Russia hits the reset button — by declaring its intent to rearm

posted at 5:04 pm on March 17, 2009 by Allahpundit

One of our resident lefty commenters was reduced to arguing in the Headlines thread that President McCain wouldn’t have any better answers to this than The One would. Which may or may not be true, but speaks volumes about the state of Hopenchange these days. From “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” to “we’re no worse than the guy who lost” in less than two months:

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said Moscow will begin a comprehensive military rearmament from 2011.

Mr Medvedev said the primary task would be to “increase the combat readiness of [Russia’s] forces, first of all our strategic nuclear forces“.

Explaining the move, he cited concerns over Nato expansion near Russia’s borders and regional conflicts…

Analysts say the brief war in Georgia exposed problems with outdated equipment and practices within Russia’s armed forces and led to calls for military modernisation.

Really? How do we get from problems with their tanks or whatever in Georgia to Medvedev rattling his nuclear saber here?

I’ve been assuming that Russia’s recent provocations, like wanting to station bombers in Cuba, are just a way to gain bargaining leverage with Obama over missile defense in eastern Europe, but the more I think about it, the less sense that makes. If, as many believe, The One isn’t all that keen on the program in the first place, then the obvious way to give him political cover to abandon it is to buddy up to him, declare yourselves believers in a new hopier, changier peaceful era, and humor him and his “reset button” crap until he cancels the missile shield. Instead they’re doing the opposite, escalating tensions to the point where he’ll have no choice but to follow through on it lest he appear weak. Which, I suspect, may mean that these moves are designed as much for Russian domestic consumption (if not more) as for Obama’s. With oil prices dropping and economic terror afoot, Putin and Medvedev have to show a strong nationalist hand to keep the public calm and focused on external enemies. Exit question: What fate does that same logic portend for Obama’s outreach to Iran?

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bill30097 on March 17, 2009 at 9:56 PM

The target is Israel.

jimmy2shoes on March 17, 2009 at 9:14 PM

thats right my friend!! the EZEKIEL option…pop goes the world…

looks like things are closer than we may think…

right4life on March 17, 2009 at 10:11 PM

And God help us all…

Wanderlust on March 17, 2009 at 6:03 PM

He ain’t going to this time…unless I am seriously mistaken…its time for the rise of Iran and Russia to invade Israel…and for Him to go to war…

which means the US will be out of power, one way, or the other…

right4life on March 17, 2009 at 10:14 PM

This is recycled Russian BS. Every other year they said they are going to rearm with the date keep pushing back.

Winner of the thread.

radiofreevillage on March 18, 2009 at 12:04 AM

Someone refresh my memory….how many foreign crisis have we had since January 20th?

jcheney on March 18, 2009 at 12:49 AM

I’m also wondering if the Russians are abrogating our agreement with respect to not basing nuclear weapons in Cuba? It looks like Obama is turning into Kennedy every way you look at it. He’s being owned.

unclesmrgol on March 18, 2009 at 12:53 AM

I was never a big fan of McCain, I held my nose to vote for him but right now I wish he was in chage. Russian bombers in Cuba and Venezuela? While the Russian economy is in shambles and Chavez and Putin are losing money hand over fist in a bear oil market? If Obama doesn’t show a little backbone how far will Russia try to push us?

Rob Taylor on March 18, 2009 at 12:56 AM

This is recycled Russian BS. Every other year they said they are going to rearm with the date keep pushing back.

I don’t think so. The Russians are really pissed over those destroyers we sent into the Black Sea to supply aid to Georgia.

This “Novosti” site is instructive. Click the side links on the various helicopters, submarines, and fighters, as well as the article on the missile shield to understand a bit more about Russian angst.

unclesmrgol on March 18, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Puts President Obama’s letter to the Russian President offering to give up Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Missile Defense for help with a potentially nuclear Iran into perspective doesn’t it?

I’ve looked into my President’s eyes and seen: he ain’t no Reagan & he certainly ain’t no Ab Lincoln! He seems to be channeling aspects of Carter & FDR quite well though!

Sultry Beauty on March 18, 2009 at 4:43 AM

Smart Power = Walk softly and carry a limp dick!

DamnYankee on March 18, 2009 at 8:27 AM

DamnYankee on March 18, 2009 at 8:27 AM

Hahaha. Precisely the sort of thing this administration is a champion of I’m afraid.

thequeball on March 18, 2009 at 10:02 AM

figures clintons are probably selling the russians all the rest of our technology they couldnt sell to china before they were thrown out of office..

jcila on March 18, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Oh, but they’re our friends.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 18, 2009 at 5:51 PM