Saturday, July 14, 2007

Cold War Redux

Russia Pulls Out of Arms Control TreatyThis is not good news at all. Yet another colossal international relations and national security failure by the Bush administration:

BBC: Russia Suspends Arms Control Pact
Russian President Vladimir Putin has suspended the application of a key Cold War arms control treaty.

... Russia has been angered by US plans to base parts of a missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic...

The suspension is not a full-scale withdrawal - but it means that Russia will no longer permit inspections or exchange data on its deployments. ...