Skip to comments.Putin's Cheatin' Heart: Russia Snubs '87 Missile Pact
Posted on 06/25/2013 3:57:11 PM PDT by raptor22
Weaponry: As the commander in chief calls for a one-third reduction in our nuclear arsenal, Russia builds new midrange missile banned under a 1987 arms treaty. How's that "reset" button working out, Mr. President?
Trust but verify, said the president who won the Cold War. Ronald Reagan's "peace through strength" philosophy has been replaced with the "peace through parchment" strategy of Barack Obama. It emphasizes flexibility, not resolve, and relies on pacts such as the New Start Treaty and the pressing of imaginary reset buttons.
Russia's playing host to Edward Snowden, arguably a traitor with secrets to share with Moscow and a danger to our national security interests, is a slap in the face. So is the testing of the Yars-M ballistic missile, a weapon with a range prohibited by the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
The INF prohibits America and Russia from developing, testing or possessing ballistic or cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. Russia is suspected of developing such intermediate-range ballistic missiles, or IRBMs, by claiming they're really longer-range intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs, to replace older weapons.
U.S. intelligence officials have told the Washington Free Beacon that the Yars-M missile, also known as the RS-26, is a clear and blatant violation of the INF Treaty. Mark Schneider, a specialist on Russian missiles at the National Institute for Public Policy in Virginia, agrees that the new Yars M appears to be an INF violation.
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Just fine for him given his puppet masters' goal of wrecking America. For the nation? Not so well...
While we fill up our military with a bunch of fags and dykes.
who will have little problem shooting american conservative christians given the proper crisis conditioning.
IBD EDITORIAL PING
So this is a bit of a strange situation for a strange treaty. The INF bans missiles above and BELOW a certain range, if they’re land-based; the treaty was specifically designed to get rid of the Soviet SS-20s and the US Pershing IIs and Ground-based cruise missiles in the 1980s in Europe.
There isn’t much motivation for the US to complain loudly about it because the RS-26 (seems it may actually be called the Rubezh, not the Yars-M) is NOT intended for use against the US at all - an INF-violating missile can’t reach the US from Russian Silo fields.
The missile is intended to be aimed at the Chinese (who are, of course, not subject to the INF). The more resources the Russians devote towards this missile, and the more nuclear warheads they put on it, the less the US is in danger.
One advantage, if the Russians withdraw first from the INF making it easy for us to withdraw, is that land based conventional prompt strike missiles become an legal option for us.