25 February 2012

Election Posturing

Putin touts nukes, urges US to be more positive

Given the upcoming election and Russia's host of internal problems, this maneuver focusing Russian's attention on an imagined foreign threat is understandable.

However, if the goal is to unlock Russia's potential to become world's third largest economy (discounting EU), investing in nuclear submarines is an extravagant waste.

From a foreign policy perspective, monitoring the ground in the mineral rich Mongolia and Kazakhstan and the influence of these countries' immediate neighbors should be of far more interest to Russia. And, as Al Qaeda has proven, Islamic fundamentalism is stateless, making it an international threat.

The Cold War is over. Investing in weaponry for this type of war scenario is investing in the past and losing sight of the future.

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