Is this another Cold War... I don't know if the old one ever ended (in some
people's minds). I think Putin and many Russians (including
Russians in Ukraine) believe it never ended... they just called a temporary
truce.We need to keep this in mind when making Nuclear disarmament
agreements with Russia. We usually try to keep our side of the agreement...
but I don't think Russia ever intended to keep their agreements. Not
during the Cold War, Not in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances
pledging to respect Ukraine territorial integrity... and not now in the
Hague.Does that mean we quit negotiating agreements with Russia? Of
course not. Diplomacy is always the best option. And anything else is WAY
down the line. But our government needs to be wary of Russia, even people are
telling them the cold war is over. It's hard to tell when a cold war is
over. It's like your girl friend... just because they start
talking to you again... doesn't mean they don't remember.
If the right wing has its way it will be. Fear is a great way to line the
pockets of their freinds in the military-industrial-complex.
What is happening in the Ukraine has its genesis way before anyone even imagined
a cold war. The cold war was just another minor chapter of this regions long
violent history. It was the real scene of Lord Alfred Tennyson famous poem
"the Charge of the light bridge" where he retails Lord Cardigan's
fateful day in the valley of death during the Crimean Wars back in the 1800s -
a battle with the Russians.Are we heading into another phase of the
"cold war"? Likely. Will it lead to full out war? Probably not. Who
will be the collateral damage casualties of this war... the people of the
“Cold War analogies exaggerate the contemporary stature of Russia and the
U.S. alike,”.This is the crux of Romney's error when he
tried to paint Russia as the single most significant geo political threat in the
world. Neither one of us is the center of the world anymore.
Russia will always be an issue and there's some fairly good ideas about
dealing with Russia in some of the other posts. However if we think Russia is a
problem just wait if the Asian countries decide to quit playing by established
trade principles. The President was dead on right when he shifted
our focus to Asia from the eastern bloc. It doesn't mean they are
invisible anymore they're just not the bear they were, despite what Putin
No.But, if there is any breakdown in U.S. vs. Russsian realtions,
That all began with Bush's invasions and occupations with Afghanistan
and Iraq.BTW -- the Russsians did not attack us in retaliation for
Better a cold war, than 2 REAL wars. See Iraq and Afghanistan and
the 14,000 dead US troops.