Here’s what passes for informed discussion on Kos, I guess:
Not content with grinding up our armed forces and trashing the Constitution, BushCo has decided to restart the Cold War by making an in-your-face deployment of antimissile systems in the Czech Republic and bringing confrontational trade policy challenges against China. Here is a link to an article on the deliberate provocation of Russia:
Like other attempts by BushCo to play with matches, this is likely to have serious negative consequences, which I describe below
Never mind the obvious cluelessness about the subject, Murdoc finds it amusing that the headline ‘Bush restarts the Cold War’ is based on an article titled ‘Russia threatening new cold war’. Bush is Russian?
(Actually, maybe that explains nuke-you-ler…)
Anyway, I could maybe (maybe) see the “Bush is pushing this” angle if we were putting offensive weapons in the Czech Republic to defend ourselves and our allies. You know, like putting nuclear-tipped cruise missiles in Europe to defend against a Soviet invasion. Sure, they could be used to fight back against oncoming hordes, but they could also be used to start a conflict.
Is the writer at Kos suggesting that anti-missile weapons could possibly be used for offensive purposes? I’ve just never really got the whole ‘missile defense provokes your enemies’ line of reasoning.
Meanwhile, here’s one of the so-called reasons described for us:
Restarting the Cold War is a fallback to the fading of the War on Terror, which seems to be reaching its expiration date and is no longer salable to a public that feels grossly deceived by a “threat” that never materialized after 9/11.
Quotes with “threat”. I like it. Even ignoring the obvious, it seems that the “threat” that did materialize on 9/11 was significant, regardless of what came after…
But a commenter points out
Well the ‘terrorist threat’ is largely a creation of the Bush debacle, initially fictional, with new, real terrorists created and trained, where they had been marginal before the occupation of Iraq.
Again, we seem to be having issues with the concept of time, as in when things happened.
Someone does point out that a missile defense system is no threat to Russia, but the original poster replies
Think Again…The huge surveillance radar to be placed in the Czech Republic is a threat to Russia because it can be used to accurately track Russian missile launches, then hand off the information to other interceptor systems. The US is committed to a broad program of missile defense research, any branch of which could produce new intercept systems threatening to Russia’s strategic deterrent.
So the “threat to Russia” is that we might neutralize their threat of offensive attack? Isn’t that like saying I’m threatening an armed robber by wearing body armor and preventing him from threatening to shoot me dead if I don’t comply?
Some people crack Murdoc up. Others are just idiots.