A few weeks ago the US was talking about cutting it’s military….
Europe had been thinking the same….
Valdimer Putin has caused some to halt in their tracks…(and the Chienese HAVE to be watching all this …Thinking….What can THEY grab?)
The new thought that all military action in the future would be NOT be old Cold War nation state stuff….
It would be Asymetrical fights against militant terrorist groups…..
Well they ARE still out there…
But so is Russia….
And as I’ve pointed out here…
A LOT of people are worried about the next show from Putin who see’s the grabbing of Crimea as his duty to ‘liberate’ Russian speaking people’s from the ‘fascist’ West….
While there is talk of economic actions….
That doesn’t seem to be a problem with a country who has Europe buying their oil….
While the Ukrainians ask for military assets for their country….
Germany and the rest of Europe worry about a retaliatory economic strike by Moscow….
All this while Russian’s have taken to streets to denounce their own President’s actions….
the North American Treaty Organization was formed back in the day to handle this sort of situation…
But it appears like the US …..The Money and Commerce weapon has been used brokered successfullly against the West…..
And China could follow the SAME script in the Pacific…
With uncertainty about Russia’s aims in eastern and southern Ukraine, the administration and its allies must be willing to suffer the “short-term pain” of possible international economic upheaval — amid the likelihood that Crimea is already lost to Moscow — if only to make the point, said the former official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to maintain contacts within the administration.
Sanctions that would affect companies such as Gazprom and Rosneft, Russia’s gas monopoly and the country’s biggest oil firm, respectively, could have an immediate impact on the Russian economy and affect future investment. But the intertwined nature of global trade may give the administration pause as it considers such options.
Rosneft, for example, gave Exxon Mobil a leading role in exploring for oil and gas in Russia’s Arctic in exchange for Exxon’s agreement that Rosneft would acquire a 30 percent interest in 20 exploration blocks in the federally leased deep-water areas of the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition, Rosneft, the world’s largest publicly traded oil company when measured in production, has announced plans to buy Morgan Stanley’s unit for storing and trading petroleum products. The acquisition is subject to U.S. government approval.
But the United States “can’t play this game being so self-deterred,” the former official said. “You’re talking about shaping the international environment.”
For a leader committed to dialogue and multilateralism, President Obama is “suddenly having to deal with problems that people weren’t factoring into the game plan . . . for the second term, let alone the next decade,” said Andrew Weiss, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a top Russia expert in the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
Even as the United States has steadily drawn down its military presence in Europe, it has extended defense guarantees to new NATO members in the east — guarantees that were “premised on there not being this kind of monolithic threat to security that Russia might represent,” Weiss said.
“Countries in the immediate neighborhood are really panicked by what Putin has done,” he said. “The process of thinking through options and reassuring them is going to take some time.”
How much time with Russia having THOUSANDS of troops on its Southern Borders?
The US has sent additional Fighter aircraft to Poland and Lithuania….