Putin wants to prove he's tough and rebuilt the Russian military - with the oil $$ now to do it. A proxy war with the USA in Syria would be just the ticket his and our "military industrial complex" both need for a new major arms race.
The really cool thing is in a country such as Syria it can all be done technologically with super outrageously expensive weapons and little to no American or Russian casualties. Rather, only Syrians on both sides die - although maybe we'll get will lucky and some spill over to other countries to stage for the next one.
Maybe, just maybe, if things go right, we can spark more "insurgencies" in numerous countries in that region.
Does anybody think the timing of announcing last week that Bush would be excused for his war actions seems a little suspect considering what we are talking about today?
When did Assad bomb his own people with chemical weapons? How is that connected to President Bush-43? Would you hire General Powell as a special consultant to defense affairs? Is the world an ever more complicated place that we must referee or deal with the consequences?
The Russian Navy has developed a new maritime warfare strategy where the Russian Navy will still be a blue water navy capable of operating anywhere in the worlds oceans but it's ships will be designed for certain regions of the world.
New classes of warships for the Russians Navy's AOR in the Eastern Pacific. Different classes of ships for the Russians AOR in the Middle east, Mediterranean Sea AOR and different classes of warships for the Atlantic AOR.
The Russian bear has come out of hibernation and are in the process of building a new Navy with all new warships and support ships to be able to operate 12,000 miles from Russia's shores.