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Originally posted by Pr0t0
reply to post by heineken
Why can't the playground bully US just leave it alone? They've helped little SK to scare little NK out of demanding their pocket money. Now if NK hits back and the big bully responds by pulling out the big guns, teacher (China) and head teacher (Russia) have every right to cane the bully. Unfortunately, some bullies just need the attention it seems.
Staging this vulgar display of 'power' only 12 miles from NK's border is an immediate threat to the NK government. If NK do nothing we should have Kim awarded the Nobel Peace Prize next year. Obama has it and look at the way the US carry themselves in the name of 'peace'.
With Japan pointing artillery at China and several Eastern European countries taking delivery of weapons systemsfacing Russia, tensions in the ME and South America I think we can all guess where this is going. But more to the point, who the aggressor is. Don't be proud of your country any more America, and certainly don't fight for the warmongering profiteers. You've become everything your propaganda warns us against. If war starts, you really brought it on yourselves and unlike your very lucky bankers shouldn't expect any bailout or assistance from anyone else.
edit on 22-12-2010 by Pr0t0 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Nomad451
I sincerely believe with everything I have that absolutely zero is going to happen.
Mr Obama himself must be hoping that this and other agreements he has forged recently - over tax cuts and gays in the military - might begin a resurgence of his presidency leading to a second term.
He has at least got rid of one damaging comparison to the weak presidency of Jimmy Carter. In 1979, Mr Carter failed to get the Senate to ratify the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (Salt II) treaty. It was not entirely his fault - Russia, or rather the Soviet Union, had invaded Afghanistan.
But nothing succeeds for a president like success. Mr Carter lost. Mr Obama has won.
Relations with Russia
Nobody pretends that the so-called "New Start" treaty is going to save the world from the nuclear threat. It will reduce deployed warheads from 2,200 to 1,550 on each side - still plenty to destroy the world.
What it does do is to provide another building block of trust. And it enables verification, recalling Ronald Reagan's slogan: "Trust but verify." That is why the US military supported it.
Importantly, it also helps smooth the path towards Russian co-operation over current and future issues - Iran, access for Nato forces through Russia to Afghanistan and the development of anti-missile defences.
President Obama has made major moves towards Russia. He abandoned the missile defence plan and has now got the Senate on board for New Start. He will expect payback.
I bet SK is being offered the world, to stand up to NK....