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From Russia, With Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles

November 1st, 2013 - 10:42 pm

The launch itself was awe-inspiring. We could see the missile, on its mobile launcher. When it took off, the ground shook. I mean, it really shook. For a moment, there was nothing in the universe but the tremendous force boosting that missile. I had the obvious thought: You never want something like this, armed with nuclear warheads, actually heading in your direction.

That satellite launch failed. The Russians at Plesetsk told us it was all going well, but by the time we got back to Moscow that evening, the news was that the converted missile had gone down somewhere over the Sea of Okhotsk.

Plesetsk had more troubles later that year. In October, 1995, there were reports that its electrical power had gone out — one of a series of power blackouts at Russian military bases, as the post-Soviet government tried to sort out new ways of managing the electrical grid. At the Journal’s Moscow bureau, my colleagues and I had a half-jocular half-nervous debate over what that meant — and whether anything untoward might happen if the power suddenly came back on. But we were worried about accidents in those days, not some abrupt return of a Russian nuclear threat.

These days, it appears that Plesetsk has sorted out its electrical problems, and that SS-25 test launch on Wednesday, part of a much larger drill, was not about trying to put civilian-use satellites into space. It was about the ability to hit nuclear targets. Gertz quotes a Russian spokesman as saying, according to Russian news agencies, “All launches took place as expected. All of the practice targets were hit.”

Elsewhere, earlier last month, U.S. Acting Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller told the United Nations’ Committee on Disarmament (the so-called First Committee, where Iran now serves as rapporteur) that while the conditions for a world free of nuclear weapons do not yet exist, the U.S. is prepared to do its part, and is planning to further reduce its deployed strategic nuclear weapons.

And while all this goes on, Iran is watching. And spinning its uranium centrifuges. And the New World Order taking shape in 2013 is ever more dramatically different and more dangerous than it looked from Plesetsk, just 18 years ago.

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Soviet-Russian Continuity Reminds Us There Are Two Superpowers

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Patton wanted to march on Moscow in 1945, when we had the momentum, they had suffered tremendous damage from the Nazis and were vulnerable. He was refused, and the USSR clawed it's way back to superpower status. Reagan outspent and out produced them and famously said "Tear down this wall" which happened, and yet again, we did not take advantage. The Romania people ousted its dictatorship under Ceausescu and was ripe for alliance with the US, we did not help them. Obama came on the scene and immediately severed our front line battle defenses with the former eastern bloc nations and caused them to distrust us. Soviet communism has been the many headed hydra that keeps coming back to life because the US has lost it's will to win. Russian has always been about winning at any cost.
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Who wouldn't be worried with the USA constantly beating the War Drums ?????
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Obama is just the titular and unfortunately the most visible part of our National problem which is actually our changing voting demographic.

This change is, wittingly or unwittingly, based upon the influx of young ill-educated or un-educated millions of illegals from Central and South America through Mexico, and of course including the Mexicans themselves.

These are of course joining our already potent underclass of the ill-educated and the un-educated young who're subsisting on U.S. Taxpayers' re-distributed means.

So, we've got the makings of a permanent numerical voting majority of eager seekers of the benefits eagerly proffered by the Democrat party in this obvious vote buying campaign.

Now.....what's all this got to do with our Russian/Iranian/Chinese Problem? It ensures the circular continuity of the likes of our current disastrous "administration".....indefinitely.

The Republicans are going the way of the 19th Cent. Whigs.
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Looking to turn my frown upside down. Maybe the site's blustering brahmins can do better than explain how it's darkest before the dawn place/when the going get's tough blah blah/we will fight them on the landing grounds stuff/nil desperandum thing whatever, etc. etc. But the expectation, sadly, is loud silence.

IMO, Roosevelt was dead wrong: the worst thing we have to fear is... GOP leadership itself. Meanwhile, bad and really pitiful grandpas nod-off again and the word that comes to mind is TOAST. It is necessary remind the mediocrities behind the curtain that the twin purposes of the state are 1/ to conduct foreign policy, and 2/ to provide for common security. What have Boehner and his petunias done for you lately?

Ms. Rosett is on target yet again.
As for the U.S. is prepared to do its part... well, we all know now what that means.
Do we have any allies left to lose? Would you trust today's US?
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How is it the GOP that is at fault when the Donkeys are in charge of 2/3 of the government?

Or is it always the GOP's fault that Obama screws allies and cozies up to enemies?
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Wiggle all you want. We've heard it a zillion times and it won't wash.
The lesser-of-two-evils argument will get you and your kind into the WH because we're too stupid to notice the old farts'n'troughers track record? Dream on.
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Russia is making it's move, they know we have a cartoon for a president and a crew of clowns for staff, certainly the worst bunch in our nations history. No counter moves, no strategic alliances, hell, no coherent foreign policy. Except some cozy moves towards are sworn enemies, the jihadists. You can't say Obama is wasting all his time. Apart from the golf course & wrecking America.
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Reagan ended the evil Soviet Union, now Obama is resurrecting it.
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Don't you know that this ia destabilizing! This is aggressive! This is threatening! This is a neo-Cold War! What happened to our Reset!

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists would be fully justified to harrumph and make a public show of resetting their Doomsday Clock!

What? It happened in Russia?

Never mind.
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FYI, the US has several strategic nuclear command and control exercises every year. I have played in about a half a dozen. If you have strategic forces, you exercise the command and control of those strategic forces. Russia had never stopped doing nuclear CPXs. There is nothing to this story other than it got noticed.
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Command and control exercises, as well as tactical maneuvers, war games, etc., are an ongoing practice for the military. The question is what is the overarching polices and posture of the Administration in charge. Therein lies the problem. Weak, drifting leadership, if we can even call it that, is what we have at present.
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"Gertz quotes a Russian spokesman as saying, according to Russian news agencies, “All launches took place as expected. All of the practice targets were hit.”"

It is unclear to me if these "test launches" were of actual missiles being launched or where these "test launches" simply exercising the C2 process for launching a missile.

If these were actual launches one would think that the author would have confirmed that with NORAD, rather than quoting Russian "news agencies".

If the "test launches" were just practicing the missile launch C2, then this entire article is BS.
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One has to think the military flexing was primarily aimed at the Chicoms, as in STAY OUT OF SIBERIA. Elsewhere, it’s: any crack or crevasse we can get into and not be squeezed back out of right away because we have this in our back pockets, SEE. It’s not likely it was aimed at Israel either because, as was just pointed out, Russians are opportunists to the hilt. And while Obama might have gotten a lot of the US military out of Europe this doesn’t make Europeans pushovers because of it. And, as far Mother Russia is concerned, military flogging boosts flagging diplomatic testosterone; it’s a time honored tradition. Getting back to the Bamster: it is indeed “mission accomplished.”
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Patton wanted to march on Moscow in 1945, when we had the momentum, they had suffered tremendous damage from the Nazis and were vulnerable. He was refused, and the USSR clawed it's way back to superpower status. Reagan outspent and out produced them and famously said "Tear down this wall" which happened, and yet again, we did not take advantage. The Romania people ousted its dictatorship under Ceausescu and was ripe for alliance with the US, we did not help them. Obama came on the scene and immediately severed our front line battle defenses with the former eastern bloc nations and caused them to distrust us. Soviet communism has been the many headed hydra that keeps coming back to life because the US has lost it's will to win. Russian has always been about winning at any cost.
47 weeks ago
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The Russkies would have beaten the sheeet out of us in a land war.......
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Sorry ran out of edits.
Russia has always played the long game while the US plays for the next election cycle.
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