The Ukrainian soldiers are helpless, they are clearly just kids. They clearly don't want to attack their fellow citizen, but the illegitimate government in Kiev continues to push them. Yatsenyuk even went as far as to request UN "peacekeepers" against his own citizen.
And why waste the resources on a T-72 that will last ~20 seconds against 3 guys and a TOW?
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You can upgrade in "commando", "barricade" or "assault".
Don't tell me you're still playing version 1.9?
They are funny, the balts, locked in a never-ending fight against soviet past.
Russian regular troops maybe in for a year, but you have to remember that a lot of people decide to stick to the army till their retirement/death.
They're entirely right to resent Russia. They are entirely in the right. Russia did that itself.
I'm calling bullshit on this and I think you made it up on the spot for some reason. I don't know why. It's not a fact... it doesn't have meaning... if it just exists in your head.
And furthermore... what the hell are you talking about? "Trolling" is not a tactic of any sort between countries and militaries. Like what are you doing? Why are you trying to contort a behavior that sniveling brats on the internet do to be something a "proud" Russian military would do? That's embarrassing. Militaries do combat, shows of force... stuff of that nature. When the US military wants to send North Korea a subtle message, it stages war games with South Korea. North Korea whines, but gets the message. What message is "trolling" sending? That Russia is insecure? That Russia is 2 generations behind militarily? Is that where Russia is in 2014? Kruschev put warheads in Cuba in 1961. That got a reaction. And Putin sends a 50 year old unarmed attack aircraft? And that's supposed to send a message.
For fucks sake, have some dignity.
Basically what Kellhound and Trollskalden said. Also Russia sent out the SU-24 because it's what they have, not because it's their shittiness. It's antiquated nature is incidental. It's simply what Russia uses, because it's Armed Forces are not at all modern.
I'm beginning to think Djalil and TooMuch are siblings. Both live in the anonymityland, are anti-US, pro-Russian and argue just for the sake of argument.
"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." - H. L. Mencken
Well, considering the nigh-Godlike abilities of the American military as some posters here seem to think of it, I'm sure the US could go in militarily, clean up the Russian presence in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, make sure the Russians are never in a position to do so again, and head home with minimal casualties, right?
I mean, it's the giant and the gnat, David and Goliath, right?
So...why doesn't the US do it and just be done with the situation instead of sniveling internationally and writing angrily-worded letters?
The problem is, right now, it's effecting our friends, people who want to be friends with us, and our interests. And that I do care about, very, very much. Power is not to be shared on terms we do not set.
The US Military is not for show. It's for use. You may not understand that because in Russia, when Vladmir Putin rolls the latest in Russian hardware down Red Square what he is actually saying is "This is the Russian state. It is strong. I am the man who made the state strong, and thus Russia. I can protect you." By contrast, when was the last time the US Military put on a parade in the Russian, or hell, even the Bastille Day, style... where we roll a bunch of tanks, combat troops, some ICBMs, a brigade, and stuff like that, down Pennsylvania avenue in Washington DC or Fifth Avenue in New York, for some inane display of military might? When was the last time we've engaged in such an infantile display of state power? I don't think it's ever been done. I think the closest we get is "Welcome home" Parades of unarmed troops on foot that happen in small towns and big cities from time to time and flying the Blue Angels over the Superbowl or something. I imagine if the President of the United States asked for a flyover of 4 B-2s in formation during his inaugural parade, a bunch of Air Force generals would resign in protest and Congress would launch an investigation.
Americans don't do crap like that. We're cut from a different cloth. Hell if we really wanted to "wave our dicks around", as you basically put it, we'd build more, cheaper Nimitz Class carriers and float 20 of them around for some reason, rather than buy Ford Class carriers at a slower rate, at twice the cost, because they promise to be far more capable when actually used.
Our armed forces are very far from bloated by the way. If anything, they were too small for most of the Iraq / Afghan War, "right sized" for the last five or six years, and now a little too big and "Army/Marines" heavy when they need to be Navy/Air Force heavy for the problem of China. We cant afford them to be bloated because unlike a low cost one year conscript a contracted US service member is a rather expensive employee to have. Our massive military budget? Mostly personnel and maintenance costs.
As for being "World Police"... well... we did build the modern world order. And the fact is, we're the most secure superpower in history. We have no existential threats, dozens of military allies, most of them among the most militarily powerful and richest nations in the world. We have friendly neighbors to the north and south, and major advantages in technology and experience. That's the dirty little secret of US foreign policy since 1992. We became the "World Police" when having to be the vanguard against... I don't know... the likes of the USSR... passed into history. After all, it was the free world that won the Cold War.