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  •  We don't actually need Diego Garcia (0+ / 0-)

    but Russia needs Tartus because...I don't know.  Maybe Crimea is not a good enough vacation spot for sailors on leave?  Because Russia's small, coastal offense/defense navy likes to make short trips across deep water that is pretty safe?  

    •  I suspect the pentagon would disagree (0+ / 0-)

      rather strongly.

      It is a major base for both air force and navy projection. Supplies, ammo, fuel, manpower, all smack dab in the Indian Ocean, ready for transport to middle east, far west, indian, pakistani or northern africa sites.

      What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

      by agnostic on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 10:27:18 AM PDT

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      •  It's too small for that (0+ / 0-)

        It's a small airbase that is conveniently on the Arabian Sea but not on Indian, Pakistani, Omani, or Yemeni soil.

        But back to Tartus- what good is it as a Russian base?  Militarily it serves primarily to annoy Turkey, which is a nonproductive policy of Moscow's.   More importantly, of course, it provides a means by which Putin's mafia government supports the Assad mafia government.  Which is part of a coalition of similarly anarchic/despotic militarist governments, warlords, and armed factions extending from Gaza and Beirut to central Afghanistan with HQ in Teheran.

        •  SMALL airbase? that routinely handles (1+ / 0-)
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          the largest US military planes, including the B-2, and the biggest transport monsters?

          define small, please.

          What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

          by agnostic on Tue Jul 10, 2012 at 04:32:41 PM PDT

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