Russian/U.S. relations have declined during the past two years, to the point that some scholars, such as Ariel Cohen, have labeled the current situation a “cool war.”1 Both leaders predictably point the finger at the other for this “cooling.” In truth, both leaders are to blame. The Bush Administration’s dogged insistence on the European Missile Shield, a costly program of marginal operational ability and marginal necessity, provokes Russia, and is reminiscent of the Cold War mindset.
"Poking the Russian Bear: The European Missile Defense Shield,"
Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 1
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