What the Hostile Understand
A comment from “mangeek” suggests that differences in our understanding of how people think and what countries comprehend about each other may lie behind our contrary conclusions:
I believe that a Russia that’s not pissed off at us makes the world a far safer place than an expensive an ineffective ‘missile shield’ would.
A very long discussion could be had about whether it’s better to piss off Russia or to protect against actions that it might take, but what interests me is the first conclusion. Is Russia — as a nation or as represented by its leaders —
Russia, especially, has invested sufficient resources into studying the United States that it can be counted on to have a more thorough understanding of our system and our mission than the average American. It is playing a strategic game to prevent us from standing in the way of Russian leaders’ designs, and our president is doing plenty of blinking.