President Vladimir Putin formally notified NATO governments on Saturday that Russia will suspend its obligations under the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty, a key Cold War-era arms limitation agreement, in response to American plans to deploy a missile shield in Eastern Europe.When we heard this on the news this morning, I asked my (French) husband why none of the 25 or so other NATO members were able to refuse to go along with this missile shield hoax. He claims that NATO has always been just the US and everyone else follows along. I have trouble believing that. Everyone’s got a budget to balance, and EU members have budget responsibilities with respect to EU membership. Nicolas Sarkozy is making hash of those right now, sending France into extragalactic debt even without shelling out for a missile shield, but this is more the exception than the rule. Surely it would be more cost effective to invest in long-term war-prevention programs like fighting desertification, poverty, illiteracy, etc.?
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Remember Nancy Reagan telling us all to “just say no”? How come no one but the equally dangerous seem to be able to say it to GWB? The Herald Tribune reports that