... is a good defense, if you listen to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
MAFRA, Portugal -on Friday compared the U.S. proposal to build a in Eastern Europe to the Cuban missile crisis of the 1960s.
"Analogous actions by the Soviet Union, when it deployed missiles in Cuba, prompted the 'Caribbean crisis,'" Putin said at a news conference at the end of a-Russian summit in , using the Russian term for the Cuban missile crisis.
"Such a threat is being set up on our borders," he said.
State Department spokesman Sean McCormack disabuses him of this absurd notion.
McCormack said there were "clear historical differences between our plans to deploy a defensive missile system designed to protect against the launch of missiles from rogue states, such as, and the offensive nuclear test capability of the missiles that were being installed in back in the 1960s."
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I understand that this posture is one that Mr. Putin must take, but that doesn't make it sound any less silly.