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Putin Touts New Nuclear Weapons Against US
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-18-2007 | Adrian Blomfield

Posted on 10/18/2007 1:52:09 PM PDT by blam

Putin touts new nuclear weapons against US

By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
Last Updated: 8:59pm BST 18/10/2007

President Vladimir Putin has announced plans to build a new generation of nuclear weapons after accusing the United States of harbouring an "erotic" desire to invade Russia and steal its natural resources.

Delivering one of his most belligerent anti-Western tirades, Mr Putin also suggested that America and its allies had concocted a fake assassination plot to prevent him from visiting Iran this week.

Casting himself as a pugnacious but benign defender of national sovereignty, the president told his people during a live television phone-in that only Russia's military prowess had prevented the country from suffering Iraq's fate.

But he delivered a relatively conciliatory message on America's plans to station a missile defence shield in Europe - proposals which Russia hotly opposes.

The subject of Western plots was first raised by Alexander, a mechanic in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk. Was it right, Alexander wanted to know, that certain American politicians considered Russia's refusal to share its natural resources "unfair" — claims he bizarrely attributed to Madeleine Albright, the former US secretary of state.

"I know that such ideas are brewing in the heads of some politicians," Mr Putin replied. "I think it is a sort of political eroticism which maybe gives some pleasure but will hardly lead anywhere.

"The best examples of that are the events in Iraq, a small country that could hardly defend itself but which possesses massive oil reserves. Thank God Russia is not Iraq.

"It is strong enough to protect its interests within the national territory and, by the way, in other regions of the world. What we are doing to increase our defence capability is the correct choice and we will continue to do that."

On the subject of missile defence, however, Mr Putin was more measured. "The latest contacts with our American colleagues show that they have indeed given some thought to the proposals we made and they are looking for a solution to the problems and for ways to ease our concerns," he said.

Nearly eight years into his presidency, Mr Putin has grown steadily more assured and nationalistic in his public performances and the annual phone-in is clearly an event in which he revels.

As questioners fretted about Western machinations and Russia's uncertain future when Mr Putin steps down next Spring, the president was always on hand, like a cross between an emperor and a deity, to grant petitions, answer prayers and dispense advice and encouragement.

Not once was an unsettling or controversial question asked — a fact that drew scorn from the Kremlin's dwindling band of critics. "It was unbearably boring and openly narcissistic," said Yevgeny Kiselyov, a political commentator.

"It was all staged from beginning to end. If he is a president and not the Tsar, why don't we hear the opinion of those who don't vote for him?"

Russia's already rapid rearmament would be stepped up even further, Mr Putin promised. Ambitious plans to bolster the country's nuclear arsenal — as well as its conventional military hardware — were well underway.

They include new missile systems, modernised nuclear bombers and submarines. "We have plans that are not only great, but grandiose," he boasted.

To drive home this message, the broadcast was interrupted to show a test launch of Russia's newest intercontinental ballistic missile.

"The anti-western rhetoric is aimed at voters, philistines who like to believe that Russia is surrounded by enemies intent on keeping the country on its knees," Mr Kiselyov said.

"For them, Putin is the only man who can defend us from these vicious enemies."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: armsbuildup; nuclear; putin; russiannukes; us; weapons

1 posted on 10/18/2007 1:52:17 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
But, we better not deploy and missile defense shields, that would constitute AGRESSION!
2 posted on 10/18/2007 1:54:40 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: blam

But, we better not deploy any missile defense shields, that would constitute AGRESSION!


3 posted on 10/18/2007 1:54:54 PM PDT by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: blam

China will have Russia’s natural resources in the years to come. If they can’t buy them, they’ll take them.


4 posted on 10/18/2007 1:55:21 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

He’s projecting. Control of others’ resources is expressly what he sought in dealing with Iran, their common interest in bottling up Central Asian oil.


5 posted on 10/18/2007 2:00:43 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: blam

Time to start putting the MX missiles back together again...


6 posted on 10/18/2007 2:00:56 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis.")
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To: blam

There’s a reason for all this saber rattling by Putin. He is either doing something he knows cannot be justified on its own or planning such.


7 posted on 10/18/2007 2:01:06 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: blam

Has he become completely unhinged???


8 posted on 10/18/2007 2:02:49 PM PDT by whatexit
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To: whatexit

To quote Jimmy Carter, we lust after the Russian people.


9 posted on 10/18/2007 2:12:23 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven.)
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To: whatexit
the president told his people during a live television phone-in that only Russia's military prowess had prevented the country from suffering Iraq's fate.

When the US did invade Iraq, Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugacountry told his "people" not to worry, they're safe from the US invading, since Zim doesn't have any oil.

Putin must be feeling internal pressures to raise the specter of non-existent foreign aggression.

10 posted on 10/18/2007 2:13:45 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: blam
The guy has flipped his lid.

I hope whoever carries the Russian “football” can’t be found when Putin finally goes completely around the bend.

11 posted on 10/18/2007 2:25:58 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: blam

Resources? Nah .... however, it would actually be a good thing if some sort of group of allies would invade from the south, and split the SCO right up the friggin’ middle along with a few side trips to demolish Yamantau, Lop Nor, etc. That would actually be pretty cool.


12 posted on 10/18/2007 2:35:01 PM PDT by GOP_1900AD (Stomping on "PC," destroying the Left, and smoking out faux "conservatives" - Take Back The GOP!)
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To: blam
President Vladimir Putin has announced plans to build a new generation of nuclear weapons after accusing the United States of harbouring an "erotic" desire to invade Russia and steal its natural resources.

Does exposure to minute quantities of polonium 210 induce paranoia and degradation of the power of rational thought? That would explain a lot of Putin's recent behavior...

13 posted on 10/18/2007 2:35:06 PM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: blam

But-—but President Bush looked into his eyes and saw the soul of a good man. He calls him Pooty-poot. He can’t possibly be bad! /sarc


14 posted on 10/18/2007 2:48:11 PM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: blam
........accusing the United States of harbouring an "erotic" desire to invade Russia and steal its natural resources..........

I thought Putin was a bit better than Norky Ill. He just repeated what the Norks' nut claimed and proved me wrong.

Eh, you can't win 'em all.

15 posted on 10/18/2007 2:55:41 PM PDT by melancholy (Quiz: name one country, other than the USA, that doesn't control its borders.)
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To: blam

Put the vodka bottle down, Vlad. You’ve had enough.


16 posted on 10/18/2007 3:07:08 PM PDT by Allegra (Greetings from a kinder, gentler Iraq. God bless US and Coalition Forces.)
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To: blam

Its kind of like vacationing in the Bahamas and picking up the lingo, he just got back from hanging around with NutJob and is picking up his trash talk.


17 posted on 10/18/2007 3:07:52 PM PDT by microgood
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To: BenLurkin
"The guy has flipped his lid."

I wonder if he's in the advanced stages of syphilis.

18 posted on 10/18/2007 3:22:52 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: blam

These countries do such a poor job of making good on promises to their people, the only card the can depend on is the xenophobic one. The Iranians are about to pay us if we’ll attack and lend some credibility to their regime.


19 posted on 10/18/2007 3:59:53 PM PDT by kinghorse
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To: blam

Well, Miss Madeline Dimwit has her wish.


20 posted on 10/18/2007 4:02:33 PM PDT by Humble Servant (Keep it simple - do what's right.)
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To: blam

I just remember the really uneasy feeling I had when I heard Pres Bush remark several years ago something to the effect “ I have looked into this man’s eyes and seen his soul and he is a good man”. Putin was KGB and they don’t change the stripes that easily. I felt then Putin was not to be trusted. He is proving it now. He has ideas of grandure as a dictator of Russia.


21 posted on 10/18/2007 4:03:28 PM PDT by celtic gal
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To: blam

Putin must go to bed every night sucking his thumb.


22 posted on 10/18/2007 4:06:05 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: caisson71

Think Syria. And Iran. Everything they are getting, they’re getting from Russia. They think they are in control of their destiny. They need to look at their supplier. There will be a payment due, sooner or later. He is their landlord. They just don’t realize it yet.


23 posted on 10/18/2007 4:06:12 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness ( Bumper sticker idea: Hillary/Obama Nation '08. Let the desolation begin)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

“Think Syria. And Iran. Everything they are getting, they’re getting from Russia. They think they are in control of their destiny. They need to look at their supplier. There will be a payment due, sooner or later. He is their landlord. They just don’t realize it yet.”

Putin and Russia had best pay attention when their latest AAA and SAM technologies are completely outclassed by the US military in Iran. Just as they were in Iraq.

Putin and his various ‘axis of evil’ cronies are pretty good at PR, but much worse at winning wars. I hope Russia doesn’t get too much of a swelled head and starts something it can’t finish.

I also hope the various airheads calling for ‘a world without nuclear weapons’ wake up and smell the uranium hexafluoride.


24 posted on 10/18/2007 4:24:32 PM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: blam

This is really very sad. There is no reason why the US and Russia couldn’t be at the very least allies in the war on terror. We are fighting the same bad guys.


25 posted on 10/18/2007 4:35:27 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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To: blam
In the meantime, Russia's population is dropping like a stone and China's outbreeding them at a ferocious rate, chewing off whole russian cities through population growth.

Vlad better realign his priorities. Instead of trying to claim every unclaimed inch of ground on the planet, he ought to be trying to figure out how to use the land he don't know what to do with now.

26 posted on 10/18/2007 5:46:36 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.)
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To: blam

Nice to see that hardcore communists all over the world can still count on the Kremlin to give them their talking points and marching orders.


27 posted on 10/21/2007 8:44:41 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: whatexit
"Has he become completely unhinged?.."

No--he has always BEEN unhinged. He is ex-KGB, which is like saying ex-Marine--you know, once a Marine, always a Marine. And I believe one of the qualifications for being KGB was being unhinged.

vaudine

28 posted on 10/21/2007 8:51:54 AM PDT by vaudine (RO)
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To: GAB-1955
To quote Jimmy Carter, we lust after the Russian people

Hey, there are a lot of extremely cute Russians that are worth lusting after

29 posted on 10/21/2007 9:07:43 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty)
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To: celtic gal
I just remember the really uneasy feeling I had when I heard Pres Bush remark several years ago something to the effect “ I have looked into this man’s eyes and seen his soul and he is a good man”.

Regarding his first impression of Hitler, Chamberlain commented: "In spite of the hardness and ruthlessness I thought I saw in his face, I got the impression that here was a man who could be relied upon when he had given his word."

30 posted on 10/21/2007 9:10:50 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty)
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