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  •  this is a pissing contest, (5+ / 0-)
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    Richard Lyon, fran1, blueoasis, TJ, aliasalias

    and it doesn't look to be ending well.

    My guess is that the Russians have been testing missiles as a protest against NATO missile defense systems in Europe, which they claim could be used against Russia. The US insists that they're there to protect Europe against an Iranian attack, but that doesn't seem a terribly plausible explanation; the Iranians are not likely to ever have that capability. And, should the current peace initiative with Iran succeed, there will be even less reason to have them there.

    Regarding the South Korean proposal: imagine if another country had military bases in the southern part of Baja California. How would the US react to an announcement that that country was installing missiles on those bases?

    Considering how we responded during the Cuban Missile Crisis, I'd say we would be far less understanding than China.

    One wonders if this announcement is part of the administration's "pivot to Asia," which never really stopped.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Tue Jul 29, 2014 at 10:36:16 AM PDT

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