Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Will Russia Supply Iran With Air-Defense System?

The AP is reporting it will happen.

Russia is preparing to equip Iran with a powerful new air defense system that would dramatically increase its ability to repel an attack, Iran's defense minister said Wednesday.

The S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense system is capable of shooting down aircraft, cruise missiles and ballistic missile warheads at ranges of over 90 miles and at altitudes of about 90,000 feet. Russian military officials boast that its capabilities outstrip the U.S. Patriot missile system.


Putin has made it clear he opposes U.S. deployment of an air-missile defense shield in eastern Europe. For whatever reasons fathomable, the Russians simply do not want it.

Whether or not the Russian government is serious about doing this, whether or not the system could be as effective as touted, remains yet to be seen. But, one thing we cannot rule out here is Russia may be using this as a bargaining chip for us to re-think our stance on the European deal (like the deal in the 60s that was produced from the Cuban Missile Crisis).


7 comments:

Greg said...

The Prez needs to take another look into Putin's soul....

Obob said...

This has power play written all over it. Plus it gets Russia that oil it has a difficult time drilling for in Siberia.
Not to sound like a loon, great set-up, I've been joking the Russians are behind global warming to melt the Artic to get those natural resources. Very Bondish at that or Powersish. I need sharks with lasers

Greg said...

But, one thing we cannot rule out here is Russia may be using this as a bargaining chip for us to re-think our stance on the European deal (like the deal in the 60s that was produced from the Cuban Missile Crisis).

Probably, but if so, Putin's logic is flawed - this only reinforces our position that Iran continually seeks to expand the reach of its military and that a missile defense shield is a necessary response.

Rocket said...

You guys really oughta check out this sight

http://patdollard.com/young-americans

check out living with snipers video. A completely different take that we never see on tv.

Also about pakistan

http://patdollard.com/index.php?s=mehsud

LASunsett said...

//The Prez needs to take another look into Putin's soul....//

What soul?

LASunsett said...

Rocket,

Watched the video you recommended. I have been saying for the duration that the media hasn't been accurate in its portrayals of the real stories. Yet, there have been some that have castigated me, here and on other blogs/forums, for saying it.

Oh well. Sticks and stones...

Greg said...

rocket: re the first video, the soldier says he likes the Economist, but John Kerry said the soldiers are illiterate drop-outs. Does not compute.