Don't believe the hype
Russia's military is the biggest flop in modern warfare
Just when we thought that it couldn’t get any worse than the debacle of the US-led departure of allied forces from Afghanistan, along comes Vladimir Putin, who has spent billions upon billions of rubles over the last two decades “upgrading” and “modernizing” a military force that has turned out to be the biggest flop since Heaven’s Gate and Ishtar.
Russia’s military revival is a colossal fail.
Digitized camo and shined up AK’s with all the rails and optics of a high-speed special ops-modded Made-in-the-USA Colt M4 does not translate into the second most powerful army in the world. The disaster of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine proves that lipstick on a pig is just lipstick. Take away all the bells and whistles and slick packaging and what you are left with is the same dejected, poorly trained, badly led troops of the old clumsy clunky beast that was the Red Army of the Soviet era, performing exactly to our expectations in the event of a late-1970s or early-1980s invasion across the Fulda Gap. (And NATO expected to deal with them in the same unconventional, asymetric way that the Ukrainians are dealing with today’s Russian army, hence the establishment of the US Army 10th Special Forces Group garrison at Bad Tölz.)
But be warned: the poor performance of the Russian military will only prompt Putin to double-down tenfold on its modernization; and in the meantime bolster his nuclear forces as not only a primary deterrent, but a tool of brinksmanship to achieve his objectives.