AND NOW.....HOW FAR WILL THE BEAR SWIM?
IVAN DECIDES TO IRRITATE JAPAN-RUSSIA SENDS NAVAL VESSELS TO THE KURILL ISLANDS
Japan calls the four southern islands of the Kurill Chain their "Northern Territories". Russian Sailors died taking the islands in World War II. Russia has never given them back, and apparently never intends to do so despite modern pronouncements in International Law that seem to pretty much preclude territorial aquisition by conquest; the Bear sits on the Islands. This latest move by Ivan's Navy indicates that the Bear intends to continue to sit on the islands indefinitely. Japan is being squeezed in disputed islands to its south by the Dragon (China) and to the North by the Bear. While Japan has a serious naval force in its Maritime Self Defense Force as the name implies Japan's naval power is deliberately limited. The rising Sun has a single ally the Eagle, aka the United States. While we are in the process of increasing our naval power in the Pacific our currently planned end game strength is nothing compared to our Pacific naval power during the Cold War. Amazing isn't it that no one saw this coming? Quick name a political party that did not take part in the cuts that gave us the incredible shrinking fleet. We were headed for six hundred ships, a realistic fleet for the global threats we face then the "peace dividend" was demanded while the commies took a breather and the clowns in DC proposed a 200 ship Navy with that number now looking more like a ceiling than a floor. Its decades later and who is making trouble in the Pacific again; the Bear and the Dragon. Who knew?
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