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Old 11-05-2008, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Le Grand, Ca
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MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Just hours after U.S. President-elect Barack Obama delivered his victory speech, Russia’s leader delivered a scathing rebuke of U.S. policy and reminded Obama of some of the major foreign policy challenges he will face in office.

In his first state-of-the-nation speech since taking office earlier this year, President Dmitry Medvedev warned that Russian missiles will be deployed against the planned U.S. missile shield in eastern Europe.

“The Iskander missile system will be deployed in Kaliningrad region to neutralize, when necessary, the missile shield,” Medvedev said. “We are also planning to use the resources of the Russian naval fleet for these purposes.”

Moscow has been infuriated by U.S. plan for the defensive missile installation, which includes basing missile interceptors in Poland. Russian officials have previously warned that such a move would open Poland up to an attack in the event of a conflict.

Russia fears the missile shield would blunt its nuclear deterrent, but the United States has said the shield is meant to defend Europe from a possible missile attack from the Middle East or Iran.


Is this the test that Jumpin Joe Biden was talking about? Thoughts?

Observation: People at the Obama victory party were waving the Russian flag...

Coincidence?? I don't think so.

Medvedev: Russia to deploy missiles near Poland
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Play Video Video: Obama Accepts Historic Victory ABC News Play Video Video: Kenya celebrates Obama victory AFP AP – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during his annual state of the nation speech in Moscow, Russia, … MOSCOW – Russia will deploy missiles near NATO member Poland in response to U.S. missile defense plans, President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday in his first state of the nation speech.

Medvedev also singled out the United States for criticism, casting Russia's war with Georgia in August and the global financial turmoil as consequences of aggressive, selfish U.S. policies.

He said he hoped the next U.S. administration would act to improve relations. In a separate telegram, he congratulated Barack Obama on his election victory and said he was hoping for "constructive dialogue" with the incoming U.S. president.

Medvedev also proposed increasing the Russian presidential term to six years from the current four, a major constitutional change that would further increase the power of the head of state and could deepen Western concern over democracy in Russia.

The president said the Iskander missiles will be deployed to Russia's Kaliningrad region, which lies between Poland and the ex-Soviet republic of Lithuania on the Baltic Sea, but did not say how many would be used. Equipment to electronically hamper the operation of prospective U.S. missile defense facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic will be deployed, he said.

He did not say whether the short-range Iskander missiles would be fitted with nuclear warheads and it was not clear exactly when the missiles would be deployed.

"Mechanisms must be created to block mistaken, egoistical and sometimes simply dangerous decisions of certain members of the international community," he said shortly after starting the 85-minute speech, making it clear he was referring to the United States.

The president said Georgia sparked the August war on its territory with what he called "barbaric aggression" against Russian-backed South Ossetia. The conflict "was, among other things, the result of the arrogant course of the American administration, which did not tolerate criticism and preferred unilateral decisions."

Medvedev also painted Russia as a country threatened by growing Western military might.

"From what we have seen in recent years, the creation of a missile defense system, the encirclement of Russia with military bases, the relentless expansion of NATO, we have gotten the clear impression that they are testing our strength," Medvedev said.

He announced deployment of the short-range missiles as a military response to U.S. plans to deploy missile-defense facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic — former Soviet satellites that are now NATO members.

Speaking just hours after Obama was declared the victor in the U.S. presidential election, Medvedev said he hoped the incoming administration will take steps to improve badly damaged U.S. ties with Russia. He suggested it is up to the U.S. — not the Kremlin — to seek to improve relations.

"I stress that we have no problem with the American people, no inborn anti-Americanism. And we hope that our partners, the U.S. administration, will make a choice in favor of full-fledged relations with Russia," Medvedev said.

Tension in Russian-American relations has been driven to a post-Cold War high by Moscow's war with U.S. ally Georgia.

On the financial crisis, Medvedev said overconfidence in American dominance after the collapse of the Soviet Union "led the U.S. authorities to major mistakes in the economic sphere." The administration ignored warnings and harmed itself and others by "blowing up a money bubble to stimulate its own growth," he said.

Medvedev said the president's tenure should be lengthened to six years to enable the government to more effectively implement reforms. He said the term of the parliament also should be extended by a year to five years, and that parliament's power must be increased by requiring the Cabinet to report to lawmakers regularly.

The proposals were Medvedev's first major initiative to amend the constitution since he was elected in March to succeed his longtime mentor Vladimir Putin.

Putin, who is now prime minister and has not ruled out a return to the Kremlin in the future, has favored increasing the presidential term.

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Associated Press Writers Vladimir Isachenkov and Lynn Berry contributed to this report.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Le Grand, Ca
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What is it going to take for you people to realize that our country is HATED by many people... NOT because of what bush did in Iraq, because of our BELIEFS. That will not change for anything. No matter who is POTUS, they will still hate us.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Weehawken, NJ
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What is it going to take for you people to realize that our country is HATED by many people... NOT because of what bush did in Iraq, because of our BELIEFS. That will not change for anything. No matter who is POTUS, they will still hate us.
It was going to happen regardless of who won last night.

We are hated by some, envied by others, but most are afraid to do anything. This is a bluff. Russia has lots to lose if they ever pushed the button.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Le Grand, Ca
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I see Obama bowing to the Russians and canceling the european missle defence network, probably soon after he takes office. Wouldn't suprise me if he shut down BMDS bases in Alaska and Vandenburg either. Once he pulls the troops out of the middle east then he bleeds the military dry to pay for his social and entitlement programs.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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The McCain folks just won't get over it. Okay, so I am supposed to believe that if McCain had won the election, the Russians wouldn't have done this! Ughhhhhh, McCain lost b/c of his stupidity now his supporters are proudly embracing the same stupidity that has led to a McCain failure........Get over it folks. Gotta problems with Russian missiles, address the matter to the white house - there's a president there that will listen to your concerns
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:41 PM
 
Location: High Bridge, NJ
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And this all means what?

A: President Obama will immediately issue an executive order creating the new nation of "Amerussia," merging the two countries and bringing back Stalin era-socialism.

B: President Obama will cry like a little girl and say to the Russians "Put your missiles wherever you want!!! PLEASE DON'T HURT US!!!"

C: President Obama will hold TALKS with the Russians and work out a common sense compromise that will benefit both nations like Ronald Reagan (yes, Ronald Reagan) did.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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The only BELIEF we have that makes the Russians hate us is our belief that we are and should be the predominant economic and military power in the world. Russia, China, insert country here, also hold that belief about themselves. It's a simple matter of conflicting goals that will exist as countries try to exert their influence at the expense of other countries. We all do it, that's why there's so much conflict in the world.
Obama will stand his ground and protect our global interests.

The conflict in Georgia is a result of the US trying to extend its influence into an area at Russia's expense. We pushed, Russia pushed back, the people of Georgia suffered.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:47 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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The McCain folks just won't get over it. Okay, so I am supposed to believe that if McCain had won the election, the Russians wouldn't have done this! Ughhhhhh, McCain lost b/c of his stupidity now his supporters are proudly embracing the same stupidity that has led to a McCain failure........Get over it folks. Gotta problems with Russian missiles, address the matter to the white house - there's a president there that will listen to your concerns
McCain took a much stronger stance against Russian imperialist ambitions. They wouldn't of wanted to risk a confrontation with him. Osama is more like carter, they can walk all over him as far as can be told.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:47 PM
 
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As long as the US decides to push our beliefs, government and model on other countries we will be hated throughout the world. Who are we to decide that what they do in Iran, Russia or where ever is wrong? Most of the world is older than us (in terms of country age) yet we seem to think we do everything right. Just like we should have done with Wall Street, let those other countries and nations do what they choose and either fail or succeed. Let's work on cleaning our own front yards for a change.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:48 PM
 
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The only BELIEF we have that makes the Russians hate us is our belief that we are and should be the predominant economic and military power in the world. Russia, China, insert country here, also hold that belief about themselves. It's a simple matter of conflicting goals that will exist as countries try to exert their influence at the expense of other countries. We all do it, that's why there's so much conflict in the world.
Obama will stand his ground and protect our global interests.

The conflict in Georgia is a result of the US trying to extend its influence into an area at Russia's expense. We pushed, Russia pushed back, the people of Georgia suffered.
The meddling of soros has increased tensions. Soros not coincidentally is an osama supporter...

Also, Russia has imperialistic ambitions. Read up on what Anatoliy Golitsyn, a soviet agent who defected to the west, wrote many, many years ago on Russian plans.
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