David P. M. Barnett on the Russian facility for joint operations:
I mean, if you want strategic allies who can go places and do stuff in a long war against radical extremism, we should be more impressed than dismayed.
But, of course, that requires us to view the situation with less emotion and to think more long term.
A friend once compared the GIS (Algerian special forces) to Spetsnaz in that both organizations identify the value of human life in their operations with the numeral 0. He also extended that to their regular military operations.