Don't know much about history--Putin edition
President Vladimir Putin yesterday evoked one of the most dangerous confrontations of the Cold War to highlight Russian opposition to a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe, comparing it to the Cuban missile crisis of 45 years ago.The Cuban missile crises was about the placement of offensive missiles in Cuba. The point was made in President Kennedy's speeches about the missiles as well as at the UN. The current proposal is to place a few defensive missiles in Europe to thwart an Iranian threat. They would be wholly inadequate against a Russian threat. The man has yet to come up with a coherent statement of why he opposes a defense against a missile threat from an obvious rogue state.
The comments, made at the end of a summit between Russia and European Union, were the latest in a series of provocative statements from the assertive Mr. Putin.