Cold War II?

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For the past 4 years, Russian dictator Putin has moved his country closer and closer to its pre-Yeltsin isolation. Today, he announced suspension of NATO inspections of nuclear missile sites.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree freezing participation in the treaty that cited “extraordinary circumstances … that affect the security of the Russian Federation and require immediate measures,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Russia continues a military build-up which most Americans have ignored.

Some will accuse me of longing for the good old days of the Cold War, but they’re missing a dangerous story if they do.

I don’t trust Putin, and I don’t think I’m alone. Over at Depleted Uranium, a writer points out that Russia is amassing tank divisions near the Polish border. A weak Poland is all that stands between Russia and Germany.

Perhaps the 2008 candidates should spend a little time thinking about these ominous signs from the Bear of the East, and perhaps we should all appreciate Condi Rice’s expertise a bit more. (Secretary Rice is a Russian expert.)