How many old, belching Russian destroyers does it take to establish an international veto in Syria?

Crouching bear, sleeping eagle.

One, if the US is weak and undisciplined.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  The Bosphorus Naval News blog, an excellent source for ground-truth naval information in the Bosporus and Black Sea, has photos of the Russian Kashin-class destroyer Smetlivy transiting the Turkish Straits on 2 April, on her way to Syria.  “As you can see,” says blogger Cem Devrim Yaylalı demurely, “she was smoking heavily.”

According to Russian officials quoted in an AFP report on the deployment, Continue reading “How many old, belching Russian destroyers does it take to establish an international veto in Syria?”