USA’s Aerojet, a major rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer, plans to purchase old rocket engines from Russia. The West, particularly the USA, is a civilization of packages. They can give a very good visual presentation of things, but the package does not imply good quality of products. US space products often lagged behind Soviet products especially in the space industry.
Well, we got to the moon and the Russians didn’t.
We, with the Brits and the French, launched Telstar, the first communications satellite.
We Americans enjoyed private automobiles (often two or more per family!) that looked good, came in an astounding variety and could be bought right off the lot — no decade-long waiting list to buy an ugly Soviet rust bucket.* We sang songs about our cars, we liked ‘em so much.
We never had a shortage of toilet paper — we even got around to putting pretty flowers and nice fragrances on ours.
We invented the Internet. They hacked it and spammed it.
We invented nukes: we didn’t pay spies to steal the design.
We build fences to keep people out, not in.
I could go on and on.
It’s amusing –and revealing of Russia’s pitiful insecurity–that it spins such silly stuff.
Especially from the nation that invented the Potemkin Village — the epitome of “packaging.”
* These are Trabant jokes, the East German state-manufactured auto:
Q. How can you make a Trabant disappear?
A. Spray it with rust arrestor.
Q. What’s the difference between a Trabant and a golf ball?
A. You can drive a golf ball.
Q. How do you double the value of a Trabant?
A. Fill up the tank!
Q. How do you turn a Trabant into a sports car?
A. Put sneakers in the trunk!
A customer walks into a Trabant dealer and says, “I want a Trabi with a two-tone paint job.”
Dealer: Yes, sir! It also comes with a turbocharged engine, anti skid braking, radial tires and a Blaupunkt stereo.
Customer: You’re joking.
Dealer: Well, you started it!