I mused in the coveritlive space last night that while the discussion was focusing on “domestic consequences”…. my main fear was that the most serious consequences would appear on the international stage. I also fingered Russia as being an actor likely to see what happened as a green light.
Well, that sure didn’t take long:
Russia to station missiles near PolandRussian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged on Wednesday to station new missiles near Poland’s border in response to U.S. plans for an anti-missile system and proposed extending the presidential term to six years from four.In an assertive first annual address to the nation, he defended Russia’s war with Georgia, appealed to nationalism and attacked Washington’s “selfish” foreign policy and “economic blunders” which he said caused the global financial crisis.The harsh tone and repeated attacks on the United States the day after Democrat Barack Obama’s electoral victory surprised some observers who had expected a more liberal style and more detail on how Russia would tackle a financial crisis. [Emphasis mine – Skan.]”To neutralize — if necessary — the (U.S.) anti-missile system, an Iskander missile system will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region,” Medvedev said, referring to a Russian enclave bordering European Union members Poland and Lithuania.
One day after Obama won the U.S. presidential election, Medvedev reserved his harshest criticism for the United States, blaming its “selfish” foreign policy for Russia’s brief war in August with Georgia, a U.S. ally.”The conflict in the Caucasus was used as a pretext for sending NATO warships to the Black Sea and then for the forceful foisting on Europe of America’s anti-missile systems,” Medvedev said in his speech, broadcast live on television and radio.
Six months? It only took about six hours.
So now watch the reaction. We’ll see if our (now-hung-out-to-dry) allies in eastern Europe read the tea leaves and figure it’s time to be more “accommodating”….