Just as the U.S. bankrupted the USSR in the first Cold War by forcing it into an arms race it could not win, it can again easily do so with Russia, whose economy and population are fractions of what the USSR had to deal with. And the Russians are already freaking out over the prospect, as Reuters reports:
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Tuesday at U.S. plans to deploy an anti-missile shield on Polish soil, saying the move was an attempt to destabilize the balance of power.
Washington is investing billions of dollars to develop a missile defense system which would use rockets to shoot down hostile missiles.
It is considering placing its biggest anti-missile site outside the United States and is talking to Poland and the Czech Republic about possible locations.
"We see this as an element of destabilizing the situation, an attempt -- and no more than that -- to change somewhat the strategic balance," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov told a news conference.Russia's Foreign Ministry has already said Moscow would take unspecified measures against Poland if it decides to host the anti-missile shield.
Poland has said that no decision has yet been taken and that Russian protests are premature.