20 February 2008

Still Want to Start Up the Cold War Again? Part II

From the AP:

WASHINGTON - A missile launched from a Navy ship successfully struck a dying U.S. spy satellite passing 130 miles over the Pacific on Wednesday, a defense official said.

This is what Putin threatened to restart the Cold War over?  I don't think so.  Right now we still don't know if the mission was accomplished, destroying the tank containing 1,000 pounds of a toxic fuel called hydrazine, but the fact that we can hit a satellite like this is amazing to me.  We're still the big boy on the block and a cowardly bully like Putin shouldn't forget it. 

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 23:34:14 | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I don't think this is actually why Putin is threatening to restart the Cold War; I suspect it's an excuse rather than a cause.

At the end of the day, i think this generation of Russian leaders look at the world the way they were taught to when they were kids, through the lens of the cold war; it's a rare man who can overcome the indoctrination received as a child, and it's unreasonable to expect an entire national leadership to have that strength of character.

Posted by: aphrael at 21 February 2008@13:47:46 (qUuc4)


I agree, although for a different reason.  I think he uses the missile-defense shield, satellite shootdown, Iraq War, and anything else he can blame to deflect attention from his own attempts to consolidate power.  He misses the personal power associated with the Soviet Union and wants Russia to reconsolidate under his perpetual rule.  Just my opionion though, it could be for humanitarian reasons...

Wonderful to see you here, thanks for stopping by.

Posted by: Stashiu3 at 21 February 2008@17:37:08 (Q5ggV)

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