Russia wants Cold War
Earlier this week, apparently as payback for recognition of Ossetia, Russia announced it would hold joint military exercises with arch American enemy Nicaragua. A glowering Sergei Lavrov spit in Barack Obama’s eye and sat down next to a preening, arrogant Nicaraguan dictator, Daniel Ortega, and together they openly declared cold war on the world’s only superpower. Russia also openly offered bribes to Cuba in exchange for recognition of Ossetia.
It’s difficult to know what aspect of this malignant transaction is the more simultaneously outrageous and pathetic.
Is it that Russia is provoking a weak-kneed, conciliatory president into defiance, just the same way it did to Jimmy Carter when it invaded Afghanistan? The fact that Russia can’t see the breathtakingly self-destructive nature of its actions showing contempt for a many who held out his hand in friendship and reconciliation? The fact that it doesn’t fear the vengeful retribution of the world’s most powerful country?
Or is it that Russia isn’t ashamed to be seen begging, borrowing and pleading for recognition for third-rate rogue states for its obscene invasion of Georgia?
Could it be Russia’s inability to see the precedent it is setting, justifying the further expansion of NATO and the arming of countries like Georgia and Ukraine?
Perhaps. Or perhaps it is simply Russia’s perception that the United States will react to this provocation by bowing before awesome Russian power and ceding to Russia the Soviet “sphere of influence” throughout post-Soviet space.
Still, for all that we can’t help but offer our deepest, most heartfelt thanks to KGB dictator Vladimir Putin. We can’t imagine any better way of showing the Obama administration how utterly foolish it was to offer Russia a unilateral “reset” of relations, preceded by a roll=back of America’s missile shield plan for Eastern Europe. Putin has utterly humiliated Obama before the eyes of the world, exactly the same way Brezhnev did to Carter with the invasion of Afghanistan.
Maybe that’s what Obama needs to finally understand the nature of the scourge he faces in the glowering Kremlin towers.