Russia threatens use of nuclear weapons against the United States

I recently received  an email update from ThreatJournal.com which chronicled recent comments made from both Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin. 

Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Rogozin

Lets cut to the chase:

Rogozin threatened the nuclear option while in a speech before Russian lawmakers about U.S. plans to deploy the Prompt Global Strike system, which is capable of hitting targets anywhere in the world with a conventional warhead in less than one hour. The system uses a Minuteman missile to loft a hypersonic glide delivery vehicle. Currently available stats (PDF) indicate the system would be capable of delivering a 1000 pound conventional warhead with amazing precision and force.

According to Rogozin:

“One can experiment as long as one wishes by deploying non-nuclear warheads on strategic missile carriers. But one should keep in mind that if there is an attack against us, we will certainly resort to using nuclear weapons in certain situations to defend our territory and state interests.”

Rogozin also reiterated that Russian military doctrine dictates nuclear weapons can be used against those who strike first with conventional arms.

 

Additionally it is reported President Putin……

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…….. in in his State of the Nation speech on Thursday, also issued a veiled threat, saying that conventional weapons systems designed to disarm a country’s nuclear capability could have “extremely negative consequences” for global security and that Russia was closely following the development of so-called “disarming instantaneous global strike” programs, as they could harm the international balance of power.

According to Putin:

“The ramping up of high-precision strategic non-nuclear systems by foreign countries, in combination with the buildup of missile defense capabilities, could negate all previously reached agreements in the area of limiting and reducing strategic nuclear weapons, and could lead to the destruction of the so-called strategic balance of powers.”

Readers are reminded that Russia has increasingly relied on nuclear weapons in its military doctrine in order to compensate for a post-Soviet decline in conventional forces. They have repeatedly threatened the use of nuclear weapons against the U.S. and NATO in the past 6 years (See thisthisthis and this.).

 

It is never a good situation to have nuclear threat made against the United States. With our current administration there is likely not to be much of a response beyond placing tail between the legs. In all seriousness – the world continues to be a very dangerous place and I can’t help but get the feeling that Putin is aiming to take Russia to be THE super power in the world. If that is correct that does not bode well for the United States.

Rourke

 


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4 Comments

  1. “The ramping up of high-precision strategic non-nuclear systems by foreign countries, in combination with the buildup of missile defense capabilities, could negate all previously reached agreements in the area of limiting and reducing strategic nuclear weapons, and could lead to the destruction of the so-called strategic balance of powers.” Putin… Like most everything this pasty faced mouth-breather says, this to should be viewed with a high degree of suspicion. President Obama offered Putin a nuclear warhead reduction deal, Putin scoffed, likely because the deal suggested -tactical nuclear weapons- be included in the negotiations.

    Russia, which has far more tactical nuclear weapons deployed than the United States and Europe do, has firmly resisted such cuts for years, hinting at the lie in Putin’s “strategic balance of powers” statement. Does anyone truly believe Putin prefers a jointly held “strategic balance of powers” to his own gleaned superiority?

    “The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy’s not coming, but on our own readiness to receive him; not on the chance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that we have made our position unassailable.”
    Sun Tzu

  2. Not to mention, Barry has repeatedly suggested REDUCING our nuclear capability by 80 percent. I worry about this frequently. Not so much with Russia, but more so with China. I can vividly picture an altercation, perhaps even pre-arranged, where Obama gives up to avoid full scale war. His ilk are cowards like that. And, since China already owns a portion of our debt and controls our economy, Obama is even more likely to sell us out. Our nuclear arsenal prevented large scale land war in Europe for over 40 years. We would be extremely foolish to dismantle our weapons. I still see both Russia and China as adversaries. Hopefully our leaders in Washington recognize these threats as well.

  3. Uh, oh. Russia is going to bomb us. Better buy a knife.

    And really, why not spread that mindless fear around:

    “China already owns a portion of our debt and controls our economy”

    China owns less than a quarter of foreign-held debt at $1.28 trillion. Japan has $1.14 billion worth. Where is the outrage with Japan?

  4. The issue is not with who holds any given amount of debt. The debt is out there, and most other countries don’t like our reliance on issuing more and more debt in the form of Treasury Notes at auction every month.

    They especially don’t like the fact that the debt they have bought is losing value every month, month after month, for years on end when the FED keeps adding about 1 TRILLION dollars to the markets via QE.

    I think the risk of war comes not from economic mis-steps, but rather from territorial desires. We see China trying to expand into territory held by Japan, which may have some oil reserves. We see them pushing on the Philippines, for the same reason. Now, we see Australia having found huge oil reserves, and China trying to say it is theirs.

    Energy is a huge nation builder. We would not be where we are without the oil companies and the infrastructure built to support it, and because of it, and our use of cars, trucks, planes, etc.

    The next war, I think, will be over territory and resources. The get it while the gettin’ is good mentality will rule the day. When one country takes a step, another will counter, then others will step in so they won’t be cut out. Just as has happened with other wars. But, I am sure we will be involved, as always.

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