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Putin Says Cold War II Not Happening, Unless West Wants It To

As Russian bombers flew to Hugo Chavez's Venezuela yesterday, Vladimir Putin said it was the US, not Russia, that wants to resurrect Cold War tensions. He also accused US leaders of amplifying the conflict in Georgia to help Republican nominee John McCain.

Putin warned the West against starting a European arms race. The US has plans to install missile defense shields near the Russian border. Putin told reporters gathered at his retreat:

Today there are no ideological contradictions, there is no basis for a Cold War. There is no basis for mutual animosity. . . . Russia has no imperialist ambitions. There is no more Soviet threat but they are trying to resurrect it.

Putin defended Russia's aggressive response to Georgia's attempt to retake South Ossetia saying, "What did you expect us to do? Respond with a catapult? ... We punched the aggressor in the face."

Are you reassured or troubled by Putin's Cold War conversation?


UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Why do you think we're weak? We currently have in our service 10-15% of our available men and women? I'm not supporting the draft, but we have a lot more in reserve than we give ourselves credit for. If it is necessary, we can double or triple the size of our military easily.
girlA girlA 9 years
True hyno. I think, due to our current war involvement, we're a bit weak and wounded and no one--not republicans or democrats should be using fightin' words at this point.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
With respect to the Ossetia(s) I yield to P.M. Puttin on this one. He is right and the facts back him up. If I'm not mistaken Russia's intent was to repel South Ossetia political enemy (Georgia) out of Ossetia and push them clearly back into Georgian territory. Once this was done they pulled back into South Ossatia and Russian territory to hold the line. Looking at the entire event in retrospect and putting my self in the shoes of having to come to the aid of a country which is a political ally I would have done the same thing; remove, repel, pull back and stand my ground. As it turns out everything Russia did during those events (militarily) was with in reason. IMO he is also correct in that the actions of the U.S. & NATO in deploying missile defence systems along the Russian boarder is an agitator that presumes a stance hearkening back the the U.S. & S.U. Cold War. His response to that act in sending Russian bombers to be based in Venezuela is the expected response. The U.S. & NATO played their hand foolishly and Russia is calling their bluff. This is precisely why we don't just need a President who is (tough enough) to stand up to conflicting powers in the world but more importantly a President who understands the nuances of cause and effect, is able to read circumstances and situations and be pro-active in steering world affairs where we want them to go not just react to them with force. We know how powerful we are and world knows too. Now it is time to use a little critical thinking along with our muscle to get things done the right way.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I hope so to. Although there is the UN... Oh wait, they can't/won't do much either. nevermind.
girlA girlA 9 years
Obviously Putin knows we've got ourselves stretched to the limit regarding wars and I hope he doesn't use that to his advantage.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 9 years
I don't think this is a game.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
UnDave, I agree completely! For all this talk about not appeasing the bad guys, we sure don't practice what we preach. I am all for diplomacy. I think it is pure idiocy to just attack someone without trying to talk things out, as I've commented before with Iran. Russia is a bit different though. I don't feel like this is a difference of opinion and we just need to find a compromise to keep both sides happy. I think Russia will do what they did during the Cold War and keep signing treaties and making compromises that are ultimately broken. This needs to stop now.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
"Putin is many things, but he doesn't appear to be stupid. He knows NATO and the UN will do nothing to stop him so he is going to keep doing what he wants until someone does." That's exactely the way Hitler (I am not comparing Putin to Hitler. I am comparing the situation) felt in the 30's. Europe was still exhausted from the first war, and America was in the throws of a depression. Hitler was able to make up any excuse and blitz any country he wanted. He had taken over 3 before England finally stood up to them and said "no more." Are we going to wait that long before we stand up to Russia? We really need to get off our dependence on foriegn oil.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
kakam54 - you are not the only one, I am still on the fence as far as who I am voting for, too! And I am feeling the same frustration with the media that you are - I want more talk on substantial issues and less fluff!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Putin had previously said that he wasn't afraid of another Cold War. This statement doesn't reassure me in the least; if anything it scares me more because now he is twisting everything around. Putin is many things, but he doesn't appear to be stupid. He knows NATO and the UN will do nothing to stop him so he is going to keep doing what he wants until someone does. If our military weren't so tied up right now I'd want to call his bluff and tell him we won't start another cold war. If there will be war it will be a hot war and we will beat the Russians again. Diplomacy only works if the other country wants to be diplomatic and my impression is that Putin just wants to play games.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
It's very troubling, but not helped by hawkish talk from our side, either.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
This situation really scares me, too, YY. UnDave, your comment gave me shivers!
WriterChick54 WriterChick54 9 years
I had no idea that when I woke up this morning I had stepped back in time to the 1950s. I really wish that the media would focus less on what McCain and Obama's views on abortion, welfare, and Iraq are (we get it already) and start focusing on Iran and Russia. These are two big things that are going to really start affecting our country and I want to know what are options are. Am I the only one who has no idea who they are going to vote for yet?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i always think about how the cold war was something that happened years and years ago, and this just feels like it's taking us SO MANY steps back. i think that people sometimes jump to react/retaliate quickly and don't always have a full plan of action thought out. we'll have to see what happens next - and i hope that something is done in a positive light.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I agree, YY. This is nothing to take lightly. W get your butt on the phone and call this boy.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
no matter how you slice it, russia even TALKING about us and a cold war is scary. we need to work some diplomatic magic, STAT.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Isn't that standard fare? Accuse the other guy of doing the wrong thing while attacking their neighbors? Does this sound anything like Germany 1936? I find it interesting that the day after Chavez "kicks our ambasador out", Putin goes to visit.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
When I was a kid, and we played "war" the russians were always the best bad guys, I had Die Hard, Red Dawn, and the defection of Mikhail to go on! Think of the movies that could come out of a new cold war! or would it be a cold war seeing as how the earth is heating up? Lukewarm war?
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