Russia is Aggressive--Again
Written byon 2008-08-17T14:42:56+00:00
Russia seems to be trying to regain its military and political power in their part of the world. They have not been working as a "teammate" of the United States for several years. Putin wants Russia to return to its Golden Years as a world power.
The widening gap between the United States and Russia expanded further Thursday as formerly communist Poland sought formal U.S. protection and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates threatened the Kremlin with "consequences" for its actions in Georgia. Heightening tensions between the White House and the Kremlin resembled a 21st-century version of the Cold War, with Washington and Moscow trading diplomatic barbs and implied military threats over the Aug. 7-8 invasion of Georgia by Russian troops.
Poland, a former Soviet Union satellite, Thursday signed a deal to host 10 American interceptor missiles to shoot down offensive missiles, a deal fiercely opposed by Russia. The pact included what Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk called a "mutual agreement" that each country would defend the other in case of attack.
Russia has been protecting Iran from more sanctions and is helping them with their nuclear quest.
We cannot trust the personal trust between President Bush and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Looking into his soul does not work any more. "I have never believed that one should make national security policy on the basis of trust. I think you make national security policy based on interests and on realities," Mr. Gates told reporters at the Pentagon.
We will see if the cease-fire holds and if the Russian troops redeploy.
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