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by Vick
13 Aug 2008 08:36
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Here's some US domestic fallout from this episode: From FT Foreign policy pulls in 'Obamacans' By Edward Luce by Washington August 12, 2008 9:17:00 PM Barack Obama on Tuesday netted the endorsement of three prominent Republicans, including Jim Leach and Lincoln Chafee, both of whom lost their congre...
by Vick
13 Aug 2008 07:43
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Vick, sometimes on BRF the temptation becomes very strong to just walk away, what with all the PC Pandoos waiting with lathis and Delete Keys for any move to take out the Mototov Cocktail, but the temptation to stay and do some good sometimes wins. You, my friend are doing nothing but flame-baiting...
by Vick
13 Aug 2008 01:08
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: International Aerospace Discussion
Replies: 516
Views: 157935

Re: International Aerospace Discussion

From AFP Saudi Arabia Eyes More BAE Eurofighter Jets LONDON - Saudi Arabia has begun discussions to buy a second batch of Eurofighter Typhoon jets from BAE Systems and could double its fleet to 144, the Financial Times said Aug. 11. "The Gulf kingdom could buy up to 72 more of the multirole air...
by Vick
13 Aug 2008 01:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 518
Views: 20511

Re: Indian Military Aviation

From DN Published: 12 Aug 10:26 EDT (14:26 GMT) Hawks Built in India Cost Less: Defence Ministry By vivek raghuvanshi NEW DELHI - India has built the British Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) at facilities of state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL) at rates nearly 20 percent less than those built...
by Vick
13 Aug 2008 00:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missile Technology Discussion
Replies: 518
Views: 22427

Re: Indian Missile Technology Discussion - 27 March 2008

The biggest deluge of future weapons products will IMHO come from India producing RLG in mass qty. That one component made cheap will allow slew of smart weapons like long range gliding bomb (work is in progress), bunker bursting guided sub-munition (air/missile delivered, or ground launched Nag de...
by Vick
13 Aug 2008 00:28
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Good thing about this attack of Russia on Georgia is that International institutions lost relevance. NATO as security bogeyman of the west is also shown to be toothless tiger. This is good for India as it doesn't have strong position in those Intl institutions. In any newly constructed institutions...
by Vick
13 Aug 2008 00:23
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Also, the US never did anything meaningful to protect the Kurds. Not when the Kurds were being massacred in the 1980s, and not even after the 1991 war when Saddam went back to murdering the Kurds. OK, so they set up a "no-fly zone" but Saddam used tanks, and the flies were still buzzing a...
by Vick
13 Aug 2008 00:09
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Absolutely correct. And there are those who argue that Indian nuclear missile based credible deterrence need not extend beyond 5000Km, and in no way reach 12,000+ km. And Indian leadership would be every bit of what you think them to be if they agree to cap the range. Remind me again the main reaso...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 23:11
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Distances involved doesn't necessarily have to have a bearing on what is and isn't national interest.

The US invaded Iraq to protect the pro-Western Kurdish minority and to stop Iraqi SAMs from taking pot shots at US peace enforcement planes ;)
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 22:32
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

N, there you have it. I guess, the US invaded Iraq and is in the process of putting it in its sphere of influence to stop the injustices that the Kurds were enduring. But cleverly, the US couched its actions differently so as not make the UN look inept as the UN (and the Hague) is the body that has ...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 22:25
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Vick, You are seeing it completely wrong. What is world today? A place where US gets most of its decisions upheld. A place where US tries to place caps on others growth potential. How can India, i.e. say number 7 or 8 on list, itself be on the global table. Only when the number 2s and 3s challenge ...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 22:03
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

So N, it's ok to violate sovreignty in order to stop genocide? If the US (or any power) were to be inclinded, it would be ok to overrun Sudan and give Darfur its independence and make Sudan a vassal of the conquering power? I can only imagine the gnashing of teeth and lamentations if the US were to ...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 20:39
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

No glee about invasion in either of the places.........in fact both are equally bad. But glee about exposing some thinkers in the US (like? Cheney). The Russians have exposed the flaws in US strategies. After all history works both ways. Of course all strategies have flaws? You think Putin's "...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 20:25
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

John Snow wrote:Good luck with your flame baits and switches. :mrgreen:

Same to you with your non sequitors :)
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 20:21
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

What makes you think I don't know of these issues? That's the main reason why I find it perplexing that while US interventionalism and exceptionalism is demonized, the same from the Russian side is cheered as if it somehow promotes Indian interests.

BTW, stow the pateralistic tone.
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 20:12
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Wasn't Saddam also genociding the Kurds? Oh wait, that doesn't count because the Kurds weren't provided with US passports earlier, so a proper casus beli was absent. Naked agression by a large powerful country against a small pipsqueak troublemaker of a country to further the large powerful country'...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 19:52
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

OT, but I guess the Rooskie re-assertion fits right back into the bipolar worldview that many once held, or the multipolar world that many (might) hope for. For this and many other reasons (very likely due to all those Mir and Raguda publishers books gathering dust somewhere 8) ), there will be man...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 19:42
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Nayak wrote:^^^ Your posts always reek of a pro-american stench. How can you compare the situation of Eye-rack invasion with the Russian actions ?

And your's reek of "Russia is my herrow" stench. What's your point?
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 19:39
Forum: Strategic & Security Issues Archive
Topic: Let us Understand the Chinese
Replies: 395
Views: 59696

Re: Let us Understand the Chinese

In fairness to the Chinese, the NBC feed that I was watching of the Opening Ceremony, Bob Costas clearly mentioned that we're seeing computer generated graphics of the fireworks. Perhaps a youtube of it is out there to verify it.
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 19:28
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Moral of the story: Russia beating up on a weak country, good. US beating up on a weak country, bad. Roger that! It's also interesting to note that some of the most outspoken people on this forum against the Iraq invasion is gleeful of the invasion of Georgia. The US made military reality on the gro...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 19:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 334066

Re: Indian Railways Thread

These swanky new closed stations will trap all the wonderful smells that eminate from the trains' open toilets. And where will the 2000 illegal rat colonies currently occupying ND station go? I demand they be rehabilitated properly in the new complex. Speaking of the rats there, one of the funniest ...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 18:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 334066

Re: Indian Railways Thread

Renders of the New Delhi Station by Terry Farrell & Partners
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by Vick
12 Aug 2008 18:01
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Manas wrote:The Russian military action in Georgia is truly a seminal event

It's more seminal for some than for others ;)
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 08:35
Forum: Military Exercises Archive
Topic: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008
Replies: 850
Views: 228353

Re: IAF at Red Flag / Nellis AFB 2008

Interesting take!! Left out, Red Flag flies high India’s participation in Red Flag for the first time may be the precursor of a plan to set up an advanced test range on the Nellis model at IAF bases either in Gwalior or Kalaikunda, according to defence ministry sources in New Delhi. Would this be a...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 07:23
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

That Pravda piece is hilarious! This Georgian episode is reason enough for Ukraine and Poland to head westward. By most counts, this looks like Saakashvili over interpreted his importance in the West. The US won't stand by an ally that goes rogue and does something stupid like provoke the Bear. Also...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 05:22
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4216
Views: 736720

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

From the above link:
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Also note that HUMSA-NG is ready to go.
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 05:15
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Though weaker than the USA both economically and in conventional force, Russia is a nation of more resolve . It was this resolve we saw in the Beslan. They don't care for the cost. This is a nation Israel has not intention to antogonize. However, the crisis only makes an Israeli military action aga...
by Vick
12 Aug 2008 05:01
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis

Hopefully NATO/US have enough of the right ELINT and SIGINT assets to sniff out Russian emissions from the region to add to the libraries.
by Vick
10 Aug 2008 21:54
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

If Saakashvili is allowed to continue as leader of Georgia, NATO expansion into Georgia is a fait accompli. For as smart as deft as Russia seems to be, it certainly is creating a lot of enemies right on its doorsteps. Ukraine, Poland, Czech Rep., Baltic Reps., Georgia, etc. C. Asia is still Russia's...
by Vick
10 Aug 2008 10:09
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

Russia seems to have held back from massive esclation (more air power and cruise missiles) and in the process its actions seem to be a measured response to a Georgian declaration of war. No doubt that Russia can put the smack down on pipsqueak Georgia. That was never in doubt. Why do people conside...
by Vick
10 Aug 2008 09:35
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

It's good to see flashpoints developing right on the Rodina's edges. Should keep it occupied for a while and the new hate filled enemies of Russia, that Russia's strong arm tactics are creating, will be more than willing to do NATO/US bidding in the future. Topol-M didn't deter Tblisi, it would appe...
by Vick
10 Aug 2008 07:24
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

My prediction: All of a sudden "regime change" won't be a dirty term in BRF ;)

But you are right, it is absolutely in Russia's interests to convert Georgia into another Belarus.
by Vick
10 Aug 2008 07:02
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

If NATO/US play their cards right, a portion of the Russian military could be bogged down for years in the SO and Abkhasia region. With Georgia having no one else to turn to other than NATO/US for help, NATO/US can ask for anything in return... thinking more ABM radars and/or interceptors... directe...
by Vick
09 Aug 2008 18:53
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

Surya wrote:It needs to impose a prohibitve cost on Georgia that they do not think of this stunt ever.

AFAIK, Russia does not have any territorial claims on S. Ossetia. What is so wrong about Georgia trying to reintegrate its territories?
by Vick
09 Aug 2008 18:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PRC Political News & Discussions
Replies: 847
Views: 146055

Re: PRC Political News & Discussions

Agreed, the opening ceremony was an incredible spectacle. One really got feeling that the Chinese revere their history, culture and accomplishments with both eyes on the future. Interesting to note that not one Olympic structure or venue is named after Mao or CCP personality. Compare that with where...
by Vick
09 Aug 2008 18:16
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Caucasus Crisis
Replies: 1226
Views: 88175

Re: Caucasus Crisis-Cold War 2?

what georgia seems to have done is shell the ossetian capital with grad rockets mounted on tracked chassis per photos I see. grad rockets can easily devastate civilian areas. Didn't Russia do the same to Grozny and worse? Russia is apparently confirming 2 RuAF planes being shot down. Suspected to b...
by Vick
09 Aug 2008 06:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forums Feedback
Replies: 1566
Views: 160472

Re: Site Suggestions & Forum Feedback

Seriously, the IN page hasn't been updated in almost a year. No new pics, info, nothing. :((
by Vick
09 Aug 2008 06:53
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Military Watch
Replies: 3944
Views: 951647

Re: China Military Watch

From DN Chinese Aviation Merger May Portend Military Applications By WENDELL MINNICK TAIPEI — Plans by China’s aerospace industry to merge two state­owned aviation mega-corporations officially are intended to create an indigenous manufacturing capability for large passenger airliners to fill domesti...
by Vick
09 Aug 2008 06:50
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Military Aviation
Replies: 518
Views: 20511

Re: Indian Military Aviation

From DN 08/04/08 India Seeks Recon Helos By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI NEW DELHI — India has floated a $750 million global bid to purchase 197 helicopters for the Air Force and Army; it also plans to licenseproduce 187 more at the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. This is India's second attempt to acquire...
by Vick
09 Aug 2008 06:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector
Replies: 4216
Views: 736720

Re: India's R&D in Defence DRDO, PSUs and Private Sector

From DN 08/04/08 Private Indian Firms Find Growing Market Niches By VIVEK RAGHUVANSHI NEW DELHI While state-owned companies still control the bulk of India ’s defense sales, the future may be brighter for private sector firms that could tap into an esti mated $10 billion in offset obligations during...

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