In response to my blog article on the 17th, ‘Here We Go Again‘, Tedders made a good point. Russian military technology lags far behind that of the US. In a direct confrontation, Russia can’t really win.
But, Russia isn’t stupid; they know that they don’t have to be able to win. They just need to be able to make any confrontation too painful for the US to get involved.
Those few Tupolev bombers that venture out over the Atlantic and Pacific aren’t a threat to the existence of the US. Their missile payloads could wipe out a few major cities, but not much more than that.
So, why are they sending out their ageing TU-95 and TU-160 bombers out on combat patrol?
Because the electronic targeting information on Russian ICBMs (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) just don’t make the point that bombers do. Bombers make a statement that missile silos cannot.
ICBMs are secret. Bombers are not.
What’s the message?
That’s the message. The bombers tell us thatÂ Russia is intent on solidifying its power.
No, they aren’t intent on recreating the old Soviet empire. They’re too smart for that. They know that theÂ Soviet Union failed because it was too unwieldy. It was too inefficient. It tried to control too much territory.
Books have been written on why the Soviet empire failed, and Putin and his cronies have read those books. They won’t be making the same mistakes a second time.
Remember when theÂ Iron Curtain fell? At the time, I wonderedÂ if we were trading an inefficient, bloated enemy with one that would be smaller, moreÂ efficient, more dangerous.
We need wonder no longer.Â