When talks ended Tuesday between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin agreed to stop comparing U.S. tactics to Nazi Germany (Putin denounced “claims to global exclusiveness… just as it was in the time of the Third Riech.”). Russia doesn’t like that the U.S. is planning to set up missile systems right next door in Poland and the Czech Republic. The U.S. says the missiles are aimed at Iran. Russia sees them as a direct threat. Some see the beginning of a new cold war. Loaded terminology aside, America is making another enemy out of an ally.
Condoleezza Rice really showed off her diplomacy skills by leaving the talks with nothing accomplished, and with a snarky comment:
“The US needs to move forward to use technology to defend itself and we’re going to do that. I don’t think that anyone expects the US to permit a veto on American security interests.”
I think Iran would probably say the same thing about why they want the bomb. Gee, did I just compare the current US administration with that of a fanatic? I guess I did.
But the U.S. had a hard time finding a country that would accept these new missile bases. Italians protested. The Czechs have protested too, but they have an acrimonious past with Russia and maybe would like to see missiles aimed at Putin (uh, Iran). Poland never objected to U.S. missile bases on their soil. They hate the Russians more than the Czechs do. So are those missiles going to be aimed at Russia? Not “aimed”, they’re just going to fly over Russia. Fly over. To hit a missile that is also flying over Russia. That came from Iran. Get it?
By the way, Condi and Putin were supposed to get their pictures taken together after the talks just outside of Moscow. The Russians cancelled the event.