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The Russian Bear Is Back, The Soviet Union Is Being Revived And The Cold War Is Not Over
In that same article, I discussed the fact that this treaty will leave Russia will a significant advantage in nuclear weapons because it does nothing to address their overwhelming superiority in tactical nuclear weapons....
The treaty completely ignores the very serious imbalance that exists between the U.S. and Russia when is comes to tactical nuclear weapons. Today it is estimated that the Russians have approximately 10,000 tactical nuclear warheads while the U.S. only has a few hundred. These tactical nuclear warheads can be delivered by cruise missiles, long-range artillery or aircraft. The treaty does nothing to change those numbers. This would put the United States at a very serious strategic disadvantage.
Over the last several years, Russia has also been quite busy updating and modernizingtheir strategic nuclear forces. The United States has not been doing the same. U.S. officials still believe that the U.S. has a technological edge in this area, but everyone agrees that this gap is rapidly narrowing.
In recent years Russia has also developed submarines that are too "quiet" for us to track and ballistic missiles that can evade all of our missile defense systems.
While the U.S. has been making strategic mistakes like helping al-Qaeda take over Libya, Russia has been developing devastating new weapons systems. The following are just a couple of examples....
*In 2010, Russia introduced their new "fourth generation" nuclear submarine to the world, which is apparently quieter than any other submarine in existence.
*A while back, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin climbed into the cockpit of Russia'snew "fifth generation" fighter jet and announced that it was far superior to the F-22 Raptor.
But most Americans don't know any of this.
As the United States drowns in debt, Russia is thriving.
According to an article in Forbes, Moscow is now the third most expensive city in the world in which to live. An article posted by CNN says that Moscow is the fourth most expensive city.
In fact, the cost of living is higher in Moscow than in any city in the United States.
Now there are even fears that Russia is trying to put the old Soviet Union back together.
It didn't get much press in the United States, but the initial members of the "Eurasian Union" were recently announced.
Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia will be the first three members, and it has been made clear that all of the nations there were formerly part of the Soviet Union will be welcome to join.
The following comes from a recent AFP article....
Three ex-Soviet states were Friday to agree the first steps towards creating a Eurasian economic union, a project backed by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to bind closer the former USSR.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and his Kazakhstan and Belarus counterparts Nursultan Nazarbayev and Alexander Lukashenko were to sign a declaration on further economic integration at a summit in Moscow, the Kremlin said in a statement.
"The declaration will set out the ultimate aim (of economic integration) as the creation of a Eurasian economic union," it said.
So why isn't the U.S. press reporting on this?
Back when Reagan was president, Russia was the number one foreign policy issue.
But today nobody wants to talk about Russia.
Everyone in America so desperately wants to believe that the Cold War is over.
Everyone in America so desperately wants to believe that Russia is no longer a threat.
But the truth is that Russia is much stronger politically, economically and militarily right now than the Soviet Union ever was.
And significant portions of the Russian population have developed a great fondness for Soviet nostalgia. Many of them wish that the Soviet Union was never broken up. The following is a brief excerpt from a recent news report from Australia....
Mikhail Chernysh, a professor at the Institute of Sociology in Moscow, says constant exposure to a lost country has clearly rubbed off on Russians.
"What is striking, that there is nostalgia about the Soviet past even among young people who never lived in the Soviet period, who were never part of Soviet history," he said.
From new retro Soviet-era vending machines to statues of Lenin in central squares, to the ubiquitous hammer and sickle, reminders of the USSR's past glory are everywhere and for many in the new Russia, the past is too good to forget.
If the United States continues to underestimate Russia it will be a gigantic mistake.
The Cold War is not over. Anyone that runs around saying that does not know what they are talking about. The top politicians and military leaders in Russia do not view us as a friend at all.
If Russia was ever able to pull off a successful first strike and take out most of our remaining nuclear warheads (remember, our nuclear arsenal is now less than 10% the size it used to be), it is entirely possible that Russia would be able to totally defeat the United States in a future war - especially if they are allied with China at the time.
Most people in the U.S. think that this can never happen, but the top brass in Russia and in China spend long hours on exactly such scenarios.
Sadly, very little about Russia will be said during the entire 2012 election season. Instead, everyone will be focused on the "massive threat" posed by the goat herders that are running around the hills of Afghanistan.
The blind are leading the blind and meanwhile the world is dramatically changing.
The Russian Bear is back, and Russia is going to play a huge role in world events in the years to come.
Posted by poorrichard at 10:06 AM