Cold War Redux

How much can they screw up? Let me count the ways.

Even a news hog like me can miss an important apple now and then. The one I missed this time was how our new Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is apparently trying to re-light the cold war flames. Brilliant! I've missed all the tension about imminent nuclear conflagration. It sort of keeps the worry about imminent terrorist attacks in perspective.

Just putting some of our flawed "missile defense shield" in ex-Soviet countries in Eastern Europe was enough to crank up the Russian defense spending. Check this paragraph from the Feb 9 edition of the British Guardian Limited,,2009339,00.html

In his speech to Russia's parliament, Mr Ivanov (Russia's hawkish defence minister, Sergei Ivanov) announced that the military would get 17 ballistic missiles this year, compared with an average of four in recent years. The plan envisages the deployment of 34 new silo-based Topol-M missiles and control units, as well as another 50 such missiles mounted on mobile launchers by 2015, he said. Russia has already deployed more than 40 silo-based Topol-Ms.

Were you aware the Russians are building up their ballistic missile forces?

But Secretary Gates has Bush-mouthed even more cold war reactions from the Russians. Inexplicably, he told Congress that we should be preparing for Big War with - among others - Russia. Here's a piece of one Russian report:
US Defense Minister Robert Gates called for increasing US army in order to be ready for a large-scale operation. North Korea, Iran, Russia and China are listed among potential enemies.
“We don't know what's going to develop in places like Russia and China, in North Korea, in Iran and elsewhere,” the Pentagon head said at US Senate Armed Services Committee hearings. He supported increasing military expenditures, as it will allow increasing the number of “free detachments.”
You can imagine how that goes down in Russia? For one thing Aeroflot just canceled a big order for Boeing jets. Brilliant! (That's the apple I missed, BTW.)
So let's see... the "coalition of the willing" is falling apart, the national debt is in orbit, our veterans are being mistreated, our basic freedoms are eroding like a dust bowl corn field, our medical costs are shooting up, and NOW the Bushies are firing up the cold war just for good measure.



quinns said…
Since the Topol M/Bulava missile system has been an on-going project, how can we connect it to Sec Def Gates? I have been reading about the deployment of silo based, mobile and naval versions of this missile system for the last two to three years.
scooterd said…
You are right; you can’t blame Gates for the Russian missile system itself. What the story said was that the number of systems planned for installation has increased since the announcements re our ABM installations in Czechoslovakia and Poland.

Hopes that Gates would have a smarter mouth than Rumsfeld were sunk by his Senate testimony, in my view.

Speaking of Russia, they are now the big arms supplier to Venezuela. However much our gov disapproves of Chavez, we might have handled relations more adeptly than to drive Hugo into buying Sukhoi SU-30MKs, a formidable fighter. We did this by refusing to let the Venezuelans buy some spare parts for their F-16s. I’d a lot rather them have some old F-16s than these new versions of the Flanker.

As you can probably tell from the general tone of my blog, I think we are suffering from problems of incompetence in the Bush Administration on many levels - diplomacy, military, homeland security, economic, environment, etc. This was just another example that groused me enough to put something on my blog. “Brilliant” is pure plagiarism of the Guinness commercials

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