Budget size doesn't matter in reality. On the ground they aren't saying "well they cut our budget or our budget is smaller we should just pack up and go home". Bigger military pool (people) but SAS is the most selective Special Operations unit in the world. They will cut you just for just one mistake, they gave a perfection or not at all attitude... and had a big issue with the US Navy Seals (ST6) failure in rescuing Linda Norgrove because the Seal who tossed the nade that killed her had done it previously in other missions.
If you think SAS hasn't be 100% active during the same period you are crazy. SAS was tasked with some of the most dangerous ops during Iraq and Afghanistan because of their ability. Stanley McChrystal and David Patraeus said the same stuff. SAS itself has been active all over the world for a better part of 75 years. Be it WW2, Malayan Emergency, Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation, Dhofar Rebellion (Battle of Mirbat), Northern Ireland which was 30 years of a **** storm, Sierra Leone (recuse of British peace keepers), then all NATO related operations.
So you want to talk about advantages? SAS has 75 years of it.
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Unfortunately though his article is wrong on virtually all counts. Here Professor Alexander Motyl (perhaps the Wests leading expert on Ukrainian/Russian relations) comprehensively rebuts his assertions.For actual enlightenment on this, you may want to read below...from my favorite foreign affairs expert (who nailed the Iraq war, incidentally) John Mearscheimer. Not liberal or conservative- but definitely an anti neo-con.
The Ukraine crisis according to John J. Mearsheimer: Impeccable Logic, Wrong Facts
That essay basically reads as an elaborate 'nuh-uh'.
Criticizing the supposition that Russia is nervous about a ground invasion- aka Napoleon - is incorrect because Napoleon invaded thru Belarus and not Ukraine? And calling that one of the main factual errors? Really?
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NATO troop levels are a fraction of what they were 25 years ago and the US presence in Europe a token 28,000 from 213,000 in 1990 . Russian forces are currently 850,000 and rising rapidly so just who is a threat to whom ? Putin is talking up a non existent NATO threat in an attempt to justify what he is doing domestically
Discard this guys opinion all you like but he probably knows more on this subject than either of us ,Mearsheimer or just about anyone else in the west for that matter
Alexander J. Motyl (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984) is professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark. He served as associate director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University in 1992-1998. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, he is the author of six academic books and the editor or co-editor of over fifteen volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism and The Holodomor Reader: A Sourcebook on the Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine. Motyl’s weekly blog on “Ukraine’s Orange Blues” appears on World News Headlines, Essays and Opinion -- World Affairs Journal.
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Special operations are good and all for fighting allahu moronbars in the ME.
Even in modern conventional war though, you need armies, divisions, mechanized units, artillery, etc.
Special ops arent some sort of invinsible super men, get that out of your head. A typical special operations soldier is simply an infantryman with more training and perhaps a SCAR-H instead of an M4 and an MK 23 instead of an M9 beretta.
-----MOS 19D = cavalry scout = best damn MOS there is