOODED AMERICAN

    War would never happen between the U.S. and Russia. If you ever hear the drumbeat of war, its probably defense contractors wanting to dump another $-F-22-$ like project, not for war against Russia, but your tax money. Secondly Russia has no warm water navy, their land war technology is outdated, and their Airfoce has been late to adapt advance microprocessor technology.

    What makes them even more dangerous is their weakening economy. Desperation can make men do desperate, irrational things. Europe would be a wasteland of nuclear, biological, and chemical hazards. At first sight of an imminent war, Europe would turn dark with EMP’s. Strategic missiles and bombers, with nuclear, biological, and chemical warheads or bombs would devastate them.

    Europe would never let America lead it to destruction. The same with Israel; Russia would probably attack it too, and since they have great negotiating power with America, war would be unlikely.

  • P P

    I believe their striking range is just a tad over 20 miles too. Fighting Russia is not the same as chasing the camel jockeys around the Middle East.

  • Mark Bravard

    usa always starts things then russia has too defend their country from attack threats such as the presence of American Jupiter ballistic missiles in Italy and Turkey against the USSR with Moscow within range, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchevdecided to agree to Cuba’s request to place nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter future harassment of Cuba. An agreement was reached during a secret meeting between Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in July and construction on a number of missiles sites started later that summer.

    An election was underway in the U.S. and the White House had denied Republican charges that it was ignoring dangerous Soviet missiles 90 miles from Florida.

  • Marcus Antonius

    In 1954 when I started driving, 2 dimes bought a gallon of gas and you got as much as .03 cents change. That is a demonstration of a dollar collapsing. It has collapsed almost continuously since I was born in 1937. The federal Reserve has promulgated the largest Ponzi Scheme in World History. One more thing. The debt in the US is so far out of control that the only way they can even keep a semblance of stability is to print in one manner or other. The funded and unfunded debt, is estimated at well over 100 trillion. Not 17 trillion. The first figure does not include Derivatives, which is another several hundred trillion. TRILLION !!!!

  • P P

    Yes, that’s what the losers say. I had thought of it first, you stole it from me. You’re a bunch of losers out there who should focus on guarding your intellectual property better, instead of spreading your perverted globalist “democracy” where it’s not welcome.

  • ME

    30 years huh? Wasn’t the debt clean with Clinton? How much did Bush spend? How much has Obozo spent in the past 5 years compared to the history of the rest of the presidents combined? 30 years huh? You believe in your own stupidity? Like I said, a total waste.

  • Brian

    You write like just another Russian troll.

  • Billy Banegas

    We knock them out from 20 miles away and never engage their infantry, artillery or anything.

  • Kashmirikhan

    The only thing that coun

  • Mark Bravard

    think it bad look all people on want war ? all people think world kiss their as$ ? american had easy last 100 years. more they false info their greedy gov want rule world like Rome did . see what happen too Rome last 1k years their gone. it fact a country that love wars will always lose n the end

  • tom Kalbacher

    You continue to amaze with your stupidity

  • Crom!

    So you believe in your delusions?

  • Casey

    The Cuban missal crises started when the USA was putting in missal and radar sites in Turkey. The response was the Russians brought but did not set up missal firing sites, when the US agreed to stop in Turkey Russia agreed to move the missals. Most of the crazy was started and kept going by the USA.
    Today the USA has a large military that is used around the world. Russia has a large in country force plus is building more as we speak to threaten Europe. So matching weapons system is false because of the fact Russia only has to cross a line in the sand with a million men and fifteen times more of everything that Europe has.
    If/when war breaks out, conventional war Russia has the cruse missals and other long range armaments to destroy Europe. Europe will require five years to rearm and longer to build up troop strength. The USA is in even worse shape. While our arms business can build the equipment we have slashed the manpower to nothing.
    So ask your self, if the US has to pull forces from the desert area and China what will happen.

  • Veritasortruth

    Yes, they have stolen a lot of technology from the West. And a lot of countries and companies are willing to sell them technology. One of the worst countries to violate trade policies is Austria. But they don’t have much of a consumer economy and they can make enough hardware to support their military.

  • C. D. Carney

    My favorite teacher ever was a history teacher and he explained to us all that having more nukes is like being strapped back to back in a gasoline soaked room with no doors with both people holding matches and one of the guys is laughing saying he has more matches than the other guy. I loved that professor, he always knew how to word things!

  • P P

    I’m pretty sure the people that ferry the US astronauts into space, have built a space station and half of another space station, who have nuclear powered submarines, ballistic missiles, and air superiority fighters have some knowledge of chips, software and machinery.

  • rubster

    I’ll take my family to another country. If Obama thinks that my kids will be breathing radioactive dust while his will be hiding somewhere in a bunker, he is wrong. I am not planning to dye for east Ukraine.

  • tom Kalbacher

    You know not of what you speak as ISIS came about because of the Arab Spring movement which was so highly touted by the secy of state Clinton and her mentor Obama and was only able to get a foothold because of the lack of US troops due to Obama’s failure to follow through with a plan that would have worked or at least been more successful then the mess he has now.

  • Brian

    Rg, you write like a Russian troll does!

  • Mark Bravard

    called nukes , american well know used them on their enemy . hide under ground bunkers.

  • ME

    lol, that statement speaks volumes beyond your comprehension. I think a conversation with you would be pointless and a waste of time. WOW!!!

  • P P

    The Hind is a Mi-24 from ages ago, and the US supplied stingers helped.

  • whiterussian

    “…equal to around $612 million”, should have been billion right? :)

  • Crom!

    so tell me when the dollar is going to collapse? I have been hearing that for 30 years.

  • Mark Bravard

    sure , america attacks easy non nuke counties , why do think they hate iran get any nukes . game over. can,t attack them fear of nukes. so greedy Americans can,t get their oil and gas . called new world order . want one world gov . only in their way is china,Russia , Iran, Syria . .

  • Larisa

    You in America is simply a masterpiece. You are the only country that started its history of wars with each other … first … and then to Britain. In fact, your mother country. But you and Britain were very greedy. And your valor in the Battle of Baltimore .. this is the only event that in any way we can be proud of. But it you want to trade in Europe. Britain does not attack you without any reason. And then worse and worse. Shameful and disgraceful. You have paid 2 world war by supporting Hitler and the Nazis, and then do it again . And earned in on it as no other nation in the world !!! You came into this war only when realized that the Soviet Union actually have the opportunity to win it. To share the spoils. And after you have stopped ever shy … any country that has resources is the area of your interests and location settings of your military bases. After the fall of the Soviet Union we closed a military base in almost all countries, and you? You keep them everywhere and trying to build new. Are so many enemies ???

  • ME

    Nuclear war may be more welcomed than you think when this deficit hits the fan and the dollar collapses.

  • taleofhawk

    Both Militarys know it would be ridiculous to tangle with conventional armys. As soon as one side would start to lose nucs would be used and that would be the end of everything, So our nations will continue to fight proxy wars and economic battles to support the MIC > Military industrial complex..MAD is still valid. The poor will get poorer and dead in proxi wars and the rich richer. What can we expect when most of the world is still living in a tribal mentality. Happiness is a warm gun !
    I expect the next big battle between us will be fought with drones. They only cost money so leaders may have sense enough to keep their finger off the Nuc button.
    As soon as fusion power is introduced there will not be any need to fight over oil and maybe we can get on with makeing this earth the paradise it could be. I think that really scares the M.I.C..
    Taleofhawk

  • Crom!

    really? A bunch of mohammadians in Afghanistan made quick work of those hinds.

  • P P

    Yes. who told you they don’t make them? They just don’t sell them because they are out-competed by the global companies who sell that stuff cheaper.

  • Crom!

    It’s called trade

  • Brandon

    There is no winning even if Russia fires its nukes first, whether or not the other nations gets involved. U.S has enough Nuclear fire power on its subs to turn Russia to ash just as Russia can the U.S. So there is no winning either way.

  • Masipopa

    Can someone enlighten me how country that does not make its own chips, software and precision machinery can have advanced weapons these days ?

  • Crom!

    What is not mentioned here is that China would no doubt join Russia in a war against the US. When that war happens, it will eventually as resources run out, China’s and Russia’s combined forces, quantitatively, will dwarf US/NATO forces. Yes, US/NATO have more advanced weapons and better trained troops, however, when going against a force with overwhelming numbers….you are going to run out of bullets. Think star craft zerg rush.

  • P P

    No sane army does the tank-only battles anymore. The Russian tank formation are intermixed with the anti-air, artillery, infantry units and air support. And the Russian tanks are not slow, you’re thinking about the barn that Uncle Sam built, known as the Abrams.

  • Brian

    Just another putz that would run crying to Canada

  • Mark Bravard

    Russia so big Germany spread too thin and lost.

  • Brian

    Mark you are a knot head!

  • wonk in the wilderness

    towards what end? Please consider Great Powers by Thomas Barnett. Every thing is going our way. The US might consider taking a calmer more longer range view of things.

  • mike

    What stability does the world have Rg when Russia is invading peaceful weaker countries?

  • Billy Banegas

    Tanks are worthless against a modern military. They are too big, slow, and use too much fuel. They are easy targets that can ALL be eliminated on the first day of any conflict. They are good, however for invading 2nd and 3rd world countries without modern weapons. Against the US, Russia would be wanting to hide those tanks by burying them underground in order to keep for losing them all.

  • Mark Bravard

    took 1 million soldier’s take half of Germany from Hitler

  • Mark Bravard

    Germany invades Russia. Russia is losing. Allied countries send supplies to Russia (even things like canned meat that they didn’t need) Russia starts turning the war around due to be supplied nonstop. Please, you talk big about your country, yet German placed a smack down on you guys. Thank your allies that saved you.

  • mike

    shouldve invaded Russia way back when

  • mike

    agreed

  • Mark Bravard

    Germany invade russia had 4 million soldiers they lost too 1 million .

  • mike

    Thing is they wont. its called a bluff. they know what mutual destruction is.

  • Mark Bravard

    ask Hitler was a socialist like Hilary and Obama ? Hitler got his a$s beat he had 4 million soldiers when he invade them. was 4 too 1 .

  • Brian

    Who wins then?

  • P P

    The Russian helis such as the Ka-50/52 and the Mi-28 blow that retrofitted hunk of junk known as the Apache clearly out of the sky.

  • Mark Bravard

    Please be quiet, you filthy swine. When Germany was slapping you around, Russia could do nothing. Once certain countries started aiding Russia, they turned the battle around. Now you guys continue to scream “Mootttheeer Russia, Mother Russia.” Remember, Germany manhandled you guys.

  • mike

    I wish we would invade you. Not Russia just you.

  • Brian

    You writing is interesting, but it is obvious that you are clearly canted toward Russia. You write like many communist trolls writing on sites like this. Your military analyst claims are extremely lacking. I would hate to have an analyst like you on my side. Did anything in your studies ever compare how he US (and NATO) kicked the crap out of all of the Russian military equipment in both Iraq wars. That sir was 25 years ago and the US has continually year after year outspent Russia on technology at least 6 to 1. Just one aircraft carrier group from the US would literally level many Russian cities alone. Russia does not have that capability at all. Your assumptions that an offensive force needs to have a 6 to 1 advantage to succeed is funny at best. You are not even close to being a military analyst.. If you are an analyst, you must have been at the bottom of your class.

  • mike

    Your a joke. You site a post that is so immature they decided to make fun of a name. Very reliable source im sure. “Military foreign affairs for the clandestine community” Bet they also post about UFOs and bigfoot. You nut job

  • OnePissedOffMan

    You idiot. I stuff you mouth full of Italian mama mia deary meatballs. My country, shape like boot swiftly kick you in your mushy booty.

  • Andy R

    TO ALL RUSSIANS READING THIS: Please understand that nobody wants a conflict with Russia. A military conflict would mean the end of the civilization in the whole world. Nobody would be a winner. No one! Russia was doing great after the USSR. Relations were blooming, business were growing for the best of the Russian peoiple and the people of the western world (many countries here!) – until Putin decided to invade a sovereign country. Ukraine is not Russia, period! Get rid of Putin! Let us have peace!

  • Mark Bravard

    Nr.8 T-90 (Russia) rank only 8

  • MRHapla

    because the freed Iraqi idiots could not get their sh#t together in ten years of US hand holding, security, and a trillion dollars, but went right to work Muslim murdering each other

    The only vacuum is Islam, no sanity, no peace,

  • Mark Bravard

    Nr.1 Leopard 2A7 (Germany) rank best tank in world bye are gov.

  • mike

    Your country is next Mark. Better buy a gun before the ruble is completely worthless. Maybe like tomorrow?

  • ChukyChez1

    No not in the least bit mystified, they are a paper tiger. They are fifth ranked militarily, being far outranked by the combined EU military’s. They are also fifth rated as an abusive regime towards it’s people. Poroshenko was kicked out of Ukraine, Yanukovich was. It was decided by the people, not some secret buggy men behind the curtain.

  • SASKINS67

    You are absolutely the most ignorant russian troll I have seen so far. I hope russia is full of knot heads like you…wow unbelievable lol

  • mike

    Sadly it doesnt work that way. If you wont fight for your country then GTFO

  • Mark Bravard

    Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank, Germany

  • mike

    Wouldnt be long before we were back on top Mark. Americans made what we have and they always will

  • Mark Bravard

    bush did because over throw of Saddam cause a vacuum gave opening for isis

  • mike

    WTF are you talking about jj. nut job. only thing you got correct is god bless america

  • Cory

    Should be opposite and Putin knifes the s**** out the FAILED PRINCE OF DOG S**** and force him to resign from office!

  • Larisa

    I can translate it in English.

    You were planning to place a NATO base in the Crimea and Ukraine have already bought for a measly penny National Nature Reserve in the Crimea, which for centuries we kept for posterity. And were going to destroy them because you need resources. And of course you are going through now is not for the people of Ukraine, but for the same resources … I remember the first world war and the occupation of Russia after the revolution … why do not you USA and NATO go to the moon …. You were there first. ..go again and
    discover … or you did not find oil on the moon?

  • Cliff Woodard

    How about there un-opposed . Different story with a well equipped opponent ,, NATO GIVE THEM weapons there asking for & see

  • Catalin Agarbiceanu

    lol, it’s because Russia is alone and your only information is from Russian sources that you believe Putin so much, but tha’ts ok, russians were always losers when it came to leadership. make sure you don’t talk bad of putin or he’s gonna snatch you for criticising his regime and throw you in jail

  • MRHapla

    yeah,,,Putin is just in Georgia, Crimea, Ukraine, the Baltic’s,,,,,, reconstituting the Soviet Union for old time’s sake

  • FLOYDINFLORIDA

    MARK GET A LIFE YOU POS! And learn how to speak the Kings English! A.H. !!!!

  • Mark Bravard

    be not true ,lol . like what the bible say america fall in one hour after getting nuked.. think uk and eu want get nuked over so dumass america war?

  • Cory

    Putin isn’t stupid… Russia is a no fly zone unless designated by him… either than licensed Russian military aircraft and other off shore craft of international foreign nation, if Osama invades it’s a violation act of the Geneva Convention and U.N. and the World Mission Peace Movement (WMPM), then Russia and other nations will even be more insulted that the U.S. has betrayed world diplomacy… Reagan would be spitting in his grave from this b******d suckcessor.

  • Brian Luscher

    Looks like some typos with “million” being substituted for “billion”.

  • Pete

    Putinhas ,{ providing } he stays in offgice or alive ,he has untilJanuary 2017 to do what ever in the cockeyed world he wants to do,because we still have a Failed Commander In cheif,who is playing tiddly Winks with Islamic terorrism,that gives Putin an open invitation to do what ever the hell he wants.

  • MRHapla

    Mark: you no good speaka da engrish

  • Half Hearted Prepper

    Agreed. Also PLEASE stop referring to Ukraine as ‘the’ Ukraine. When you do that, it just shows your not particularly versed in the subject and diminishes your credibility.

  • Greg Castello

    I wouldn’t relax. Russia is still # 2 in top 10 military powers of the world.

  • sparkzz

    Keep in mind that it would not be US vs Russia, it would be the entire democratic western world against Russia.

  • FLOYDINFLORIDA

    Oh get a Life Mark you cry baby POS!

  • MRHapla

    73 Easting

  • Mark Bravard

    ask Hitler was a socialist like Hilary and Obama ? Hitler got his a$s beat he had 4 million soldiers when he invade them. was 4 too 1 .

  • Catalin Agarbiceanu

    Best in the world? have you been living under a rock? Ever heard of Rheinmetall or General Dynamics? Russia’s tanks are old and the new ones are only prototypes so please shove your “facts” up your a$$

  • MRHapla

    the ‘author” seems to be referencing materials from the 1980s

  • MRHapla

    If the CIA were truly in the business of overthrowing anything, the ME would be a much better run asylum.

    Bush did not cause Daesh (ISIS), the insamty of Islam and the Murder Monkey Muslims was running long before.

  • JC

    But every clueless Russian will tell you they are the victim of the world, crying all our problems are cause by the US..The mafia run government and corruption it their major problem, and their constant whining “look at me i’m a big bod because I have nukes” is sooo old. No one wants to do bossiness there , no one wants there oil, and no one trusts them.

  • Mark Bravard

    they don,t have too have nukes . game over. ask last country that invade Russia and lost every time.

  • ChukyChez1

    Teething problems always are present in new air craft, especially hibred ones. Most of F-35 problems have been engine related. The F-22 also had glitches, but still remains the most advanced fighter in the world today. The new Super Hornet F-18D-F will be around for years. It is slightly bigger with more fuel capacity. It has a low drag pod containing a mixed bag of weapons containing nukes & cruise Missiles. Along with hard points on the wings, for additional fuel & AA missiles & Hell fires. Don’t like it, don’t buy, is a good slogan to live by.

  • Brian

    Let them bring it! We can play that dance better than they can!

  • Cristian Valcu

    Because they don’t give a rat’s /ss about pr0n and all the stupid c(rap he writes on the Net.

  • Mark Bravard

    lmao never be a non nuke war , you people so dum

  • Plainer

    Morris brought out a great point about Russia : their relatively small population limits their military reach if a land war were to occur. They would be spread too thin in the event if they had to protect their borders from Europe to Manchuria. A logistic nightmare.

  • MRHapla

    Not many thoughts on developments since the 1960’s. Pity that.

  • Brian

    You are so funny! The US would pound the crap out of Russia if it came to a conventional war! Russia is not even in the ballpark when it comes to military capabilities. Better go back and do some more research with the comments you have made.

  • Mark Bravard

    German tanks are ,lol

  • FLOYDINFLORIDA

    The Russian Miltary lacks everything in everyway except a Leader, if Putin had the US military might we would all be
    speaking Russian right now! Sorry Vlad but to little, too late! Due to the Russian Economy & NATO this little Hitler wan a be
    Days are numbered!

  • Lawrence Iwebor

    David, have you ever asked yourself a question why the whole western world is against one nation called mighty Russia? It is because Russia is a nation that no country can dictate to and no country can defect militarily. What is happening currently in terms of devaluation of Russian currency is a matter of time. Here in Russian, Russians are calm and totally behind our president Putin. The western nations are confused and don’t know how to handle Putin. I want to tell you that no amount of santions can change our attitude and believe.

  • Hickory Nut

    With Dingaling as Commander and Chief ,, you’ve got to be kidding,, Putin verses Obummbum Yea , right !!

  • Brian

    You must write for a Russian news agency or Vlady himself. You are so incorrect that it is funny!

  • Sergeant Bob

    How about learning how to put a sentence together before you make a comment.

  • Mark Bravard

    cia in charge of over throw of Libya , Egypt. try get Syria over throw . america the non invading , see Iraq,afghans, Korea , Vietnam . try invade Syria under orders of Obama attack isis . was for bush keep his nose out iraq we never had isis.

  • Golden Eagle

    Come on! in the event the day does come for a fight..in the end we all loose!

  • Mark Bravard

    cia in charge of over throw of Libya , Egypt. try get Syria over throw . america the non invading , see Iraq,afghans, Korea , Vietnam . try invade Syria under orders of Obama attack isis . was for bush keep his nose out iraq we never had isis.

  • pr0n

    Successful? Is that what you call fighting within the same 20km border region for the past year? If they were successful they would have taken Mariupol long ago, and be in Kiev by now, or at least on the Dniepr, not hopping around the same villages along the Russian border.

  • JC

    What are you drinking comrade? Who is kicking small counties
    in the nuts? War of Transnistria? East Prigorodny Conflict,Georgian Civil
    War,First Chechen War,Second Chechen War, Russo-Georgian War, North Caucasus
    Insurgency, Intervention in Ukraine to name a few..Russia is and always will be a broken down 3rd world class country. They have nothing of value other than oil which no one wants. Russia, less interested in a conflict, who is flying close to other countries boarders with bombers, who is probing shoreline with subs, yours is the only country screaming look at me I have nukes? Russia and its people are a paranoid , no one wants the worthless place. The people are lazy, uneducated, and die early. Anyone looking from the outside see how backward the place is. They love to see themselves as being bullied , when they bully others, and blame all thier problems on the west. So if you want to get real, Russia is the aggressor, Pukin has to keep the idea of attack up so that his people will not realize he is driving his wordless country into the ground. Wait 6 months from now, for the total collapse of their failed economic system.

  • SASKINS67

    Russia is full of mindless alcoholic drones who can’t think for themselves. Mark Bravard’s ignorance is a good example of why russia has collapsed twice in the last 100 years, with a third time in the works.

  • Lawrence Iwebor

    Mike, Russian tanks are the best in the world and you should accept that fact.

  • UkrAmerican

    Monkey with a grenade. :)

  • ChukyChez1

    We do to, plus edge in AC, US 13.5K to 1.5K & more modern, subs US 72 to 63 also more modern, US military 1.5m to 766m, US defensive budget $612m to 76m, US nukes 8 to 7, number of war heads equal. If add to this the EU & NATO numbers, the edge is 4-1.

  • Mark Bravard

    usa pay Ukrainians rebels 5 billion too start rebellion . help the cia and mossad . try too control world for Israel.

  • UkrAmerican

    Write in English please.

  • Dan

    You will never know the actual effects and counter effects of electronic warfare operations in “peace time” land, sea, air encounters. Unless there is an actual launch or destruction event, the rest is theater. Both parties sometimes pretend there is an effect or feign use of their most effective device. A little different with cyber and internet warfare in which there are actually a lot more events occurring (millions of encounters daily, sometimes on a single site) with noticeable outcome in many instances.

  • UkrAmerican

    Can you translate this to simple English please?

  • soontoleave

    Can’t afford a war with Ukraine?? Then why are they doing just that and successfully?

  • pr0n

    Military power is not just the number of tanks or nukes you have, it’s also the economic might behind your military, it’s what sustains a prolonged deployment… and unfortunately, Russia’s economy is in taters, it cannot even support a proxy war with Ukraine on their own border, not to mention an open war with any real threat.

  • Mark Bravard

    wars lead too death , nuke wars lead end of modern man .

  • soontoleave

    Bullseye !! See my post above

  • soontoleave

    Huh? Russia has no interest in foreign wars?? Tell that to the Ukrainians and the Eastern Europeans and the Balts and the Fins and the Swedes. Get back to me with their responses.

  • Mark Bravard

    say god bless usa ? usa whore of the world sleep every nation , sins every day with gays and lesbians . usa is not a god state any more . not christian state any more Sodom and gamora in the bible were god destroy them .

  • soontoleave

    Who writes this bunk?? The figures given for American ‘military might’ aren’t even close to correct !! Example;
    “the United States has over 13,500 military aircraft ready to be deployed at any given time.”
    That’s pure fantasy. We don’t have anywhere near that number of ‘ready to deploy’ aircraft. At MOST we have half that number AND they’re not all ‘ready to deploy’. In fact, a huge percentage of our planes are grounded for lack of parts and money to fix them !! This FACT is admitted to by even the Pentagon !!
    The reality is this folks: The U.S. is growing weaker militarily and Russia is growing stronger. This is especially true in nukes where now Russia has more of them and they’re more modern than ours.

  • ChukyChez1

    Both USSR has 8K, US 7K. However if you go by number of war heads, they are almost equal. Our US allys would also fire their nukes, because they would be next.

  • Masipopa

    don’t you dare to touch underage girls even if your prophet commands you to do it.

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped…..

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped..

  • ChukyChez1

    Bogus like most of the Russian troll & RT articles posted on internet. Even You Tube has Russia propaganda garbage on it, & troll comments.

  • mike

    Russia has a crap ton of tanks. Those tanks are about as reliable and dangerous as a VW bug. Dont forget how many tanks Saddam had.

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped….

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped..

  • stoneworker

    As far as I know Saddam did not have and S 300 so I am not sure why you mention Desert storm(but do correct me if I am wrong). As for 1999…just read about 1999 f117a shootdown. It is claimed that the s 125 was used…but lets just say some people doubt this. All the other conflicts you mentioned are examples of Soviet 50-60s anti air systems which were not inteded to be anti stealth. There is a reason why the US did not want Iran to buy the S 300 from Russia…it is a capabale and deadly weapon…I imagine the s 400 is pretty impressive as well.

  • http://www.rodgerolsen.com rodgerolsen

    Russia has shown absolutely no interest in foreign wars. Until the US provoked a new cold war, their military spending was essentially zero. Even now, with NATO screaming invectives and threatening Russia with “fast response teams” on every border, their defense spending is very low compared to ours.
    However, even though war with Russia would only happen if we pushed them into a corner, it would not be the usual US “we go somewhere and kick some little kid in the nuts” war. Russia is not the type of broken down third word country we usually bully. The war would be bloody and would not be confined to foreign shores. Win or lose, we would spill a lot of blood right here at home. You don’t have to win a war to make the other side damned sorry they got into one.
    It is, therefor, fortunate that Russia has far less interest in military conflicts than we do

  • ChukyChez1

    The fact that a Russian carrier shut down during a Black Sea war game, had to be tugged back to port. The 270 ships & subs are obselet & in poor condition. It will take a lot of money & 20 years to modernize. The story about the Su-24 versus USN ship was a fairytail told by RT. Like the phony radar pic showing UAF shooting down MD-17.

  • Mark Bravard

    Russian does need a huge army have nukes . Russia learn during the cold war . better have a defense and your offense in nukes.

  • David

    Russia is not a superpower. 4/5 of their navy is a rust bucket. The US has 3 times the military aircraft. The US has 10 tiimes more aircraft carriers. The Kremlin does not want to be nuclear toast. So any shooting match would be conventional. We played this game with the USSR for 50 years until they came unglued and went bankrupt. If kooky Putin keeps spending and showing his butt in Ukraine, he will economically ruin his country. He has been successful in doing two things:: 1. giving NATO a fresh reason to stick tightly together and 2. generating a mindset in Europe that they will never trust Russia again.

  • Middle Finger

    The real champion here is “AMERICA” and don’t forget that Putin!

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped..

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped….

  • birder

    The difference is the Russia is not afraid to use theirs.

  • 0b3ben0b0

    ah yes it’s back to good old cold war d#ck measuring time. who’s got the biggest weener eh?

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped..

  • S C

    Russia can beat weak and defenseless neighbors but is no way on par with NATO or the US. But they have nukes still, their only real threat to the world.

  • Mark Bravard
  • sunn

    God?please,what a joke just like you j.j

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped..

  • Dan

    I have studied this issue for years as a military analyst and later as a systems engineer with a national laboratory. First, there are no real victors in a major nuclear war. Second – The war is most likely situated in Europe where there are significant military assests of our allies through NATO, etc to consider, as well as the populations of those countries. Nuclear weapons despite rhetoric still likely represent a deterrent for both parties and would not likely be used unless national survival is at stake. The scare is new types of destructive weapons – featuring directed energy, electric guns, maneuvering hypersonic reentry vehicles, robotic/drone weapons, and other, “classified” projects. Uncertain is the equalizing effect of such assets. Usually it takes a 6 to 1 advantage in offensive force over defense to win a land based conflict – all other things being equal. The new tactics suggest intimidation (financial with the West, saber rattling and oil with the East), use of third parties such as Iran (and their controlled mid eastern countries/terrorists), North Korea, and perhaps China, and supported insurgencies (mix of rebels within countries and Russian or third party special ops forces). It will be a test of resolve as the Russians achieve success in subverting former client states while keeping hesitant Western Europe mollified. The risk of major conflict will likely occur when there is a miscalculation by either side that leads to larger scale operations in a place like Ukraine, or other former Eastern bloc states targeted for repatriation by Putin. This is where Obama’s failed foreign policy, lack of communicating clear intention, history of backing away, and world view as a weak puff of hot air risks a major war in which the US will likely suffer before reconciliation.

  • Mark Bravard

    american was first used nukes a fact. they be first used nukes agin., america invades countries all time. america at since ww2 have stopped.

  • John B.

    I wish Obama would just reach over in the picture and SLAP THE SNOT OUT OF PUTIN, IT MIGHT WAKE HIM UP.

  • http://yahoo.com/ Ben

    If you really want to read something funny ,go to russiapedia.com and look up Stalin. Read the article and you will draw the same conclusion. Putin and Stalin share the same views of the west and personality.

    Stalin has killed more Russian than Israel. Sorry yafghani, but that is a fact you can not dispute. As your weapon’s or weapon’s of mass destruction, Russia has threaten the world not just the US. So with said, you must include all the weapons and nukes the allies possess in this article.

  • Mark Bravard

    need a nuke war and america back too stone age.

  • Mark Bravard

    nuke war end both countries. they don,t need a huge defense military in Russia, just nuke.

  • Archibald_Bomwitz

    Yaeh, sure the famous Russian anti-aircraft missiles that are proven to be crap in battle! 1991 Desert Storm total failure! Kosovo 1999 total failure! Gulf War II 2003 total failure! Israel’s air force comes and goes at will in Syrian airspace and Russian anti-aircraft missiles are totally useless!

  • john suiter

    He was too busy playing video games

  • john suiter

    I saw it on the internet, it must be true!!!!

  • Slavjanin

    Could you please check my comment below and confirm or deny the rumor about the Navy guys leaving the USS Donald “Duck” immediately after the incident?

  • Eddie Smith

    Defense contractors hunger for fresh meat, people are tired of The Middle East and a fresh villain is needed… someone white this time.

  • Archibald_Bomwitz

    And dead russkies are piling up like firewood in Putins freezer because he is afraid of what their mothers will do to him when they are given the bodies of their dead mutilated sons! Sons who were such stupid a-holes that they went to their death in Ukraine for a midget of a limp d#ck like Vladimir Putin!

  • pdexter

    I don’t know about Europe, but European Union has had good relationships between Russia for past years… before Poroshenko was kicked out in Ukraine and Ukraine decided it wants to seek for European Union membership. Russia has anyways been economically totally tied to European Union nations, even if their economy is only the size of Italy with almost twice the population. There’s little to no connection between US.

    I believe most Americans got a bit mystified picture about the weak Russia.

  • Mark

    Direct conflict between U.S. and Russian ground forces is very bad news for civilization, especially those at ground ZERO…

  • Mike

    Try “Veterans Today”

  • tahiti 5000

    Keep your stupid jihadist thoughts to places where other idiots congregate. Israel is a wonderful country surrounded by ignorant scumbags and terrorists and it will defend itself whether you like it or not. The people that fear Israel are the ones who keep attacking it and getting beat back every single time. Also, I would like to officially go on record to say your so-called “prophet” was a child-molester. Your “holy book” the qu’ran is filled with lies and nonsense and there is no afterlife for you.

  • amsalu

    They still have enough NUKs. And you know what that can do.

  • Slavjanin

    There were several articles on that but ALL in Russian… Sorry, the bad news are always subdued!!! Not sure if the story is 100% true… but it was also reported that immediately after the incident USS Donald “Duck” arrived to the Romanian port and more than a dozen of sailors asked for the retirement from the Navy… Anybody heard about this???

  • Tazz

    1 difference is that the U.S fought Germany and Japan at the same time while defeating Japan with no Russian help. Russia on the other hand had lost half there country and 50 mil people killed before the allied forces helped push them back by opening up a second front for Germany to fight.

  • yafghani

    It is not Russia or China that america should fear. It is Israel that america should fear the most.

    Posted by william

    melissa i am
    Jewish, and ali is correct, we(Jews) made a pact with g_D if you were Jewish
    you would understand and not insult the man. We Jews made a pact with g_d to
    only return to Israel when g_d returns and rebuilds the temple. The reason why
    Jewish people try desperately to forget the pact is because most Jews consider
    themselves reform, which just means i want to call myself Jewish but not follow
    the commandments or the torah. CASE CLOSED.

    Posted by Everyman

    I am not religious
    but this is the truth and I learned it in parochial school. The Jews were cast
    to the 4 winds, never to be a nation but a nation within nations, never to have
    a land of their own.

    The Worst Enemies
    of the Jews are the Jews

    Posted by Abram

    The Zionists were
    warned, in the Jewish Torah, not to form a state – the warning which the
    Euro-Zionist-wannabes threw out the window and challenged the Supreme Order in
    1948, with the ongoing problematic experiment that is wreaking havoc on
    innocent and helpless Palestinian people. Please revisit the Torah to confirm
    this fact

    The Zionist Jews
    have created a revolt against the Lord with the establishment of their state
    and it exists by lies thefts and murder. Satan leads them into the trap and no
    one can stop their terrible destiny. Before destruction they will become the
    most evil nation in the history of the world.

    Satan will
    disfigure God’s chosen by elevating them in their sins. With their backs to God
    they have become the synagogue of Satan. Only a handful will be saved and the
    strangers will inherit the Holy Land with the remainders of the Jewish people.
    Read Ezekiel

  • yafghani

    It is not Russia or China that america should fear. It is Israel that america should fear the most.

  • J.J

    president bush jr spend alot of money on military defense because he don’t trust putin.and 2 years ago obama got trick by putin to cut back all the nuclear weapon.guess who is dumb.?now putin want to build more nuclear facility building in iran and in venezuela and that the fact.DON’T LISTEN TO WHAT THE COMMUNIST SAID . EVER NEVER MR; OBAMA watch what they do .i know because i had been there .i hope you learn your lesson mr; OBAMA like i said putin is a super crook he’s nothing but a cancer PUTIN = CANCER a massage to you PUTIN GOD GONNA PUNISH YOU LIKE HE PUNISH HUGHGO CHAVAS .GOD BLESS THE U.S.A

  • Cory

    Expression on Putin’s face.. “You arrogant son of a b*****, step down world despise you Ediot.”

  • Joe Black

    A very poor analysis. While rare numbers are important one must look much deeper into capabilities and threats. For instance I’v seen some public firm footage of the typhoon class Russian sub and I wasn’t that impressed. They say it’s quite stealthy but that may be more a claim than reality. Beyond that I won’t want to serve on one. Having served on a US Boomer in the 1970’s it my belief that our boats are still better than theirs. Point being numbers can be misleading.

  • C C

    Where does the author get the idea that “President Obama famously signed off a $1 trillion defense budget? The actual proposed budget for 2015 is $495 million. http://useconomy.about.com/od/governmentagencies/p/DoD.htm

  • Jeann Derosier

    I can’t find any respectable article about the topic but only bloggers who are stating their opinions. Can you post a link below?

  • tj

    I will not fight for the USA nor anyone else if a war is fought it is because the elitist started it and feel that the population will do what they want them to do. If war breaks out I don’t think a lot of people will fight in fact they will do their best to protect themselves and their families at home. Let the elitist fight it out and let the elitist die for their stupidity.

  • Phantom Bevis and B Head

    I don’t ever see that the United States would strike Russia first on a preemptive nuclear engagement confrontation, strike first scenario! but that is not the same way I feel about the Russians and knowing about their mindset capabilities and lack of common sense based on the outcome of the consequences. The United States is always the first to offer humanitarian help whenever there are world catastrophic events,the United States don’t go around invading countries for territorial gains. Attacking Iraq was a huge mistake when then president George W. Bush labeled it an Axis of Evil! we should have attacked Iran instead since they are the ones that are busy building nuclear bombs at Russias blessing.

  • Mike

    This is an absolutely worthless article. First and foremost, all of Russia’s military is within Russia while the US is spread around the globe. There’s just no way the US would bring in everything to go to war on Russian soil. Furthermore, you can have the best planes, tanks, helicopters and whatever else but they are all dependent on electronic equipment that can easily be defeated through an electronic warfare. You don’t have to back back very far when the USS Donald Cook
    went into the Black Sea to attempt to scare the Russians when a single old unarmed SU-24 completely shut off the AEGIS defense system on the destroyer making it completely vulnerable to just about anything. The plane was only equipped with a jamming device. The SU-24 made 12 simulated attacks just to show that the mighty destroyer was completely helpless. Oh sure the western media refused to print the truth but it can be found on the net. Since that happened, not a single US warship got close to Russian waters.

    So if the writer of this article thinks it would be an easy win for the US, he’s wrong!

    You can find an article about it called “AEGIS Fail in Black SEA, Ruskies Burn Down USS Donald “Duck”

  • Karl Hand

    Since Russia has repeatedly stressed it will nukes to protect its interests, all those conventional weapons are meaningless.

  • howitzer8

    Why all this talk about military might? Wars are not won on the battlefield anymore. They are won economically. The west is at war with Russia right now and Russia is getting their butt kicked. Russia’s economy will contract this year by 5%. Sanctions have made it near impossible for Russian companies to borrow money. If the price of oil stays low for another two years, all the military might that Russia can muster will not save them.

  • Rg Gesmundo

    my goodness…as if almost everyone don’t know what you’ve just said….grow up please

  • J. Gaco, Jr.

    Not sure about your basic history but the Pacific theater of WWII was pretty much won solely by USA against Japan. While it is true that the European theater was won by the “Allied” forces, it would have been extremely difficult for them carry on the war let alone win without the dominant military forces and leadership by the USA.

  • sparky

    Brave name calling from behind that keyboard.

  • Rg Gesmundo

    i really hate it when a lot of certain people in the higher ups (responsible for flaring up both US & Russia to current high tensions) really wants to risk our human civilization, our way of life….just to have their pockets filled with wads of cash,gold, wealth from the military industry and speculating on it…… look at just the minor probs, the F-35 program..what a mess isn’t it….then if it isn’t enough they go to Ukraine and stir some trouble in Kiev and then boom, we have Ukraine at our side, at the expense of world stability (aka tension with Russia clearly on the line yet we still go ahead and topple the Russian-leaning government there)….money sure smells great ehh…

  • sparky

    Jr…what’s that got to do with this since Russia was a US ally during WW II.

  • stoneworker

    The only way to win is to not fight…so yeah both are pretty big losers…the Swiss are the biggest winners.

  • rampantlion

    ???

  • GeoSan

    Here are the reasons, Why we should not fight with the Russians?
    World War 3 ( Russia vs USA ).
    #1 Americans died in Ukraine conflict 0, Americans died in 9/11 2,996.
    #2 China, Iran, Syria, North Korea will take advantage of the situation…China controlling the South & East China Sea weakening Allies like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan.Vietnam,Philippines,Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.
    #3 Nuclear Weapons may be used with great consequence.
    # NATO countries continue to shrink their military budget because they know US will come to their rescue. It is time for Europe to use diplomatic dialogue with Russia.
    #4 Minor conflict in Ukraine does not justify US spending 10x the IRAQ conflict cost.

  • Batman

    Surface naval ships (carrier battle groups) are ignored???? Morris is clearly an amateurish hack!

  • stoneworker

    From what I know the Russian army has very capable anti air weapons…c 400 complex..so their plan is not to match airpower, but simply create a no fly zone…even though the t 50 seems like a serious plane that could be mass produced very quickly if they saw that it was needed…keep in mind that wars don’t just “happen”…it took about a year to prepare for the Iraq war…logistic operations and other tells that military experts can spot…so if the Russians saw that NATO was preparing for war these numbers would all change very quickly. Anyway due to weapons of mass destructions we would probably not live long enough to even get drafted….keep in mind the danger isn’t only ICMBs…biologicals weapons…and small nukes delivered directly to cities by “foot”. The only hope for our species is that we can all learn to live together peacefully….I am sure it is possible if technological progress continues.

  • janet2312

    Most unAfrican you wanted to say, I guess. In close to 8 years where has he visited in Africa. Never even his father’s grave, but has been to Ireland to find his ancestors, the real O’ Bama

  • dn32844

    Another Republican bigot.

  • dn32844

    Its way over one trillion.

  • Joe Wilson

    A typical Russian trick, falling back on massive “numbers” when the real test is qualitative abilities in war time. The Russians are awesome at human wave attacks and getting millions of their own soldiers killed through wasteful stupidity and outmoded tactics. We easily have the power and weaponry to kill all their troops and tanks simply because we will control the air. Even in world war two that was proven you cannot win open field battles without complete air superiority, it certainly has not changed any since then.

  • dn32844

    To make more money.

  • Chuck Lynch

    What is this in the mainstream news media? Who in their right mind wants to promote a war with Russia, Red China and Iran…for what…why?
    So the global corporate elitists can consolidate all their properties under one banner, and at YOUR expense??? Wake up folks, stand up and tell these psychopaths……NO WAY!!

  • dn32844

    With the money our government pour annually into belly of the beast called”military Industrial Complex” we better be better equipped that Russia. After all, $1 trillion is only the portion that they disclose to public and doesn’t include much more covered in their black account.

  • janet2312

    Because they have learned from their turbulent history that gangsterism does no one good

  • Kevin Cox

    So you have made the case, CUT DEFENSE SPENDING!

  • Joe Wilson

    World war two was won by the allied forces, consisting of half the world. The main obvious players though were the British empire, the USSR, and the United states. Don’t you people read common basic history anymore?

  • Bo_Regard

    PROOF READ PLEASE: The “word” imdge is missing an “a” in the aircraft section. Also, the “m” in millions needs to be a “b” for billions in the spending section. Christopher Morris, lay off the video games and proofread your writing better.

  • abiola Akinwande

    Thank you, you are right.

  • Justin Mastowski

    Russia also was defeated in the Russo Japanese war. Also Russia was losing ww1 and surrendered. Russia lost against Afghanistan. Russia had a hard time defeated Finland in the winter war. and look how much trouble russia had against Chechnya. The only clear victory russia has had in the last 100 years was ww2. In the last hundred years russia has a very poor performance record in wars, Hasnt really won wars decisively any except ww2. Whereas the united states other then Vietnam has never not completed there military objectives and have always inflicted more casualties on the enemy then they suffered many times over. Vietnam is the only defeat that can be said the united states suffered. So statement should be reversed

  • k q

    so are we

  • Andy_txn

    Total nuclear war, only the cockroaches win.

  • Joe Wilson

    Russia lost the Crimean war, lost against Japan in 1905, the treaty ending world war one for the Russians had them giving up a third of the country to Germany and Austria. Polish forces invaded in 1920 and damn near took Moscow. And hey, how did that little scuffle in Afghanistan work out for the Russians?

  • k q

    So are we

  • sparky

    Fool if you actually believe that. I suggest you Google “World Firepower or Jane’s”. Plus > than 40% of our military are not combat soldiers.

  • BigSeannY

    Noone will win war,why risk it?

  • micheal frisbie

    hmmm, if america and russia nuke it out… to china goes the spoils, and they won’t even have to fire a shot.

  • Joe Wilson

    Lets see now, We won the revolutionary war. We won the war of 1812, Mexican war, Spanish war, world war one and two. Fought the Chinese to a stand still even when out numbered 5 to one. Stomped Saddam’s guts out in two wars. So your grasp of basic history is somewhat empty and obviously embarrassing. Go back to playing video games and let the adults talk.

  • Dennis Swanson

    the US spends a lot more on the military than the rest of the world but much of it is skimmed off by crooks. Sadly our army can’t even defeat a band of homeless goat farmers now

  • Tim N

    Crack a history book or two. Geez..

  • J. Gaco, Jr.

    Defense spending in the USA should have been around $612 Billion NOT Million.

  • Joe Wilson

    Tanks without air superiority are just big, fat, steel TARGETS. Saddam had 5000 of them, and we blew up every single one of them with our air power. So, the one item the Russians have lots of simply do not matter in a modern conventional war when you lack control of the air. Give me a call when they actually have a chance against the United states.

  • ????? – ?????????.

    African American president of the United Stated is most African of all times ….!!!!

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  • Observer

    A Russian troll or an unwise person.

  • J. Gaco, Jr.

    Russia and China lost war against Japan who had never ever lost one until WWII. . . . against who? Yes, the USA.

  • Don Francis Castiglione Jr

    so preytel, tell me who won WW2?

  • Dan Peterson

    America will kick Russia’s A-S for sure, hands down.

  • Jivin2001

    Russia lost in afganistan you degenerate.

  • Jivin2001

    Russia is no longer a superpower. More media hyping with misinformation.

  • dgenzle2001

    readyness? endurance?
    Silly article!

  • NewsDiary

    Nobody will win.

  • kutasyk

    When Russia needs to invade somebody it does not threaten them, it just invades them without warning. Look at the history and you will know. There is no point to compare US military with Russia, since Russian military is no match even to the military of France and UK. It is not about quantity of weapons but quality of equipment, precision, command, etc. It is important to note that Russia has never fought any professional army and neither did the US since WWII. Russia will never ever fight US or NATO for a very simple reason: they will lose and very quickly while China will take over much of Russian territory.

  • highlanderge

    Difference is Russia has never lost a war,the US has never won a war.