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The United States and Russia Friday finalized the first major nuclear arms control treaty in nearly two decades. Do you believe Russia still poses a nuclear threat to the United States?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
54% 550
No
 
38% 394
Not sure
 
7% 73
Total 1017

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overthemoon 4 years ago

"The United States and Russia Friday finalized the first major nuclear arms control treaty..."

Is that anywhere close to real English grammar and usage? Wouldn't "On Friday the United States and Russia..." be just a little closer to Fowler or Strunk and White? Have we forgotten how to build a sentence???

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bennyoates 4 years ago

(anonymous) says… We're only a threat to ourselves.

March 28, 2010 at 11:19 p.m. ( permalink | suggest removal ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Amen to that.

I love how the right wing pinheads scream about how much they hate and fear the government yet they are the first to believe whatever the government says about other nations and the first to want to annihilate nations they define as enemies.

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scottpewenofkit 4 years ago

We're only a threat to ourselves.

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Bill Lee 4 years ago

ICBMs have to be targeted somewhere. The easiest "default" targets for us are in Russia, and the easiest targets for them are here. It's because we are two large countries on opposite sides of the world. Missles can be retargeted in a matter of seconds, even in flight, so I don't worry about Russia. Their focus for several decades will be on their domestic problems, so they have little reason to threaten us.

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paulette2 4 years ago

Israel is the country to worry about.

what happens when they nuke Tehran and start a major war?

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balishag 4 years ago

These treaties mean nothing in my opinion. The Russian government is far more sinister than many people think. This is a government that practices state sponsored terrorism against their own people to maintain power. It's noting but a KGB (FSB) run government. You can never trust them.

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edjayhawk 4 years ago

Like I said this is just some Republican babble to look tough on defense. You think Obama is too soft? He did more in Afghanistan in a year then Bush did for 7 years.

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BorderRuffian 4 years ago

NO! During the last decade or so of the Cold War, the USSR in all its vastness had run out of money and resources. Sure, it could possibly shoot at us with its nukes, but there would have been no way to follow through in any kind of resulting war. NOw that there is no more USSR and all that is left is Russia, there is even less resources to prosecute any sort of war. Add to that the problem that nukes take a lot of maintenance, which Russia doesn't have the resources for, and that if not maintained properly, the nukes and their carrier rockets deteriorate badly and fairly quickly.

Could they manage to shoot one or two nukes off? Possibly. But what then? There's nothing to be gained. Russia is no longer a world power - it is a badly decomposing third world country.

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sierraclub 4 years ago

Not Sure!! Thanks LJW!!!

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PosseComitatus 4 years ago

I would think that any country that has a nuclear tipped ICBM aimed at our country is a threat.

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Centerville 4 years ago

It wasn't a real threat until Zippy arrived on the scene, rolled over and played stupid.

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feeble 4 years ago

55% of ljworld.com poll respondents also believe that a supercomputer can be defeated by asking it to play tic-tac-toe.

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Glenda LaRue 4 years ago

liberty275 You must be afraid that your party won"t be elected in 219 days! How disrespecful of you to call our commander and chief names in a public forum. Shame on you!

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Liberty275 4 years ago

"President Obama is not soft or weak"

He's a coward that had to be forced into listening to the general he appointed because he was afraid to make a decision. Even then, he made a timid decision. I don't know yet if he is as bad as carter, but he's looking that way.

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Sigma 4 years ago

Wouldn't any country that has nukes potentially be a nuclear threat? Russia would be WAY down on my list of countries to worry about though.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years ago

President Obama told people at a town hall meeting on this subject that his intention was to "trust, but verify." Make no mistake about this. President Obama is not soft or weak because he is articulate and can behave in a civil manner even to those whom he does not agree with.

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denak 4 years ago

I don't think they pose an immediate threat but any country that has nukes is theorectically a threat. Given the destructive power of these weaponse, we would be a fool not to view them as a potential threat even while we are engaging them in diplomatic and economic talks.

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jumpin_catfish 4 years ago

Boom then whoever is left is thinkin' I thought Russia wasn't a threat.

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Flap Doodle 4 years ago

Blame America first, right, merrill?

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Liberty275 4 years ago

No threat. In a few decades, a smaller country might want to commit suicide by taking a shot at America, but a million of them will die for every 10 of us. Granted, we are stuck with a cowardly commander in chief for 3 more years, but that is a carteresqe aberration and Hilary is man enough to make up for obama's weakness.

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rbwaa 4 years ago

about as much threat as we pose to them...

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edjayhawk 4 years ago

A good way to boost the economy. Build a bunch of weapons that we will never use.

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Danimal 4 years ago

The Russians are still sitting on the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world. They've also retargeted their missiles at our cities as of a couple years ago, so of course they are still a very real threat.

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CreatureComforts 4 years ago

Russia is not a threat anymore. This isn't 1965, there are a lot of other countries that present greater threats...Iran, North Korea...Russia is pretty far down on the list these days.

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catfishturkeyhunter 4 years ago

Its only ok if the U.S. has nukes, but its not ok for anyone else.. Atleast thats how it seems..

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nut_case 4 years ago

I think M.A.D will likely keep any major country at bay. We obviously know where Russia, China, etc are and they know as well as we do there simply is no winning a nuclear exchange. The big problem comes from small rogue countries or even small groups who have nothing to loose.

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Hydra 4 years ago

I said no. They have much more pressing worries with China as a neighbor.

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BABBOY 4 years ago

I said yes because I think their leaders are less stable then ours. Think about how scary that is.

Disagree with Merrill. I am as liberal as they come and Merrill's implying our troops are killing innocent people pisses me off in the same way as when a recent crazed republican screamed "baby killer" in Congrees. In fact, it pisses me off more in that the troops are trying to do what they think is right while yet all Merrill does is type this crap on a key board. Lame Merril, just lame. I have read your posts and agree with you often and am telling you are better then that.....

As for angel4dennis, I suggest lots of thearpy. I feel sorry for Dennis because angel is one sick puppy. What is next for your kids? Pron movies as sex education?

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Richard Heckler 4 years ago

The USA poses a nuke threat to the world.

Ever notice how many countries the USA military has been ordered to occupy and/or engage in war?

I say our troops would rather be home with their families than killing other innocent families.

Bring the troops home.

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tolawdjk 4 years ago

In related news, the global tinmarket took a sharp uptick today as foil, foil hats, and foil hat accessories rose by leaps and bounds recently.

Hey, rocket scientist, tell me exactly how in 219 days it will magically be illegal for a Russian to legally obtain a student visa to study in the US?

Your a funny old man. Very "Hey, you kids, get off my lawn."

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lawrenceguy40 4 years ago

Of course they do! And I am told there are many former Soviets studying and employed at KU. Where will their loyalty be when Russia starts flexing its muscles against us? Hard working taxpayers are paying for them to educate their future weapons scientists!

Be careful with your vote! 219 days....

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Boosh 4 years ago

I don't have nightmares about it like I did when I were young, so, not sure.

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angel4dennis 4 years ago

The kids and I watched "The Day After" just last week. I wanted them to be informed that even though it is a Hollywood reproduction that was filmed in Lawrence, it could really happen. It was interesting to see some of the older buildings that I remembered. I know seeing South Park Gazebo was cool for my son. Connecting to the film brought it home more that the life we have now and the sights we are seeing could be destroyed in a matter of minutes.

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