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Russia Releases Video Of Massive Army Drill To "Contain Armed Conflict In Imaginary State"; Schedules 2 More

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Two weeks ago today, on Friday, August 8, the "market" seemingly desperate for any excuse to soar, did just that when Russia, tongue-in-cheek, announced that a Russian military drill, which everyone knew in advance would end that day, and which "worried the US department of state" finished. So by that logic the announcement of a new, and even more massive, military drill by Russia should send stocks crashing, right? We are joking of course: there is no news in this world that could possibly send stocks lower as good news is great but bad news only means even more intervention of various central banks, however Russia did indeed announce that it will take part in counter- terrorism exercise called Peace Mission in China with other members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, RIA Novosti reports, citing unidentified Defense Ministry official.

The main part of drill is set to run from August 24 until the 29, so next Friday when the market soars on "news" that the drill has ended you know that algos once again failed to read anything beside the headline.

According to Bloomberg, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan to deploy total of 7,000 military personnel, the largest ever for SCO.

And just in case stocks need more catalysts to soar (if not drop), Russia announced it would hold another exercise, called East-2014, some time in mid-September, which would involves multiple branches of armed forces.  The scenario for that particular exercise is not yet disclosed.

Finally, all this is happening as Russia is currently taking part in a third exercise, called Interaction-2014, located in Kazakhstan with members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The purpose of this particular drill: "seek to contain armed conflict in imaginary state."

Yes... imaginary.

Below is a just released clip from this drill as well as RT's description: joint military drills of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) were conducted in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, Friday. About 3,000 soldiers, 200 vehicles and about 30 planes took part in the drills. Military units from the Air Assault Brigade of the Russian Airborne Troops, the Air Forces of Kazakhstan, the mobile team from the Special Operations Forces of Belarus, the Special Forces of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyz Republic and a commando squadron from Tajikistan participated in the exercises.


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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:32 | 5131129 IridiumRebel
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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:38 | 5131159 wee-weed up
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"This is not a drill... I repeat... This is not a drill. That is all."

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:41 | 5131169 synergize
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We dont have to do imaginary drills, we have Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, and the town of Ferguson.

Eat your heart out Putin!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:48 | 5131214 ZerOhead
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Gutsy move putting out that video...

What are the chances that the State Department or some MSM joint is going to pass it off as evidence of a Russian attack on the Ukraine?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:51 | 5131232 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Photoshop and YouTube is your friend." - Unnamed high ranking source at the CIA

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:03 | 5131805 BKbroiler
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"seek to contain armed conflict in imaginary state."

Imaginary state: novorossiya

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:54 | 5131249 FinalEvent
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Would it be my name this time?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:37 | 5131133 clade7
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"I'm yer huckleberry"...

best regards, Vlad

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:56 | 5131265 Chupacabra-322
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"When all else fails, they take you to war."
- Gerald Celente

"My hiposcracy only takes me so far."
- Doc Holiday

From the movie Tombstone.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:04 | 5131817 BKbroiler
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I have only begun to defile myself.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:34 | 5131138 Silverhog
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Rocket launchers on trucks still look dated? 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:11 | 5131324 Bunghole
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Not when they are aimed at you.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:00 | 5131531 Winston Churchill
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Even the business end of a flintlock is scary as hell when aimed at you for real.

Been there, don't want to do it again thank you.

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:49 | 5133482 conscious being
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Junta conscripts complain of being told to charge Grads with machine guns. 4,700 went in. 83 came back. Look for it on UTube. English subtitles. Screaming moms and wives.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:12 | 5131329 css1971
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Well you can fire off all your old obsolete stuff when you're runing a drill. Or maybe Russia just builds military trucks that'll last forever and dumb rockets don't need anything more.

Landrover Defender is an example of this. Specifically designed to be:

1. As simple as possible. if it doesn't need to be there, it doesn't have it. If it isn't there it can't break.

2. Field repairable. It can be fixed in place without a machine shop. Just some relatively simple tools.

3. Modular and cannibalisable. You can take bits off of other vehicles from almost any vintage and can pretty much expect them to fit and work.


So bearing in mind the design criteria. Even the modern ones tend to look dated:

The current defender:

The original (70 year old) series 1:

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:27 | 5131408 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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2. Field repairable. It can be fixed in place without a machine shop. Just some relatively simple tools.

3. Modular and cannibalisable. You can take bits off of other vehicles from almost any vintage and can pretty much expect them to fit and work.

And that my friend is where in the modern age 3D printers become a crucial battlefield tool. You don't need to carry 2 or 3 replacement parts for every vehicle weapon when you can replicate them on site. You don't need a large manufacturing plant to run off hundreds and thousands of pieces. Think of all the money that will save the military in general on budgets instead of having to buy thousands of overpriced $500 a pop hammers.


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:53 | 5131505 cossack55
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Which is why you will never see 3D printing in DOD contracts.  No $$ for the scummy politicos.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:23 | 5131634 ebear
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"You can take bits off of other vehicles from almost any vintage and can pretty much expect them to fit and work."

LOL!  I kept two Dusters, a Dodge van and a Plymouth station wagon on the road using that same technique!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:55 | 5133091 Ginsengbull
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The 318 was a good strong engine, but the electronic ignition boxes on the side of the air cleaner sucked.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:39 | 5131431 flapdoodle
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Not at all. The old Stalin organ was superior to German fixed artillery in many ways - trading precision accuracy for truly concentrated destruction and the added benefit of mobility to high tail it out of there before enemy artillery could respond, plus they were really easy and cheap to build and deploy in huge numbers.

Try that with fixed artillery some time - the cost of precision artie like the Wehrmacht's famous 88 is it can take a while to set up, and almost as long to redeploy, which is why mobile artillery (tanks with really huge cannons) are so common.

Fast forward to the present day where the individual rockets all have smart guidance warheads. The result is what you see in some of the videos of the hulking ruins of Ukraine armor south & east of Donetsk. Any mass move of armour like that means you lose them all in one strike.

Obsolete? Not hardly... try very cheap and very effective, and compare to the hugely expensive and highly vulnerable mobile artillery fielded by the US Deep State MIC.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:04 | 5131820 JohninMK
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Ah yes, but you have to keep developing new expensive gear, don't tell anyone it is equally vulnerable, or you don't have the profits to distribute to make sure you get the next contract to infinitum

However, these particular products, like rocket launchers only really work well when neither side has air superiority.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 19:50 | 5132307 flapdoodle
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In the Ukraine, it is certainly the case that neither side has air superiority (the militia doesn't *have* an airforce, but has enough manpads & better to really punish the Ukraine airforce or the ocasional Polish/Romainian hotshot) If NATO decided to get into the game big time, they'd probably get mauled by S-300&400.

If Russia decided to deploy their air power, they'd lose a lot of it (probably through over the horizon hits on the airbases). They would probably *still* retain some air superiority none-the-less due to their shorter distances to the front.

So, at least in Ukraine for now, we are back to pre-airforce warfare! WWI without the trenches, infact, I get the opposite impression that there are Ukraine and Militia wondering about all over the place...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:38 | 5131145 Dr. Engali
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30 minutes before the market closes....... Lol... Putin must have a bunch of SPY puts.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:42 | 5131178 IANAE
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...and a sense of humor.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:43 | 5131184 disabledvet
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Sounds better than "West, 1945." Might need more than balsa wood and rubber bands here...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:35 | 5131148 q99x2
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The Russian girls all throughout US colleges don't look dated one bit.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:44 | 5131186 disabledvet
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Top shelf rubber bands I might add...

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:59 | 5133486 conscious being
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The Ukraine girls really knock me out. They leave the West behind. The Moscow girls make me sing and shout. And Georgia's always on my ma ma ma mind.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:37 | 5131154 Tenshin Headache
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I wonder how the relief truck invasion is going.


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:14 | 5131341 cro_maat
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Better than the State Dept's rescue of reporters: 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:39 | 5131164 SoDamnMad
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Vlad bought thousands of S&P puts on Wednesday and needs some pcket cash for the weekend. Gotta crash Obos market.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:43 | 5131175 Duffy
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3,000 troops is what the US deploys to protests against Israeli war crimes in Anytown, USA.  Much ado about stuffing.


Meanwhile - the NYT is going full Orwell:


Blamed for ISIS’ Rise in Syria, Assad Is Pushed to Escalate Fight

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The extremist militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have attacked Syrian troops with new ferocity in recent weeks, taking over three northeastern military bases, beheading scores of soldiers and seizing new territory.

The jihadist offensive has prompted some panicked supporters of the Syrian government to sharply criticize the leadership, questioning why it appeared to allow ISIS to build a base in the northern Syria province of Raqqa for the last year, while claiming the Syrian Army was fighting terrorism. As far back as June, as ISIS fighters swept back into Syria with American weapons looted in Iraq, Elia Samaan, a government adviser, exclaimed, “Where is our air force?”


This shit is unreal - I mean, "lie" and "propaganda" fails to capture it.  This is the Israelification of the bare idea of "truth."


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:44 | 5131191 clade7
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Yep, sounds about right...especially the part about stuffing!...good post!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:54 | 5131251 Utah_Get_Me_2
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 'panicked supporters' read 'USAID assets'

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:49 | 5131218 froze25
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Wepons looted or supplied by the US.  This stinks like BS.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:49 | 5131224 disabledvet
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Again...hard to tell. Anything could be true right now...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:53 | 5131238 i_call_you_my_base
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The BS is indeed getting deep. On an interview I heard today on NPR they asked an "expert" if the US would make an ally of assad in order to fight against ISIS, and the "expert" responded, "no, no way, because what assad is doing encourages them." Well, ok, so you'll do nothing as they build strength and take over a country and at the same time decry them as being a massive threat to the US homeland? It's all bullshit and doesn't piece together at all.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:09 | 5131304 general ambivalent
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Dostoevsky. "For a moment the lie becomes truth."

We might say America is attempting to make a lie of the truth of two-front wars. They will attempt to pull Russia into a two-front war so that it is not America's truth.

Quite brilliant, if impossibly sick.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:05 | 5131308 Chupacabra-322
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Classic example of Gas Lighting the mind with DisInfo. What an art it is?

"American weapons looted in Iraq,"

Should have read, "American weapons funded, armed & trained in Iraq."

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:07 | 5131311 optimator
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Unreal is the U.S. suddenly making Assad a partner in the war against ISIS which the U.S. started and funded.  Never could happen, unreal, but earmark my post.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:19 | 5131365 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Won't happen Russia will have their military in northern Syria faster than you can say oye ve. That is like Turkey is to NATO as far as political territorial control goes.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:22 | 5131383 NoWayJose
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Syria is the key to blocking the Middle East natty gas pipelines into the EU.  Putin will not let Assad fall to ISIS - though Putin probably has no issue with ISIS carving out a chunk of land as long as ISIS keeps pressure on Obama.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:37 | 5131439 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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That is the point. If they want to keep expanding they have to move north into Kurd territory or Turkey either that or further excurisions into US controlled areas of Iraq. If the US even gets so much as caught attacking the Russians trying to contain ISIS in any way it is going to undercut them on the international stage.

It maybe the NYT but they have some good maps to look at to get an idea of the territorities currently held by ISIS and the bordering areas here.


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:46 | 5131483 flapdoodle
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What is really interesting is the apparent distancing taking place in Turkey from the US/Israel/ISIS block. Looks like they have finally figured out that the US Deep State tactics in Syria and Iraq (and Ukraine) do not have an outcome particularly beneficial to Turkey...

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:37 | 5133031 Ginsengbull
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Turks and Kurds don't get along either.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:05 | 5131542 Duffy
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In addition to this times story...


what are the odds - another securely Jewish/Zionist owned rag now trying to shift the truth, and memory hole recent events, and to blame Assad for the group the US, S.A. and Israel armed and funded and gave intel to in order to depose him and Balkanize Syria along with Iraq...


I predict more from washpo and the weekly standard and the rest of the neocon/militarist press.


It's amazing - no one notices either the absurd, grandiose reversal of the truth, nor the obvious coordination of propaganda in the Zionist/Neocon press











Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:44 | 5131194 vyeung
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neat. Being prepared against fascist/nazis have never been more important.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:44 | 5131196 Made in Occupie...
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Putin should just annouce military drills for every day for the rest of the year.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:45 | 5131197 i_call_you_my_base
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Nice war quads.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:46 | 5131201 SheepDog-One
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Jeez FINALLY some YouTube videos!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:47 | 5131205 froze25
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And the band played on.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:53 | 5131239 djsmps
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Red Dawn

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:53 | 5131242 GeorgeSilver
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The good ole USA hasn't had to deal with any real oposition since the WWII.   What happens when suddendly they are faced with real soldiers and real weapons that actually hurt.   

The luxury hardened USA forces will suddenly get a very real wake up call.   So get ready.   If the nut jobs in Washington decided to start a war the USA will suddenly find their local MacDonalds and Wallmart will dissapear and that will be the end of American civilisation as they know it.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:58 | 5131273 Bastiat
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There are thousands of vets who would like to feed you your balls.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:02 | 5131808 messystateofaffairs
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Don't forget to put on your pink tutu's before marching out to do that, the Commander in Chief likes it that way.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:59 | 5131280 Winston Churchill
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A rude surprise prolly awaits them.

If illiterate tribesmen with flintlocks and AK47's are a yardstick, some

kickass spetnaz will certainly hurt more than US pride.

The problem then becomes itchy fingers on nuke buttons.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:00 | 5131530 agent default
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Russia is more decentralized then the US.  They have an edge even at that.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:05 | 5131306 optimator
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I'm old enough to remember the shock caused by the MiG 15 entry into the Korean War manned by "Volunteer" Soviet and Chinese pilots.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:18 | 5131367 NoWayJose
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Von Richtofen probably felt the same way when the American 'volunteers' took to the skies in WWI.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:17 | 5131873 JohninMK
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Both the US and the Russians developed jet engines based on British engineer Whittle's designs. The Russians, using the Rolls Royce Nene as a base did a better job, giving the Mig and edge over the Sabre.

Very nasty surprise for the US.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:33 | 5133023 Ginsengbull
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No hydraulics. Lousy cockpit. The Mig was not as nice as the Sabre. We quickly learned and implemented tactics to dominate over those with slightly higher thrust to weight ratios.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:57 | 5131791 messystateofaffairs
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yeah but blackwater's guys will get them. They been trained by soldier of fortune magazine to shoot up women and children and they're ready for them Russkies. On a more optimistic note, if the US praetorian guard starts shooting up too many of their own citizens maybe the citizens can appeal to the Russians to defend them. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:56 | 5131259 Bastiat
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Well, Ukraine is an "imaginary state."

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:30 | 5133008 Ginsengbull
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I was going to say the same thing about Iraq.



Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:57 | 5131271 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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At least Assad knows someone's got his back.....


Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:13 | 5131338 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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You have to wonder if Russia has had enough and is just going to unleash their own can of whoopass on ISIS and the FSA, not to route them just drive them out of Syria (along with keeping the US/NATO from putting boots on the ground there) and box them into Iraq with Iran working as the other buffer and let the West try to keep them contained on the North and South fronts.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:58 | 5131272 tony wilson
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i keep sayin we can win this dem russian rockets mak a lot of noise but day made of cardbored and paper mache you will sea in der video it is sunny.

all we have to do when we fight ivan is get are haarp machines to make it rain and snow so the rockets will fill with water and bend.

are troops can handle ivan in der rain and snow russians hate the cold

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:07 | 5131558 fukidontknow
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Good thinking Tony. I've heard that all Chinese military equipment is made by origami so those bastards won't be any problem either! 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:00 | 5131284 windcatcher
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From a military point of view, when a terrorist (Washington) threatens you, you keep your military and logistics active as a moving force; not as a sitting target with known vectors.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:04 | 5131296 ramacers
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can't imagine war in UK, Poland, CRepublic, Germany.etc.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:46 | 5131479 fukidontknow
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I can quite easily imagine war in Poland. 

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:04 | 5131303 SeminoleBob For...
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All Right Vlad!  Watch us shoot Americans in Missouri!  Be afraid, very afraid!

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:11 | 5131328 Chupacabra-322
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So that's what real Military Training drills look like. The Criminal UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. drills usually consist of unannounced Police State Black helicopters freighting The American People in downtown business districts high atop Criminal Bankster Skyscrapers.

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:11 | 5131330 UpAndComing
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Any one else have half-chub from video?

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:08 | 5131559 Duffy
Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:26 | 5131650 trader1
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if you assume russia trains for the next war (and not the last one), then the odds of a russian invasion of ukraine just doubled.  

what would be the pretext for a russian invasion?


putin cannot bluff here, unless he wants to lose his grip on power. 

does the west think putin is bluffing?

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