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Russia's Medvedev's Tough Guy Act

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Maikeru-sama, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    Russia's Medvedev's Tough Guy Act
    CBS News: New Russian President Seems To Be Reviving Adversarial Relations With The U.S.
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    MOSCOW, Nov. 24, 2008

    Appearances can be deceiving. Six months ago, when Dmitry Medvedev was inaugurated as Russia’s new president, many hoped there would be a thaw in U.S.-Russia relations.

    The soft-spoken lawyer has never worked for the KGB. His reputation as a liberal seemed to contrast sharply with his predecessor, Vladimir Putin.

    However, for the past six months it seems that President Medvedev has been working hard to dismantle his liberal image and revive memories of the Cold War.

    Putin had a reputation for being tough, but it was under Medvedev that Russia used excessive force against Georgia, occupying part of its territory and crushing its military. Medvedev then defied world opinion by accusing the United States of instigating the war and by recognizing the independence of Georgia's two separatist regions.

    The Cold War rhetoric continued with the Kremlin blaming the United States for the global financial crisis.

    "Russia has warned many times of the potentially negative situation that had built up in the American financial system, and that has now transformed into a full-scale international financial crisis," Medvedev said.

    Moscow has pursued close ties with countries like Venezuela and has even sent warships to the Caribbean for joint naval exercises.

    The latest from President Medvedev is a threat to deploy missiles on the border with Poland as a response to the U.S. missile-defense program in eastern Europe. It is the first time in decades that Russia's leader has officially announced his readiness to target a NATO country with tactical weapons.

    "The Iskander missile system will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region in order to neutralize, if necessary, the missile defense system," he said.

    Medvedev's ultimatum was widely acclaimed, not only behind Kremlin walls, but also in the streets. Many Russians see this as an opportunity for the country to expand its military influence over Europe.

    "It gives Russia a perfect pretext to deploy its missiles in Kaliningrad, so that we could blanket Europe if need be," said one Russian.

    Russia’s parliament also fully supports the president on this issue.

    "You need two to dance a tango," said Konstantin Kosachyov, Chairman of the International Affairs Committee in the Russian Parliament. "And in case the other side continues to be assertive - we have no space to be more liberal, more cooperative. We have to protect our national interests."

    Iskander missiles have a declared range of only 175 miles, but Russian top brass insist that the range could be extended in order to strike the proposed radar installation in the Czech Republic.

    Medvedev’s message was delivered just hours after Barack Obama was elected - an unmistakable signal to the incoming U.S. administration.

    The two leaders are certain to discuss the possibility of a new arms race when they have their first meeting. Whether or not Obama decides to go ahead with missile defense in Europe, the outcome of the summit will set the tone for the next chapter in U.S.-Russian relations.

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  2. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    This is a very dangerous time for the United States to be borrowing from Saudia Arabia and China to police the entire world.

    The Missle Defense System is a very bad idea and only serves to antagonize people.

    We need to use our money, free society and financial influence to break the will of people like Mr. Medvedev.

    We send our boys in when the crap hits the fan.
  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    The missile defense is a very good idea and has been supported by a whole lot of very smart people. You might notice your messiah wants one as well.
    With Iran testing missiles, its a good idea.
    Everyone KNOWS that it has no effect on a large inventory like Russia has.
    Only really stupid people think that is what this is all about.
  4. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    Missile defense is only scary to those that don't want their missiles defended against and thus rendered impotent.

    Any nation that doesn't harbor offensive rationale or doctrine for their arsenal should not be remotely disturbed by the prospect of possessing an even more satisfying deterrent than merely getting to shoot back WMDs.
  5. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Jesus wants a missile defense system??

    Perhaps you could show me where in the Bible it says that??

    Strange how you have no problems with blasphemy, yet you claim that your side is the one that truly loves God...
  6. Maikeru-sama

    Maikeru-sama Mick Green 58

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    He's talking about Barack Obama. Barack Obama is my messiah even though I didn't even vote for him :lmao2: .

    The guy is like a broken record and is not even worth responding too.

    Like I said, let Russia start talking about putting a Missle Defense System in our backyard in say Venezuela and alot of people that don't understand why Russia is B'n will be the main ones B'n.
  7. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Oh, I know what he's talking about, he's a regular one trick pony with his "messiah" BS...
  8. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    well Maikeru what do you know about the missile system proposed. I can guess from your comments you know SQUAT.

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