I’ve lost count of how many times the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and Russia have threatened to use nuclear weapons against countries, not willing to shut up and follow Kremlin’s orders, in the past few years. Even countries like Denmark, which poses no threat to Russia in trade or militarily (even though the country controls the waterways to the Baltic Sea), has been threatened with nuclear annihilation.
But finally the United States has gotten a President. And it’s a President who stands up for Freedom and against the bullying tactics of a Russia that bemoans the loss of the Soviet Empire and eagerly once again tries to project power across the globe.
Vladimir Putin – The KGB Colonel Who Wanted To Conquer The World
“After nuclear holocaust, we’ll go to heaven as martyrs; attackers will die as sinners”
Soon after he was first appointed prime minister back in 1999, Vladimir Putin joked to an audience of top intelligence officers that a group of undercover spies, dispatched to infiltrate the government, was “successfully fulfilling its task.”
It turns out Putin doesn’t do jokes. Over Putin’s years in power, not just the Kremlin but almost every branch of the Russian state has been taken over by old KGB men like himself.
Putin has come across as the butch, macho leader that the Russian People expect a man to be. The macho mentality is very much ingrained in the Russian culture and psyche. But Vladimir Putin may be more than just a strong, macho leader to his people.
Putin resigned the KGB with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 20 August 1991, on the second day of the 1991 Soviet coup d’état attempt against the Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Putin said:
“As soon as the coup began, I immediately decided which side I was on”,
although he also noted that the choice was hard because he had spent the best part of his life with “the organs”.
When Putin was first appointed prime minister back in 1999, Russia was in shambles, ravaged by Communism since the October Revolution in 1917. It was a country that yearned for Freedom and her people were impoverished, often lacking basic necessities. Russian oligarchs sprang up, and started to slowly turn the wheels of industry again. Foreign capital was pumped in, as foreign investors saw a new market and new resources presented. The society was in turmoil and the Russian Mafia had extensive control over business and economy. Slowly but surely Russia began to develop. The old Iron Curtain that Winston Churchill saw would come and warned about was dismantled and Russia was even invited to participate with several of her former enemies in military exercises. It looked as if Peace and Stability would reign in a world that had been balancing in a nuclear knife’s edge since Stalin on August 29. 1949, had secretly conducted its first successful weapon test (First Lightning, based on the American “Fat Man” design) at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan.
Putin waited and controlled the steady growth of his country. He couldn’t do much about the former Warsaw Pact countries leaving and even joining NATO. Former Soviet friendly countries were suffering equally, and more under the evil of Communism. They fled to better times and opportunities in the West. Many joined the EU. Russia was isolated and surrounded by countries, which now sought alliances with the old Soviet Empire’s enemies. With the dwindling support to the West, Russia has sought new influence and territories at the “Southern Front”. In a complex game, Russia has through that effort come head to head with ISIS in Syria, and seen a close entanglement with terrorist state Iran and their satellite state, Assad’s Syria.
As Putin had guided Russia through the 2008 financial crisis, and Russia gained a new momentum, Russian oligarchs with strong ties to Putin were rewarded through laws like the infamous “Rotenberg Law”, which saw taxpayers and pensioners being forced to bailout the wealthiest oligarchs in Russia. Oligarchs that didn’t have the ear of the new Tsar in Russia, Putin, has oftentimes landed in jail.
Power Projections And Threat Of Nuclear Force
Russia has seen several wars and armed conflicts since Putin entered the Russian Prime Minister’s Office in 1999:
- War of Dagestan (1999)
- Second Chechen War (1999–2009)
- Russo-Georgian War (2008)
- Insurgency in the North Caucasus, Russian military intervention in Ukraine (2014–present)
- Russian military intervention in the Syrian Civil War (2015–present).
As NATO crept closer and Russia’s financial sector started to recover after the 2008 Financial Crisis, money has been pumped into the Russian armed forces at an increasing rate. With that increase, an increase in military activity has also been seen. But hasn’t a country a right to defend herself, her border and her people. Yes, she has, but Russia has gone much further and invaded neighboring countries. That is bad enough, but when RT – Russia Today, President Vladimir Putin’s own media, presented this propaganda piece on October 18. 2018, it is cause to pause and ponder; what is it Russia is saying? If the threshold for starting a nuclear war has become 0, nuclear war is started.
Obama ravaged America’s defense capabilities to the point where the United States today doesn’t have the capacity to wage war on two fronts simultaneously. President Donald J. Trump is working hard to bolster the military and rebuild what has been broken down through almost a decade of Obama Socialism and several decades of Crony Capitalism and Unipartyism. It will naturally take time, as the same enemies of America have increased the debt to a catastrophic level (6 times more than all the money in the world). Last we heard, Ben Carson reported a 211 TRILLION Dollar Fiscal Gap. Trump understands this.
He needs to buy time.
In a response to proliferation of nuclear weapons and a warning that America, (while rebuilding it’s military strength to a normal state) will not accept any aggressions against herself or her NATO allies. If such aggressions from states like Russia, China, North Korea and/or Iran takes place, in spite of the warning, America is ready to use any force deemed necessary, Tactical Nuclear Weapons included.
America is giving the right answer to the question: Why stay in a nuclear treaty the other side ignores? Russia is ignoring the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Why then should America play nice and follow the treaty. A macho attitude only responds to a macho response.
Of course, with a strong and unequivocal message like this, Democrats and other Communists in the West use the full potential of their propaganda department (Mainstream Media) to paint a picture of Trump as the aggressor and the real aggressors as the victims.
With this strong stance, Trump has actually already won accept, and he will keep winning.
Russia has, in pace with a growing economy, held larger and larger military readiness exercises. Now it’s NATO’s turn to do the same. And this will undoubtedly be noticed by any potential enemy, Russia included.
NATO Lands 50,000 Troops In Norway – Biggest Exercise Since The Cold War
Oct. 23 (UPI) — NATO forces will look to flex their defense maneuvering muscle during the largest U.S.-led readiness exercise since the Cold War.
Exercise Trident Juncture 18, which runs from Oct. 25 to Nov.7, tests and evaluates logistics capabilities of all NATO members. It is expected to involve more than 50,000 personnel, 10,000 vehicles, 150 aircraft and 70 ships from 31 nations.
The exercise follows Russia’s move to carry out its largest ever military readiness exercise in September.
The first Exercise Trident Juncture took place in 2015, when roughly 36,000 personnel from 30 countries engaged in activities in Italy, Portugal and Spain.
“If you can train in Norway, you can train anywhere in the world,” Sgt. Robert Durham, of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit of the U.S. Marine Corps, told UPI. Durham will join approximately 7,500 U.S. marines at Trident Juncture, more than any other U.S. military branch.
During this year’s exercise, NATO forces will navigate Northern Europe, tackling air, land, maritime, special operation and amphibious forces missions that span central and eastern Norway, Iceland and the surrounding areas of the North Atlantic, along with the Baltic Sea and the airspace over Finland and Sweden.
“We’re one piece of a big puzzle,” Durham said.
The Marines will work directly with the the Icelandic Coast Guard and the Royal Marines to provide help to rapidly move large amounts of materials from ship to shore.
“It’s really a challenging environment in Norway in a variety of ways … the temperature alone is one thing, but the geography is another,” Durham said. “It’s an opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities in those environments, and it’s very important, especially for our younger Marines to get to experience something like that.”
“The U.S., like all allied nations, has collective defense responsibilities tied to our NATO membership,” Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, USMC Director of the U.S. Joint Information Center, told UPI. “We participate in NATO exercises to enhance our interoperability and teamwork with our NATO allies and partners. We must ensure that we are ready to fight and defend, if called on to do so.”
Rankine-Galloway emphasized the importance of Trident Juncture to enhance work with allied nations. He pointed to a recent trip the Marines took on the USS Iwo Jima on Oct. 18 with the Royal Marines from 40 Command Group as an example of this effort. He stressed the need for this type of coordination to help increase interoperability with NATO partners.
The exercise, however, is not only designed to test the organizational skills of the the allied forces, but also their ability to perform in rough weather.
Rankine-Galloway expects temperatures in Iceland and Norway to range from 35 to 45 degrees, with possible precipitation. These conditions, Galloway said, will help prepare the Marines and sailors to act in combat mission in difficult weather.
“Exercises like this make the Alliance better prepared to counter any aggression, if necessary,” Rankine-Galloway said.
U.S. Navy Admiral James Foggo — commander of the Allied Joint Force in Naples, Italy — echoed that sentiment during a Trident Juncture press conference. He said one of the exercise’s messages was to “show NATO is capable of defending, it is capable of deterring any adversary, not anyone in particular.”
He added that the exercise is “a message to anyone who might conduct any kind of aggressive act leading to an Article 5 scenario inside the NATO Alliance.”
Trident Juncture 18 is modeled after an Article 5 scenario, a call to action to protect any NATO country under attack. Since NATO launched in 1949, the only Article 5 scenario to occur was in response to the Sept. 11 attack.
Some experts think the exercise is a direct response to a potential Russian threat, as tensions between it and the alliance have continued to grow since Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.
During a meeting in Brussels earlier this year, NATO defense ministers presented another plan to push back against future threats. In addition to Trident Juncture, the organization will launch its new “four thirties,” which prepares 30 troop battalions, 30 aircraft squadrons and 30 warships to deploy in 30 days. The plan is scheduled to be in place by 2020.