Russia is our Friend

President Bush arrived yesterday in Prague in route to the G-8 meeting in Germany.  He was greeted politely with the official Government delegation but on the streets it was a different story.  It is June but the people are feeling the icey winds of another cold war and they wanted everyone to know they did not like it.

It is difficult to know whether Russia has anything legitimate to fear about the US anti-missile program because to date it has been thoroughly a flop.  The only success the anti-missile program has enjoyed is that is has consumed billions of tax payer dollars.  But the Russians have reacted and strongly.  They do not want to see this system deployed and in no way is it acceptable to deploy so close to the mother land.  Think how George the righteous would react if the Russias installed a similar system in Venezuela and Cuba and said they were intended to defend the Russian homeland against attack from rogue South American countries.

This situation should not come as a surprise to anyone.  The anti-missile program has been hanging around for many years and dates back several administrations.  It is clearly a good employment project for some Congressman and is a pacifier to the more right wing conservative faction.  One of the first acts by George (under instructions from Dick Cheney) was to abrogate the ABM treaty thereby freeing the US to work on commercialization of this system. 

This is a missile program that brings little or nothing.  Here is what you get:

1. There would be bragging rights and potentially bluffing possibilities if it did not work everytime.

2. There will immediately be counter missile developments that will produce intercontinental missiles that in some way evades these anti-missiles.  The US would then need something even bigger, say a space launched missile system.  And so on.

3. The lucky countries that get to host the forward radar and missile units will become the first target of any intelligent pre-emptive attack.  Once these foreign eyes are put out, then the “rogue” missiles will travel unimpeded.  (Pretty smart plan the Administration has proposed).

4. The American tax payer will get the chance to continue diverting billions into non-return defense projects and absolutely no increased security.

Why then would the Administration push for deployment?

1. Despite the lack of a proven demonstration, the Russians can not be sure it won’t work.  They will immediately have to regenerate their defense spending and the White House hopes will once again bankrupt the country.

2. There is a relatively large group of conservative Americans who found comfort in the cold war.  There was a clear understanding of who the enemy was and where you could find him.  A return to cold war simplicity portends a more manageable world, and an American voter who is biased toward these Republican heros.

3. With the Iraq War and its spending about to wind down, the White House is looking for ways to keep spending alive in other programs.

4. The more discussion and attention on this program, the less time there will be for attention to Iraq and the complete failure of the Bush Administration’s policies.

Much of the world (both governments and citizens) are unset with US policy, especially our conduct in the Middle East.  This program and its use of former cold war buffer countries is just sticking your finger in the Russian eye and laughing about it. 

The anti-missile program is consistent at least with other Bush policies.  None of them make sense or are related to each other, or take into account actual reality.  They all reflect a world the neoconservatives and Bush/Cheney would like to think exists.  They all ignore the real strategic issues facing our country and continue to delay actions that would really secure the future of the US.  The real US security is tied to

1. Rejuvenating the US global competitiveness through emphasis on math and science.

2. Rebuilding the US social infrastructure

  • Affordable healthcare with dignity for all
  • Sound and secure Social Security system
  • Energy policy free of dependance on the Middle East and in harmony with reductions in global warning emissions.
  • Developing a dynamic educated work force that can compete successfully with China, India, and other emerging low cost countries.
  • Rekindling the spirit of reasonable discourse and sensibilities to all those living in the US.

3. Acknowleging the independence of all countries and building the diplomatic skills and policies that protect our national interests in a world composed of multi racial, cultural and religious views.

George Bush and Dick Cheney are wholly unqualified to lead this country in the world we find ourselves in today and the one that most likely will follow.  What more embarassments will George bring to the G-8?  

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