The U.S. wants to put radar in the Czech Republic. The U.S. wants to put ABMs in Poland. The U.S. gave Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia the go-ahead to start a war of aggression against the Ossetians.
Poland is probably the most conservative (Bush-like) state in Europe. Poland and the U.S. just signed a mutual-defense-pact agreement that includes the installation of AMBs. Understand here that the U.S. has unilaterally broken the ABM Treaty. Also, when the Soviet Union was being asked to open up and disband the Warsaw Pact (Soviet mutual-defense pact with all of the Eastern European nations in the Soviet Union), part of the deal included that the U.S. would not expand NATO into former Warsaw Pact nations.
So, here you have the U.S. breaking treaties, installing radar and ABMs, getting puppets to attack right on Russia's border, and expanding NATO after promising it would not. Now who's the troublemaker, Russia?
Russia doesn't have all the modern conventional weapons that the U.S. has. It has modernized weapons, but not in the number the U.S. has right now. They can't compete on that level, and they aren't going to be sucked into trying. They are relying on the nuclear deterrent.. It has been stated before. The U.S. knows this but is still pressing ahead to antagonize the Russians. It's obvious. If the U.S. attacks the Russian military, the Russians will they believe have no option but to turn to their nuclear option. They do have excellent rockets. Anyone who has read about the subject knows that they were decades ahead of the U.S. in rocketry just a few decades ago. It's a question as to whether the U.S. has really caught up even yet. Also, the Russians have not been standing still while the U.S. has been developing weapons. They've been selective about where they've been spending their money, time, and energies. We saw the results in Lebanon when Israeli tanks with U.S. active armor were destroyed by Russian technology that overcame the highly advanced active armor. It was a shock to Israel and the main reason they pulled out of Lebanon.
Now, the Russians have said that they have new intercontinental technology that can defeat U.S. anti-missile technology. So, maybe you're saying then why do they care that the U.S. is putting stuff into Europe that the Russians have already overcome. Well, things continue to evolve. What will the U.S. roll out next? The Russians don't want to be caught during the interim period between roll-out and the time they, the Russians, come up with a counter-solution.
Yes, Russia sells weapons to foes of Israel and the U.S., but Israel and the U.S. sell weapons to foes of Russia and of Russia's allies.
This has all been a plan by neocons to force issues. That's their style. They're pushy. They like putting violent pressure on people. They like to reduce things to sound-bite propagandistic lies. They like to circulate their talking-point lies they have in the wings. They like to roll out their agreements and laws they have in the wings too. They're sickeningly transparent.
Is Russia going to just rollover because Condi Rice barks at them? Who does she think she is? She shows no mundane deference to people who can still wipe out the U.S., the only people who really can.
South Ossetia and Abkhazia are pawns given up by the neocons to force Georgia into NATO regardless of whether France and Germany approve. The Israelis and the U.S. neocons are in charge. Europe isn't run by Europeans. They have more people and their economy is actually larger now by many estimates, but they still let the U.S. tell them what to do.
Really, as I wrote August 10th, the U.S. "has done a terrible job vis-Ã -vis Russia ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The dumbest thing was not coming to the economic aid of the Russians right away. George H. W. Bush just sat on his hands." (See: GEORGIA, RUSSIA, AND WAR: NEOCON PLUTOCRATS MUST GO: ENEMIES OF HUMAN KIND.)
When will the people ever pick wise leaders? When will the people ever stop buying the leaders the plutocrats handpick for them?