Streetwise Professor

November 25, 2011

Medvedev’s Dance

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 11:59 am

In War & Peace, aristocratic Natasha Rostov enters a peasant hut, and channels her Russianness by performing a traditional peasant dance.

Apparently Dmitri Medvedev had the same idea in mind on a campaign swing, in which he performed a Russian folk dance, presumably not to the tune of “American Boy.” I imagine Natasha did better.

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  1. This is Medyedev’s “We’re gonna blow NATO’s missile defense system to smitereens” dance.

    Comment by gardener1 — November 25, 2011 @ 2:05 pm

  2. You’re a mind reader! The subject of my next post.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 25, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

  3. Funny, I thought it was gonna be about the 19 AND A HALF TONS of GOLD the Russian Central Bank just bought.

    Gold — it’s like a cross to fiat money vampires and with silver also comes in handy for beating TBTF zombies over the head with when their naked shorts are exposed!

    But just remember kids — only Commies like gold!

    Comment by Mr. X — November 25, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  4. Please, I just ate.

    Comment by Sotos — November 25, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  5. Sorry, Sotos. Should have added a warning label. Definitely not to be watched while drinking anything–puts your computer screen/keyboard at high spit take risk.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 25, 2011 @ 4:37 pm


    Comment by So? — November 25, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

  7. Hey Gardener-What a silly bluff. In this case I look forward to operations against Syria strictly to call Putin’s bluff.

    Medvedev is a poster child for testosterone deficiency.

    Comment by pahoben — November 25, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

  8. Syria will be a harder nut to crack than Libya. It actually has a functional air defense system (sort of).

    Another thing is that whereas no-one really cared for the Big Mo, both Iran and (ironically) Israel would be against it. The former to retain a key ally, the latter because they prefer Assad to the Islamist crazies.

    Russia would be practically forced to retaliate in some way so as not to lose face on the eve of elections. E.g., S-300 deliveries to both Syria and Iran.

    In short, nobody wants this (apart from a few Syrian liberals, the naive Western HR brigade, and the Islamists), and attacking Syria rates almost as stupid as attacking Iran.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — November 25, 2011 @ 10:08 pm

  9. Russia is not for Russians even less so than for foreigners. Russia is obviously for Putin to do with as he likes. His likes will be even worse than expected for Russians.

    Comment by pahoben — November 25, 2011 @ 10:24 pm

  10. “Another thing is that whereas no-one really cared for the Big Mo, both Iran and (ironically) Israel would be against it. The former to retain a key ally, the latter because they prefer Assad to the Islamist crazies.” Agree with S/O. Hell, I wonder if a minority or ‘rogue’ Israeli group might even send back door feelers to Assad, simply because they don’t want the MBO on the border that’s been quiet since the 1980s suddenly armed to the teeth with artillery and rockets. Senor Equis has been there and looked down from the Golan Heights on Syria. It’s a lot more parched than the Israeli side of the border. Once again an example of where the people loudly proclaiming themselves to be pro-Israel, including outspoken members of the anti-Russia lobby in D.C., are some of Israel’s worst enemies. As they understand in the Mideast, keep your friends at a distance and your enemies even closer.

    Comment by Mr. X — November 25, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

  11. What I would say makes Syria a tougher nut to crack is not the air defense system or the vaunted S-300 that Israeli jets bypassed (probably with a little bit of help with jamming the system by people who should know — David P. Goldman aka Spengler’s talked about the number of Soviet-era weapons designers who’ve ended up in Israel, and I met a Bulgarian born Israeli who was trying to sell Israeli upgrades to Bulgarians MiGs back in the early 2000s). Rather it’s the fact that the Alawite minority will fight and fight hard, and try to get the Druze and Christians and even Shi’a to fight alongside them, knowing what would await them under a Muslim Brotherhood government. As for the Assads themselves, they’ve already seen what happened to Gaddafi. Anybody who thinks he just stupidly drove out of Sirte in a huge convoy under 24 hour UAV surveillance and got caught in the open needs to have their head examined. He was trying to surrender to lift the siege of his clan and got set up and lynched. Assad seeing that figures what the hell even a Saudi offer to step down and go into exile can’t be trusted, we’ve got to start killing any of these MBO bastards coming in from Turkey armed to the teeth with the latest French stuff.

    Incidentally, Senor Equis also knew an American who was on very good terms with Assad’s household help — nearly all Christians — and some of the Assads best Sunni business partners. One of the Sunni born men said he didn’t believe in prophets i.e. he was secular. He also said that old man Assad told him that Saddam was crazy and the Americans were making a huge mistake backing him against Iran (this was right after the Iran-Iraq War broke out in the early 1980s).

    So Phobie, where’s your next ‘we hate Russia in Syria’ war propaganda post from the New World Order Syrian stooges?

    Comment by Mr. X — November 25, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  12. The Syrian air defense system was positively frightful during Operation Orchid.

    It gets back to the Professor’s choice-gangrene or amputation. Assad will lose power and it might as well be sooner than later. I lcould then look forward to more Putin whinings about illegality and immorality.

    Comment by pahoben — November 25, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  13. I wouldn’t mind Assad stepping down if I didn’t think the folks backing the ‘freedom fighters’ — and I believe they’re mostly in Europe, with a handful of influential minions in D.C. — don’t have something very bad in mind for Syria.

    Comment by Mr. X — November 25, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

  14. There was a well done New Year’s cartoon a couple years ago of Putin and Medvedev folk dancing together. I doubt Putin woul relish another remake dancing beside his metrosexual pal.

    Assad’s days are numbered for better or for worse.

    Comment by pahoben — November 25, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

  15. Hence why I added “sort of.”

    Obviously it won’t be a major obstacle to crusader air strikes, but it will be more of a challenge than Libya.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — November 26, 2011 @ 1:21 am

  16. Modern IADS systems take years to set up properly. It’s not like handing out MANPADS. I don’t think Syria’s air defense is much better than Lybya’s.

    Comment by So? — November 26, 2011 @ 1:29 am

  17. On paper, it’s respectable. Libya had nothing on this, because the Big Mo liked shiny military toys like fighters and Scuds as opposed to actually useful stuff such as a modern IADS.

    320 Lavochkin CP-75 Dvina/S-75M Volga (SA-2) launchers – under upgrade
    148 Isayev S-125 Neva/S-125M Pechora (SA-3) launchers – under upgrade
    48 PU-200 Angara (SA-5) launchers
    200 2K12 Kub (SA-6) launchers
    60 9K33 Osa (SA-8) launchers
    48 S-300 (SA-10) launchers
    48 9K37 Buk (SA-11) launchers
    50 Pantsir-S1 (SA-22) launchers

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — November 26, 2011 @ 2:27 am

  18. Since Viet Nam no Soviet or Russian designed and equipped IADS has survived a determined attack by a technologically sophisticated adversary. Even in Viet Nam the US was able to pretty much neuter its effectiveness once the initial shock wore off, and we put our minds to it. As pahoben notes, the Israelis completely neutralized Syrian air defenses in Operation Orchard in 2007 (the attack on the Syrian nuke facility). There are reports that the Israelis actually had a kill switch that shut down the system altogether. Other reports indicate that Israeli EW forces flooded the Syrian radars with false targets. In the early-80s the Israelis shredded Syrian air defenses in the Bekka Valley.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 26, 2011 @ 9:18 am

  19. The Russian weapons are junk

    Comment by Anders — November 26, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  20. Hell Professor, who do you think gave the Israelis that S-300 kill switch?

    But hey, there’s no Israeli-Russia defense and nano tech sharing. Nothing to see here folks, move right along. Because if we admitted Netanyahu was in bed with Putin, certain GOP presidential candidates heads would explode from the massive cognitive dissonance. Russia’s BAD BAD BAD and Israel is our BFF!

    After your comment that we should just keep bribing the duplicitous Pakistanis to keep our troops supplied in Afghanistan, I’m gonna have to invent a new term for you: Russia Derangement Syndrome. RDS = advocating a clearly insane policy just to spite those darn Kremlins. Other awesome RDS examples would be Max Boot advocating selling the latest Stinger MANPADs to the Georgian military after they’ve been caught harboring Islamist radicals and it’s been leaked to the Israeli press that they’ve allowed safe transit of said radicals from Iran via Georgia.

    Comment by Mr. X — November 26, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

  21. Mr. X, the Israeli’s have had long experience of dealing with Russian made SAM’s since the war of attrition in the late 60’s.

    How do they have a “kill switch”? Well retard, it certainly was not from the Russians, it was from years and years of SIGINT (do you know what that is tinfoil boy?) just the same way they managed to shut down the Russian made SAM’s of the Syrian military during the Bekaa valley campaing in the early 1980’s.

    And where do you get this moronic idea that Georgians have anything to do with Islamic radicals Mr.X?

    The Russians certainly do, where do you think the Taliban and Al Quaida in Iraq get all those nice new latest model Russian anti-tank rockets (not that they really do much to the latest US & British tanks…)?

    Comment by Andrew — November 27, 2011 @ 2:22 am

  22. “And where do you get this moronic idea that Georgians have anything to do with Islamic radicals Mr.X?”

    Watch Plan Kavkaz, and the constant drip of stories about Dagestani and Chechen killers running to when things get too hot for them in the RF proper. And Turkish media.

    Comment by Mr. X — November 28, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

  23. No, they don’t run to Georgia as a general rule, unless they are expert mountain climbers.

    LOL, Plan Kavkaz, more Rubbish from Kremlin controlled media. What caused the Chechens to rebel was centuries of Russian oppression, they had no help from western intelligence services, something that they complain about to this day. Hell, all their weapons were from Russian arsenals, or bought from corrupt Russian officers….

    Not to mention the whole basic premise of the film is wrong, the film tries to claim that the west supported Chechnya to destroy the USSR, but the USSR had already died and been buried in 1991.

    The film is crude Russian propaganda.

    Comment by Andrew — November 28, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

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