A highly placed Russian general stated that if Poland does accept armament from the United States and signs a mutual assistance pact and is a full NATO member, Russia may, and probably will, pre-emptively attack Poland.
Russia has also stated that Georgia can forget regaining territorial integrity. http://www.washingtontimes.com…
I know BMG is largely about state politics, but frankly – whomever we elect as President had better be good at “real politik”.
Russia claims Georgia is a “defacto American protectorate” and that the events of August 8 onwards are really about the transcaucasus pipeline – and oil.
Further, by unilaterally invading Iraq, “we” don’t have moral clout as to Russia invading Georgia or Poland – “we” had better have a leader who is capable of bringing countries, alliances, and actual coalitions together.
Further, the crazy fact is we have outsourced almost all of our military gear – even the raw material to make bullets. So the ability to face reality and deal with Russia without appeasement may prove critical to us all.
While I would rather be wrong, I could provide you all with dozens of links and more information – and am convinced that by using up all our reserves and diminishing our industrial stateside capacity so that we cannot meet our own needs for steel and other basics, we are endangered as a nation.