Medvedev nails it: Guns of Butter
He and Russia face the same dilemma as Obama and the United States – spend more scarce resources on the military or get the private sector moving. Trying to slow or stop the military industrial complex is like trying to slow a runaway train coming off a mountain loaded with coal.
Both countries and its leaders need to choose the marketplace as the battle for consumers as opposed to nuclear armament. Both will have enough problems dealing with the likes of Iran and North Korea, both within reach of Russia.
“Russian president Medvedev sees new arms race if cooperation fails
By Kathy Lally
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, December 1, 2010; 12:00 AM
MOSCOW - In a state-of-the-nation speech Tuesday that dwelled on overcoming the persistent weaknesses sapping Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev suggested that failure to reach agreement on missile defense cooperation in Europe could set off a new arms race in the decade ahead.
Those dark remarks appeared aimed as much at his own generals as at the West. Medvedev has indicated that he wants to bend the nation's resources toward diversifying the economy rather than restoring the military-industrial complex of old, and the Kremlin has come to see arms control as in its own interests.
Medvedev did not mention the still-unratified nuclear arms agreement with the United States, but he spoke approvingly of a summit in Lisbon on Nov. 20 where he discussed the eventual goal of Russian cooperation with NATO on a European missile defense system.
"It goes without saying that was a positive development," he said. "But in this room, I would like to openly say that the choice for us in the coming decade is as follows: We will either come to terms on missile defense and form a full-fledged joint mechanism of cooperation or . . . we will plunge into a new arms race and have to think of deploying new strike means, and it's obvious that this scenario will be very hard."”
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