The Russian Balance.

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    "It wasn't us who initiated a new round of arms race," Putin said when asked about the missile tests at a news conference after talks with his Greek counterpart.

    "There is no reason to fear these actions by Russia, they aren't aggressive. It's merely a response to tough and unfounded unilateral actions by our partners," Putin said.

    Russia tested a new ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and a new cruise missile on Tuesday.

    "These actions are aimed at preserving a global balance."

    "And what about our partners? They are filling Eastern Europe with new weapons. A new base in Bulgaria, another one in Romania, a [missile defence] site in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic.

    "What are we supposed to do? We can't just sit back and look at that."


    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/B553494A-A8B9-429B-8248-4C2C1521DF95.htm


    They're testing weapons that could effect the safety of the US.

    Should we invade?
     
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    You want to deny that Putin is working at re-establishing a form of USSR? It's not the West that is the aggressor here. Putin has been killing journalists all over the place, whoops, my bad. Journalists that have been sending out warnings about Putin have been 'killed, died in out of proportion numbers for many years now.
     
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    There is little doubt that Putin is working to re-establish a totalitarian regime in Russia, an oligarchy at the very least, but the fist of the government won't be hidden behind the empty rhetoric of communism this time around. It will be raw, naked power. If Putin had been less of the former KGB hatchet man than he is, he would have co-opted the journalists instead of having them killed.

    What few have recognized, most especially George W. Bush, is that Putin is a shark in a pool if little fish. And yes, Bush is one of those fish. Or have you never noticed the look of utter contempt on Putin's face every time he's in Dubbyuh's proximity?
     
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    Yes I've noticed, which is his weakness. One must always remember the office not the individual.
     
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    How does this go from a Russian missile test and Putin's statement to bashing Bush? Is there ANY topic you cannot interject your Bush-hating rhetoric?

    Bush probably doesn't give a shit WHAT Putin thinks of him.
     
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    But Dubbyuh "...Looked into Pooty-poots soul..." and saw a kindred spirit. Perhaps it was their shared tendency to concentrate power into the hands of the executive branch of their respective governments. Bush did say, after all, that:

    <blockquote>"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." - <a href=http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0012/18/nd.01.html>George W. Bush, 12/18/2000</a></blockquote>

    America isn't a dictatorship but it isn't for the lack of Dubbyuh's trying.
     
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    And its different than the US how?

    Oh, nevermind, no one is allowed to have even remotely similar military power, if they do they are either terrorists, or communists.

    What a fun little pattern.

    Tell me, whats going to happen when there are too many countries doing wrong, for the US to police?
     
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    it sure is taking ole gummyL a long time to figure out that his "nuke em all" opinon on foreign policy might actually have reprocussions....


    ...and that we wont always be the baddest pit bull on the playground....


    how anti-american to admit as much...

    :cool:
     
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    Russia will once again aim its missiles at targets in Europe if U.S. plans to build a missile defence shield near Russia's borders go ahead, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying on Sunday.

    In an interview reported in Italy's Corriere della Sera, Putin acknowledged Russia's response risked restarting an arms race but he said Moscow would not be held responsible for the consequences because Washington had started it.

    Putin made the tough statement days before a Group of Eight summit in Germany on June 6 where, among other world leaders, he will come face to face with U.S. President George W. Bush

    Russia has not expressly targeted its missiles at Europe since the end of the Cold War but, asked if it would do this again if the U.S. missile shield plant went ahead, Putin said: "Yes, naturally."

    "If the American nuclear capability widens across European territory, we will have to give ourselves new targets in Europe," Italy's leading daily quoted Putin as saying.

    Russia's combative response to the U.S. missile shield has prompted comparisons with the Cold War. Putin has directed angry rhetoric at the White House, last week calling U.S. policy "imperialist".

    But Russia has gone further, test-launching a new ballistic missile in a move it tied to the U.S. missile plans, and suspending its compliance with a treaty limiting the deployment of conventional forces near Russia's western borders......


    http://news.scotsman.com/latest_international.cfm?id=868502007
     
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    The US is doing what it should in the face of the new Soviet Union. We are consolidating the countries gained by the West after the fall of the Warsaw Pact. We are moving bases to Eastern Europe in order to limit the new Soviets. We are erecting a missile defense and new radars in Eastern Europe. Putin is angry because he knows that Russia has no chance in an arms race with the West. That was proven dramatically in the 1980s. If one does not think that Putin has re-introduced totalitarianism in Russia, then he has not been paying attention. This is how Russia is displaying its good intentions to the West: http://defensenews.com/story.php?F=2695401&C=navwar
     

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