Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Out Of Hibernation
Fifteen years ago, the collapse of the Soviet Union relegated Russia to second-class status among global powers. But a flurry of recent headlines show that Russian influence is back on the rise. And with the US tied down trying to salvage Iraq and contain Iran, the Russian Bear doesn't seem to shy about pursuing its interests, um, how shall we put it? To the detriment of our own, maybe?
Here, in no particular order, are articles on the delivery of Russian air defense missiles to Iran, negotiations between Russia and Venezuela for the sale of more air defense missiles, the sale of Russian warplanes to India, and the construction of four nuclear reactors, again for India.
With all the talk about not emboldening our enemies, maybe Bush & Co. should be more worried about not emboldening our friends.