We always train for the last war and the next war is never like the last one. Did you know that World War Three went by almost unnoticed?
It wasn’t like this…
World War III
India vs. Pakistan-2001 to 2002. The the conflict started on 13 December 2001, a cell of five armed men attacked the Indian Parliament by breaching the security cordon at Gate 12. The five men killed seven people before being shot dead by the Indian security forces. This was after almost a year of posturing and saber rattling.
Indian Generals recommended a nuclear strike on Pakistan. A demonstration was authorized and a series of above ground nuclear detonations were conducted along the Indian/Pakistani border on the Indian side. The intent was to intimidate the Pakis into a political solution. The Pakistanis responded by a series of detonations of their own.
Everyone took a deep breath and cooler heads prevailed.
However, it demonstrated the how the use of nuclear weapons might be used in the future. The THREAT of use, not the actual use was enough to sway the conflict.
Now Putin has fired a “Test Launch”. With Russian forces occupying the Ukraine is this a good time to proceed with a “Scheduled Test”? The test could have been postponed. But why not. Now is an excellent time to demonstrate that Russia’s nuclear arsenal is functional. Not a sure bet since the fall of the Soviet Union.
With Russians in the Ukraine, the Russian military conducting civil defense drills, Iranian warships positioned within striking distance of the U.S. east coast and a wonderfully weak and unstable man in the White House, this plays out like the Soviet First Strike we studied in the NCO Academy way back in 1989.
Except this is no drill.
Putin is Saber Rattling. What will Obama do?