It appears Joe Biden was on target when he regretfully stated that Barack Obama would be challenged in his first six months, but it didn’t take quite that long…
Yesterday President Medvedev of Russia gave his first equivalent of the State of the Union Address. It was not addressed to the Russian people. It was addressed to the United States and her Allies, and the new Administration. Russia anticipated a seam in American policy and resolve, and immediately drove a wedge into it.
For those of you demanding change, your wish has been granted. The first helping has just been served. And it is a big one…
Medvedev’s Nov. 5 speech announced hard actions, including the following statements:
Russia will deploy Iskander short-range ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave sandwiched between NATO and EU states Lithuania and Poland, in order to directly target the fledgling U.S. ballistic missile defense installations slated for Poland and the Czech Republic.
Russia will return to a more Soviet-style system of term limits in order to more firmly entrench the power of the Putin organization.
Moscow will not even consider negotiations with the lame-duck administration of President George W. Bush, preferring instead to wait for President-elect Barack Obama’s team, which Moscow thinks will be easier to manipulate.
The United States is to blame not only for Russia’s war with Georgia, but also for the global financial crisis.
Russia will not make any concessions on its international position; the United States can take it or leave it.
Obama has never said how he would deal with Russia or any of the former Sov Block countries, and they saw the waffling when they went into Georgia; they are NOT bluffing- Russia now has petro$$ and are rebuilding their military at a rate that would scare you.
This will have MAJOR impact on Europe and the emerging countries there and how they deal with the US! Either fall in line with Russia, or get run over by the bus, which is leaving the station NOW; or hope and pray the US actually comes through. Any bets???
All this info came from stratfor.com, which is on the daily read list for most of the people I work with…