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Bloviating Zeppelin: Russia's Overt Threat

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Russia's Overt Threat

Folks, the United States and her allies are on the cusp of having to make some monumental decisions very shortly, decisions that will have a direct influence on charting the future course of freedom or oppression on the planet.

On Wednesday, a deal was signed between the United States and Poland guaranteeing a US missile defense base to be constructed in Poland, 115 miles from the most western portion of the border with Russia (see map). The ten involved missiles are not nuclear tipped but are instead designed to shoot down other incoming missiles.

Note this paragraph:

After Warsaw and Washington announced the agreement on the deal last week, top Russian Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn warned that Poland is risking attack, and possibly a nuclear one, by deploying the American missile defense system, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.

The long-range interceptor missiles to be deployed in Poland do not have, and in the foreseeable future will not have, any target other than Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles," a ministry statement said.

"It is clear to us — and the U.S. leadership does not deny this — that the ... U.S. anti-missile defense in Europe will be broadened and modernized. In this case Russia will be forced to react, and not only through diplomatic demarches," the statement said.

It is clear to me that Russia by way of President (and former Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin is longing for its former power and glory days. I put little past Putin these days. I wouldn't be stunned to discover his plan to re-introduce nuclear missiles back to Cuba.

President Putin knows the United States military is essentially at its maximum capacity now. It knows the UN is meaningless, as is NATO. With regard to NATO:

The foreign ministers of all 26 Nato countries met in Brussels to reaffirm their support for Georgia.

In a joint statement, the Nato foreign ministers said: "The Alliance is considering seriously the implications of Russia's actions for the Nato-Russia relationship.

"We have determined that we cannot continue with business as usual."

Russian authorities informed the Norwegian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday that officials in Moscow were immediately halting, canceling or postponing all planned military cooperation with NATO's members, the Norwegian daily Aftenposten quoted government sources as saying.

In my mind, this is a Power Play on a couple of fronts. It is an attempt to restore Russia to its eminence as a world power and player. It is an attempt to showcase Putin as the center of power. And it is peripherally an attempt to control world energy supplies. Whoever controls energy -- at a time when the United States cannot seem to determine its own energy future -- controls the true power in the world, literally and figuratively.

This is a very dangerous situation and should be foremost on everyone's current Threat Board.



Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Vladimir Putin - the only way to make me vote for John McCain. He has threatened Poland to which we have treaties and the history of Poles coming to aid us in the Revolution. Georgia we should back and help, in any way possible.

I would like to see one century without the fall of Poland to outside forces... and to see if we are any better than France and UK in 1939. Perhaps, just perhaps, America will actually keep her word where others fail.

Good job, Vlad! I detest YOU far more than I ever will John McCain... although Sen. Obama is giving you a run for your money.

The current POTUS guarantees the sovereignty of Poland. Can I hear that from the other candidates, please?

Thu Aug 21, 06:07:00 AM PDT  
Blogger RGROLAND said...

Roger that BZ. Looks like we are heading back to the Cold War days on that front. Kinda like the missles Kennedy removed from Turkey during the Cuban crisis.
Putin is pumping his muscles to get world attention. Like you said, he is well aware of our military posture and the MSM is feeding the Bear!!
We must keep both eyes on this situation!

Thu Aug 21, 06:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

He has brought back the cold war and he must take full responsibility for it. This is one thing that cannot honestly be blamed on Bush.

Thu Aug 21, 08:39:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Z said...

my husband just emailed me pix of Russia's attack on Czechoslovakia 40 yrs ago TODAY. They looked eerily on Georgian pictures yesterday.

Your commenters are so right, as is your post! WHen I heard POLAND, it stopped me in my tracks..."POLAND?" Shades of WWII. Putin is SO creating a new Cold War; well, he's not stupid, he sees how weak our left's leaving us and is moving in for the kill; he knows many Americans will back off the shields, too...scary times.

Hey, BZ, come and tell us what your favorite book is at my site, I'd love to know if you have a few you'd like to share!

Thu Aug 21, 09:06:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

If there was ever a wonderful time to let the stealth bombers loose it is now. Let the stealth bombers loose on the missiles that the russians have illegally parked in Gergia.

Oh Gee Mr Putie, I dont know what happenned to your missile launchers.

What do you mean the US did it?

Did anything show up on radar?


HMMM, Sorry, dont know what to say, you might try parking them in your own damn country next time.

Thu Aug 21, 09:16:00 AM PDT  
Blogger cary said...

A new cold war, hmm? While the last one ended with no catastrophic loss of life, I'm not sure I would put even money on the outcome this time, especially with the possibility of a left-leaning president.

I think this is one sequel that should not have been filmed...

Thu Aug 21, 09:33:00 AM PDT  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Putin being aggressive, and Obama being submissive.... Yikes... one scary scenario ...

Thu Aug 21, 06:00:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous WMD_Maker said...

"Obama being submissive"

Submissive is kind of a strong word isnt it?

Fri Aug 22, 07:12:00 AM PDT  

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