As relayed by the AP, Russian’s top military man says
Russia is facing a heightened risk of being drawn into conflicts at its borders that have the potential of turning nuclear
While it’s easy to dismiss this as vacuous saber-rattling (which it is), it’s also difficult to avoid drawing the conclusion that Russia will continue to use this as an excuse to avoid drawing down its massive inventory of tactical nuclear weapons.
Were it only possible that we could play a mulligan on the Russian reset.
At some point, will the Global Zeros accept self-evident reality, history, and human nature?
Continuing Russian anxiety regarding missile defense is also telling. With Iran poised to open the floodgates of worldwide nuclear weapons proliferation, being able to stop an adversary (that is, having a robust missile defense capability) from the most consequential of all actions (that is, releasing a nuclear weapon for effect) is an important competence for the U.S. and its allies to continue to build out.