american media is a joke and provides us travelers with more embarrassing moments than we already have. as if it isn't enough that bush is playing bully in the czech republic, CNN couldn't even get the name of the czech president right when it announced that bush was meeting his czech counterpart Klaus Topolanek. well they got the name half backwards and half right. the president, by the way, is Vaclav Klaus and the minister is Mirek Topolanek.
for those not keeping up with the tender czech-bush relations, the us wants to place a radar system in the czech republic and interceptor rockets in poland...for our protection and best interests, of course, against possible attacks, despite the fact that doing so could make a potential target out of the CR and worsen relations with russia. opponents (about 70% of czechs) accuse the US of rekindling the cold war and are petitioning for a national referendum. here are the mechanics of the plan.
putin has warned that it will aim missles at europe if plans to build the system continue.
take a peek at this chart and compare russia with the us....
do we really want to piss off russia? who is it that really scares bush? and if putin has no intention of using missiles, why does he care about the shield?