Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Russian Threat

I don't not understand why so many Americans are so afraid of Russia. It is like they do not realise that the Soviet Union no longer exists.

The Soviet Union was a real threat. In 1965, its GDP was almost half of that of the United States. It had 4 to 5 million troops, which was more than the Untied States.

Russia is a totally different story. Its GDP is less than a tenth of the United States. It’s economy is smaller than each of the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. The economy of the EU is ten times greater than the Russian economy.

Russia has only 700,000 combat troops, whereas the Unites States has more than 1.5 million, and vastly superior equipment, and that is not counting NATO partners.

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is no longer a serious threat to the United States, or to Europe. It is weaker than the United Kingdom. It can exert influence in its own backyard, such as in Syria and the Ukraine, but that is close to its limit.

I guess the Military Industrial Complex likes to talk up Russia , because the greater the perceived threat, the more taxpayers funds go their way.

4 comments:

August said...

The only Americans who are afraid of Russia are the ones who still believe the television. We know that the media was anti-Trump, so the people who voted for Trump don't believe the television. And we can look at all the people who didn't vote and figure they don't believe the television much either.
So, those fearing the Russians are likely in the minority. This is democrats refusing to believe they can actually, legitimately, lose. Certainly the MIC has something to do with it, but I don't think they are going to suffer much under Trump- he'll just switch what they do. Border walls need manning. And walls can show up in cities too- I don't think Trump intends that, but the technology is there, and these lame riots are enough to get rich people thinking they'd like some militarized police between them and the rioters.

Anonymous said...

Most Americans aren't concerned about Russia. The uproar has been whipped up by the political left (which includes most of the major media outlets) because they can't handle simpler explanations for why they lost the presidential election and were so surprised to lose. There must be a conspiracy!

Ps Al said...

Hi Ron
Agree totally with your inference regarding Russia but I am not commenting entirely for that reason. Let me explain .. I have recently read, reread and reread again your book ' Being Church where you live' and am totally on board with everything that is printed on the pages therein. So much so that I would like to correspond with you about it.. to do this would you be so kind as to give me an email address where I may be able to have the opportunity to ask questions and just have a general talk with you.
Blessings Allan

Ron McK said...

Al
I would love to hear from you
Contact details here
http://kingwatch.co.nz/Books/contact.htm