You may (not) have heard that a few days ago Russian press was reporting that PM Putin is planning to meet with Bush at the Olympics to talk about his anger over U.S. agreement with the Czech Republic to build a radar/missile intercept station there. Russia is threatening to send nuclear bombers to Cuba. This crosses a "red line" for the U.S. military.
Russia's President, meanwhile, is telling Azerbaijan that Russia will buy all of its natural gas. The U.S. and Western allies have worked hard to build oil and gas pipelines out of Azerbaijan for export to Western markets. Russia has already been criticized in recent years for holding Europe hostage in its control of exports of gas and oil. You figure out what this would mean for the U.S.
Last night on the CBS Evening News Katie Couric declared that Iran may be "months away" from having "the ultimate weapon." She was doing a story on Israel's possible preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, something our Joint Chiefs Chairman is urging them not to do, and something they cannot apparently do without our help. Earlier this year, U.S. analysts said Iran was still several years away. Now, analysts are anonymously saying 2009.
I'm not real thrilled about the times we're living in. Americans don't seem to care, really. I should keep an eternal perspective here and remember that this world is not my home (Philippians 3:20). But, in the event of economic collapse, civil unrest, and war abroad, I still have to wonder what living here would be like and whether/how we should prepare.
I checked out how far we are from any nuclear weapons facilities or bomber bases, a check on how close to "potential ground zero" we would be. Turns out that there are several silos and a B-2 base less than 100 miles from our house. Ever see the 1983 movie The Day After? Trust me, you don't want to.