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It has begun. Russia has decided to bypass the lame duck administration of “W” and made its first challenge to “H”. Note below that they had written two speeches for delivery the day after the election, depending on whether the internationally stronger or weaker candidate won. From Stratfor:
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev gave his long-awaited first State of the State address (the equivalent of the U.S. president’s State of the Union address) on Nov. 5. The speech was much more than a nationalist appeal liberally sprinkled with Soviet-era rhetoric; it was a declaration of Russia’s return to the ranks of the world’s great powers. In effect, Medvedev not only tossed the gauntlet for Russia’s rivals in the West, but he also is not waiting around to see how they respond.
It must be understood that Medvedev — while he is certainly coming into his own under the sponsorship of his mentor, former president and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin –- did not write this speech himself. The author is the Kremlin’s gray cardinal, Vladislav Surkov, who has played the role of backroom dealer, enforcer, planner and puppet master for Putin for most of the past eight years. Surkov does not control Putin — far from it -– but in many ways is the brains behind much of what happens in the Kremlin these days.
It was Surkov who recommended that Medvedev’s speech, originally scheduled for Oct. 23, be postponed. Ostensibly, the delay was meant to allow Russia more time to deal with its deepening financial crisis, but in reality, Surkov wanted to know which presidential candidate the Americans were going to elect. The speech was already written. In fact, according to Stratfor sources, two speeches had been written — one for each possible outcome of the U.S. election. In waiting for a clear picture on whom Moscow would be dealing with in Washington, Russia underscored the central role the United States plays in the international system, and that Moscow views Washington as its main counterweight.
International affairs are still a giant chess game. We hope the O knows how to play.
And really, no matter who was elected they can't do much. As long as Russia sticks close to its borders there isn't much we can do. Their forces, other than nuclear of course, aren't of sufficient strength to project much beyond their immediate borders. But that is adequate and far enough physically for them to trumpet their sphere of influence... whether hard or soft.
And realistically, what can we do? Sanctions? Open arming and training of Ukraine and others? War? International wagging of fingers? No... they have a choke hold on energy for Western Europe... and beyond. The US is their only worry... and our hands are tied. Even more so beginning on January 20th.
I've heard on the radio that the markets are crashing because; fear of who the next Treasury Sec will be, coming jobless stats' or consumer fears survey. Not Fear of Obama. They are still protecting him.
Oh well on the Russians. It's just another site for the Israelis to bomb on their way to Iran. It's kind of dumb, isn't it, considering we could take out those missles in one strike - probably from a Navy vessel. This is just a Hallmark greeting card for Obama.
The outside of the card is covered in flowers with a tiny sickle and it says: GREETINGS PRESIDENT BLACK MAN OF U.S.A. Inside it has some pictures of missiles and says: Here is hoping for you to change. Medve
By the way - Medvedev had two different speeches written: One if McCain won; another if Obama won.
It is... 'Oh well'. Not much we can do about it. But Israelis bombing Russia on the way to Iran...?
Of course we could take out the missles... but not in one strike and not without becoming the pariah of the world. Unless the election has suddenly made America the most loved and trusted country on the earth...
It's more than a Hallmark card I think. Russia doesn't do gifts well.
No, Luther. Bombing the missile sites that the Russians say they're going to put up. I didn't say we'd bomb them. If the Israelis lose the support of the U.S., they'll take no prisoners on the way to making sure Iran won't blow them off the planet. If the missiles are a threat to de-nuking Iran, they'll have to take them out. Survival makes people take risks. And what's Russia going to do? Blow Israel off the map?
Duh. Sorry to repeat words right off the post. I'd read it earlier today..... Bolded words, too. Does this mean you all know I don't read the whole post? I did read about half of Gagdad Bob's though. Merit badge for that.