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The Russian Navy intends to build its presence in the Mediterranean Sea - particularly in the area close to Syrian shores - to up to 10 battleships, announced Admiral of the Fleet Viktor Chirkov.
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Tommy, your info is a LITTLE dated - as of 1 Dec 2012, the USS Enterprise was deactivated, the Reagan, Stennis, Lincoln, and Eisenhower are unavailable (due to heavy repairs) until late 2014. Only the Nimitz (Red Sea) and Truman (Persian Gulf) are at sea - the other 8 (along w/their CSGs) are all in port.
Those frigates (the only USN ships NOT in CSGs), are barely usable antiques - new parts have to be machined, as the original suppliers are gone & their radios use VACUUM TUBES!
No, Reagan's 600 ship navy is long gone, and only a double handful of grey ships (flying American flags) still prowl the world's oceans.
It's outright rubbish for any unlearned cohort to come out with such barbaric statement that Russia has always be on the wrong side of history. I hope history reveals the priceless sacrifice they made during the second world war. Which country on the face of the earth has used covert operations and dangerous narcotics to overthrow legitimate gov'ts and funded rebels in this world like the U.S. Take a study on the chaos inthe Arab world and few years back in latin America and Africa please give us a f!!!!!!!! break ok.
As far as a Russian buildup of ships are concerned, Shouldn't it be irrelevant in view of the Cold War being over & in view of the west & Russia being allies of sorts? While seemingly addicted to a strong man directing their lives & telling them what to do, they at least ditched Marxism. I lived in San Diego for a number of years & as far as US Naval ships go; if you live in a region that suffers a catastrophic natural disaster; you want one of those ships nearby. In addition to armaments, they are incredibly equipped with a host of resources like food, & superb medical facilities, including operating rooms.
I believe Obama has reduced our 11 aircraft carriers to 4. Not much news on this and its consequence i.e. Obama is "out gunned" in the Eastern Med. So the "unbelievably small" and "non-regime changing attack" looks like a plea to the Russian Navy. Check the accuracy of the naval inventory over there and see why our community organizer blinked.
Russia has always been in the wrong side of history; this one is no difference.
jglassel 27 is absolutely correct. And for Tommy Udo, who tested the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated, and what were it's effects. Want a few of those lobbed on countries that attack Syria do you?
The Russian Navy wouldn't stand much of a chance against the US Navy. Check Out the USNavy Stats:
-11 Aircraft Carries w/900+ Aircraft
-62 Arleigh Burke Class Destroyers
-45 Cruisers and Frigates
-29 Amphibious Assault and Docking Ships
no, congress would have shot down obama's bombing, just like the historic parliamentary vote in UK. he wanted to avoid this and set pretext for war once peace doesn't work with this just now passed UN arm's resolution. we are going to war. there is NO stopping it. the entire globe is going to scream "stop" before and after. these conflicts and global financial problems are the beginning of pathological manifestations incubated by global capitalism, which just is not going to work status quo. the US and other nations as a whole are reactionary: in fact the functions of democracy are inherently reactionary.
How do you spell deterrence?
And my government of corrupt criminals needs to be deterred, impeached, tried for treason and executed.
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