Everyone laughed at Reagan's "Star Wars" program. Now it seems we may really need it. And our old adversaries, the Russians, don't like it. Russian President Vlad the Impaler has threatened to aim his missiles at Europe if the U.S. proceeds with its plan to build a missile defense shield in Poland and the Czech Republic.
Really, now, Vlad. Is this not just a case of sour grapes? Aren't you just jealous of the success of the U.S. in bringing about the fall of your Soviet house of cards? And are you not a little jealous that Poland and the Czech Republic became allies of the west (and NATO members to boot) after your rusting Iron Curtain finally crumbled?
The Russians are "not our enemy." But they are not really our friends, either. They have given aid to Iraq during the U.N. sanction period between the wars, and are aiding Iran as well. Would Vlad the Impaler look the other way if there was an Empty Quiver situation originating in Russia or one of the Federation states? I would not be surprised.