No. He might like to think he is leader of a world power but Russia is just a piddling little nation now. He seems to have forgotten that the USSR no longer exists.nycman said:With all the shady dealings happening in Putin's Russia(Spy planes going on old soviet routes) does anyone else think that a second cold war is on the cards? :shock2:
The positioning of Russian aircraft in Syria gives the Kremlin an ability to shape and control U.S. and Western operations in both Syria and Iraq out of all proportion to the size of the Russian force. It can compel the U.S. to accept a de facto combined coalition with Russia, Syria, Iran, and Lebanese Hezbollah, possibly in support of indiscriminate operations against any and all regime opponents, not just ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra. It may portend the establishment of a permanent Russian air and naval base in the Eastern Mediterranean. Russian forces have prepared and trained to conduct close air support and possibly special operations in Syria, and may begin doing so within days.
Barely a few days into Russia's bombing of the Syrian people and we're seeing children dead. Will the same "anti-war" eejits who mouth off about Western "warmongering" be doing the same about Russian imperialism?What we are seeing is the product of West's aversion to foreign intervention. The US under the Obama administration has steadily reduced it's presence throughout the Middle East to reset relations between the two of them.
A policy stemming from the idea that the West's interventions is the root cause of all problems in other parts of the world. A juvenile idea given infinitely more weight than it deserves by the blundering of the previous Bush administration. The consequence of this is now becoming apparent with the increased intervention of non-western powers and particularly Russia in the Middle East.
Obama is not going to change his tact now. We have to wait until the next American president is inaugurated for any hope of change.
:roll::lol::roll::lol::roll::lol: You sir are mistaken.No. He might like to think he is leader of a world power but Russia is just a piddling little nation now. He seems to have forgotten that the USSR no longer exists.