An amusing diversion for Lord of the Rings and politics geeks.
Most blogs are posting their election observations today, but I need some time to think over what just happened. I’ll post thoughts tonight or tomorrow.
I know, I know, you’re waiting with bated breath.
OK, here’s one: Sarah Palin in 2012. I’m not a social conservative, but I think this woman is someone special and will be something special in the years to come. I’m convinced we need her (and more like her) in national office.
Catch y’all later.
Russia’s Medvedev hits out at US
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has blamed the United States for the world’s problems and announced new missile deployments in Europe, calling on incoming US counterpart Barack Obama to mend Washington’s ways.
Medvedev rounded on the United States for ills ranging from the global financial crisis to the recent war in Georgia, in a state-of-the-nation speech that was watched intently by his mentor Vladimir Putin, and omitted mentioning Obama by name.
He went on to announce the deployment of Iskander short-range missiles in the western Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, which borders US allies Lithuania and Poland, in response to US missile defence plans.
He said the United States had sped up plans to deploy missile interceptors in Poland and radar facilities in the Czech Republic in reaction to the war in Georgia in August over the Russian-backed region of South Ossetia.
Russia says the US plans threaten Russian security and dismisses claims they are directed against "rogue states" such as Iran.
"Iskander missile systems will be deployed in Kaliningrad region to neutralise the missile defence system," Medvedev said.
The war in Georgia, in which Russia’s military onslaught was condemned by the West, was "a consequence of the presumptuous policies of the US administration," Medvedev said.
"We will not back down in the Caucasus," he said.
Why do I have a feeling that, within a year, people in Ohio and Pennsylvania (and elsewhere) will be hitting themselves on the forehead and uttering a Homeric "Doh!" ?