Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Russian good will gesture
Immediately upon the announcement that Senator Obama had won, Dmitry Medvedev sent a telegram of congratulations, welcoming this opportunity for new and better relations with America. And to prove Russian sincerity, he subsequently announced that Russia will be placing SS-26 missiles in Kaliningrad, on the borders of NATO members Poland and Lithuania.
My kneejerk reaction is that it's time to re-enact the Cuban missile embargo, but I'll restrain myself and leave any conclusions to UC's defense policy expert. NV?
To IF: since the Baltics, Poland, and Czech are in NATO, a physical attack on one is to be treated as an attack on all.
I don't believe the Russians would do it.
OTOH, cyber attacks (already done to Estonia), cutoffs of gas shipments, and -- esp. aimed at the U.S. -- financial attacks, wouldn't be out of the question in an unhappier version of the future.