Streetwise Professor

April 9, 2011

Is It Chutzpah When You Believe You Might Get Your Way?

Filed under: Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 6:15 pm

Russia is oh-so-reasonable.  In negotiating over missile defense with the US, it insists on only one thing.  Just one!  One little thing!  They are sooooo reasonable.  After all, who could possibly object to this?:

“We insist on only one thing,” [Sergey Ivanov, Russia’s deputy prime minister] said of the nascent US-backed missile defence shield. “That we are an equal part of it.”

“In practical terms, that means that our office will sit for example in Brussels and agree on a red-button push to launch an interceptor missile, regardless of whether the missile is launched from Poland, Russia or the UK.”

Here are some suggested answers:

  1. Uhm, sorry–no.
  2. Hell no.
  3. What the bleep are you thinking?  What the bleep are you snorting?  Bleep no.
  4. Sure.  When the sun becomes a red giant and swallows the earth.

I’d vote for #3 or #4 but will be grateful if we get #1 with the current lot in charge.  After all, why do you think the Russians made the demand, unless they thought there was a reasonable shot at having it accepted?

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7 Comments »

  1. I was enjoying this post all the way till the last sentence when you made me shudder. I’d like to think we’re smarter than that, but nowadays, you never know. I still have to include a “no-shame” factor on Russia’s part, but our current administration seems perfectly comfortable letting our sovereignty slip away.

    Comment by Howard Roark — April 9, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  2. @Howard Roark:

    Out of curiosity: what exactly has the current administration done to “let our sovereignty slip away”? Not invaded enough foreign countries for the Republican taste?

    Comment by Ostap Bender — April 9, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

  3. @SWP:

    Since you are not familiar with nuke politics, let me update you on what everybody else knows:

    On the one hand, the US are claiming that the new missile defense is meant to defend Europe from the enormous and imminent nuclear threat from North Korea and Iran, countries which have only one dream in life: to drop their non-existent intercontinental nukes on their worst enemies: Ireland and Portugal.

    On the other hand, everybody knows that the real intent here is to tilt the US-Russia nuclear balance in USA’s favor. Thus, Russia is calling USA’s bluff.

    Comment by Ostap Bender — April 9, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

  4. @Ostap. Everybody=Ostap’s crack smoking friends?

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — April 10, 2011 @ 6:32 am

  5. @SWP: Your responses are getting more and more thoughtful and adult with each day. You sure know how to engage in substantive debate. Your debating skills are on par with your other skills that you are so proud of, like the knowledge of Russian and European politics and history.

    Comment by Ostap Bender — April 10, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

  6. Russia is not calling a bluff. Russia is trying to become a PITA in the hope of gaining something valuable in exchange for ceasing being a PITA. SOP for street thugs (“shpana” in Russian), which is what Russia’s ruling class essentially is.

    Comment by Ivan — April 11, 2011 @ 2:16 am

  7. Gostapo, SWP seems to know a great deal more about history than you do.

    In fact your knowledge of history is abysmal, infantile, racist, and just plain stupid.

    Not surprising given your support for Russian imperialism, be it Tsarist, Soviet, or the current trend, Putinist.

    Comment by Andrew — April 12, 2011 @ 1:22 am

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