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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

For Cold War II, Naturally U.S. Answers with Star Wars II

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.


Michael Nitschke said...

Perhaps Russia could supply Cuba or Venezuela with ICBMs to really repeat history?

La Russophobe said...

MICHAEL: You need to read the papers more. Russia is ALREADY supplying massive amounts of assault weapons and attack planes to Venezuela and just a approved a giant package of financial aid to Cuba. It also just inked a deal to provide missiles to Iran to protect its Russian-built nuclear technology from Irsaeli or US attack. So the ICBMS may very well be on the way, hence the need for Star Wars II.

UGLY: If the effectiveness is questionable, why is Russia so worried? And why did the USSR bankrupt itself trying to defeat the first one?

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: So, Russia won't increase its military spending as a result of the new US program? And if Soviet military spending wasn't raised to a ghastly 25% or more of GDP because of SDI, then why WAS it raised so high? Was military spending the cause of Soviet bankruptcy, or do you feel it had another cause?

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: Suppose that America and Russia enter a second full-scale cold war, each trying to destroy the other without resorting to direct military confrontation. Do you think Russia's performance in Cold War II will be better than the USSR's peformance in Cold War I? In other words, does Russia now have better "command and control" in a more decentralized state than the USSR did? If so, is this enough to overcome Russia's vast economic inferiority and its lack of seriously credible allies?

TonyGuitar said...

SDI installed in Greenland must be a frustration to Putin.

Poland is a vunerable target while Greenland is fairly barren, while costal town residents would beg to disagree.

No doubt there are some range and time questions with Greenland, yet it is important.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: "Do anything to avoid it?"
Have you gone mad? He's supplying huge quantities of assault weapons and attack aircraft to Venezuela, just inked a deal for huge financial support to Cuba, is sending nuke technology and weapons to protect it to Iran and financial aid to Hamas. What's more, Putin recently kicked the West out of the Shtokman project. Putin doing all he can to incite cold war. You ought to get out of the house a bit more, your classic inability to perceive the errors of your government is fully Neo-Soviet, and Russia will surely go the way of the USSR.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: I see your problem. You think that Russians get to decide what sort of behavior constitutes cold war avoidance, but that's not the case. You've been spending too much time reading commie propaganda. The Americans get to decide when they've been provoked, and they've decided. Check out Anders Aslund in the Weekly Standard if you doubt it. Does America get to decide whether Russia has a "good reason" to invade Chechnya? You can either satisfy America or fight a cold war and lose, simple as that. Seems you've made your choice.

La Russophobe said...

UGLY: You won't defend yourselves. You'll fight and lose, just like the last time.