Russian Selfies in Syria, Chinese ships in Alaska

             The scary thing about having an innate ability to “read the writing on the wall” and understand what will most likely happen several steps down the road is that sometimes your predictions come true.

If I had the ability to foresee stock market picks or lottery numbers, I’d consider myself blessed. But being able to look at geopolitics, defense strategy and military movements and foresee future military engagements is not exactly a skill that brings one much pleasure.

I wrote my fictional series “The Pact” based on political events, news, and intelligence gained during my time in Special Forces, hoping that I was wearing too much tinfoil on my head and just being a bit paranoid. But lately it seems that each time I look at the news, I see more events pointing towards an eventual World War III.

Proxy wars are nothing new, especially in the cold and post-cold war animosity between the USA and Russia. The most famous examples are Russia’s involvement in Cuba, our involvement in Afghanistan in the 1980s, and the Ukraine crisis (which is still ongoing, despite a lack of much-needed media coverage).


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But it appears we have proof of a new proxy war building in an area that the Obama administration wishes they could just sweep under the rug. Despite Putin’s denials that there are any Russian combat troops involved in the Syrian conflict, it seems Russian soldiers are just as bad as American when it comes to military operational security [OPSEC] and social media.

Yes, Russian marines have been taking selfies and posting them to Russia’s largest social networking sites, with one even leaving the comment, “Off to Syria”, in his status. Something makes me think there are some potatoes to be peeled in those soldiers’ futures.

And just as the first book in “The Pact” predicted, China is coming on-board and poking the USA with a stick as well. During President Obama’s visit to Alaska (more proof that he’s not seen as anyone to worry about in the eyes of the international community), five Chinese Navy ships entered US territorial waters, coming within 12 miles of the coastline.

At the same time, China hosted an enormous military parade in Beijing to showcase its firepower, including a new “carrier killer” missile, and released an intricate video game-style short movie showcasing the Chinese military attacking a US installation eerily similar to that on Okinawa, Japan.

So it seems that while our President is spending his time appearing on late night television and reality TV – and let’s not forget, golfing – the other superpowers in the world are making some rather intimidating gestures.


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And this all brings us back, of course, to that famous burn Obama delivered to Romney in their 2012 debate.

When Romney, being a man I imagine is wise enough to listen to his advisors, claimed that Russia was our biggest geopolitical foe, Obama responded by saying, “The 1980s are calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”

Well, Mr. Obama, while it seems you’re pretty good at delivering catchy one-liners and quick responses, maybe you should spend more time in intelligence briefings and less time on reality shows and late night TV.


Robert Patrick Lewis is a Green Beret OIF/OEF combat veteran with 10th SFG(A), is an award-winning author of “The Pact” and “Love Me When I’m Gone: the true story of life, love and loss for a Green Beret in post-9/11 war” and the host of “The Green Beret MBA” on  iTunes.

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