Games with bears and dragons

One wonders just how deeply Obama bows as he does what he is told. He is as he promised: very flexible. I’m sure the State Department has its latest demarche, “#PleaseNotTheFaceAgain” in the Ambassadors’ hands. If Russia nuked Sweden, would Obama cancel his golf game? Have our Paulistinian isolationists learned their lesson yet? Games with bears and dragons aren’t fun when you’ve been dipped in BBQ sauce.   Thanks to R. M. Hollander for the link on the South China Sea.

New Russian Tank

I have read several articles on this particular vehicle.  The ones displayed at the VE Day Celebration in Moscow are clearly testing variants as one broke down in practice for the parade.  There is a three man crew all housed in the front of the tank, an automatic loader for the 125mm gun, plus a 30mm and 12.7mm gun mounted on the turret.  The 30mm is believed to be an anti aircraft gun and is controlled by what many believe is an autonomous radar. It is powered by a diesel engine mounted in the rear.  The chassie of the vehicle […]

Dragon [Hearts] Bear?

If so, that’s not good. As Russia’s relationship with the United States and its European allies grows worse, its ties to China have never been closer. On the eve of the parade last Friday, the two countries announced 32 separate bilateral agreements, including a non-aggression pledge in cyber warfare. The deals complement a $400 billion deal made last May, when Russia agreed to ship 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year between 2018 and 2048 to China. And next week, Russian and Chinese naval vessels will conduct live drills in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Whew! I thought this might be […]

“1,100-Mile Trek Through Six Countries”

This is a great story. “These things were banging around in my mind,” General Hodges said, just as a three-month deployment of American troops in the Baltics and Poland, part of a continuing series of joint training exercises known as Atlantic Resolve, was coming to an end. Normally, the American equipment would be loaded aboard rail cars and shipped in the dead of night while the soldiers flew back to their base in Germany. But General Hodges thought, this time, they would drive the 120 armored vehicles, one lumbering mile after another, accompanied by more than 500 American troops. Good […]

Finland Walks the Line: “They Were Testing How We’d React…”

The WaPo interviewed Finland’s President and Foreign Minister recently, and the discussion is one of the most diplomatic yet frank and realistic exchanges I have read in some time. I recommend the whole thing to you, especially the clear assertion– devoid of posturing– that Finland can and will stand up for herself, and an implied admission that despite her neutrality she is not averse to cooperation with NATO. And yet, always the balanced realism of life as the nextdoor neighbor to The Bear.

Russia never left The Great Game

Russia never left the Great Game. Obama never studied history, and it shows. While Vladimir Putin demonstrated respect for Bush-43 that was never extended to Obama, Putin still re-started the Great Game with the invasion of Georgia, using the guise of Pan-slavism as his excuse, and Bush’s focus on GWOT as cover. In a little known speech delivered in Sochi last month, Putin announced that Russia is done with the status quo and will change it. But given Russia’s economic predicament, Putin needs a way to distract Russians from the economic mess created by Putin’s kleptocracy. So pan-slavism is again […]

NATO Intercepting Russian Aircraft…

… In large numbers. This, today: NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia’s airspace today, worrying the organization’s officials. “These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace,” NATO said in a statement released this afternoon. The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden. This, yesterday: According to the Latvian military, on Oct. 28, the German Air Force Eurofighter jets on QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) […]

The Long War

When I was studying in France back in 2009 one of the many unique opportunities I had was to attend the Collogue Guerre Irreguliere/Irregular Warfare Conference at Camp Coetquidan.  And one of the things a British General said was that NATO knew Afghanistan would be a 20 year war.  That it would take an entire generation to fight and rebuild that country. The reason I bring this up, one of our categories here on OPFOR is The Long War.  I’ve had this sneaking suspicion that my generation’s war never ended.  That this irregular enemy, the non-state actor, would continue to […]

George Santayana doesn’t blog here

But our readers and commenters here at Op-for.com have taken to heart the prescriptions of the venerated American man of letters, philosopher, essayist and novelist. Thank you to George Warren and others for the reminder. From Austin Bay: Expansionist dictators take until stopped by superior power. For these beasts, peace is war by other means, and the other means always involve deception. Idiots walking. Indeed.

“Do-It-Yourself War”

Very interesting, instructive, and strongly recommended : http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/11/ukraine_s_do_it_yourself_war Coming soon to a “theater” near you??