Lots of good, highly diplomatic things in Gates's responses to Putin--refreshing, given recent history, I have to say.<br><br>As a point for debate and discussion, let me offer a comment on this specific remark: [color:blue]Reviewing NATO’s success in standing up to the Soviet threat, “it seems clear that totalitarianism was defeated as much by ideas the West championed then and now as by ICBM’s, tanks, and warships that the West deployed,” Mr. Gates said.</font color=blue><br><br>Here's my comment: Gates forgot the prime cause of NATO succes in the Cold War--we spent the USSR into bankruptcy.<br><br>A further question from the comment: Is al-Qaeda doing the same to us?<br><br>
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Good question, although my counter-argument would be that the USSR imploded because of its chief failing: a hopelessly inefficient central planning mechanism marked by a pathological fear of external influences.<br><br>I'm thinking BushCo is doing its level best to create a Soviet-style central planning mechanism - at least insofar as the war-making and propaganda functions of the state are concerned. Fear of a free press (and pointed public criticism) is another symptom of this monolithic power structure. Admit to no weakness and the weakness can never be an issue - that seems to be the strategy.<br><br>Or as Poly put it not too long ago, BushCo is doubling down all of its bets. Come in strong and hope no one really takes a good look at what's behind the tough-minded tactics. Bluff, bluff, bluff, all the way.<br><br>[color:red]max</font color=red>
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