If you’re of the mindset that the threat of continued/increased Russian aggression is real, here’s an article that should give you some pause: Putin turns up his special war against Europe.
The strongest line from the article is a quote from a linked news article that reads:
“There are hundreds of Russian intelligence officers around Europe and the West. They violate our territory every day … We see Russian intelligence operations in Sweden—we can’t interpret this in any other way—as preparation for military operations against Sweden.”
Of course, that’s a really strong statement, stated by a Swedish Security Service member. (Whose job it is to be super paranoid and worried.)
Personally, I keep fluctuating in my views. On the one hand, our weak counter-moves seem to encourage Putin. On the other, I feel like we’re playing the long game. And in the long game, I see Russia as that really big, fat guy at the bar. Who’s loud. About 50. And weighs three hundred pounds.
Yeah, he can cause trouble. Lots of trouble. And you and your well-dressed friends would rather just ignore the asshole, so that you can spend the night with those fine ladies you’ve either brought or just met.
I still strongly believe what I linked to in February (Russia can’t defeat NATO, but Putin might still try), and the good news is that as more and more countries grow concerned, they take the threat increasingly serious and build up their own forces.
If the loud asshole at the bar just won’t stop terrorizing people, then there comes a time when you stop looking at the babe you’re paying attention to and finally turn toward the sweaty piece of garbage causing all the problems.
Increasingly, I think the countries of Europe, NATO, and certainly our own are starting to stare down the guy and roll up their sleeves. And that’s a good thing.
— UPDATE 3:44 p.m. —
An old 2nd Cav trooper pointed out this article from CNN (regarding ramping up the pressure): U.S. Army sending armored convoy 1,100 miles through Europe.
Also noted in the article is the movement of:
“12 A-10 Thunderbolt “tankbuster” attack jets to an air base in Germany … (and) the placing of hundreds of tanks and military vehicles in Latvia, where they’ll soon be matched up with 3,000 troops from Fort Stewart, Georgia.”
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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