In case of trouble
by SevenStrings, Thu Aug 14, 2008 at 05:01:13 PM EDT
This diary is about the crisis in Georgia, and the US response. This diary is not about Sen. McCain, or about Sen. Obama.. it is about Pres. Bush, and his response to the crisis.
I have advocated a gradual ratcheting up of pressure on the Russians to reverse their present course of action. I have also stated that I support what Pres. Bush is trying to do, at least as I understand it. This is not a time to be taking potshots at the sitting President... there will be plenty of opportunities to do that down the line.
I understand that my view is a minority opinion here, and I am okay with that.
Along those lines, I note with satisfaction that the US and Poland have just "crossed the rubicon" with respect to Missile Defence. I am sure the timing of move, and the fact that such a move was made at all, is not a coincidence.
Poland and the United States struck a deal Thursday that will strengthen military ties and put an American missile interceptor base in Poland, a plan that has infuriated Moscow and sparked fears in Europe of a new arms race.
''We have crossed the Rubicon,'' Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said, referring to U.S. consent to Poland's demands after more than 18 months of negotiations.
Washington says the planned system, which is not yet operational, is needed to protect the U.S. and Europe from possible attacks by missile-armed ''rogue states'' like Iran. The Kremlin, however, feels it is aimed at Russia's missile force and warns it will worsen tensions.
U.S. officials also said the timing of the deal was not meant to antagonize Russian leaders at a time when relations already are strained over the recent fighting between Russia and Georgia over the South Ossetia region.
In an interview on news channel TVN24, Tusk said the United States agreed to help augment Poland's defenses with Patriot missiles in exchange for placing 10 missile defense interceptors in the eastern European country.
He said the deal also includes a ''mutual commitment'' between the two nations to come to each other's assistance ''in case of trouble.''
"In case of trouble"...I like that expression. And I am sure the move is really not meant to antagonize Russia... as the unnamed US officials said. No, really...this is not snark. I am sure the move is not meant to antagonize...it is meant to convey a message !!
I should also point out that the US has been planning for increased hostilities with Russia for quite some time. None of this is explicitly stated US policy of course, but one can read the tea leaves. One such tea leaf is the types of technologies that the Missile Defense Agency has shown interest in recently ~ those technologies are of use only if they are planning on having assets in countries that are expected to be overrun by hostile forces (read Poland and Ukraine being overrun by Russia is the only realistic scenario!!)
I wonder what the next step will be !!