Friday, August 15, 2008

Russia, not so tiny

The Russia/Georgia conflict continues to heat up; Putin is clearly not taking the weekend off. Currently, headlining over at The Drudge Report:

Kremlin Warning: Poland Takes the Shield

MOSCOW (AP) - A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the plans to put missile defense elements in former Soviet satellite nations.

Poland and the United States on Thursday signed a deal for Poland to accept a missile interceptor base as part of a system the United States says is aimed at blocking attacks by rogue nations. Moscow, however, feels it is aimed at Russia's missile force.
"Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike—100 percent," Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.

In the immortal words of Scooby Doo, “Ruh-row.” I am also reminded of some other immortal words from Our Dear Leader from a few months ago:

That’s what Reagan did with Gorbachev; that’s what Nixon did with Mao. I mean, think about it; Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union! They don’t pose a serious threat to us, the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us, and yet, we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying, “we’re going to wipe you off the planet.” And ultimately that direct engagement, lead to a series of measures that helped prevent nuclear war, and over time, brought about the kind of opening that brought down the Berlin wall.

First off, I would like to give Senator Obama props for recognizing that the USSR was actually a threat to US security prior to 1989. However, putting Obama’s tiny-ness to threat ratio aside, if Obama has any “direct engagement[s]” or “series of actions” he would like to suggest that would onvince Russia to take a chill pill, right now might be a good time to speak up. I mean, think about it; Russia isn’t such a tiny country. And lastly, Obama, you might be a celebrity, but you ain’t no Reagan.

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