http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6898690.stm Now I realise that this is probably Putin doing a bit of posturing because he's miffed about the Czech/Pole situation; but didn't it occur to a single politician that the "Cold War" could conceivably be reignited by just such policies? We won the Cold War, it ended. We don't need anti-submarine frigates, we don't need to keep Armour and men in Germany, we don't need an airforce to protect against a non-existant aerial assault from the East. Lets do everything military on a shoe-string from Wales and sell off all the Estate in the south-east, because there's no longer a threat. What chance the MOD will scrap BARONA or even give it a minor rethink? Not a bleedin hope. Sell, sell, sell, we have no current need and therefore no future need for such an expensive insurance policy. Show a little weakness and look see what happens. I doubt Putin has the cash to fund a massive expansion at the moment but why sell everything off all our assets on the off-chance that the threat has gone for good?