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TJ Wrote: Imagine the Russia/Iran side of the story. Russia quietly supports Iran and Syria. If they pulled an aircraft carrier into Yemen and suddenly there's air ability on both sides and much stronger weaponry.
I don't think Russia is that
stupid. They are far out powered by sea and would never risk a hot war with America over a country like Yemen. Putin likes to thump his chest a lot, but America owns the oceans. There is a legitimate debate as to whether that is a good or bad thing, but Russia would never dare challenge America by sea. They know they would lose that battle in a heartbeat.
TJ Wrote: Net result...... Nobody will stop them. If stopping them was possible, Ukraine would not be on page 6 of the newspaper. 30 seconds later, the price for oil goes up A LOT.......... Happy Russia.
I think it's important to recognize what Putin's actually done compared to what the former Soviet Union did at the height of the Cold War.
Putin invaded a small section of a former Soviet state. This former Soviet state just had it's puppet leader deposed. Russia didn't like that their puppet leader was deposed. They took over a small section of this former Soviet state and then wreaked havoc on roughly 1/3-1/2 of said former Soviet state.
On the other hand, the USSR controlled half of Europe. They didn't just control some small section of one country--they controlled roughly half of Europe as a whole.
Many of the former Soviet states are now members of NATO and have American troops stationed in them. Ukraine isn't a member of NATO and didn't have any American troops stationed in their country. So Russia is meddling in a former Soviet puppet state where they calculated, correctly, that the West wouldn't stop them.
And why would they? As much as I am a champion of freedom and democracy, I'm not a huge fan of nuclear war over Ukraine, a country that the vast majority of Americans know nothing about
TJ Wrote:Of course the question is: Does Russia have a seaworthy aircraft carrier ?
Russia has 1 aircraft carrier fleet at their disposal. America has 19
. That's like bringing a pencil to a rocket propelled grenade fight.