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Posted on 03/12/2002 9:36:06 AM PST by My Favorite Headache
Rumsfeld Offers to Scrap MX 2 Years Early
By Joel Skousen/My Favorite Headache
In a move that promises to shift the US window of vulnerability to a Russian nuclear strike two years earlier, the Bush administration, led by Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfield, is offering to do what Bill Clinton could never get away with--dismantle our premiere nuclear missile system, the MX "Peacekeeper," next year, instead of by the end of 2003. The MX is a crucial factor in the balance of nuclear deterrence for several reasons and should not be dismantled. First, it is our only missile armed with 10 MIRVed warheads, each capable of hitting and destroying hardened Russian and Chinese targets. Second, it is our most modern and accurate missile. Third, even though only 50 MX missiles exists, with 10 warheads on each missile thats a loss of 1500 potential targets--a huge loss in deterrence capability. Fourth, with PDD-60 (orders to our missileers NOT to launch on warning and absorb an enemy "first strike") still governing our militarys nuclear response, the loss of all 50 MX missiles frees up at least 250 Russian warheads to target other US facilities. This is because the Russians would have to blanket a hardened MX silo with at least 5 ground burst weapons in order to ensure a kill.
This unilateral move comes at a time when Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is not only NOT disarming but is building and deploying 3 of the new SS-27 (Topol-M) ICBMs per quarter. (There could be more being produced in underground factories.) Putin is openly threatening to place 3 warheads on this new 6th generation ICBM (rumored to possess ABM jamming capabilities and maneuvering warheads), even though the START II treaty only allows Russia one warhead per missile. In fact, Putins threat is disinformation for the media. Both he and US intelligence know that Russia has already begun mounting multiple warheads on the Topols as of last year. An SS-27 missile test with multiple warhead separation has even been recorded by space based sensors.
What is also little known is that President Clinton already offered Russia the 3-warhead option as part of his deal to gain Russias permission to build an ABM system--as if we needed Russias permission to defend ourselves. What was particularly egregious was Clintons reasoning. He said his offer was to assure Russia that they would have sufficient nuclear power to overwhelm the puny 100 missile interceptor system being planned at the time. Here is an American president supposedly building an Anti-Ballistic Missile system to protect the American people and then offering to make an agreement with our largest potential nuclear enemy to render the system ineffective! Thus, it was entirely predictable that Putins defense minister would openly deride the US ABM system by saying exactly that--that by mounting 3 warheads on Russias planned 500 SS-27s, Russia could overwhelm the US defense system. As if that werent enough, Russian defense ministry spokesmen announced, after a test launch of an SS-19 ICBM this week, that Russia may not dismantle the SS-19s after all, in spite of prior promises to do so. This is not surprising since Russia is and has been in violation of virtually every single disarmament agreement signed. Strangely, the US not only never protests these violations, but insists on abiding by the agreements itself unilaterally.
As I have said before in prior Briefs, our leaders arent simply stupid, naive, or even suicidal. These tactics of covering for Russian violations and war preparations indicate that US globalist leaders have some sort of ulterior motives not in accord with US sovereign interests. These motives are instead tied to global intentions of undermining US sovereignty and military might. What better way to do that than create the conditions of US vulnerability whereby Russia is induced to finally destroy the one obstacle in Communisms long dream of world hegemony--the US military?
Ironically, as Russia and China build for a two-ocean war of supremacy against the US, Sec. of Defense Rumsfield recently announced to Congress that as a matter of US military policy and strategy, the US will no longer prepare to wage two major wars simultaneously. This is a tacit admission that the Bush campaign pledge to rebuild the American military does not involve a strategy for preparing against the greatest real threats--Russia and China. Rumsfields stated intention of allocating almost the entire $8 billion in defense budget increases towards pay and amenities for service men is indicative that the Bush administrations spending will not be sufficient or timely enough to protect us during this hastening window of vulnerability. All ammunition and strategic missile stocks have yet to be replenished from the Serbia campaign. Worse, none of the major US defense systems nor advanced weapon systems are expected to reach deployment till the 2006-2010 time frame. Therefore, the US will be open for maximum exposure to attack from 2002 to 2006. Im issuing a major warning to my subscribers to not delay any preparations for implementing a high security shelter within your home or retreat. If the Bush administration implements Rumsfields drastic proposal for the early elimination of the MX, our nations window of vulnerability will move forward two years and you must not delay making substantive preparations for future war.
Russian war preparations
Moscow has outfitted hundreds of fighter-bombers with additional fuel tanks and in-flight refueling capability, augmenting Russia's intercontinental strike capability.
Russia has been constructing large numbers of military transport aircraft for foreign customers who do not exist.
Russia has been building and accumulating dry docks even though, at the moment, no foreign customers for them exist.
Russia has recently fielded a new battle tank; a new state-of-the-art fighter; super-quiet submarines which can engage sea, land and air targets simultaneously; a new attack helicopter and sniper rifle.
Russia has developed a revolutionary new rifle-fired infantry weapon, the so-called vacuum grenade, which can give a single Russian soldier the firepower of a 155mm howitzer. Russia has begun joint production of this weapon with the Chinese.
Russia now emphasizes the production of mobile ICBMs like the Topol-M, which are designed to evade satellite detection, permitting the Russians to cheat on arms control agreements.
Russia continues to develop biological and chemical weapons, sometimes with the use of U.S. funds. According to recent defectors, Russia is now working on a super-plague weapon.
Russian diplomacy is clearly attempting to build an anti-American alliance which includes countries like China, North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, Libya, South Africa, Syria, Venezuela, Vietnam, Iran and India.
Russian Spetsnaz commandos continue to train with suitcase nukes against U.S. targets.
Russia is hoarding strategic metals which are vital for keeping up war production through the first months of a nuclear world war.
Russia is importing more food than needed for domestic consumption. At the same time, Russia has constructed huge underground nuclear-proof food storage facilities.
Russia has developed an impressive engineering rescue capability, organized into special military formations positioned outside large cities, for rescuing citizens trapped beneath rubble in the event of a nuclear attack.
Recent Russian movies and pop songs depict Americans as stupid animals who deserve to die. In keeping with this theme, NATO is depicted as an aggressive alliance, sometimes likened to Hitler's Third Reich.
Russia is building huge underground cities, like the one at Yamantau Mountain in the Urals. These cities are built more than a thousand feet into the earth and are able to withstand direct nuclear attack.
Russia has been modernizing nuclear bunkers located beneath Moscow.
Russia has erected a system of national missile defense far beyond that allowed by the 1972 ABM Treaty. Deploying approximately 10,000 dual-purpose mobile SAM/ABMs, Russia has used a loophole in the treaty to provide a powerful missile shield. Using a common-sense approach to ABM defense, Russia's interceptor missiles employ special nuclear warheads that can destroy incoming warheads without having to score a direct head-on hit.
Russia is also ahead of the United States in directed energy weapons that could be used to blind or destroy U.S. early warning satellites.
Many of Russia's mafia organizations operate in collaboration with, or under the supervision of, military intelligence and the state security services. Organized crime is used to penetrate Western banks, technology companies, law enforcement and government. Routes used for smuggling drugs and other contraband are reserved in wartime for bringing biological, chemical and nuclear weapons into the U.S.
Chinese war preparations
Civil defense drills began in major Chinese cities last summer.
Chinese military commanders have been told that nuclear war with America could begin at any time.
China has been developing and deploying new road-mobile long range missiles like the DF-31 and DF-41.
China is modernizing its navy, purchasing advanced Russian warships and missiles capable of sinking U.S. carriers.
China has been rapidly building a large store of advanced nuclear warheads.
China has positioned bases to block the main western entry point into the Pacific, and has acquired indirect control of the Panama Canal through front companies.
China has formed military ties with Cuba and Venezuela.
China has also penetrated Sudan, and is spreading missile and nuclear technology to rogue states in Africa and the Middle East.
China has massed troops, aircraft, ships and missiles opposite Taiwan.
China has engaged in war exercises during which U.S. forces in the Pacific were targeted by Chinese forces.
USA war preparations
No civil defense.
No national missile defense.
No road or rail-mobile ICBMs.
Abandonment of the Panama Canal.
U.S. officials have allowed nuclear warhead secrets to leak out to China.
The U.S. pays Russia billions of dollars to encourage disarmament measures, but these billions are diverted to Russian war preparations.
The U.S. Navy is short of fuel.
The U.S. Army is short of recruits and officers, and has only 10 divisions, with 8 of them unfit for combat.
The U.S. Air Force is facing pilot shortages, and many aircraft remain grounded for lack of spare parts.
Only 18 ballistic missile submarines remain in the U.S. Navy, with only 9 at sea on any given day.
America's ballistic missile submarine commanders no longer have the launch codes to fire their nuclear weapons, but must rely on the president to send them the launch codes in the event of a war emergency.
Shop until you drop.
Wave good-bye to your country.
Say hello to your new landlord, Mr. Wang.
For the last thirty years the West--and the US in particular--has engaged in de facto unilateral disarmament vis-à-vis the twin Communist threats of Russia and China. Ostensibly, the original official policy was conditioned upon a series of multilateral and verifiable disarmament agreements with the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact states--but these agreements have, in fact, been neither. Instead, the West has acted unilaterally to disarm while China and the Soviet Union (and its successor, the Commonwealth of Independent States) have either refused to signs such agreements or have violated them repeatedly.
In response to these violations, the US has engaged in a policy of denial that Russia and China are strategic threats, choosing instead to focus on the much smaller threats from minor rogue nations--all of which are client states of the "Big Two" Communist powers. In addition, both Republican and Democratic administrations in the US have engaged in a systematic covering operation for Russian and Chinese hostile intentions by:
a) minimizing the perception of Chinese and Russian aggression against other nations (Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Tibet, Chechnya),
b) downplaying or hiding from public disclosure Chinese and Russian violations of arms agreements,
c) amending arms treaties or making secret side agreements formalizing the legitimacy of violations,
d) facilitating military technology transfers to both China and Russia as if they were allies or "strategic partners,"
e) encouraging or allowing the Russians to build compensatory modernized missile systems, presumably so they wont feel insecure about proposed US missile defense systems.
IS THERE A CREDIBLE THREAT TODAY?
One of the most egregious deceptions perpetrated upon the public today is that Russian military might has collapsed. Actually, Russia still presents a very real threat, with a military that is continually being updated and strengthened. However, to perpetrate the theory of their own military weakness, Russia has removed from public view the major portions of ongoing weapons modernization programs and allowed Western arms control inspectors to see only old, outdated weapons systems that Russia needs to replace anyway. Then, feigning poverty, they have induced the West to pay for the modernization. Never mind that Russia always seems to have the funds to develop new and expensive high tech weapons for sale to client rogue nations.
Western inspectors have never been allowed into any of the major underground storage and manufacturing depots scattered around the CIS--only the old ones built early in the Cold War which are hardly serviceable. Instead of making realistic approximations of Russian military assets based upon a clear pattern of obscuration and cheating, virtually every official US and British source of intelligence lists Russian and CIS military assets today as if they were abiding by arms control treaties. In other words, the numbers of nuclear warheads and missiles in official records are listed to match what they are supposed to be, according to treaty--not what they really are (which no one knows for certain).
Russia is in the completion stage of two huge underground military-industrial complexes and numerous other interconnected bunker developments throughout Russia (e.g.: the Sherapovo bunker site, south of Moscow). The Yamantau Mountain underground complex in the Beloretsk area of the southern Ural mountains is estimated to be the size of the Washington DC metro area, and the Yavinsky Mountain complex is slightly smaller. Although Russia claims both these sites to be mining projects, the multiple standard sized rail lines entering hardened entrances at each complex suggest otherwise. Why would Russia refuse to let US inspectors inside if they were only mining operations? When the New York Times ran a front page article in 1996 on these facilities, the CIA responded by excusing them as "defensive," even though they admittedly have never been inside. Clearly this is another example of US agencies being directed by higher authority to downplay any evidence that Russia is still a threat. Private military analysts, myself included, suspect that these huge underground complexes are housing complete nuclear, biological and chemical warfare factories capable of surviving nuclear retaliation and maintaining Russias production capacity during a nuclear war. Russia clearly intends to start and win a nuclear conflict, despite all the wishful thinking by disarmament experts to the contrary.
THE MYTH OF RUSSIAN DISARMAMENT
While Russia feigns poverty and purposefully keeps major sectors of the economy in shambles, huge amounts of Western loans and aid are secretly being funneled into growing weapons programs. According to Pentagon analyst Frank C. Spinney, "Since 1991, Congress has authorized nearly $2 billion to assist Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan with the safe and secure storage, transportation, and dismantlement of nuclear and chemical weapons (The Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program for Soviet Weapons Dismantlement). The United States also arranged to purchase 500 metric tons of enriched uranium from dismantled warheads to keep it out of circulation. The warhead materials are to be blended down and made into reactor fuel. The deal, however, has run into difficulties due to haggling over the price the United States would pay for the uranium and due to financial pressures stemming from the privatization of the government corporation charged with implementing the deal, the United States Enrichment Corporation. Critics say the US aid is freeing up money for Moscow to continue its strategic nuclear buildup, which includes two new long-range missile systems and a new class of missile submarines." Notice that when it comes to Russian compliance some snag always emerges that keeps them from complying--and yet the money keeps flowing.
Here is a recent assessment of the disarmament boondoggle by J. R. Nyquist, author of Origins of the Fourth World War: "Recently, it was pointed out by Colin McMahon, of the Chicago Tribune, that the United States is probably paying for the modernization of Russia's nuclear weapons industry. Meanwhile, our own nuclear-weapons production capability is according to Senator Fred Thompson beginning to crumble. At a secret nuclear city in Russia there is a $640 million structure built for housing plutonium from dismantled Russian nukes. American tax dollars paid for this structure. According to McMahon, some experts contend the US has been hoodwinked into financing an upgrade of Russia's weapons complex. As it turns out, US observers are not allowed to see what is going on at the Russian facility where the $640 million was spent. This would not be the first instance of America unwittingly financing Russian weapons programs. American dollars sent to Russia have been diverted, and many of these diversions have probably benefited Russian military programs. In recent years, the United States has spent nearly $5 billion in Russia."
What is particularly disturbing is that the US is responsible for its own arms race. The US gave the secrets of the atom bomb to Russia during the Lend-Lease period of WWII as documented in the diaries of Major George Jordan, the Lend-Lease officer who objected and was overruled by the FDR White House. The US also provided the nuclear material for Russias first bomb. In the 1970s, the US facilitated the transfer of sensitive military technology to improve the range and accuracy of Soviet missiles. Sadly, the American people never realized why we had to build anti-missile systems against these weapons--or how our enemies got them.
The excuse used at the time for American complicity regarding these transfers was that Russia was too weak to be a threat. When it became strong due to Western assistance--and very dangerous--we were then told we must appease the Russians because they are a nuclear threat. Brilliant deduction! The same rationale is being repeated with China. Within 10 years or less, China will be a predatory power that both the West and Russia will come to the same brilliant conclusion after its too late. It is no secret among Pentagon experts that both Russia and China still adhere to the military doctrine of using a massive nuclear pre-emptive strike on the West as the opening salvo in the next war. Russia begins each military exercise with such a simulated nuclear strike, according to reliable Russian military defectors.
Interestingly enough, if the US believes that Russia is no longer a threat, then why does the Pentagons Monterey Language School still continue to train more Russian language specialists than any other language by far? Why, if the US really believes that only rogue nations are a threat did the US install the newest Globus-2 tracking system in Norway--a site suitable only for tracking Russian missiles? Obviously, while the US government is assuring the world of Russias peaceful intentions and specifically excluding a Russian strike from its defensive assumptions, they are planning for something much more ominous.
THE SHAM OF CONVENTIONAL FORCES REDUCTION
Americans are pacified about the US disarmament policy by their own governments falsification of estimates regarding Russian nuclear and conventional forces. Ive already mentioned the fact that Russias true numbers of nuclear weapons and warheads is beyond knowing, so US policy makers are told to assume that Russia is in compliance (a fools paradise). Putin, in a recent interview taken a week after his meeting with President Bush, made these candid remarks about the futility of an ABM system: "We will be unable to monitor one another and see how many missiles we have decommissioned . . and when we have unscrewed a warhead, see whether we have placed it nearby or destroyed it...there will be no control. What we unscrew today, we can install tomorrow." Absolutely true, and every starry-eyed arms controller knows this but refuses to talk about it, so strong is the ideological tenacity to which they adhere to the cause.
Disarmament of conventional forces has also been downplayed unrealistically. The Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) required that the Soviets would reduce their ground forces west of the Urals (an important loophole) to one-third of their mid-1988 levels by the end of 1994. Their armored forces would be reduced from 40,400 tanks and 138 reserve motor rifle divisions to 13,000 tanks and 50 divisions. There were also reciprocal "flank" provisions in which Russia and NATO agreed not to permit concentrations of their own armed forces on their flanks to the north and south.
Before the implementation of the CFE treaty, the Russians were allowed (and encouraged) to withdraw 70,000 pieces of heavy armor and artillery beyond the Ural mountains so they would not be calculated in the CFE provisions. So, with all the equalizing of numbers supposedly mandated by the CFE, keep in mind that Russia has stockpiled a huge number of modern tanks and mobile artillery in depots east of the Ural mountains which can be brought back into operation quickly during war.
Even with these loopholes and concessions granted, the Russians have never fully implemented their side of the CFE. For example, in 1996 Latvia protested the US approval of Moscows plan to increase the number of armored personnel carriers in the flank region of Latvia from 400 to 600, when Latvia only had 15 such vehicles. The Latvian protest went unheeded by the US. Last year, Poland protested the buildup of tactical nuclear stockpiles in the Kaliningrad Oblast--another violation of the flank agreement. The Clinton administration refused to pressure Russia to back down and instead entered into a side agreement making the violation acceptable.
As the Center for Security Policy reported in 1995, "Russia will formally violate the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty. That it would do so comes as no surprise; Moscow has failed fully to draw down the thousands of battle tanks, armored vehicles and heavy artillery pieces it is obliged to remove from the northern and southern flank regions and has telegraphed its intention not to do so for months. Russian Defense Minister Pavel Grachev did so again quite pointedly yesterday, announcing that compliance [with the CFE accord] will fully violate our country's system of security both in the south and in the north. Evidently, the Kremlin believes it must retain 1,100 tanks, 3,000 armored vehicles and 2,100 artillery pieces in its Western region in order to intimidate -- and, if necessary, to fight -- adversaries at home (e.g., the Chechens) and abroad (e.g., the Baltic States, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey).
"The Clinton Administration has responded to this strategically portentous and politically sensitive Russian recalcitrance by essentially capitulating. It has agreed to support an adjustment to the CFE Treaty that would enable Moscow to keep the tanks and artillery pieces it wants along the flanks. Washington has, to date, agreed nearly to double the number of armored vehicles the Russians are allowed to have in the region (i.e., 1,000 armored personnel carriers, etc. versus the 580 it is permitted to have and in contrast to the 3,000 the Kremlin currently seeks). When the CFE Treaty was signed on November 19  the Soviets had 20,700 tanks remaining in the Atlantic-to-Urals region. That leaves 7,550 Soviet tanks to be destroyed under the treaty's requirements." Still, these numbers do not include the 70,000 pieces Russia has stockpiled east of the Urals. To date, the Russians have only destroyed a few hundred of the oldest tanks. Other armored vehicles have been sold to neighboring client states, and thus are still available to enforce Russian foreign policy.
Another chronic disinformation ploy is to claim the Russian air force lacks sufficient fuel to maintain pilot readiness. A typical quote from the Pentagon proclaims, "The most acute problem in the Russian Air Force is lack of training resources, specifically lack of fuel. Flying hours have been kept to the minimum for years, which erodes besides the pilot skills also the readiness of the whole system." This is ludicrous. Russia is awash in oil resources and doesnt lack for refineries. The country is a huge exporter of oil and fuel products. If Russian officials are limiting the fuel available for flying time, it is because they have chosen to do so, for reasons of promulgating an image of weakness.
RUSSIAN MILITARY POWER VS. NATO
As of late 1990 (prior to the CFE) here is a typical view of NATO vs. Soviet conventional forces according to Soviet Military Power. Note that there was an approximate 2:1 Soviet advantage in quantity of land based weapons:
Armored Combat Vehicles 30,000/53,000
Combat Aircraft 5,500/8,500
Carrier Groups 15/0
Military Ships 1,300/1,500
Armored Divisions 41/79
Manpower 1.85 million/5.3 million
Here is a current view of the West vs. East comparison after CFE including Russian Ural stockpiles, normally omitted from conventional assessments for political reasons. There still is a 2:1 Russian bloc advantage in conventional land-based weaponry. The two sides are at least comparable in nuclear forces.
US/NATO * RUSSIA/CIS
Divisions 11/19 = 30 * 50/20 = 70
Tanks 4,00/16,00 = 20,00 * 43,000/7,000 = 50,000
Armored Combat Vehicles 5,000/24,000 = 29,000 * 40,000/15,000 = 55,000
Artillery 2,500/16,000 = 18,500 * 33,000/15,000 = 45,000
Combat Aircraft 600/1,000 = 1,600 * 4,500/1,600 = 5,100
Helicopters 300/1,700 = 2,000 * 2,300/1,600 = 3,900
Carrier Groups 6/3 = 9 * 1
Military Ships 300/600 = 900 * 1,200
STRATEGIC NUCLEAR FORCES:
US/NATO * RUSSIA/CIS
Nuclear Missile Subs 18/39 * 13
Nuclear Attack Subs 52/45 * 38
Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles 550, (MX out in 2002) * 756 known, and growing
Sub Launched Missiles 432/640 * 412
Nuclear Bombers 115/204 * 85/20
Total Nuclear Warheads 6,500/550 * 9,000 est.
TACTICAL NUCLEAR WEAPONS 2,000 or less 20,000 or more.
AN ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENT OF US/NATO VS. RUSSIAN MILITARY POWER
One cannot simply tally up total forces and come to a predictable outcome based upon quantity. Quantity does matter, but it is only one of several factors to consider. Quality of weapons systems are a factor. Some high tech weapons are worth 10 conventional types. But quality is overplayed by the Americans. Smart weapons are ten to twenty times more costly than conventional weapons and thus are deployed in vastly smaller quantities. None of the Western nations has the unlimited budget to field both quality and massive quantity. In addition, high tech weapons have never been tested against a determined enemy possessing both quality weapons and overwhelming numbers. The recent US experiments in clean, surgical stand-off warfare against Iraq and Serbia were not good real-world examples of military prowess. Neither Iraq nor Serbia had the will or capability to fight back in a meaningful manner. Yet even so, in both mini-wars, US stockpiles of smart weapons were drawn down to dangerously low levels. In many cases the stockpiles have not been rebuilt. Up against a Russian attack, with an adversary capable of throwing tens of thousands of armored weapons into the conflict, the US and NATO simply dont have enough smart weapons to disable even one-third of the potential threat.
Tactics are another major factor. The US and NATO have ceded the advantage in tactical NBC weapons to the Russians. The US developed and then declined to deploy the neutron bomb, capable of killing large numbers of people without destroying cities--a major battlefield advantage if faced with overwhelming numbers of enemy troops. The US has also decommissioned and is destroying almost all its biological, chemical and tactical nuclear stockpiles. Meanwhile, the Russians have deployed the neutron bomb, are maintaining huge stockpiles of other tactical nuclear weapons, and continue to build (in violation of all treaties) stockpiles of modern chemical and biological weapons. Even though treaties have been signed agreeing to reductions of tactical nuclear weapons, these treaties required the Russians only to warehouse their stockpiles.
In terms of morale and combat readiness, both East and West have serious shortcomings. The Russians are purposefully allowing their troop levels to drop while maintaining unusually high levels of NCOs and officers. Some analysts believe this is indicative of feigning weakness while holding on to the leadership capability to rapidly assimilate new recruits in a war. In the West, NATO would be hard-pressed to field 4 divisions within a reasonable time. US forces are overplayed and understaffed as well. Morale is at rock bottom in US units. The US has been enforcing tenuous and unpopular peacekeeping operations abroad that have little bearing on American security interests and have been unpopular with US troops. Politicians, knowing the fragility of American tolerance for these foreign entanglements, have skewed military tactics to avoid (and sometimes cover up) getting Americans killed, leaving the false impression that military operations can be done with little risk of bloodshed--another fools paradise. Meanwhile, political correctness has invaded all aspects of American military training. Irritating sensitivity training has caused racial sensitivities to heighten rather than lessen. Preferential treatment for women in the military--forcing the use of double standards in training--also saps the morale out of mixed forces. Pay and benefits have now become the sole motivators in recruitment efforts, and it isnt working. The quality of retention is suffering along with quantity. When politicians destroy the moral and patriotic basis for military service, good people leave and unprincipled mercenaries fill in the vacuum.
THE NUCLEAR FACTOR
The one factor that can unbalance all others is the nuclear factor. Nuclear considerations dominate because only nuclear weapons have the potential to change the balance of power so quickly. Of course, the mere possession of nuclear weapons does not equate to deterrence if it is apparent that a nation lacks the political will to use them. Communist leaders do not lack the ruthlessness to do so. The Russians are so sure of the inevitability of a nuclear war that they have made substantial preparations to survive such a circumstance, including a huge underground hardened military support system and civilian shelter system.
In contrast, US and NATO allies are particularly unprotected and left vulnerable to nuclear attack. In addition, the US has engaged in several unwise policies that actually encourage a Russian pre-emptive nuclear strike:
1) There are no longer any nuclear bombers on alert that can get airborne in time to escape a nuclear first strike.
2) Driven by naive notions of Russian disarmament and an inordinate fear of accidental launch, the US military today lives under the ominous and suicidal restrictions of a top secret Presidential Decision Directive (PDD-60) mandating that the US military absorb a nuclear first strike and not launch on warning. This has not been rescinded by President Bush.
3) The US has agreed to keep half of its ballistic missile submarine fleet (SSBN) in port at any time, ensuring the Russians ability to eliminate half our capacity in a single blow. These two ports at Bangor (Seattle), Washington and Kings Bay, Georgia are guaranteed first strike targets. Similarly the nations B-1 bomber force is being consolidated into 2 bases instead of the current 5.
4) There exist no nuclear fallout shelters in the US intended to protect the general population. The government has built numerous large scale underground shelters to protect military and high ranking civilians from attack--which is telling.
The Russians know all of this, and wonder privately how or if the US could be so naive, especially regarding PDD-60. This order to absorb a nuclear first strike is like telling the Russians, "Look, youre going to have a free shot, so youd better give us all you have on the first try, before we retaliate." Retaliate with what? If an enemy knew they could strike without the fear of launch on warning--a powerful deterrent--they would make sure to hit the US with everything necessary to ensure that any retaliation would be limited. Russian forces can easily handle a limited retaliation, given their level of sheltering. Launch on warning is a powerful deterrent specifically because of the time delay it takes missiles to arrive on target. The US could launch its own silo-based missiles before the Russian missiles arrive on target. With a knowledge of which Russian facilities had already launched weapons, US missiles could be retargeted to attack those Russian missiles or facilities that are still vulnerable. When the Russian missiles finally arrived, many of their targets would be empty. Thus, launch on warning actually gives an advantage to the side that launches second--not first.
Without a policy to launch on warning, two and a half legs of the US strategic triad (nuclear missiles, bombers, half of SSBNs) would be taken out all at once in a first strike. The remaining SSBNs could easily be neutralized and cut off from command by a Russian EMP strike (multiple high altitude nuclear explosions producing electromagnetic pulses that destroy electrical connections below) combined with anti-satellite attacks. EMP could destroy ELF low frequency communications and satellite systems used to direct submarine operations. Without communications and authorization to launch missiles, our SSBNs would become isolated and ineffective.
The US has a massive superiority in aircraft carrier task forces. But with todays high tech satellite surveillance systems, it is nearly impossible to hide these forces even on the open seas in bad weather. One nuclear salvo could take out these forces in minutes. The US navy currently has no effective ABM system to counter a nuclear strike on its carriers. The Aegis system could potentially be modified to that purpose, but changes to the speed and range of the Aegis missiles would be substantial and costly.
ANALYSIS OF CURRENT US STRATEGY
The US strategy has left the nation blatantly vulnerable to a Russian pre-emptive strike during the 2002 to 2006 time frame--what is fast becoming a large window of vulnerability.
The US is accelerating its unilateral disarmament by decommissioning the powerful MX ICBM in 2002. The MX is a crucial factor in the balance of nuclear deterrence for several reasons.
1) It is our only missile armed with 10 MIRVed warheads, each capable of hitting and destroying hardened Russian and Chinese targets.
2) It is our most modern and accurate missile.
3) Even though only 50 MX missiles exists, with 10 warheads on each missile thats a loss of 500 potential targets--a huge loss in deterrence capability.
4) With PDD-60 still governing our militarys nuclear response, the loss of all 50 MX missiles frees up at least 250 Russian warheads to target other US facilities. This is because the Russians would have to blanket a hardened MX silo with at least 5 ground burst weapons in order to ensure a kill.
This unilateral move comes at a time when Russia is not only NOT disarming but is building and deploying 3 new SS-27 (Topol-M) ICBMs per quarter--and there could be more in production in underground factories. Putin is openly threatening to place 3 warheads on this new 6th generation ICBM (rumored to possess ABM jamming capabilities and maneuvering warheads), even though the START II treaty only allows Russia one warhead per missile. In fact, Putins threat is disinformation for the media. Both he and US intelligence know that Russia has already begun mounting multiple warheads on the Topols as of last year. An SS-27 missile test with multiple warhead separation has even been recorded by space based sensors.
What is also little known is that President Clinton already offered Russia the 3-warhead option as part of his deal to gain Russias permission to build an ABM system--as if we needed Russias permission to defend ourselves. What was particularly egregious was Clintons reasoning. He said his offer was to assure Russia that they would have sufficient nuclear power to overwhelm the puny 100 missile interceptor system being planned at the time. Here is an American president supposedly building an Anti-Ballistic Missile system to protect the American people and then offering to make an agreement with our largest potential nuclear enemy to render the system ineffective! Thus, it was entirely predictable that Putins defense minister would openly deride the US ABM system by saying exactly that--that by mounting 3 warheads on Russias planned 500 SS-27s, Russia could overwhelm the US defense system.
As if that werent enough, Russian defense ministry spokesmen announced, after a test launch of an SS-19 ICBM this week, that Russia may not dismantle the SS-19s after all, in spite of prior promises to do so. This is not surprising since Russia is and has been in violation of virtually every single disarmament agreement signed. Strangely, the US not only never protests these violations, but insists on abiding by the agreements itself unilaterally.
As I have said before in prior World Affairs Briefs, our leaders arent simply stupid, naive, or even suicidal. These tactics of covering for Russian violations and war preparations indicate that US globalist leaders have some sort of ulterior motives not in accord with US sovereign interests. These motives are instead tied, in my opinion, to global intentions of undermining US sovereignty and military might. What better way to do that than create the conditions of US vulnerability whereby Russia is induced to finally destroy the one obstacle in Communisms long dream of world hegemony--the US military?
OTHER UNTIMELY MOVES THAT WILL UNDERMINE US MILITARY STRENGTH
As Russia and China build for a two-ocean war of supremacy against the US, Sec. of Defense Rumsfield recently announced to Congress that as a matter of US military policy and strategy, the US will no longer prepare to wage two major wars simultaneously. This is a tacit admission that the Bush campaign pledge to rebuild the American military does not involve a strategy for preparing against the greatest known threats--Russia and China--which would require preparing for the inevitable larger war to come.
Rumsfields stated intention of allocating almost the entire $8 billion in defense budget increases towards pay and amenities for service men is indicative that the Bush administrations increased spending will not be sufficient or timely enough to protect the US during this hastening window of vulnerability. Thus, currently deployed weapons systems will not be maintained or increased in quantity due to the high cost of fielding the next generation of high tech weapons beginning in 2006-2010. Ammunition and cruise missile stocks have yet to be replenished from the Serbia campaign.
WHY 2002 TO 2006 IS SO DANGEROUS
With the continued downsizing of conventional forces and disarmament of strategic nuclear forces, the US has knowingly or unknowingly left itself dangerously exposed to Russias nuclear option from 2002 to 2006. Considering the quantities of conventional forces held in reserve by both Russia and China, the West would be hardpressed even under existing favorable circumstances to field a sufficient quantity of smart munitions to fight a full scale, two ocean war during that period. If such a war were preceded by a nuclear pre-emptive strike against the West, the resulting diminution of Western military power would be almost fatal. I suspect strongly that the Russians intend to use the nuclear option on the US and Britain, and then attempt to blackmail Europe into submission. If Europe fails to succumb, Russia will procede with an attack on Europe with tactical nuclear weapons and a massive quantity of conventional forces once Europes compliment of the high tech weapons are eliminated or used up. China, currently in a mutually supportive role with Russia, will use their advantage (in quantity of armed forces) to occupy vast territories, while Russia supplements Chinas limited naval transport capabilities.
the US is making a huge strategic mistake by downsizing and disarming strategic forces before new weapons systems are deployed to shore up the deterrence factor. Its a mistake to disarm in any case, given the massive amount of Russian and Chinese violations of arm control agreements. Even relying on small numbers of high tech equipment, without sufficient ammunition stocks to field a much larger threat, is very unwise, but disarming in the face of Russias increased motivation to use the nuclear option is suicidal. Sadly, it appears as if the United States illusory days as the worlds only super power are numbered.
The window of US/NATO vulnerability will begin to open in 2002 after the MX missiles are destroyed. The intention of the US to leap forward in time and field a whole new generation of high tech weaponry after 2006, coupled with the threat of a vigorous multi-tiered ABM system before 2007, almost guarantees that the Russians will see the necessity to strike before that time frame. No single issue incites Russian or Chinese fears more than the specter of an ABM system that will potentially limit their planned first strike strategy. Their opposition to this purely defensive system is clear evidence of eventual hostile intentions--all other excuses about its potential for creating an arms race are pure propaganda. Russia is already in an arms race, building a new force of ICBMs, and the West is helping out with a steady flow of loans and joint venture military technology.
The picture I paint is grim and holds little hope at this late stage for reversal. As Serbian-American Petar Makara said recently, "false hope will keep the victim immobilized when action is the only real hope left." To a world accustomed to living in illusions of peace and hope, this projected Russian nuclear strike is unthinkable, therefore the public will continue to prefer paralysis to action.
Furthermore, the West naively thinks that everyone is rational like themselves and that no modern nation would knowingly plan to destroy our marvelous way of life, since it would affect the perpetrator himself. Sadly, these illusions of hope are reminiscent of the 1930s. Most fail to remember that real evil rises up from time to time as mens consciences grow dull and they become resistant to the warning signs--and even anxious to disbelieve. Its only been a little more than a half a century since the world succumbed to the same illusions of peace and prosperity that led to WWII. It is my warning to the world that we are entering a similar but even more deceptive period which will sweep us into WWIII, to be followed by a total restructuring of the New World Order--which will destroy in one final motion what remains of national sovereignty and individual liberty.
Naturally, the resulting form of government will still be called democracy and the "rule of law"--but the law will have become a vehicle of oppression and there will be no retreat allowed back to individual, family, or national sovereignty. The EU, NAFTA, and the WTO are administrative precursors to this control system, which should be actively resisted. But the real chains of international police power are only capable of being forged when people are suffering under the exigencies of war and cease to worry about rights and limited government in their quest for survival. Thats why, as Helmut Kohl cryptically hinted at his speech in Leuven, Belgium in 1996, "The only alternative to European integration is war." As an insider, Kohl knows that war--what the world considers unthinkable--may soon become a tragic reality.
we can hope...
Just finished Dragon's Head by the way. Loved it. Good thing I don't have a dog to beat.
There is one thing to think safe and that our government is protecting us but it is another to see the reality that is going on in Russia. They never were technically part of the ABM.They have always continued to build up for a war against the U.S.. We have only so many planes and bombs and bullets to defend. Which is not enough. Nowhere near enough. The spending on useless things needs to stop and the cutting of what we need is doing nothing but cutting our own throats.
How many "Rogue" countries - are using military equipment supplied by China? or Russia.
Again - IMHO - Russia can be manipulated and brought to "our side" without military action. The Chinese, however, are too big - with too large of an economy and THEY are manipulating US.
overwhelming, decisive force - and complete destruction.
This reads like a page out of the "Rockefeller, Internationalist" handbook.
I'm not going to refute every nonsensical claim here, especially the lunacy that somehow American leaders are deliberately disarming to give the Russkies a "win."
It is enought to point out that Reagan KNEW that the MX was obsolete when he deployed it in the early 1980s, but he did so both to fulfill a campaign promise and to just simply "add numbers." If you begin with that starting point, the rest of this article is pure nonsense. Fixed, land-based missiles in the 1980s were obsolete in that they could be easily targeted, unlike sea-based assets. The Trident II missile, with GPS, was FAR superior in Hard-Target-Kill-Capacity than the MX, and now, with better targeting, is even more so. Moreover, as we have seen, cruise missiles and RPGs are becoming far more effective than any fixed missile ever was.
Now go off to the mothership. They need you.
A true sign is why are they slaughtering their own livestock in massive numbers? Perhaps for stocking?
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001
The Pentagon is warning that reliance on space technology is America's Achilles heel, which Communist China and Russia are intent on exploiting and attacking. According to the Thursday issue of the Washington Times:
That was the scenario laid out by Vice Adm. Thomas R. Wilson, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and George J. Tenet, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, at the intelligence community's annual world threat briefing Wednesday.
This was the first time American intelligence officials have discussed in public the space-warfare threat facing the United States.
Because the U.S. military relies so heavily on satellites and space-based sensors for communications, intelligence, reconnaissance and command-and-control of forces all over the world, the three-star admiral said, "future adversaries will be able [by 2015] to employ a wide variety of means to disrupt, degrade or defeat portions of the U.S. space support system.
"China and Russia have across-the-board programs under way, and other smaller states and non-state entities are pursuing more limited though potentially effective approaches."
Trent concurred, adding that "our adversaries well understand U.S. strategic dependence on access to space.
"Operations to disrupt, degrade, or defeat U.S. space assets will be attractive options for those seeking to counter U.S. strategic military superiority."
U.S. experts have reported that China is already developing ground-based laser weapons and electronic-pulse weapons capable of blinding or destroying American satellites.
Both Wilson and Trent told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee they cannot verify that China is keeping its word given to the United States that it would curb sales of its missiles and weapons of mass destruction to other counties.
Seated between Wilson and the State Department's intelligence chief, Thomas Fingar, the CIA director laid out a sobering assessment of what confronts the United States from abroad:
Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden and his terrorists pose "the most immediate and serious threat" of attacks on Americans on American soil.
Not only is the Islamist Taleban regime in Afghanistan providing a safe haven to bin Laden, but also it is engaging in drug trafficking.
The threat from long-range ballistic nuclear missiles is confined no longer just to Russia and China but now includes North Korea, Iran and possibly Iraq.
Risk of "full-scale war" between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region, now "unacceptably high," could lead to a regional nuclear conflict.
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is reverting in several ways to a Soviet-style government, undermining democracy.
A small 1 megaton nuke would kill over 1 million people if detonated in down town Portland ..... and the radiation would wipe out all life for about 200 miles traveling East.
Col. Stanislav Lunev
Wednesday, May 24, 2000
Russia delivered the first shipment of 24 supersonic cruise missiles to Red China from a new Russian-built missile destroyer in recent weeks, and more will be sent later this year. These missiles, known as Sunburns or SSN-22s, will be deployed on Chinas new Sovremenny-class guided missile destroyer, and originally were designed for use against the U.S. warships, especially aircraft carriers.
These anti-ship missiles could be used against Americans, said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., quoted in The Washington Times May 9. "The Chinese communists now have the ability to sink American aircraft carriers and kill thousands of Americans, Rohrabacher said.
It is difficult to disagree with the view of the congressman. The danger from Russian missile shipments to Red China is already present and real. But 24 Sunburns is a drop in the river of Russian arms sales abroad, first of all to China and other countries, which traditionally are not friendly to America.
As the Russian press reported, the Russian Federation state-owned weapons company Rosvooruzhenie (Russian Armaments) achieved a major jump in export last year with $2.8 billion in sales to 49 nations. This corporation, which handles all of Russias arms exports, said that 1999 sales represented an increase of $800 million over the year before.
In recent years, Russia has been the worlds fourth-largest arms exporter after the United States, Great Britain and France. Rosvooruzhenie officials said that improved sales reflected improved marketing coordination with arms manufacturers. The company opened 14 branch offices across the country to improve coordination and plans to add two more offices soon. Recently Rosvooruzhenie set up its own joint venture, dubbed Krondshtadt, to export military software technologies.
This year Rosvooruzhenie, the main state military export company, expects total Russian foreign sales of more than $3 billion. This corporation reports orders worth $9 billion through 2005. About half of these are aircraft and helicopters, but there has been increasing interest abroad in Russias naval-defense and air-defense systems.
During the last 10 years Russias military output has declined compared with the Soviet era, when about 80 percent of the countrys industrial production was military. This reduction of weapons sales abroad happened because Russia stopped producing arms for former Warsaw Pact members and other Cold War allies and had to enter the competitive international weapons market.
Boosting the present revival, a weak ruble makes Russian arms relatively cheap, and Russias main weapons customers - Red China, India, Algeria and Greece - are looking at increasing business. Their main points of interest are combat aircraft such as different modifications of SU (Sukhoi) and MiG fighters, helicopters, up-to-date air defense complexes such as the well-known S-300, and missiles, including supersonic cruise missiles.
According to the Russian press, foreign customers are not only looking for the aviation hardware but also pursuing technological military cooperation. Over the past several years, Rosvooruzhenie has signed such collaboration deals with Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Ukraine.
Another market that appears to be expanding for Russia is Libya. According to Rosvooruzhenies reports, negotiations with Libya are under way to repair and modernize old Soviet military hardware operating by the Libyan military. Russia is trying to promote such maintenance and repair work. Specialists believe that the volume of this kind of work in foreign countries totaled more than $425 million during 2000. Major additional clients in this area are China, India and Ethiopia, former Soviet proxy in the Cold War.
One more potential customer is Syria, which wants to replace the old Soviet military equipment that makes up the bulk of its air force fleet. The United States has voiced stiff objections to Russia selling to what it sees as a rogue state, but Russian politicians and military leaders believe that Moscow will dismiss American opposition.
Most of the weapons being sold were developed in the former U.S.S.R. during the 1980s. To further boost foreign sales and modernize the outdated equipment of the Russian army, military authorities have set aside an undisclosed sum for research and development. According to the Russian press, only 30 percent of military hardware in use by the Russian Federations army is of the latest technology.
The presidential degree signed by then President Boris Yeltsin last September that simplifies obtaining arms export authorization has stimulated arms sales. New Russian President Vladimir Putin is following his predecessors example.
Last month Putin signed a special degree merging two leading Russian arms mediators into one company. As Moscow Times reported, according this degree the Russian president has ordered the merger of Promexport (Industrial Export) and Rossiiskiye Technologii (Russian Technologies).
According to the Russian press, Promexport can sell millions of dollars worth of military technologies annually and help draw much-needed foreign investment into the development of new arms, which Russia cannot find on its own. This corporation has been successfully exporting weaponry, spare parts and ammunition decommissioned by the Russian Federations Ministry of Defense, but until this merger it could not export new technology.
Promexport has a $900 million order portfolio for 2000. The enterprise sold $200 million worth of arms in 1998 and $150 million in 1999. Promexport is the second-largest arms exporter after Moscow-based Rosvooruzhenie, which sold $2.8 billion in 1999. Promexport chief Sergei Chemezov is the new Russian presidents protege, with then-Prime Minister Putin having lobbied last year then-President Yeltsin for Chemezovs appointment to the director general post.
Rossiiskiye Tekhnologii has been trying to export weapons technologies since 1997, when Yeltsin signed a decree that at once transformed Promexport from a foreign-trade association into a state enterprise and established Rossiiskiye Tekhnologii. Working on its own, Rossiiskiye Tekhnologii managed to export just $20 million worth of technologies in 1999.
Russian specialists are expecting that reforms of the arms-export system can continue, with Promexport director general Chemezov lobbying to have his company and Rosvooruzhenie united into a single holding to end their rivalry. According to rumors in Moscow, soon the merged pair of Promexport and Rossiiskiye Tekhnologii will be brought under control of Rosvooruzhenie, and director general Alexei Ogarev could be replaced by somebody from Putins inner circle.
No one would question the right of a new president to choose his own team of advisers and agency chiefs. But it remains to be seen if this reshuffling is anything more than maintaining the tradition of the Yeltsin years, in which each change in prime ministers was followed by a new director general at Rosvooruzhenie.
Putin so far has no real economic or social programs, but he is active in his bloody war in Chechnya and, like his predecessor, in internal bureaucratic intrigues and international contacts. He depends on the military, military-industrial complex and special services, and there is no doubt Putin will pay close attention to these institutions, which brought him to the power.
We can expect Putin will approve new arms sales to foreign countries, independently from their political orientation. Because sales of weapons abroad will bring him sufficient amount of cash, he could pay back his supporters.
Putin does understand that the military industry is the only sector of his nations economy that has the potential to be an engine of new technologies that could pull other parts of the economy out of the doldrums and into the world marketplace. And he doesnt care that new weapons will go to the nations traditionally unfriendly to the United States, including North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria and other rogue states, which are knocking on Russias door looking for sophisticated arms.
The United States, whose politicians previously demonstrated their concern about reports of abuses against civilians by Russian troops in Chechnya, may now have cause for alarm over another byproduct of the war in Chechnya, over the revival of Russias weapons industry and its arms sales abroad.
Just illustrating what is possible with even a small hydrogen bomb going off (E.g. A 1 megaton bomb = 8 x the power the 1945 Hiroshima atomic bomb). Those small, portable 'suitcase nukes' everybody is talking about might have about 30% of the power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
The MX was not outdated then and isn't today. It is the apex of ballistic missile technology throughout. That level of accuracy is the limit unless you start using manuverable re-entry vehicles.... which are more complicated and break easier - not what you want for your front-line warhead. The only thing obsolete about the Peacemaker was the basing startegy. Congress was a bunch of cheap spineless RATS (not much has changed!), they took the state of the art missile and put in frigging 20 year old Minuteman II silo's. The MX was designed to be a mobile ICBM, rail and road based launchers, just like Russia's new Topol-M (ss27).
Look at it this way, WE couldn't take out 50's technology SCUD's in Desert Storm, do you think we have a chance against the Topol-M? The MX is the TIP OF THE SPEAR... why do you think Russia hated it so much? They KNOW that if we had deployed that bad boy in strength on mobile launchers, they would have no chance. None.
And now, here we are..... the only country that believes it gets safer every time it THROWS AWAY its weapons.
A few days ago, I was speaking with a very good friend and military historian and suggested I might react favorably to a suggestion that the missile leg could be dismantled without any real effect on our safety. It appears that the administration may be leaning in that same direction. This is all smart thinking about the present needs of our country, in my opinion.
I do agree with the author of the article, however, about the threat posed by the Red Chinese, especially in the realm of inroads into economic production arteries, items like the Panama Canal debacle, and likely infiltration into the decision making apparatus of our government, especially in the last administration.
Remember, the F-117 was 25 years old (iirc) before the public found out about it.
I'm the firestarter
Watch 'em burn LOL
Go ahead, flame away. It is a lot easier to keep one's head in the sand. The truth hurts.... on this topic it hurts a lot.
This is the sadness of America's current strategic predicament, that NO ONE CARES. Football is still on Sunday. The sun came up this morning. The mall is still open. Gas is still pretty cheap. And Bush will take care of us, after all, he's a Republican. Nobody want's to make that little leap in the mind, to believe maybe just maybe the world is more complex than the Superbowl and Nascar.
We live in the most technologically advanced nation on earth. We have grown used to creature comforts and happy hour and a BMW in the driveway. Our ten year-olds have cellphones now. We have every concievable way to cheat aging, to defy nature, to enjoy our plastic paradise. And thus we refuse to drop our pompoms. Nobody can beat the Mighty USA, we have the technology to trounce anyone. Yep, we are invulnerable, nobody would dream of using nuclear weapons, they are just too horrible..... ZZZZZZZZZZZ
"Maybe you haven't been keepin' up with current events, but we just got our asses kicked, PAL"
"That's it man, game over, game over!!!"
This isn't about upgrading, this is about a fundamental deficiency in our warfighting capability (where the F*** is our civil defence!)
Oh, wait, I forgot. Russia is our friend now! (weapons grade sarcasm)
More fluid, thats rich.... all this talk about bunker busting nukes is funny because Bush Senior DESTROYED THEM ALL! We are proposing a phony strategy to be fought with weapons we don't have. Do you have any idea how long it takes, not to mention the cost, to produce nuetron bombs? How about to cook new plutonium for triggers, tritium for the big boom? Because we aren't producing any.