Several long years ago, President Bush looked into the soul of then President Putin and saw someone with whom he could get along. Since then, the ignorant, incompetent Bush has done everything possible to antagonize Russia and make it hostile to the United States. President Nicolas Sarkozy, who holds the current presidency of the EU has made efforts to reach out to Russia in oder to reduce tensions created by American blunders in building missile bases in Poland and supporting Georgia’s ill fated efforts in South Ossetia. European-Russian negotiations for a new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement will soon begin. Europe and Russia are working together on global crisis concerns, and Sarkozy blasted Bush’s ideas on anti-missile bases in Poland.
Russia is now the European Union’s third largest trading partner and it increasingly supplies extensive oil and gas to meet the needs of European nations. There is hope once Barack Obama becomes president in January he will join EU efforts to undo damage done by Bush’s incompetent behavior toward a major nation of the world.
President Dimitry Medvedev made clear he continues to regard Bush as representing a Cold War mentality and he intends to make clear Russia will not back down. Bush pushed to establish missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic and has urged NATO membership for nations in eastern Europe. The Russian leader announced his nation would deploy missiles in territory near the Polish border in a defiant slap in the face of President Bush.
Hopefully, a President Obama will sit down and discuss Russian concerns with Medvedev in an effort to avoid initiating a new Cold War. Obama will be receptive to a Russian desire for peace and security. Medvedev may well be changing his mind by next spring.
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Lost in the recent war between Georgia and Russia was the overall ineffective performance of Russia’s military forces. They won a decisive victory, not so much because of their own brilliance as a fighting force, but due to the stumbling and confused performance of Georgia’s military. An unexpected result of the Bush encouraged invasion of South Ossetia is the emergence of a new Medvedev military doctrine. Russia will be moving away from a conscript armed force and replacing it with a modern professional one. President Medvedev made clear, “all formations must be upgraded to the permanent combat readiness category by 2020.” He is also moving away from a bloated number of generals leading the armed forces and replacing them with a modernized military command system operating out of the Defense Ministry.
There is evidence Medvedev will move to a greater emphasis on high tech capabilities and the space military will be dramatically expanded. The West thought Russia’s military force was all powerful, but Russian leaders are well aware of its inept performance. George Bush gave birth to thousands of al-Qaeda forces and now he is giving birth to a modern Russian armed force.