The great Global Security Newswire has an article, Russia Calls For Common Ground With U.S. on Missile Shield, which offers an interesting Russian perspective on missile defense.
“We need to seek common approaches and breakthrough positions on this issue,” [Russian General Staff chief Gen. Nikolai] Makarov was reported by ITAR-Tass to have said following his meeting with [U.S. counterpart, Joint Chiefs of Staff head Adm. Michael] Mullen.
It would first be useful to define and understand what Makarov means by “common approaches and breakthrough positions.” I’d offer it means this: the U.S. needs to assume the Russian approach and that the U.S. needs to assume the Russian position (no innuendo intended).
Makarov said he wanted to see Moscow and Washington come to an understanding on missile defense…
I’d offer “an understanding” in this context means the U.S. will comply with the Russian missile defense desires.
The Kremlin vehemently opposed the Bush plans and remains wary of the U.S. proposal to deploy more limited-range interceptors around Europe. Moscow has demanded an equal role with NATO in the planned missile shield…
Desperate acts for desperate nations. “Vehemently opposed” and “demanded an equal role” are little more than table-pounding.
Russia has also called for a legally binding pledge that the NATO system would not be aimed at its nuclear-armed missiles.
So why would the Russians appear to fear missile defense when U.S. “experts” say it’ll never work and when it does, it’ll cost too much?
Maybe because missile defense works.