A New Cold War?
The Russian newspaper Izvestia reported today that Russia may respond to Bush's Eastern European missile defense system by deploying nuclear bombers in Cuba.
The US responded with a statement by General Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff nominee. Schwartz stated that such a deployment would be "something that crosses a threshold, crosses a red line for the United States of America."
I thought that Andy Young's take on the situation sounded about right. According to Young, the Russians are probably just posturing for the sake of domestic politics, and we probably won't be seeing a Russian airbase in Cuba. But I disagree with his assertion that the Russians might build an airbase in Venezuela. Unlike a Cuban base, a Venezuelan base couldn't be justified by linking its construction to the missile site. And it's very hard to see how such a base would do anything for the Chavez government, beyond giving the US a pretext for another coup d'etat.
(cross posted at appletree and Liberal Avenger) (via reddit)