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Friday, August 15, 2008

They're Not Really That Stupid, Are They?

Powerline has a (yet another) great post today about the Russian reaction to the agreement between the United States and Poland to put a missile defense system in Poland. You should go and read the whole thing, but, in a nutshell, Russia said something to the effect of, " yeah, well... do that and we just might have to nuke you." No, really. That's what they said. Look:
A top Russian general said Friday that Poland's agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.

The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the plans to put missile defense elements in former Soviet satellite nations.

Poland and the United States on Thursday signed a deal for Poland to accept a missile interceptor base as part of a system the United States says is aimed at blocking attacks by rogue nations. Moscow, however, feels it is aimed at Russia's missile force.

"Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike—100 percent," Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.

He added, in clear reference to the agreement, that Russia's military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons "against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them." Nogovitsyn that would include elements of strategic deterrence systems, he said, according to Interfax.
hmmm... let's see... the US calls Russia a bully... then the Poles decide to heed the paraphrased motto of 2nd Amendment proponents (when seconds count, NATO is days away)... and Russia proves the US right and goes all bully on Poland and says "don't do it or I'll have to beat you up for your lunch money again."

Sorry, Putin and Company, but you're no longer in charge of all the little Warsaw Pact minions anymore... and they kind of like it that way. Think of it as Poland's way of saying, "you're not the boss of me." It doesn't work for toddlers, but it does work on the playground when you have the upperclassman backing you up.

I still can't believe that this general is idiotic enough to say that, though. Photobucket

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