In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War.
He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.
During Putin's visit to President George W. Bush's Texas ranch two months later, the U.S. leader, speaking at a local high school, declared his Russian counterpart "a new style of leader, a reformer…, a man who's going to make a huge difference in making the world more peaceful, by working closely with the United States."
For a moment, it seemed, the distrust and antipathy of the Cold War were fading.
Then, just weeks later, Bush announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, so that it could build a system in Eastern Europe to protect NATO allies and U.S. bases from Iranian missile attack. In a nationally televised address, Putin warned that the move would undermine arms control and nonproliferation efforts. Reuters
On the MSM the drumbeat for demonization of Russia continues. Senator John McCain appeared on Morning Joe today to mock US foreign policy as weak and ineffective. He made the interesting distinction between "defensive" and "offensive" weapons in his rant on this subject. Perhaps in the navy there is a real difference between the two but the distinction disappears in the world of actual combat. Tanks, artillery, combat aircraft, even things like land mines are equally useful in either the defense or the offense. McCain must know that, even he must know that. To make such appeals for arming a foreign country at the risk of inducing civil war is remarkably irresponsible. It is so irresponsible that the roots of the irresponsibility must be sought in temperament and obsession.
McCain seems to have a lot of problems in these areas but he is still encouraged to spout jingoist statements for what? Good television? pl pl