Как шально это??!! (How crazy is this??!!)
Condoleeza Rice stood before those television cameras and said, "This is not 1968 (and the invasion of Czechoslovakia) where Russia can threaten its neighbors, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed." What things have changed? WE get to do it with impunity?? Everything she accuses Russia of doing is exactly what we've done in Iraq and then some (let's not forget we not only sanctioned, but were complicit in the murder of Saddam Hussein)!!
Does anybody really think, given Russia's current economic standing compared to ours, that Putin or Medvedev (same thing) really care about threats from NATO countries - especially the United States? Please!!!
No matter the amount of "international condemnation" or indefinite suspensions of the NATO-Russia Council meetings, European countries particularly, are well aware on which side their "energy bread" is buttered. Which is why NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said yesterday, ""the future will depend on concrete actions from the Russian side," but he was forced to add that "no specific decisions on programs or projects (with Russia) have been taken." As hard as we are pushing them, they know good and damn well that if push comes to shove, we do not have the resources to help them mount a defense, much less an offense against Russia.
Poland is playing a dangerous game agreeing to partner with the U.S. on this missile defense system on their soil and so are we. With only our participation in play, it looks like aggression on our part - plain and simple. Can we afford the appearance of aggression against a country like Russia? Will, no - can, any of those NATO allies stand with us militarily should Russia decide to "protect themselves" from what they no doubt perceive as western aggression? Can we stand alone? I doubt it.
Down to the proverbial wire, the Bush Administration continues to muck-up international relations as they bluster about what we will or won't put up with from Russia. As they sashay on into revisionist history, the next president will definitely have his hands full all around. H-m-m-m, now which of the current presidential candidates do you think will be able to dig us out of this quagmire?