Putin: Mess with Me, I Mess with You
This is the sort of thing that makes me slowly start to sweat. It's not that I believe that either side will actually launch a nuclear missile at the other, but that level of brinkmanship is what leads to other bellicose acts on the world stage: creating a huge, impassive enemy out of the other allows both sides to engage in massive military buildup to "counter the [insert country here] threat", spending money that both Russia and the US could be spending on things like health-care, schools, infrastructure...
In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to target Europe with missiles, including potentially nuclear weapons, in a dramatic escalation of his Cold War-style showdown with the United States.
Mr. Putin, in an interview at his country residence outside Moscow, said he considers U.S. plans to build an eastern European anti-missile site to shoot down Iranian missiles a provocation aimed at Russia.
Asked what he might do to retaliate, he said he would return Russia to the Cold War status where missiles were aimed at European targets.
"It is obvious that if part of the strategic nuclear potential of the United States is located in Europe, and according to our military experts will be threatening us, we will have to respond," he said.
"What kind of steps are we going to take in response? Of course, we are going to get new targets in Europe."
He suggested that this could include powerful nuclear-capable weapons.