If Iran ever has the capability to lob a nuclear missile at the U.S., the Pentagon is "very confident" the missile interceptors already in place would foil such an attack. Said interceptors don’t always work, but the military is still upbeat about our chances.
Despite US-Russian progress since Barack Obama's inauguration on the sticky issue of the United States' planned missile shield system, the two sides are not completely in agreement on the matter In fact, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has brought it up again in conjunction with (continued).
President Barack Obama's cancellation of his predecessor's missile-defense scheme for Poland and the Czech Republic presumably brings to a close one of the least explicable and most dangerous American policy initiatives since the Cold War officially ended.
Russia might be pleased with President Obama's decision to nix Bush's missile shield plans, but how about Eastern Europe? Meanwhile, Sen. Max Baucus' health care reform plan foundered, and Obama made a play to get through to the powers on Wall Street. All this -- plus the Glenn Becking of American political discourse -- is part of this week's discussion on "Left, Right & Center."
Sure, some of the show of good will between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, was glad-handing for the cameras, and that whole missile-shield issue was swept under the rug for the time being, but some actual progress was made during their summit in Moscow on Monday.
Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman's debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles took a political turn on Sunday night when he took a moment before his final number to announce that he wouldn't play in the U.S. again as long as America pursues an imperialist agenda on the world stage.
Will the Obama administration take a different tack than the Bush team did when it comes to relations with the Kremlin? It's hard to say at this stage, but Vice President Joe Biden has suggested that it's "time to press the reset button and to revisit the many areas where we can and should be working together with Russia." He made the comment Saturday in a speech at a security conference in Germany.
Although she acknowledged that Georgia fired the first shots in August's bloody conflict with Russia, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday laid most of the blame for that showdown on Russia. During a strident speech, she also gave several other examples of how she believed Russia's leaders were taking their nation down a dangerous road.