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Russia is not our friend: Part umpteen
Posted by: McQ on Friday, August 17, 2007

I'm not suggesting they're an "enemy" but there what we're seeing is certainly not the actions of an ally, and in today's world, that's how the term 'friend' is used among nations.

Why do I continue to say that? Because of actions like this:
Vladimir Putin today ordered the Russian air force to resume the cold war practice of long-range flights by strategic bombers.

"We have decided to restore flights by Russian strategic aviation on a permanent basis," the president told reporters at joint military exercises with China and four central Asian states in the Russian Ural mountains.

Earlier this month, Russian air force generals said bomber crews had flown near a US military base on the Pacific island of Guam, causing US aircraft to be scrambled to track them.
It is one thing to "restore flights by Russian strategic aviation". That would be a prudent step toward maintaining a strategic defense. It is another thing, however, to then be provocative enough with the flights to cause another power to have to scramble its aircraft to track them.

This is just another in a series of actions and activities which signal a move away from warmer relations with the west. For instance:
In another move with cold war overtones, Russia took the BBC's Russian-language FM broadcasts off the air.

The Moscow distributor of the broadcasts said the programmes were "foreign propaganda."
Maybe all this will work itself out as a new generation of Russians who never suffered under the Soviet totalitarian yoke move into politics and governance, but as long as hold overs from that totalitarian regime remain in positions of power, you can pretty much bet the farm that their latent (and not so latent) authoritarian side will begin to emerge (pipline shut down, etc).

Anyway, beware of the Bear, it still has an inferiority problem and a desire by much of its present "reformed" rulers to again enjoy some of the past glory it had under the old regime.
 
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Causing the opposition to scramble is all part of the game of elint.
 
Written By: Arcs
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Causing the opposition to scramble is all part of the game of elint.
Oh, trust me, I understand that ... but we aren’t supposed to be the "opposition" if we’re "friends" or "allies".
 
Written By: McQ
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Well I blame Bush for this turn of events....
 
Written By: Joe
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Anyway, beware of the Bear, it still has an inferiority problem and a desire by much of its present "reformed" rulers to again enjoy some of the past glory it had under the old regime.
Dammit!!

Now I’m going to have to put Red Dawn on my Netflix queue and watch it all over again. And here I thought my votary of Patrick Swayze days were behind me.

I remember as a young man watching Red Dawn thinking that I should hone my guerrilla warrior skills just in case I needed to match my high school loyalty with my disdain and fear of a communist invasion.
And I got good at it. I was ready. Hell, I even practiced some of the tactics I learned in that film like when they pissed in the radiator ‘cause they didn’t have any water. I practiced by pissing in my father’s radiator, and for some reason, he wasn’t too happy about that. (Here’s a tip, don’t practice when the engine is hot… My God Does It Burn… I still have scars.)

I followed Patrick Swayze’s every move. I even practiced Dirty Dancing. (I’m still waiting for those moves to pay off.)

Cheers.
(You will forgive me… It’s Friday, you understand. And as McQ would put it, I’m hitting the cups early.)

 
Written By: PogueMahone
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From the quoted article:
In another move with cold war overtones, Russia took the BBC’s Russian-language FM broadcasts off the air.
Well, it looks as though they’re at least trying to restrict the Marxist influence in Russia.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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I read a similar article that also commented on the joint Russia-China war games conducted today. The article stated
The former Cold War rivals share a heightening distrust of what they see as the United States’ outsized role in global politics, and they have forged a "strategic partnership" aimed at counterbalancing Washington’s policies.
You see, we’re the bad guys.
 
Written By: Wulf
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Sorry, forgot the link.
 
Written By: Wulf
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If Putin leaves, it may get better. Of course, that’s an if. They can’t keep their current approach up, even with a bunch of oil.
 
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