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Russia to focus on upgrading its nuclear arsenal
Jpost ^ | Feb 25, 2009 | AP

Posted on 02/25/2009 7:49:54 AM PST by Tigen

A top Russian official says modernizing the country's nuclear forces will be a high priority for the government.

Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says upgrading ground, sea and air components of Russia's strategic forces is costly but necessary.

Ivanov told lawmakers Wednesday that the government will also focus on improving the military's information networks and procuring smart weapons. He said the most important program for the air force is the development of a next-generation fighter jet.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: armsbuildup; bho44; bhorussia; obama; russiannukes
And boy zero says?
1 posted on 02/25/2009 7:49:54 AM PST by Tigen
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To: Tigen

Boy Zero says we should reduce ours.

Compared to the Obamamessiah, Neville Chamberlain looks like a tiger.

2 posted on 02/25/2009 7:51:13 AM PST by ZULU (The Obamanation of Desolation stands here. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: Tigen

At least Russian government knows the importance of keeping the nuclear arsenal current.

3 posted on 02/25/2009 7:51:41 AM PST by Roger_Wildcat
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To: Tigen
And boy zero says?

Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs

February 29, 2008 :: News

A video has surfaced of Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama talking on his plans for strategic issues such as nuclear weapons and missile defense.

The full text from the video, as released, reads as follows:

Thanks so much for the Caucus4Priorities, for the great work you've been doing. As president, I will end misguided defense policies and stand with Caucus4Priorities in fighting special interests in Washington.

First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq. I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it.[i.e. not win it]

Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.

I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.

I will not weaponize space.

I will slow our development of future combat systems.

And I will institute an independent "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.

Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.

You know where I stand. I've fought for open, ethical and accountable government my entire public life. I don't switch positions or make promises that can't be kept. I don't posture on defense policy and I don't take money from federal lobbyists for powerful defense contractors. As president, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people. Thanks so much.

Article: Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs:

" is a project of The Claremont Institute devoted to understanding and promoting the requirements for the strategic defense of the United States."

New Pentagon Report: China's Growing Military Space Power
By Leonard David
Special Correspondent,
March 6, 2008

GOLDEN, Colorado — A just-released Pentagon report spotlights a growing U.S. military concern that China is developing a multi- dimensional program to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by its potential adversaries during times of crisis or conflict.

Furthermore, last year's successful test by China of a direct-ascent, anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon to destroy its own defunct weather satellite, the report adds, underscores that country's expansion from the land, air, and sea dimensions of the traditional battlefield into the space and cyber-space domains.

Although China's commercial space program has utility for non- military research, that capability demonstrates space launch and control know-how that have direct military application. Even the Chang'e 1 — the Chinese lunar probe now circling the Moon — is flagged in the report as showcasing China's ability "to conduct complicated space maneuvers — a capability which has broad implications for military counterspace operations."

To read the entire publication [29.67MB/pdf], go to (U.S. Dept of Defense) :

From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."

Russia, China flex muscles in joint war games
Reuters: Aug 17, 2007

CHEBARKUL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and China staged their biggest joint exercises on Friday but denied this show of military prowess could lead to the formation of a counterweight to NATO.

"Today's exercises are another step towards strengthening the relations between our countries, a step towards strengthening international peace and security, and first and foremost, the security of our peoples," Putin said.

Fighter jets swooped overhead, commandos jumped from helicopters on to rooftops and the boom of artillery shells shook the firing range in Russia's Ural mountains as two of the largest armies in the world were put through their paces.

The exercises take place against a backdrop of mounting rivalry between the West, and Russia and China for influence over Central Asia, a strategic region that has huge oil, gas and mineral resources.

Russia's growing assertiveness is also causing jitters in the West. Putin announced at the firing range that Russia was resuming Soviet-era sorties by its strategic bomber aircraft near NATO airspace.

From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":

From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":

Venezuela Set to Develop Nuclear Power With Russia
September 29, 2008
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Russia will help Venezuela develop nuclear energy — a move likely to raise U.S. concerns over increasingly close cooperation between Caracas and Moscow.,2933,429441,00.html

Venezuela's Chavez welcomes Russian warships
Nov 25, 2008
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela – Russian warships arrived off Venezuela's coast Tuesday in a show of strength aimed at the United States as Moscow seeks to expand its influence in Latin America. The deployment is the first of its kind in the Caribbean since the Cold War and was timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Caracas — the first ever by a Russian president.

Also see:;_ylt=A0geu52s36JJ1iAA9.lXNyoA?p=Chavez+russia+bombers&y=Search&fr=moz2

4 posted on 02/25/2009 7:52:30 AM PST by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page:
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To: Tigen

boy zero says “uhhh, globel worming, errr, more debt”

“the most important program for the air force is the development of a next-generation fighter jet”

i.e. theft of US secrets. not to worry. barry will get the info to them inside of 12 months.

5 posted on 02/25/2009 7:52:46 AM PST by chuck_the_tv_out
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If this is a top priority of Russia- why?

and given that your announced strategy is to not only NOT modernize our aging nuke inventory- but also to HALVE it

what are the strategetic implications for our national defense?

mr obama? anyone?

6 posted on 02/25/2009 8:00:14 AM PST by silverleaf (Freedom's just another word for "nothing left to lose")
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To: Tigen

Russia is worried about China—not because of the traditional hostility China has for Russia,but because America is so dependent on China propping up our government spending through buying our T-bonds (SoS Clinton is now begging them big time to subsidize Obama socialism),America will have no choice but to finance the Chicoms should they go to war with their Northern neighbor.

It will take a lot of nukes to balance China’s population edge in the next Sino-Russian war.

Next step—American ABMs in Western China,Southern Mongolia and Manchuria—in exchange for “campaign donations” for Re-Elect Obama 2012.

7 posted on 02/25/2009 8:05:53 AM PST by Happy Rain ("Don't blame me,I voted for Sarah..")
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Barry is so out of his league here that I’m actually afraid. He’s like Carter with a tan. I live in a town with an airbase, and we’ve still got the old cold war sirens around town (now painted a discrete black so as to be forgotten, of course); I keep wondering how long it will be before they start wailing.

8 posted on 02/25/2009 8:18:10 AM PST by Trod Upon (When it's time to shoot, shoot!)
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WAIT! I thought Obama was going to lead by example and reduce ours so that Russia will reduce theirs!

How’s that plan working out Obama?

9 posted on 02/25/2009 8:30:56 AM PST by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: Tigen

And boy zero says?
He wants to reduce, eventually do away with and hoped everyone else would too. Then they sing and roll around in a field of daisies and the world is all in agreement and peace reigns forever.
He is a child, trying to do a grownup job. Unfortunately there never has and never will be worldwide peace.

10 posted on 02/25/2009 9:40:30 AM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: autumnraine; Tigen

So much for the workability of “unclench the fist” doctrine.

Bamma Boy is a flaccid dirtbag, and this country will pay the price for his immoral compass.

11 posted on 02/25/2009 10:28:13 AM PST by Canedawg (Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.)
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To: Tigen
Russia to focus on upgrading its nuclear arsenal

Not only aimed at us but making sure China doesn't get froggy in a post Pax Americana world.

12 posted on 02/26/2009 12:48:30 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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