Thursday, May 11, 2006
The Great Thing About an Arms Race With the Former Soviet Union…
...Is that we have one hell of a head start.
With relations between Moscow and Washington at their most strained in many years, Mr Putin used his annual state of the nation speech to revive Russia’s military rivalry with the United States.
“It is premature to speak of the end of the arms race,” he said in his televised address to the Russian people. “Moreover, it is going faster today. It is rising to a new technological level.”
So Putin’s threat of a renewed arms race comes across as something Iran’s leaders might say when faced with the possibility of complete and utter destruction at the hands of a cranky US military machine. Russia’s decrepit military is far more dangerous to itself than to other nations.
Of all the national security threats facing the United States, Russia has fallen a good way down the list since 1985.