Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Putin Announces New Nuclear Missile System That Can Evade Star Wars Defences

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

In 1980, I once debated William Safire in NYC about Star Wars. He said it would make the American Empire invulnerable and I said it would seal our fates for anyone can circumvent it easily and fairly cheaply and it would give us a false sense of pride which would cause us to get into trouble all over the world. Guess I was right, wasn't I?

From the NYT:
President Vladimir Putin boasted Tuesday that Russia has new missiles capable of penetrating any missile defense system and said he had briefed the French president on their capabilities.

''Russia has tested missile systems that no one in the world has,'' Putin said. ''These missile systems don't represent a response to a missile defense system, but it doesn't matter to them whether that exists or not. They are hypersonic and capable of changing their flight path.''
Hahaha. Told you so! Of course, any system we set up will have counter systems set up. This is the usual arms race we know so well. With nuclear arms there are not too many choices. One either keeps a happy stalemate or one launches WWIII and hopes the planet has some territory left at the end where something more advanced than cockroaches can exist.

Russia was forced to counter us because Bush I and Bush II both stated they want an "impenetrable barrier" to any counter strikes so they can go around, invading whatever countries they wish. Since we decided to park hostile bases all around Russia's perimeter, they were forced into extending their hostile weapons systems. Our missile defence is pathetic. It can't shoot down anything unless it is very obvious, has a nice, obvious trajectory and we are forewarned where it will be coming in.

Of course, bombs can be packaged in so many different ways, ridiculously easily, and since our country isn't North Korea but rather, the top destination of 80% of all packages and boxes, we are basically doomed if we want to stop a nasty package just like we couldn't stop the anthrax killer, aka, He Who Is Even More Ignored Than Bin Laden.

The American space program is collapsing. Thanks to the useless Star Wars money grinding machine, we have nearly nothing left for NASA and the news gets grimmer by the day. Space.com:
NASA plans to delay the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) nearly two years, to 2013, to cope with $1 billion in cost growth on the mission, a senior program official said.

Paul Geithner, JWST program executive at NASA Headquarters here, said the agency elected in September to cover the additional costs rather than scale back the mission’s science objectives. The delay, he said, will soften the cost spike’s impact on the lean budget years immediately ahead.
As we spend a fool's money on the futile wars for oil and Star Wars, we are going to have NASA waste $500 million extra for a fake waiting period so Congress can vote more money some time in the future? What???? HUH?

We might as well throw in the towelettes. We aren't even going to launch the thing, we are now begging Europe to do it. After all, the Russians are keeping the Space Lab going all by themselves, with a skeleton crew. I would far rather we were honest with ourselves and have an open debate about our space programs, our star wars programs and, heck, anything, actually.

Like the deficit.

Americans support the stupid wars only because they aren't footing any bills---yet. This drift down the path of destruction shouldn't be allowed by the leadership but our leaders are the Mad Hatter and the March Hare.

Back to the NYT article:
Russia opposed Washington's withdrawal in 2002 from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in order to deploy a national missile defense shield, saying the 30-year-old U.S.-Soviet pact was a key element of international security. Putin called the decision a mistake that would hurt global security but not threaten Russia.

The ABM treaty banned missile defense systems on the assumption that the fear of retaliation would prevent each nation from launching a first strike -- a strategy known as mutually assured destruction.

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Russia would commission new early warning radars to replace those located in the former Soviet republics. The new radars will ''provide an earlier warning on launches of all missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as tactical and cruise missiles,'' Ivanov said, according to Russian news reports.
Russia has done tactical retreats multiple times in their history, the two most famous being the retreat from Napoleon until he overextended himself and the retreat from the Germans. Each time, the Russians regrouped and moved relentlessly forwards.

They are doing this again. After being stung by the tremendous shrinkage of their unwieldy empire, they are now reestablishing control over their neighbors using natural gas, oil, and missiles coupled with forming alliances and compacts that benefit Russia.

We were warned to not invade their sphere of influence but the American neo-cons couldn't resist this, being Troskyites. Now we are in a much more dangerous situation than before. I don't know if Russia will back Iran in a confrontation with the USA, it all depends on what China's plans are and they aren't telling anyone. I do know, America ruling the planet with an iron fist is NOT part of their future plans. Nor Russia's.
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