This week’s Twit must have slipped into a time machine set for October of 1962, because he thinks a Russian threat of a missile strike might intimidate the United States. It’s time to don your party pins and join in the stupidity of:
Every now and then, it seems like Russia forgets exactly how meaningless it has become. There is a sad remembrance of the power Moscow used to wield, back in its empire-building, Communism-inflicting, totalitarian past. Somehow they manage to forget about the horrible living conditions, constant shortage of basic necessities and brutal repression that allowed the Soviet Union to exist at all, but memories of glory and grandeur are like that. You erase the bad parts from those blurry recollections and hold on to the propaganda that you were fed – since that was all you were given to eat.
Yes, I know they have nuclear bombs. Yes, I know they make passable jet fighters and tanks. Yes, I know they have hot, Bond Girl pinup spies. You know what that adds up to? Pretty much nothing.
How do I know this? Russia is in the throes of the worst brain drain it has seen since 1917′s October Revolution. Discontent with the government (which is such a single party, Apparatchik-laden organization it might as well be Soviet Communism), repression of media and the soaring cost of living is driving the best and brightest out of their homeland.
So as the smart Russians get out while they can, those left behind need to be reassured that all the terrible things the government does are to help them. This tactic, which served the Soviet Union quite well for decades, also requires external enemies and much military foot stomping. So is it any shock that, In the wake of Premiere (oops, I mean Prime Minister) Vladimir Putin’s public booing at an MMA event, his puppet Dmitry Medvedev came on television to threaten NATO with missile strikes should they continue with their missile shield plans? Not really. When things aren’t going well at home, you need to direct people’s attention to outside enemies. Medvedev’s laughable assertion that they could strike at us with impunity rings so hollow that it is difficult to see how it could be a threat. That is because it was never meant for us. It was meant for the Russian government-controlled media outlets to fed to disgruntled citizens.
Medvedev just trotted out an old, tired line about Russian objections to missile shields to shift attention away from domestic politics. As weak as the Obama administration has been with Russia ( the much vaunted – though mistranslated – Reset policy ofcow-towing to Russia’s mewling demands), even they realize that the United Russia party is simply banging the war drum to drown out the boos of their not-so-adoring public. It will be fun to see Premiere (oops, I mean soon again to be President) Putin’s certain to be progressively brash statements about NATO in the next few years, once Medvedev is relegated back to the party’s broom closet.