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13 August 2008 - 09:56 PMOur "greatest dissuasion factor" used to be we wouldn't put up with this crap Russia is pulling.
LOL.. seriously? Considering that the USSR was comprised of territories "gained" through its history, I think we put up with exactly the same crap that Russia is pulling. One example? The Ukraine. They fought long and hard against being part of Russia, and didn't become independent from Russia until the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Even then, the USSR tried to pull a coupe to regain the Ukraine.
13 August 2008 - 09:39 PMI think Russia is just sending a message to the USA about the whole missile defence network stuff, there just showing they don't want to be messed with and Georgia was an easy target to start a war with. I think we owe it to Georgia to help them out with the supplies were giving and hopefully some covert operations we wont know anything about. Sadly we can't help them out more than that without starting a world war, and Bush would never do anything more he already has a questionable war under his belt and it would look bad for the Republican party during an election year.
Russia is just being the asinine country they've always been. (is that allowed? I know its.. touchy on some forums... apologies if it's not) When it started, America airlifted ~2,000 Georgian troops home to Georgia from Iraq. Obviously, Russia raised hell. The funny part? They didn't try to shoot down the American planes carrying the Georgian troops... wonder why...
As for helping w/o starting a world war, WWIII is just around the corner, whether we like it or not. I was always convinced that it would start in the Middle East, there are now those that would disagree with me and say that it will start with Russia trying to rebuild the USSR.
In my mind, ideal plans don't involve nuclear weapons. If you need to use nukes, you've already lost...or you're about to loose.
Well, if we aren't going to use military weapons, that could easily rule out the majority of the Navy. Yea, we have standard weaponry, but the greatest dissuasion factor is the nukes.
13 August 2008 - 09:34 PM
13 August 2008 - 09:32 PMBasically, it outlines the French plan, and says what it should have done. I mostly agree with it. IMO, if NATO and the EU did some sort of joint smackdown of Russia, THAT would the optimal plan.
Not a smackdown. Just insert a thick line of troops, backed up with ungodly amounts of artillery, in front of Tbilisi, while a carrier strike-force moves off the coast. Then when the Russians approach, just have our boys cross their arms and shake their heads "No."
hmm... and where are these troops supposed to come from? Last I heard, the majority of American troops were in Iraq, and the rest of the world wanted nothing to do with our military.
13 August 2008 - 09:04 PMUse the game locator as one of your methods of 'advertising'. The brigade gives the potential of interantional advertising, you just need the right players in the right place to be looking you up.
I don't know how popular outlaw is, (effectively illegal here unless you have your own private land), but it potentially reduces your participants as opposed to those who would be turning up anyway to an organised field.
Therefore I would say you need to get word out locally as well, e.g. a few posters/flyers and word of mouth.
We tend to not question legality. Its only illegal when someone decides to complain/contact the authorities. Since that hasn't happened, yet, its a non-issue. As far as word of mouth goes, we do what we can, but it only goes so far. I.e. I can tell, say, 10 people, and they'll mention it to others, but the problem lies in the fact that they don't necessarily like our... umm... style(?) along with the fact that the majority of them don't have markers, so we have to share, leading to smaller, and less fun, games.
I loved the idea of the locator when I first saw it, but when I realized that it was only really being used by various "arenas" in the area, I realized how truly worthless it seemed.
EDIT: various grammatical issues...