Mad Vlad; dangerous to know
So, quite a week, eh?
What a month, in fact!
I know quite few people were worried about what Clinton had planned in the US/NATO relations with Russia. A lot of them are now breathing a sigh of relief that the US doesn’t have a president who was planning on starting World War Three with Russia as a means of covering up her illegal financial activities (or whatever it was… seriously, I wasn’t paying that close attention).
The trouble is that in the case of Vlad the Mad, the last Strongman, the aggressor wasn’t the US or NATO. And while y’all have been tweeting your tweets, he’s been busy on his Baltic borders:
(Keep in mind that RT is a Putin mouthpiece)
Enjoy that feeling of safety while you can, boys and girls, because its happy, illusory wafting isn’t going to last much longer.
This week Moscow admitted it has deployed cutting-edge Bastion anti-ship missiles to the Kaliningrad exclave, north of Poland, plus equally advanced S-400 air defense systems to shoot down aircraft and missiles as far as 250 miles out.
With this move, the Kremlin has established control over the Baltic Sea, most of Poland and the Baltic republics—NATO members all. Russia now can exert anti-access and area denial—what the Pentagon calls A2AD for short—at will, meaning that any NATO aircraft or ships entering the region can be hit long before they get close to Kaliningrad.
That scenario, wherein Moscow’s forces overrun a Baltic republic or two before NATO can meaningfully respond, is judged alarmingly plausible by Alliance planners, yet nobody should be surprised that Vladimir Putin has done this.
Yes, but what’s the date of that article, you say.
Buckle up, kiddies. It ain’t over yet.