- 11 Apr 2021 14:13
See, the Russians, from reading about their tatics are aware of their own weaknesses. So, their strategy, if they decide from their perspective they have to fight NATO is to hit us hard and fast with the element of surprise. They have gotten quite good at mobilizing a whole bunch of troops really fast, much faster than during Soviet times right up to border NATO border countries. That's impressive and is very smart strategy. If they actually attacked with surprise on their side, they could win that fight if NATO decides to settle politically rather than fight on after a member state has been occupied. Or, NATO might resort to using nuclear weapons to quickly eliminate that surprise attack before it could achieve anything, which the Russians could respond in turn with their own nuclear weapons.
Wars these days between the major powers can quickly escalate to hundreds of millions of people being killed in seconds on all sides. If that happens, nobody wins. This war business can quickly spiral out of control fast. So, that's the game the professional soldier plays. His job is prevent the costs of war and prevent this sort of thing happening through deterrence and studying the other side and fighting when ordered by his government to do so. The job of the soldier is to prevent the cost of wars and if he can't do that or his political leaders won't do that, then his job is to have the willingness to kill and the willingness to die. But the professional soldier seeks to prevent such a need for having to do so in the first place. That's the part of the job that requires brains and education (and of course actually fighting also requires brains and education too). Really, at the end of the day, it's better to outsmart rather than outfight your military opponent because fighting costs a lot of lives and money and nobody really wins in the end.
"Just do one thing or the other, don’t try to be two people at once." -Arthur from Red Dead Redemption 2