Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Is Russia Our New Ally?

Of course it is.  The Christian West is at war with militant Islam and has been for thirteen centuries.  That has never changed and is the principle reason that the western nations never seriously attempted to colonize or change the Islamic world. Why ask for known trouble.

That has all changed because the knowledge of modernism has leaked into the Islamic world while Adherents have also leaked into the west. Assimilation is not terribly apparent except among the non Arabic peoples who can change generality. 

The west is been goaded.  Nazi like tactics are been applied to the west and this must trigger a showdown.  We truly live in interesting times.


Is Russia Our New Ally?

The US was an ally of Russia in World War II. Russia is bombing effectively in the fight against Islamic terrorism and allegedly against alien intervention. It now seems likely, President Trump is going to prioritize more cooperative relations with Russia and even coordinate to fight jihadists in Syria.

Capitalist Russia is not the Soviet Union. It has no ideological reason to want to expand its territory. Neither is it Nazi Germany, with a clear need to expand into Eastern Europe in order to feed its large and expanding population. Don’t forget that Russia, with a relatively small population, already controls a vast territory with 11 time zones, has lots of oil and gas, and is now a net exporter of wheat.

Vladimir Putin became the second and fourth President of the Russian Federation, holding the office since 7 May 2012. Born in Saint Petersburg, Putin studied German at Saint Petersburg High School 281, and speaks fluent German. He then studied law at the Saint Petersburg State University, graduating in 1975. Putin was a KGB foreign intelligence officer for 16 years, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before retiring in 1991. He became a strong Christian realizing the chief failure of Communism. It is obvious his beliefs would not allow him to be taunted by Hillary Clinton who supported the Sunni Muslim over throw of President Assad in Syria. The average Russian feels World War III would have occurred if Hillary Clinton was elected. NATO and US forces virtually surround Russia, and Hillary stated if she was elected she would stop the Russians from bombing in Syria.

Putin’s annexation of Crimea was a special case, given that it was part of Russia for 161 years. In Ukrainebecame part of the Soviet Union in 1922 and declared it was a separate nation in 1991, along with the Autonomous Republic of Crimea with Sevastopol having its own administration, within Ukraine but outside of the Autonomous Republic. The ex-Soviet Black Sea Fleet and its facilities were divided between Russia’s and the Ukrainian Naval Forces.

The Russian military needed a southern port for its Black Sea Fleet and the strategic importance of the Crimean peninsula to the Russians was of utmost importance. Crimea and Sevastopol are populated by 60% Russians.

Since the Russians have escalation dominance in that theater, then why did Hillary Clinton’s State Department (specifically her neo-Con protégé Nuland) spend $5 billion destabilizing Ukraine by sponsoring a violent coup against a elected government? Spearheaded by Banderite neo-Nazis? Hillary has taken harsh rhetoric against Russia that has been repeated in the news media. With the political upheaval in Ukraine and poor economy, Putin felt it was time to get the port back and , Crimean’s voted 97% for secession and annexation and it ruling Supreme Council of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.

On 19 December, the UN General Assembly 70 countries adopted a resolution to recognize Russia as an occupying power of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol – as occupied territory while 28 nations voted against it. The Russians have the Naval Port they needed and part of the Ukraine to get to the port from Russia.

It’s hard to understand why the Russian Federation would want to start a war with NATO in order to overrun Poland or the Baltic States. It makes no sense. They are primarily concerned about their own security, given that NATO has expanded into Eastern Europe, and has now placed their forces within 85 miles of St. Petersburg. Obama has sent an Armored Brigade with 250 tanks to Poland seeming to want to poke the bear.

Thanks to Air Force Association

Our ABM systems don’t help either. They are clearly intended to give NATO an eventual first strike capability against Russia. Unless we actually want to get into a shooting war with Russia, which is likely to quickly go nuclear, we clearly need a new security system for Europe that can accommodate legitimate Russian security concerns — instead of poking the bear. If we don’t want a war with Russia in Europe which we might well lose its better to attempt to continue to work together has we do in space. It costs Staxpayers about $75 million for every ride on a Soyuz rocket to the spacestation. Under the new contract, that will rise to nearly $82 million in 2018, according to NASA. We’ll pay the new price, of course, because in the absence of a Space Shuttle program, or any U.S. rocketships certified to carry astronauts into orbit, we really have no choice. Meanwhile, ISS is up there. It cost us more than $100 billion to build it.

Russian strategic missiles can wipe out all our major cities in 30 minutes, and we have no effective defense. I can only understand the impulse to constantly provoke the Russians and back them into a corner as a kind of collective death wish.

According to NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Defense Investment Patrick Auroy, the NATO’s theatre missile defense contract will be a major technical milestone for an integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capability. Of course most of the NATO countries have not lived up to their promise to pay their fair share for defense.

Russia has 60 submarines and the new Borei Class is a Russian fourth-generation nuclear-powered missile submarine. It is intended to eventually replace the ageing Delta III and Typhoon Class submarines and become an important deterrent for the Russian Navy. It is the first class of submarines developed by Russia since the Soviet era using the (SLBM) Bulava (SS-NX-30) missile, Four submarines are currently operational and have capabilities that can likely slip through our anti submarine patrols.

Borei Class Submarine

The missile is 12.1 meters long and has a diameter of 2.1 meters (including the launch container). It weighs a total of 36.8 metric tons and is capable of carrying six to ten re-entry vehicles with a yield of 100kt-150 kilotons each. The improved versions of the Borei Class submarines may carry 20 missiles. The submarine also carries six of the SS-N-15 missiles. Each SS-N-15 is a 533mm caliber anti-ship missile that has a range of 45km and is capable of being fitted with a 20 kt warhead or a type 40 torpedo.

It is thought the submarine can operate at depths in the ocean are too deep for standard detection methods and could operate undetected by anti-submarine forces. Theoretically the four subs could launch 80 missiles with six to ten re-entry vehicles each or 480 warheads virtually wiping out all east coast cities and military facilities.

Make no mistake: Experts agree that the U.S. military’s globe-spanning conventional force and NATO would clobber the Russian military in any toe-to-toe conventional fight. But modern wars are not toe-to-toe conventional fights; geography, politics and terrain inevitably give one side an advantage.

Today, the U.S. spends nearly 10 times more than Russia on national defense. The U.S. operates 10 aircraft carriers; Russia has just one. And the U.S. military maintains a broad technological edge and a vastly superior ability to project power around the world. Russia is now developing some key technologies, new fighting tactics and a brazen geopolitical strategy that is aggressively undermining America’s 25-year claim to being the only truly global superpower. The result: Russia is unexpectedly re-emerging as America’s chief military rival. Russia has 7,700 nuclear warheads versus 7100 for the US. The first nation to launch has an advantage with EMP that can wipe out computers, satellites, and communications.

“Russia has the potential to generate superior forces,” said David Ochmanek, a former Pentagon official who is now a defense analyst at the RAND Corp. “And looming over the entire U.S.-Russian relationship are their nuclear arsenals. Russia has preserved, even modernized, its own “triad” with nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles, a large fleet of long-range strike aircraft and increasingly sophisticated nuclear-armed submarines. “The Russian defense industry is being rebuilt from ruins,” said Vadim Kozyulin, a military expert at the Moscow-based PIR Center, a think tank. “The military balance can only be ensured by Russia’s nuclear might, which isn’t as expensive to maintain as many people think.”

While Russia’s conventional forces are less impressive than its nuclear forces, there are specific conventional areas where the Russians excel — among them aircraft, air defenses, submarines, and electronic warfare. hey pretty much invented the idea of “integrated air defenses” with different weapons systems engaging attackers at different distances.

The Soviet-era weapons design bureaus remain prominent internationally. Russia’s aerospace industry, for example, has benefited greatly from international exports to non-Western nations, which go to Russia to buy effective fighter jets that are cheaper than their Western variants. China today spends more on defense annually than Russia, but still imports platforms and advanced weaponry from Russia.

S 400 Triumf Air Defense System We have unconfirmed reports the Triumf Missiles were able to down a UFO.

Attempting side-by-side comparisons of the U.S. and Russian militaries is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, many experts say; the Russians have distinctly different strategic goals, and their military structure reflects that. Russia views itself as a land-based power, exerting influence in a sphere expanding outward from its Eurasian heartland into Eastern Europe, Central Asia and possibly the Middle East and Pacific rim.

Its airspace also is heavily fortified. Russia has cutting-edge anti-stealth systems, and also has invested heavily in robust surface-to-air missile systems, and arrayed its forces domestically to protect its border regions.

“The static airpower picture would favor the Russians because they have a lot of capability in terms of air defense and a variety of tactical and cruise and ballistic missiles,” said Paul Schwartz, a Russian military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Russia’s electronic warfare capability is also daunting to Pentagon military planners; left unclear is the extent to which Russia could jam the radars and signals intelligence that forms the foundation of the U.S.’s advanced air power. Any attempt by the U.S. and its allies to infiltrate Russian air space “would not necessarily be easy,” Schwartz said. “It would be a contested environment. But over time I think we would be able to degrade it. The problem is, with a nuclear power, you try to avoid a full-scale fighting.”

Meanwhile, the Russian army, still predominantly a conscripted force, is being transitioned to an American-style professional force. About one third is outfitted with top-notch gear, including the Armata T-14 Main Battle Tanks.

In sum, the Russian military is not the equal of the U.S. conventional military forces, but just getting U.S. forces to the European battlefield would take a momentous effort. But the gap has narrowed in recent years.

Russia has deployed a number of Su-30 fighters to Syria, aircraft that are capable of striking ground targets as well as those in the air. Photo Credit: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Russian air strikes against ISIS started on September 30, and according to President Bashar al-Assad have been very effective.

In an attempt to defend Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world where they’re being persecuted, Pope Francis asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for help. President Vladimir Putin declared Russian intervention was necessary for the defeat of ISIS and moved aircraft into Syria. Assad has praised Russia in coming to his aid while criticizing the United States for emboldening ISIS in his country. The reason many Christians in Syria support Assad is because he has vowed to protect them from ISIS and other jihadists. By Middle Eastern standards, the Assad regime, including his father’s tenure as president, have treated Christians fairly. If ISIS takes over they will likely slaughter all Christians and is one of the reasons Putin a Christian decided to fight for Assad. Assad gave permission for Russia to conduct strikes in Syria, but claims the US is bombing in Syria without his permission. Assad felt Russia is very effective in its strikes, but the US air strikes are ineffective.

The new forward operating bases in Syria will give Russia the capability to fly combat air sorties, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance missions and drones across the Middle East. Assad welcomed the Russians to assist in the fight against the Islamic State and other terrorists who started a civil war in Syria after Assad had refused to allow a pipeline through Syria.

The base will help secure Russia’s longtime naval support facility at the Syrian port of Tarus, a key to the Russian military’s ability to maintain and project power into the Mediterranean. Russia reportedly is expanding its footprint at the Tarus facility.

More broadly, Moscow is signaling a long-term interest in extending its umbrella of anti-access area denial capabilities into the Middle East. The Russians reportedly are shipping some of their most advanced surface-to-air missile systems into Latakia, raising concerns inside the Pentagon because that move runs counter to Russia’s claims of limiting the focus of its military activities to Syrian rebel groups like the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

Digital Globe January19, 2017 satellite photo of Russian SU 24 Fencer Bombers

“We see some very sophisticated air defenses going into those airfields, we see some very sophisticated air-to-air aircraft going into these airfields,” In effect, the Russians could challenge the air superiority maintained — even taken for granted — by the U.S. over large swaths the Middle East for more than 20 years. Experts inside Russia believe the incursion into Syria; signal his long-term interest in becoming a key player in the region. http://www.militarytimes.com/

Bullying Christians may be a favorite strategy of the left and the news media, but it’s not necessarily an effective one as the results of election indicates. Every night on the national news they conduct propaganda against the new administration. The new president will likely move ahead with plans to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State in order to launch the long-awaited assault to retake Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital. So far Trump does not seem to be alerted to the alien threat, but he will likely be briefed in the near future.

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