- AFP writes: “The United States is worried that after the Georgian conflict, USstrategic interests in Ukraine and Azerbaijan — especially in oil –could be at serious risk.”
- USA Today writes: “Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threatened an unspecified militaryresponse if the United States follows through with a missile-defensesystem near Russia’s borders in Poland and the Czech Republic.”
Welcome back to 1988!
Is it also time to dust off the slides showing a NATO counter-offensive across the Fulda Gap?
How long before wargaming scenarios involving humanitarian and military interventions in Eastern Europe creep into budget justification reports for major weapons programs, taking their place along side charts depicting the Yalu, Taiwan Straits and Strait of Hormuz?
And what would that portend for the Cold War-era acquisition programs now on life support (ie, C-17, F-22)?