I am referring to technologies that would prevent any US assets from falling into foreign hands...even if they were to get physical possession of it. Think of the spy plane incident with China in 2001.
You can get it from the MDA website (and no, I will not provide an exact link)
I think I understood your emphasis in a previous thread. I dont grudge you your viewpoints. Morality and realism cannot be viewed in isolation. You emphasize realism more than I do... you could well be right.
well, I disagree with you, but I have no disagreements with you.
My view is that it is morally right to support georgia at this point. And since it is morally right, the geo political implications will fall in line... as they always do when one chooses the moral option.
Well, there was no global coalition that existed when Saddam invaded Kuwait either (I am sure he would have noticed it, if one did exist prior to his invasion.
A global coalition was patched together, under conditions that were not that different then than they are now. The US was not very popular in the world in 1990 ~ at least in places like Syria and Iran that were members of the coalition then. It was not that far removed from another war of choice forced upon another country. Granada was relatively fresh.
Influence and reputation is a renewable resource ~ when you take up worthwhile causes (and standing up to a bully qualifies), that influence is rapidly renewed.
Likewise, when we throw our weight around for selfish strategic reasons, that influence and reputation is squandered.
Georgia believes it was entitled to US protection for the reasons you touched upon with the article you cited (the POTUS visit etc. and their troop contribution in Iraq).
Yes, Putin has put some thought into the risks and the opportunities. Saddam, too, had put some thought into the risks and opportunities before invading Kuwait. Saddam's calculations was just as finely calibrated as is Putin's.
It just so happened that Saddam's calculations became inoperable because the US created a global coalition that declared those calculations inoperable.
Yes, this round has gone to Putin. The next round will also go to Putin unless the stakes are increased... to a level where his old risk/reward calculations become inoperable.
Finally, I dont see where anyone is calling you unpatriotic!!
I think you need to beef up your reading skills. The article cited by this diarist is an opinion piece. Perhaps you can meditate on the various differences that might exist between an opinion piece, and a reporting piece. I am sure you will get it eventually !!
And you should also learn how not to jump to conclusions: I am a reserve Air Force officer from a different country (where I grew up). I have been shot at ~ I know the sensation!!
And I took part in various peace marches in 2002/2003... while the likes of most Americans were referring to the likes of most of us as "traitors". Do you remember those days, snark ?
And how about you, Snark... which box should I put you in ?
On second thoughts...never mind. I don't really care!!