Why is he all of a sudden worried about that? Aren't they supposed to be our allies? What could they possibly want to hide from us?
What, so we're back in the Cold War now?
Let's be honest here: the Cold War never ended. Yes Reagan toppled the Evil Empire and democracy spread to Russia. No one's doubting that. But there are still forces, very strong
forces in Russia that would have liked to have kept that from happening... and the scary thing is, they're quickly regaining their power.
Does anyone doubt the KGB still exists? I certainly don't. The former agents being poisoned in Europe certainly proved it to me. That string of attempted, and at least once successful, murders had KGB written all
over them. And we already know Putin had KGB ties. Hell, the man has KGB roots
. If the organization is still active, and there's no doubt in my mind they are, he knows it. Whether or not he's involved has yet to be seen, but if they're taking action on anything, something tells me Putin certainly wouldn't call them out on it, even if he wanted to.
His own political maneuvers of late have been a bit shady... taking forceful action against critics, consolidating governmental and economic power and using rhetoric that recalls images of the Soviet era (such as the latest mention in his last state of the union speech of abandoning the Conventional Forces in Europe treaty). He's stoking the fires of nationalism again, too, with statements that are intended to unify Russia under a new national identity... not that there would normally be anything wrong with that, but given everything else and
that the KGB seems to be coming back into play, it makes you wonder just where he plans on going with all of this. I, unfortunately, have come to the conclusion that we're looking at the resurgence of Red Russia. Just what we need, right?
When you couple all of this with the accusations floating around that Russia is selling technology to Iran, it becomes pretty clear, if one assumes that's all true, that Russia being our ally is most definitely
a conflict of their interests (and, subsequently, our own). Ask yourself: which partnership are they making more money on? On the one hand, you have us. We're fighting a war on two fronts at the moment. We're asking for help, which involves a lot
of money spent. On the other
hand, you have Iran, whose leader is clearly bent on establishing a global khalifate and is in search of any and every weapon with which to accomplish that goal and is willing to pay craploads
of money for it. And, honestly, only a damned fool (and I truly mean damned
fool) would believe that they're using their nuclear technology for energy. They're sitting on top of the world's largest supply of oil, and somehow President Tom doesn't come across to me as a go-green anti-pollution energy-conserving hippie. If they really wanted energy, they'd ask Russia for the technology to refine the oil they have, not nuclear technology. In addition, Iran, due to their "Mission From Allah (TM)," has absolutely no problem giving any weapons they have to the insurgents in Iraq. We've already proven that. So let's follow the supply chain here:
Russia -> Iran -> Terrorists
Pretty obvious, isn't it? So I'll give you three guesses what it is Putin is afraid of us finding.
Whoop, hold that thought. Thought I just saw a mushroom cloud on the horizon.