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While Obama Guts The U.S. Military, Russia Prepares For War

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Russian Nuclear Missile To Be Personally Delivered To ObamaThe Russian military and the U.S. military are going in two very different directions.  Military spending in Russia is increasing by a whopping 33 percent this year alone, and the Russians are feverishly preparing as if a major war with the United States is inevitable.  But despite the fact that the conflict in Ukraine has raised tensions with Russia to Cold War levels, the Obama administration is still acting as if we were living in a “post-Cold War” era.  Even while the Russians are arming themselves to the teeth, the U.S. military is being gutted.  In fact, the U.S. Army is in the process of being cut down to the smallest size that we have seen since the end of World War II, and the U.S. Navy is already the smallest that it has been since World War I.  There is very little political debate about this gutting of our military at the moment, but someday we may look back and bitterly regret not being more prepared.

No matter what your view of U.S. foreign policy is, we should all be able to agree that the U.S. Constitution mandates that it is the job of the federal government to protect this nation.  Sadly, according to one recent report the cutbacks that are happening right now have left the U.S. military only “marginally able” to defend this country…

The US military has become so depleted by cuts that it has been left only ‘marginally able’ to defend the nation.

Decreases in the number of soldiers and naval ships have led to armed forces falling short of President Obama’s national security strategy, a report by The Heritage Foundation claimed.

Yes, we are spending far more on our military than anyone else on the planet is.  But a tremendous amount of that is pure waste.

When it comes to the things that really matter for national defense, corners are being cut.  For example, as I mentioned above, the U.S. Army is in the process of being reduced to the smallest size that it has been since World War II

The Quadrennial Defense Review announced last year that the Army would be cut from 570,000 soldiers to 440,000 – the fewest since World War II.

The Army historically commits 21 brigade combat teams to one war but would struggle to do this and leave reserves if there were two simultaneous conflicts, the report said.

And according to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Navy is already the smallest that is has been since World War I…

With the U.S. Navy arguably at its smallest since 1917, we don’t have many ships that are actually at sea. Only 35% of the Navy’s entire fleet is deployed, fewer than 100 ships.

But that is not all.  According to Stars and Stripes, the size of the U.S. Air Force is going to shrink by about 500 planes over the next five years…

The Air Force plans to cut nearly 500 planes from its inventory over the next five years if the Defense Department’s Fiscal 2015 budget request is approved by Congress, the service announced Monday.

The reductions — which would affect the active duty, Guard and Reserve — would be implemented in 25 states and the District of Columbia, according to a diagram provided by the Air Force. Only 47 planes would be eliminated overseas at a time when officials are emphasizing the importance of maintaining a strong forward presence to deter adversaries and respond quickly to crises.

For much more on how the U.S. military is being gutted, please see my previous article entitled “The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Military“.

At the same time all of this is going on, Russia is acting as if they knew that World War III was right around the corner.

According to CNN, the Russians plan to spend more than 20 trillion rubles to modernize their military by the year 2025…

Russia has begun investing heavily in upgrades to its military capabilities. President Vladimir Putin plans to spend more than 20 trillion rubles ($700 billion) bringing equipment up to date by 2025.

The modernization program is continuing despite an economic crisis that has already forced Russia to adopt an austerity budget for next year.

Even while the U.S. military is shrinking, the Russian military is getting larger.  The following infographic was published by TASS, and it shows some of the new equipment that the Russian military will be receiving by the end of this year…

TASS Infographic

In addition, the Moscow Times is reporting that the Russian navy will be getting 50 new vessels in 2015.

So why are the Russians conducting such a massive military buildup?

Certainly the civil war in Ukraine is on their minds.  If there was a civil war up in Canada, the U.S. government would definitely be freaking out.  So it is understandable that the Russians are deeply concerned about what is happening to their neighbor.

But this military buildup by the Russians suggests that there is something more going on.

And I think that we can get a clue by looking at how the Russian military has been behaving.

For instance, the Russian air force recently conducted a drill which simulated an attack on NATO warships in the Black Sea

Russian fighter jets are practicing attacking NATO ships in the Black Sea in another dramatic sign that tensions over Ukraine continue to build despite a fragile ceasefire agreed last month.

“Russia’s newest Su-30 fighter jets and Su-24 attack bombers are using two NATO ships in the Black Sea to practice penetrating anti-air systems,” reports Sputnik, citing a source at the Sevastopol naval base.

Asserting that the NATO ships are conducting drills based around “repelling air attacks,” Moscow is taking the opportunity to practice “maneuvering and conducting aerial reconnaissance” outside the range of the ships in order to “practice attack scenarios”.

In addition, Russian strategic bombers have been making increasingly aggressive movements in recent months.  The following is from an article that described an incident in which two Tu-95 bombers buzzed Norwegian airspace

But on January 28 two more Tu-95 bombers, escorted by tankers and Russia’s most advanced MiG-31 fighter jets, showed up off the coast. One of them was carrying “a nuclear payload,” according to the London Sunday Express, which cited intercepted radio traffic. And last fall, a Russian Tu-22 supersonic bomber skirting Norway’s northern airspace was photographed carrying a cruise missile in launching position, according to the Barents Observer blog. Similar examples abound.

Adding to the potential for an unintended catastrophe, Russian warplanes typically lift off without filing a flight plan and cruise the busy commercial flight lanes with their transponders off, riling airline and NATO pilots alike. In recent months Russian warplanes have been engaging in Top Gun–style stunts far from home, popping up unannounced aside an SAS airliner on a flight between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Oslo and buzzing a Norwegian F-16 pilot.

And in the Pacific, two Tu-95 bombers recently buzzed Guam

Russian strategic bombers conducted a third circumnavigation of the U.S. Pacific island of Guam last week as other bombers flew close to Alaska and Europe, defense officials said.

Two Tu-95 Bear H bombers made the flight around Guam, a key U.S. military hub in the western Pacific, on Dec. 13. No U.S. interceptor jets were dispatched to shadow the bombers.

One of the reasons this is done is to test our defenses.

They want to see how we would respond if it was the real thing.

In a future war with Russia, the key to winning will probably be to strike first.  The Russians know this, and so they are putting a special emphasis on modernizing their strategic nuclear forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on December 19 that the Russian strategic nuclear forces will receive more than 50 ICBMs in 2015. Putin also reaffirmed plans to modernize the fleet of Russian strategic bombers and nuclear-powered submarines.

According to the new Russian military doctrine signed by Putin Friday, Moscow reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to the use of nuclear weapons or any other types of weapons of mass destruction against Russia or its allies, as well as in the case of an attack with conventional weaponry that threatens the very existence of the state.

It is being reported that Russian Strategic Missile Forces are planning to conduct more than 100 drills in 2015.  Meanwhile, the Obama administration is treating the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal as if it was an unwanted leftover from an era that is long gone.

I have written much more about this in the past, and I will not repeat all of it here.  If you would like to dig even deeper into all of this, please see my previous article entitled “10 Signs That Russia Is Preparing To Fight (And Win) A Nuclear War With The United States“.

To most Americans, a war with Russia is not even a remote possibility.

But there is a much, much different mindset inside Russia these days.

During one recent military parade, a large missile was paraded through the streets with a message to Barack Obama written on the side.  Roughly translated, the message says “to be personally delivered to Obama”…

Russian Nuclear Missile To Be Personally Delivered To Obama

The Russians are preparing for war.

The United States is not.

So who is right and who is wrong?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

  • Undecider

    My feeling is this article is based on ignorance. The U.S. never loses capability. Don’t confuse changing numbers of conventional forces as a status of military might or direction. The U.S. has a lot of cards hidden in high technology and are not reliant on large numbers of planes, tanks and ships. While may appear the U.S. is scaling back, I’m pretty sure they are leveraging with other assets.

    Aside, the part about leaving America “vulnerable” is also part of the plan. The people [above the government] want America to be destroyed. They could care less if we get bulldozed. This is why it’s ultimately up to every able-bodied American to fulfill their god given right to be able to form militias and bear arms. The U.S. military can’t and won’t defend America. That’s the job of Americans. So never mind the state of Russia’s military. All we need are 300 million armed American citizens.

    • Mike

      Sounds like a 300 million armed American citizens annihilated by some Russian nukes type of plan.

      • naked hiker

        George Washington supposedly said that America would end in vapor.

    • DJohn1

      The significance of what happened to the Russians in Afghanistan should not be missed. People on horseback with hand-held missiles took out at least one combat helicopter a day and bankrupted the Russian Army and people in the 90s.
      Russia is convinced that nuclear weapons are viable. That the resulting radioactive mess and cost is worth it.

      Our military is making the same mistake as the Russians did.

      It does not work.
      What does work is effective and economical weapons capable of taking out expensive weapons.
      Aircraft carriers, tanks, helicopters, fighter jets and more take enormous amounts of money to keep up.
      If cheaper weapons readily reproduced work against them then it makes no sense to build those weapons in the first place.
      What no one is talking about is weapons that disable or destroy nuclear weapons in their base of operations. Since 1945, no one has come up with such a weapon? If we do have such a weapon it is likely so secret that even the President does not have clearance for knowing about it.

      • KIAs

        15 000 Red Army soldiers

        vs

        330 000 jihadists.

      • tomola

        The USSR not Russia!

        • DJohn1

          WE are often referred to as the “Americans”. But that could refer to anyone on two continents.
          You are technically correct.
          People will continue to refer to the USSR as the “Russians” for the same reason as we are labeled the “Americans” when people speak.

  • Buck Turgison

    The Russian talks big but frankly we think he’s a little short on know how. You just can’t expect a bunch of ignorant drunk peons to be able to understand a complicated piece of machinery like our boys can

    • jsmith

      You go ahead and keep on thinking like that!

    • Mike

      Nonsense.

  • GetReal4U2

    It would be a great mistake to overlook Russia…

    • Gay Veteran

      how so?

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    And the unorganized militia is being gutted. Obama outlawing .223 and other ammo. Reloading casings is good, but not everyone is a gunsmith. The man needs impeachment; not capable of his job.

    • kfilly

      If you didn’t have your supply before now, you are behind the times.

  • jsmith

    Oh geez, who’s being the aggressor here? We are the one’s that spent 5 billion dollars to overthrow the Ukrainian president via Victoria Nuland who said “f*ck the EU” and if it hadn’t been for President Putin’s fast action in the Crimea, we would have American ships docked in Sevastopol harbor. The Russian’s are only reacting to our power plays. Now, we wouldn’t want a Russian naval base in Honduras or Nicaragua, would we?
    By the way, which other nation has 12 or 13 aircraft carrier groups on the high seas?

    • Gay Veteran

      us getting involved in Ukraine is like Russia getting involved in Mexico
      INSANE

  • Richard

    Terrible ignorance. It’s very sad to see how, despite all the virulent criticisms Michael makes about life in the USA, when the chhips are down and all is said and done, he supports the warmongering fascists, implying that they haven’t even done a good enough job of alerting America to its terrible vulnerability at the hands of the evil Russkies (and others). I expect to read just below an exhortation from Michael to warmonger extraordinaire, John McCain to “go for it! You’re not shouting loud enough. Get those people cracking in Washington. We need MORE weapons, MORE fighting men, MORE equipment. Why aren’t we spending MORE money!”
    You see, Americans pretend they are affronted by all the fascist goings-on but when push comes to shove they are ALL gung-ho to reclaim American supremacy.
    Those of us who live abroad are UNDER NO MISAPPREHENSION WHATOSEVER as to the reality behind the thinking of the average American.
    America today is the most dangerous country ever to have graced the face of the planet since the dawn of time – no competition. We all fear you. We know you. We know what you’re up to. And we hate it.

    • Mike

      You must have read a different article.

    • Eugene McKinnon

      Richard if you were all that smart, enlightened and all mighty better than thou, why is Europe being lost to Theocracy? Why would you be so afraid of us, when we do not go to Europe to kill innocent civilians? Why haven’t you mentioned a REAL and not IMAGINARY threat such as Islamic extremism and ISIS? I happen to have family and associates in several countries in Europe, and by them YOU would be considered ignorant – yet by puffing your imaginary sophistication and discernment above the American populace, you have single handedly cured all global ills; that is within your diseased mind and unaware world you imagine in.

      “Those of us who live abroad are UNDER NO MISAPPREHENSION WHATOSEVER as to the reality behind the thinking of the average American.


      We bow so humbly to our superior King Richard who’s intellect, comprehension and reasoning powers amaze us out of our tidy whities!
      Now Richard, go back to your room and take off that ridiculous super hero outfit and get ready for bed. Mommies going to bring you some warm milk and read you another fantasy story that you can dream and believe. Ny-Ny little man.

      • Eugene McKinnon

        If you come back with “I said abroad”, it’s the same thing asshole.

      • Gay Veteran

        “…Why would you be so afraid of us, when we do not go to Europe to kill innocent civilians?….”
        forget about Serbia and Ukraine?
        “…Why haven’t you mentioned a REAL and not IMAGINARY threat such as Islamic extremism and ISIS?….”
        ROFLOL, you mean the people that Saudi Arabia and the CIA fund

  • K

    The problem is not the size of the military. It is the quality of the equipment, and the cost. As long as we pay top dollar for equipment. That then takes another decade before it works right. It is not going to work well. Our military is not about national defense. It is about keeping the military industrial complex rich. Everything else is a side effect. The true area of concern is the ICBM forces. The age, and the maintenance level of those forces, are concerning.

  • DJohn1

    The problem that I see is billion dollar ships. That is right, a ship that can be taken down in a short period of time by submarines costs about one billion to put together.
    The logistics stink. The money trail stinks.
    So reducing this industrial complex interested in nothing more than making more and more overly expensive weapons does not make much sense to me.

  • jaxon64

    I’m going to have to place this one way down on the list of potential “end of America as we know her” scenarios.
    We still spend more on military than Russia, China and the next 5 largest militaries in the world -COMBINED. Our technology is superior in almost all ways for tracking, navigation, and interceptor/defence. Our aircraft carriers make us far and away the most mobile attack force and our air force is the best and largest even with reductions to old A-10’s and such.
    So this leaves just the issue of a nuclear war–which I still have to see as highly unlikely, MAD is still in play. Even with just 300 Nuclear bombs each, the world would be assured of a near-extinction event with radiation, atmospheric dust and years of dim, dark winter on the planet. ( this does not even consider involvement of NATO allies like France who have 70 nukes and Israel who is rumoured to have as many as 40.)
    Living 30 miles east of DC near the Chesapeake Bay, I’d be a goner anyhow, so I might as well prepare for something I’d have to live through……..

  • Ken

    There should not be a single US Military asset outside of American land or water borders. Period.

    The only good US Troop inside the borders of another sovereign Nation is a dead US Troop.

    End the sickness of the Jew run US Empire.

    • Nelson in Texas

      You’re deluded if you think the Jews have all this power. And it is sickening to see an anti Semite.

  • charles

    It’s safer to look stupid than it is to look guilty. Both domestic and inter-
    national actions have all been against the survival of the US. Either O
    has found thousands of stupid people to help him, or an army of saboteurs to destroy the US

    • Gay Veteran

      sorry, but country has gone half way around the world to start wars?
      Iraq?
      Libya?
      Syria?

      • tomola

        You didn’t mention Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Afghanistan just to name a few more.

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    What most people don’t know is the Russian military collapsed after the USSR jumped into the dust bin of history. Most money for defense during that time was jacked off. I’m sure that haven’t changed, the level of corruption in Russia is staggering. I sure Russia is increasing it’s military budget and has long term hopes on reestablishing the old Russian empire. Russia has to many things going against it demographics, violence, crime, corruption, and other health related issues are eroding Russia as we speak. I’m more worried about Washington doing something stupid than Putin. DC has a much worse track record.

  • JustSaying

    Russia and Iran will surprise attack America and the American structure will be too weak to be able to fight overseas or defend weaker nations.

    • Gay Veteran

      bilge, pure BS

  • GeneJets1

    Some of our modern vessels today functionally take the place of 9 from a decade ago. Let’s compare apples to apples

  • Gay Veteran

    “…Military spending in Russia is increasing by a whopping 33 percent this year alone….”

    you’ve been on a roll this week, producing pure BS, first about Iran and now about Russia. And you need to be called on it.
    The U.S. spends more on “defense” than the rest of the world combined

    • Eugene McKinnon

      Wow, this is getting out of hand and going in totally the wrong direction…including following comments.
      Obama is currently making the same – IDENTICAL mistake that Hitler did and was the strategy that broke the camels back. (Another reason to have a president who served and is familiar with war)
      Hitler was so wrapped up in a long range rocket, that he dumped the lion’s share of resources into the project. Construction and maintenance took a back seat, and the rest is history. Had he not pulled this stunt, the war could have gone much longer.
      Obama is doing the same thing with nuclear armament. He’s dumping again, the lion’s share into that while ignoring people around him who have fought wars for a long time. He has zero experience, as I’ve said.
      Have any of you been on a job, for maybe a number of years, or long enough to prove yourselves proficient at what you do?
      Then, the company hired a minority to fit the politically correct atmosphere, only to find out that person is absolutely clueless in the area of expertise you have attained notoriety in?
      If not, some day you may see it in our less than brilliant society. Regardless, this is exactly the position we are in here in the USA.
      The worst part, is watching as decisions you know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, are clearly out of ignorance, and you know well what the consequences are going to be, and they are 9 out of 10 bad…you can say nothing.
      This is a picture of Obama.
      He is NOT spending more than Russia, but spending the wad he has on the wrong thing. In the meantime, Russia is spending it on the right thing…ground troops and equipment. After all, who’s going to nuke their own yard but a nut case? (better read ISIS)

      • Gay Veteran

        “…He’s dumping again, the lion’s share into that while ignoring people around him who have fought wars for a long time….”

        you mean the military people who haven’t won a war since World War II?
        oh wait, I forgot about Granada /sarc

  • Gay Veteran

    “…according to one recent report the cutbacks that are happening right now have left the U.S. military only “marginally able” to defend this country….”

    from the Heritage Foundation? you think they aren’t shilling for the military-industrial-surveillance complex?!?!?!?!?!?

    • The Heritage Foundation

      There is a seventh dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between pseudoscience and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his ignorance. This is the dimension of fantasies. It is an area which we call the Shilling Zone.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…the U.S. Army is in the process of being reduced to the smallest size that it has been since World War II…”

    WHO would be insane enough to invade a country where the citizens own MILLIONS of guns?!?!?!?!?

    • Eugene McKinnon

      This is one huge reason to protect the second amendment.

  • Gay Veteran

    “…Even while the U.S. military is shrinking, the Russian military is getting larger….”

    which country has nearly a 1000 military bases around the world?
    that would be the U.S.
    how many does Russia have? ONE?

  • Gay Veteran

    “…For instance, the Russian air force recently conducted a drill which simulated an attack on NATO warships in the Black Sea….”

    try this on for size: For instance, the American air force recently conducted a drill which simulated an attack on Russian warships in the Gulf of Mexico
    ridiculous, isn’t it, because Russia has few if any ships in the Gulf of Mexico
    now WHY are we in the Black Sea???????

  • Gay Veteran

    “…In a future war with Russia, the key to winning will probably be to strike first….”

    which is why it was the U.S. that got out of the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty in June 2002

  • GetReal4U2

    the forces are aligning…the Islamic state or Islamic republic are going to kill a lot of people and eventually attack Israel…the failed “nuclear deal” could and will push Israel into taking action…China will attack in the economic front…and Russia is going to cause trouble…the “bear” has a treaty with Iran…hmmm

  • Allan Elliott

    Did any of the central bankers or the CFR clear this?

  • Anthony

    We should focus on defending the Homeland and stop trying to take over the world. We could reduce our defense spending considerably if we just focused on U.S security and scaled down our global defense and state department foot print. Were spending money we dont have on a bloated military, CIA, NSA, and state dept.

  • http://www.pnar.org Tom Blanton

    Oh my! The evil Russians and Adolph Putin are now spending nearly 10% of what America spends on “defense”!

    They must be planning an attack on our homeland!

    The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!

    • How it works?

      It is easy, a rifle costing 20 000 to be produced for the US military would cost 1000 to be produced in Russia and with a higher quality too.
      One is producing equipement for fighting, the other to make trillions in profits.

      The US military capability have been devastated by crony capitalism greed and scheming for decades before Obama even became President, in addition to the political correctness gone mad.
      Now that the purges have been completeld…

  • TheComingStorm2015

    They intend to create a series of bankruptcies, an economic collapse in Russia in order to overthrow the government there and replace it with a “democratic” one.

    • https://disqus.com/ Mixa

      We shall see what we shall see.

  • nekksys

    I’ma let the ‘tards do away with each other while I sit back on my farm…

  • RobUofIllinoisU/C

    Don’t you realize it’s our Manifest Destiny to control the world?

  • SRVES339

    Speechless…

    When you volunteer (you or a loved one) to join those extra soldiers you must have to feel “safe,” you will be on solid footing… if not, stfu.

    Oh, and may I assume getting the hell out of the ME or “demanding” Israel give up their illegal US supplied nuclear program (preferably both), actions that actually would reduce or eliminate the threat of “Islamic terrorism” and save hundreds of $Billions a year, is out of the question.

    The only saving grace for the rest of the world is seeing just how dumbed down the average American is… the world can just sit back and watch it all implode… which of course it will (and is).

  • Ashly

    This smells like trouble…Obama knows what he’s doing. Weakening Us from the inside

  • Piglet

    RE: “In fact, the U.S. Army is in the process of being cut down to the smallest size that we have seen since the end of World War II, and the U.S. Navy is already the smallest that it has been since World War I.”

    If the Army and Navy were still equipped with the weapons of WW I and WW II, this would be more of a concern than it really is.

    The US has been provoking the Russians for years, breaking promises and pushing NATO to its borders. The US has sought to bring Russia under its hegemony and the Russians just aren’t having it. They’re aware of US lies and false flags used to initiate wars of aggression and they’re aware of the US policy of using nuclear weapons in a first strike. They aren’t going to submit to living under the heel of the US, and I don’t blame them.

  • John Leonard Minja

    Let him shut off his evils.

  • MagenD

    They do this because of their extreme ignorance of Russia and America in Bible Prophesy!
    The BEAR is told, “Get up, eat your fill of FLESH”!