Despite several failed tests, & recent history showing that missiles are really irrelevant as a 1st world security risk compared to, say, the angry relatives & neighbors of people who those countries fire their missiles at, U.S. construction of an attempted missile shield continues. Extending this nonsensical plan to Europe, one of the stations — 6 years from now — is set to be placed in Poland. Nearby Russia, realizing that 1) the Cold War is over & 2) this crap isn’t gonna work anyway, is shrugging it off.
I’m kidding. They’re actually threatening — well in advance — to fire on it:
Russia’s top military officer has threatened to carry out a pre-emptive strike on U.S.-led NATO missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe if Washington goes ahead with its controversial plan to build a missile shield.
President Dmitry Medvedev said last year that Russia will retaliate militarily if it does not reach an agreement with the United States and NATO on the missile defense system.
“Just you wait! Go ahead and build the missile defense system for those several years, and the second it’s done we’ll attack it & trigger WW3!”
Nice use of the “pre-emptive strike” talk, btw. So, what’s the purpose of this shield, beyond the usual billions for the endless war industry?
Moscow rejects Washington’s claim that the missile defense plan is solely to deal with any Iranian missile threat and has voiced fears it will eventually become powerful enough to undermine Russia’s nuclear deterrent. Moscow has proposed running the missile shield jointly with NATO, but the alliance has rejected that proposal. (emphasis mine)
The stated assumption here by Washington D.C. is that somewhere along the line the Iranian government is going to fire missiles at Europe. Because…just because they feel like it, I guess? Meanwhile, the assumption by Russia is that it’s meant instead to stop them from firing on the rest of Europe. Which they would do because…Boris Badenov takes over in a coup & really wants to get that damn Moose & Squirrel?
During all this, here in the real world, the shield Doesn’t. Frickin. Work. Also, it is long proven irrelevant even if it did (a thought: if Russia really wanted to hurt the U.S., it would simply disrupt the flow of oil). Reading mutual mounds of Stupid like this make me wish I had a glue-sniffing habit.