Out of the blue, in this week when yet again Iraq has commanded the lion's share of foreign coverage, CBS decided to turn its attention to Russia. Elizabeth Palmer went to the Kremlin for Defense of the Fatherland Day where she talked to Mikhail Gorbachev, "the last Cold Warrior." Secretary Gates had stated publicly that the "unpredictability of Russia and China" was the reason why the United States maintains its military strength at a permanently high level. Gorbachev called Gates' claim "the last straw" following NATO's decision to install radar and anti-missile defenses in the Czech Republic and Poland. "Russia's generals were furious," observed Palmer. In retaliation, "Russia is threatening to build new missiles and point them at Europe" and has canceled a jetliner contract with Boeing.
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