October 7th, 2018 11:03 PM
—“US experts say that the Russians are not capable of taking a direct clash with an army of equal manpower sounds weird indeed.”—
This is not a question of Russian bravery (which no one doubts) or Russian skill (which no one doubts) or Russian technology (which fell behind but is catching up), but a question of Economics. America has a vast number of combat experienced troops, and can put men and equipment in the field anywhere faster and with more operational coordination. Americans have spent a great deal of time with current combined arms and technology. And the men are well trained in large numbers to use it.
No one questions Russians militarily. But Russia has not had enough time to recover population, skills, diverse economy, technological manufacturing capacity, and rule of law, to fight among the great powers. What Russia has is missiles. These missiles can be used precisely once. If they are used, there may be no USA, or no world, but there will be no Russia either. Americans will not do that. Particularly to “Our own people in Christendom”.
No one thinks Russians are that stupid. 😉 Just Proud. And we like it that Russians are Strong and Proud.