Monday, August 13, 2007

Russia Mounts a (Temporary) Comeback

You've been in the game
Yeah, your career is long
But when you break it down
You only got two songs
--Beastie Boys

Russia shows who is king of the snow drifts:
Russia said flying more missions near U.S. territory

By Kristin Roberts
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (Reuters) - Russian bombers are flying more missions than normal near U.S. territory, including Alaska, demonstrating their long-range strike capability, U.S. and Canadian officials said on Monday.

Russian aircraft carrying cruise missiles ran an aviation exercise near Alaska two weeks ago, according to Canadian Col. Andre Dupuis, an officer at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a U.S.-Canadian operation responsible for protecting both countries' airspace.

Ah, yes, and of course they happen to be flying the same dilapidated bombers they were flying during Gorby's reign. Well, good on them, because as any student of history knows, the cold war ended because of silly military spending by the Russians. And no, they really haven't expanded their economy beyond oil, so when the bottom drops out of oil as it is bound to do, expect Russia to be next on the "total collapse of regime" list along with Iran, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia.

Wow. Couldn't happen to nicer list of countries. When is the electric car coming?

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