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NATO Chief: Link US/Russian Defense

From glad tidings from the Associated Press:

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen delivers a speech in Brussels September 18, 2009.

NATO chief proposes linked US/Russian/NATO defense

By Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writer

BRUSSELS – The head of NATO called Friday for the U.S., Russia and NATO to link their missile defense systems against potential new nuclear threats from Asia and the Middle East, saying that the old foes must forget their lingering Cold War animosity.

Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen appealed for unity a day after the U.S. shelved a Bush-era plan for an Eastern European missile defense shield that has been a major irritant in relations with Russia.

"We should explore the potential for linking the US, NATO and Russia missile defense systems at an appropriate time," Fogh Rasmussen said.

"Both NATO and Russia have a wealth of experience in missile defense. We should now work to combine this experience to our mutual benefit," he added.

Russian envoy Dmitry Rogozin said the NATO chief’s address had a "very positive tone … cooperation with Russia is not a matter of choice (for NATO but) of necessity."

Fogh Rasmussen said in a speech calling for a rethink of NATO-Russia relations that long-range ballistic missile technology in the hands of such countries as North Korea and Iran threatens the West and Russia in large part because it could lead to regional proliferation.

"If North Korea stays nuclear, and if Iran becomes nuclear, some of their neighbors might feel compelled to follow their example," he said. "The proliferation of ballistic missile technology is of concern not just to NATO nations, but to Russia too." …

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday praised Obama’s decision and urged the U.S. to also cancel Cold War-era restrictions on trade with Russia.

Russian leaders had threatened to deploy short-range missiles to the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad near Poland if the U.S. moved ahead with the missile defense plan.

On Friday, the Interfax news quoted an unnamed Russian military-diplomatic source as saying that such retaliatory measures would now be frozen and, possibly, fully canceled in response to Obama’s decision to scrap the missile defense shield…

Rogozin said Russia continues to object to NATO’s claim to be Europe’s premier security provider, saying the alliance must formally recognize the Collective Security Treaty Organization that Moscow created in 2002. Its members include Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

Somehow Fogh seems like a fitting name for this gentleman. Though, perhaps it is too kind.

Anyway, now we are not only going to have the Chinese owning us, but the Russians defending us?

What could go wrong?

After all, both the Chinese and the Russians have made it abundantly clear that their interest and ours are identical.

Oh, and never mind that both the Chinese and the Russians are the nations supplying North Korea, Iran and soon Venezuela with the very weapons we are now supposed to trust them to help us guard against.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, September 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “NATO Chief: Link US/Russian Defense”

  1. Reality Bytes

    Great! Hey I got one better. How bout we Join Russia? We can call it Ruserica, or Amerssia.

  2. proreason

    Hey kids.

    What say we get REALLY serious about world peace and link arms with the Iranians!!

    Scatch us and we all bleed, right?

    I’m dreaming of vacationing soon in Tehran. I hear the food is greaaat.

  3. Why not? We are all socialists now. Russia with the flat tax is at least as free market oriented as Obama’s planned America. Certainly we will join with China to force socialist reform on the Arab states. Under the direction of the UN excess Arab wealth can be used to remake Africa. Bill Clinton will be the next Secretary General of the UN.

  4. jrmcdonald

    I bet this is obama’s idea.

  5. 12 Gauge Rage

    Assuming this far fetched proposal ever gets off the ground, who has the final say on what gets done? That is, who issues the orders for this joint American/Russian defense? And who do the superiors answer to? Call me narrow minded (I prefer to think of it as self-preservation) but I’ve always felt that you should never enter an agreement with someone whose past history has shown them to be antagonistic to your own beliefs. The Russians have never done away with their ambitions for expansionism nor ceased their violations of basic human rights.


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