Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Russkies Are Coming! For Real This Time!

The Russians are coming for our precious bodily fluids! Or something like that.

I read something interesting this afternoon, Russia's Plans for New Nuclear Carriers And Destroyers Delayed Indefinitely. Why is this interesting? Because the Russians are once again the cartoonish villains in our cultural narrative but this time they are reviled by the Right and the Left! For the Right it is kind of the same old story, the Russians are threatening our military hegemony, we need to build more and more and more weapons to keep them in check or they will overrun Poland. For the Left the Russians are secretly the power behind Manchurian candidate and now President Trump. Anything and everything is part of the Russian conspiracy and the less substantive the accusations the better! "Sources say" is like crack to journalists.

The military threat of the Russians is completely overblown. As I have mentioned and the article reiterates, the one Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, is so unreliable and prone to breaking down that it is accompanied at all times by a tugboat. From 2011 to 2020 the Russians invested an extra $336.3 billion in military spending or an extra $16 billion a year. That sounds like a lot until you consider that on top of the approximately $600,000,000,000 we already spend on the military, President Trump is proposing an increase in 2018 alone of $54 billion in U.S. military spending and what additional spending the Russians are using sounds like it is not been spent in a terribly effective way. I wouldn't worry about the Russians replacing America on the top of the superpower heap.

I was a senior in high school in 1989 when the Berlin wall came down and it rocked our world. My whole life up to that point was spent in fear of the Russians. Nuclear war, movies like Red Dawn, the Russians were the scary people. I wonder what 17 year old me would think of an America 28 years later that still fears the Russian bogeyman?
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