The Russia-Ukraine War has begun

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In case of doubt it can always fall back to behaving like a school yard bully, and due to its military and economic power many countries will do abide.
We're talking all of NATO (except USA), EU and ANZAC here, probably Japan and South Korea as well. Taiwan may join in too once USA shows itself as an unreliable ally.
That's a considerably stronger economic power than USA. It's not far behind in military power either and besides, what is Trump supposed to do with the armed forces in such a situation? Invade Europe?

Trump was able to get away with a lot at the beginning of his first (and hopefully last) term but it didn't take the rest of the world too long to figure him out and towards the end USA was all but neutralized on the international scene. If there is a next time, everybody will be prepared.

USA's position and influence in the world isn't what it used to be. It started to deteriorate during Reagan's time in office, stabilized somewhat with Bush no. 1 and Clinton, took a serious hit with Bush no. 2, stabilized again under Obama and took a nosedive under Trump. Biden is the only president in decades who has managed to improve USA's standing a little bit but that's only because of the way he handled the Ukraine crisis; if it wasn't for that, he would have been remembered as a weak nobody.
 
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That's a considerably stronger economic power than USA. It's not far behind in military power either and besides, what is Trump supposed to do with the armed forces in such a situation? Invade Europe
Let me see, oh I've got an idea how Trump will influence "misbehaving" countries:


I mean, Turkey is in the NATO, this didn't prevent Trump from doing his own thing.
 

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Let me see, oh I've got an idea how Trump will influence "misbehaving" countries:


I mean, Turkey is in the NATO, this didn't prevent Trump from doing his own thing.
Turkey is still fighting against the Kurds in Syria.

But I think you misunderstood my post a little bit. Turkey is only one country and nobody else is supporting its actions in Syria. It's also not a democratci nation so you only have to "convice" a few people at the top, not the population at large. Also, although Turkey's economy is farily large, it's in shambles and that makes it more vulnerable to pressure from the bigger powers.

What we get in a hypotetical (I hope) scenario where the US president tries to block support to Ukraine is USA against an alliance of 30+ highly developed and democratic nations and a few not so developed and/or democratic ones for good measure. That's an opponent in a completely different league than Turkey alone.
 

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Gangster's have found a new way of getting captured: becoming Turkish, because Turkey doesn't extradite own citizens.

For example criminals like Rawa Majid, one of Sweden's most wanted drug traffickers, who claimed Turkish citizenship in 2020. Turkish authorities just said extradition is impossible, because he is a Turkish citizen. (Article is from April 2023, but still...)

 
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It won't be gone for long. The Dems can reduce the damage, and I would also like to think that the FlakeWingers might realize how stupid and wrong they are.

If none of the above, see also "November 2024".
 

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A Ukrainian officer apparently decided to call Russian tech support for help when he ran into issues operating a captured Russian tank.

The officer, whose call sign is Kochevnik, appeared in a video to be making calls trolling staff members of the Russian tank manufacturer Uralvagonzavod. The videos were posted to YouTube by Militarnyi, a Ukrainian media outlet reporting on the war.

Kochevnik said he had problems with his Russian T-72B3 tank, a model that is widely used by Russia's military. The T-72B3 is also the most advanced version of the Soviet-era T-72 tanks.
 

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Russia held a compulsory auction, selling Zelensky's apartment on Crimea.

 

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Thanks to Bullshitomir Putin the world finally knows what happened to Prigoshin: he got drunk, and set off some hand grenades during the flight. I cannot think of a more Russian way to die! На здоровье!

Russian Supertight Security = We let people onto our planes and airspace with hand grenades cuz less than 90 mls and reasons!
 
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