Tom Clancy wrote about it, back in the bad old USSR days. Those days might be coming back. The question to be answered in 20 minutes when the Russian ultimatum for Ukrainian surrender of all Black Sea military facilities expires.
We'll just have to wait and see. If we and Europe go with economic sanctions to kill the Russian ruble, we can expect a blow in return. The US Dollar isn't in much better shape than the Russian ruble, so any effort on the part of Russia to destabilize OUR currency might very well work like they want it to.
Are you ready?
I would take the usual steps: top off your fuel tanks, pull some dollars out of your bank account because if the currency wobbles badly enough, Obama will knee-jerk and close the banks. Be prepared for plenty of economic uncertainty.
One more thing. Now we will get to see if all those Russian computer hackers really ARE part of an organized army as some have warned. If they are, we're going to lose our commerce for a while. WE may lose the Internet for a while. All those smart-phones? Toast.
We might just get to see how ready the US populace is for a down-home, 21st Century war without bullets and bombs. A cyber-war.
I'm not betting on the US. In such economic war, we get to see how tough and resourceful we are. I'm betting that if there is such a cyber-conflict, the Free Shit Army will not have the patience to wait it out and take some level of privation along with the rest of us who might be more prepared. They will want what we have in the way of prepared stuff.
In most urban areas, the various Governments are not prepared for this, and Militia will be required to keep order.
Or, the USA will simply raise the White Flag. Actually, of all the scenarios, and considering the present leadership, I expect some level of surrender on the part of our Government. We aren't prepared to fight Russia. Europe used to be, but 22 years of no USSR has given them a soft belly the same as ours. The most likely communique from Washington DC and Brussels will probably be a joint surrender.
Just know that Vlady Putin won't have any KY jelly when he comes for us.
It took 20 minutes to write this. The Ukrainian deadline is now up...