New Cold War
What is the New Cold War and How Does It Affect the U.S.
There is a new Cold War developing between the U.S. and Russia, but it is not limited to just these two countries. There are additional players in the new Cold War that were not threats in the past one. North Korea, Pakistan, India, and China all have nuclear weapons, and Iran is aggressively trying to obtain their own nuclear weapons. Unlike the old Cold War where the United States and the former Soviet Union had a policy of mutual destruction which kept both countries in check, the new nations with nuclear capabilities do not have the same respect for the restraint to use any weapon at their disposal. The new Cold War has many power centers and different international threats.
The New Cold War and Russia's Growing Resentment of the U.S.
Russia is trying to gain its position as a superpower again. China is also ramping up their military efforts to obtain superpower status. The U.S. deciding to place missile defense installations into Poland has enraged Russia. They see the U.S. missile defense installations as threats to their own countries security even though these installations are purely for defensive actions. Their purpose is to be ready to shoot down any ballistic missile threat that might come out of North Korea, Iran, or any other rogue nation or terrorist state seeking to detonate a nuclear bomb on the U.S. or any of its allies.
Find out more about how the new Cold War is heating up between the U.S., Russia, and the new players in the nuclear club in the article, "Socialism and the Cold War circa 2008".