Reset With Russia Didn’t Work So Well

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 2 months ago

Remember this visit to Moscow?  Remember this goofy-ass picture?

Perhaps the button has malfunctioned.

Russia’s most senior military officer said Thursday that Moscow would preemptively strike and destroy U.S.-led NATO missile defense sites in Eastern Europe if talks with Washington about the developing system continue to stall.

“A decision to use destructive force preemptively will be taken if the situation worsens,” Russian Chief of General Staff Nikolai Makarov said at an international missile defense conference in Moscow attended by senior U.S. and NATO officials.

The threat comes as talks about the missile defense system, which the U.S. and its allies insist is aimed at Iranian missiles, appear to have stalled.

“We have not been able to find mutually-acceptable solutions at this point and the situation is practically at a dead end,” Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said.

Perhaps a better idea would be a reset in our so-called “smart diplomacy.”

  • Douglas

    Maybe it was reset to 1961.

  • http://www.captainsjournal.com/ Herschel Smith

    Aha! Then the button would have worked correctly, Douglas. Good point.

  • bob sykes

    This may be the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Does anyone believe that a boundary that places the historic center of the Rus (Kiev) in a different country is stable? Doe it not cry out for adjustment?

  • carl

    How exactly do you evaluate something like this? The Russkis aren’t going to do that but they make the threat anyway, as if they actually expect to be taken seriously, and they probably will be by the US diplomatic crowd, some of whom are hyperventilating as we speak. The whole thing is almost a parody except the poor Poles will probably be hung out to dry again.

  • Douglas

    Thanks Herschel, it’s actually not my joke. :)

  • infantryjj

    SOFT POWER FTW!


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