On The Offensive


Putin flexes his over-stretched military muscle

How do you say "neocons" in Russian? Taking a page from the Bush Administration's playbook, the Kremlin has adopted a national-security policy that includes preemptive military strikes. Russia may even revise its nuclear strategy, unless NATO abandons what the Kremlin calls its "anti-Russian orientation." The statements came at a conference on the reform and development of Russia's armed forces, held in Moscow last week and attended by senior state officials, military brass and national media editors. President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov both spoke at the conference. Ivanov said Russia should be ready to carry out preemptive strikes anywhere...

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