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Bush and Putin Disagree on a Missile Shield. Do We Need One?

Presidents Bush and Putin met for the last time this weekend to reminisce, say goodbye, dress completely alike, and discuss the European missile defense shield that Bush would like to build in Poland and the Czech Republic, just a stone's throw from Russia.

Putin is firmly opposed to such a plan, especially if the shield is installed in Europe and so close to Russia. Despite Bush's enthusiasm for the plan, he himself announced, “We spent a lot of time in our relationship to get rid of the Cold War ... it’s over.”

If the US president says the Cold War is over, and Russia is opposed to a shield on their border — and the possibility that the United States's newest enemies don’t have the capability to build, yet alone launch a nuclear missile the question is, do we still need a missile shield? Does the act of building a shield become a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy? If we build it, they will come?


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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
The problem of building a missile defense on hte seaboards is that by then it's too late. The missle in question will be out of space, and into upper atmosphere. By having the defense shield closer to the source, ie: middle east, any other country that might be able to buy weapons from Russia, we would be able to release the anti missle weapon and strike it as it exits the atmoshpere, thus avoiding a disaster
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Sure this is the typical arms race mentality that superpowers get themselves into trouble with. Take the U.S. & Soviet cold war for instance. One creates some missles the other creates some missles. One builds a few nuclear submarines the other builds a few more. It didn't matter that we could already blow each other up 50x over. In the end just because of available capacity the Soviet Union had more missles and a larger sumarine fleet. But again it didn't matter. Both countries tossed away trillions upon trillions of dollars for the ability to destroy life on earth over political and economic differences. I tell you folks if politics and money is so important that we would allow ourselves to have our very existence dictated by the press of a button than we truly need to get our priorities in order. OMG!, if we could have that much commitment from these dingbats for a sustainable future, I rest my case. As for the missle defense system put it along the Western & Eastern seaboards, Hawaii and Alaska. Don't put it right on the boarder of a country who we've spent the last sixteen years trying to befriend after a cold war.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
build that shield I dont trust Putin.
syako syako 9 years
:rotfl: because he IS evil and calculating. ;) former KGB man, what do you expect?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Putin looks like a creepy padeophile. He just has this evil and calculating look about him.
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