The amusing thing is that most of the cold war propaganda where the US accuses the Soviets of doing something bad is most often because they are doing the exact same thing to them but if they accuse the Soviets of doing it when it is revealed that the US did it too they can claim they only did it because the Soviets did it first (or were on record as being accused of doing it first).
The clear leader of the Cold war for the most part was the US and the Soviets merely reacted.
Case in point the Soviets put intermediate range nuclear missiles in Cuba... bad soviets... but then the only reason they actually did that was because the US put jupiter IRBMs in Turkey just the width of the Black Sea from Moscow first... evil soviets...
The US was happy to inject its own citizens with plutonium to determine the effects, and regularly released viruses and monitored hospitals to determine the spread and speed of viral epidemics in US cities.
The people injected with Plutonium obviously died and who knows how many other people died because hospitals were so busy with patients infected on purpose they didn't have the capacity to treat those who were not infected by the US Government.
I think the funniest thing about the evil reds under the bed theory about China is that they ignore the fact that China owns US debt to such a degree if they really hated the US they could simply demand repayment which would bankrupt the US over night. Of course it would mean the US debt the Chinese owned would become worthless with a bankrupt US.
Very simply... the US has let its ICBMs go a little, though it has kept them maintained and upgraded they are not the strongest leg of the US nuclear triad. The US has invested rather more in its air delivered and sub components and it shows.
However, it seems odd to me that Russia is apparently on a spending spree with nuclear weapons when they have yet to modernize their ground forces in regards to acquiring sufficient numbers of the BTR-90s, BMP-3s, T-90s, etc.
They replaced most of their Soviet era ICBMs because most were made or had parts made in the Ukraine and Belarus. The rush to make new missiles is actually a rush to get all Russian missiles into service.
The reason BTR-90 and BMP-3 and T-90s have not been bought in bulk is because they changed their doctrine and now have plans for all new vehicles based on 4 different chassis called Armata, Kurganets-25, Boomerang-25 and Boomerang-10. The Armata will be a tank weight/mobility/protection/firepower vehicle family so every vehicle in a heavy tank or motorrifle brigade will be on a Armata chassis including the tank, IFV, air defence vehicle, SPH, engineer vehicle, etc etc etc. In a medium brigade all the vehicles will either be a Kurganets-25 or a Boomerang-25 vehicles... both of which will be amphibious 25 ton class vehicles the K being tracked and the Boomerang being wheeled. The light brigades will be all boomerang-10 vehicles in the 10 ton weight class though ranging up to about 16-17 tons. This means a light brigade logistics tail has spares and support equipment for the Boomerang-10 vehicle family. The electronics and systems in the Armata tank vehicle will be the same as the electronics and systems in the other vehicle families tank vehicle though the boomerang-10 might not carry a 125mm gun... but then again it might because a 6 wheeled 17 ton vehicle is not that much different from Sprut at 18 tons...
The lack of rush to upgrade the Russian conventional military is that most of the new stuff is not ready yet and will start production in 2015 or so.
Do Russians feel that nuclear war is inevitable? Are they worried and concerned that America may want to start a nuclear war?
No. They know a nuclear war is not inevitable, but they also know that the west has made a lot of verbal promises it has not kept and it also knows that the best system we know of so far is MAD.
Russia is not complaining about US ABM systems all over the place because they want to be able to nuke the US... they are complaining about the US ABM systems all over the place because they know it upsets MAD. If one side ends up with a shield to stop ballistic missiles they might start to think they could get away with a small clean surgical war that risks little and offers great returns.
Russia is not afraid they wont get to use their nukes... they are afraid the US will push them into a corner and force them to use them... the fact that the US was wrong when it thought it could fight and win a nuclear war will be very little consolation...
No national missile defense.
BS. What are those missiles in Alaska for then?
With ABM missiles on AEGIS cruisers they can locate their ships on either US coast and hit missiles coming from Russia if they wanted. The later upgrades of SM-3 would make it rather easy.
No road or rail-mobile ICBMs.
No nuclear powers on their border able to launch a nuclear attack giving minutes of warning time. The US planned a rail based system and cancelled it. Road mobile systems are only good to ensure they survive the first strike, The US has built its forces around a first strike since the Cuban missile crisis... stealth bombers don't need to be stealthy for WWIII except when used as part of a first strike against threats still operational.
In comparison the Bear bombers will arrive over Canada about 6 hours after the first Russian ICBMs and SLBMs have wiped out much of North America... they will launch cruise missiles which will likely take another 5-6 hours to reach their targets but the enemy air defences will be in tatters already.
The U.S. pays Russia billions of dollars to encourage disarmament measures, but these billions are diverted to Russian war preparations.
The US doesn't pay a cent to anything it does not benefit from... it paid for subs to be disposed of and warheads to be disposed of. They were paranoid about it turning up in some officials bank account and they have kept a very close eye on where all the money went and none of it was diverted.
Moscow has outfitted hundreds of fighter-bombers with additional fuel tanks and in-flight refueling capability, augmenting Russia's intercontinental strike capability.
What? NATO has land bases within unrefueled flight range of Russia and not only has aircraft that can carry drop tanks but also has aircraft fitted with inflight refuelling and also has enough tanker aircraft to actually make them meaningful. While the majority of Russian service aircraft don't have inflight refuelling capability and they have about a dozen tanker aircraft that operate with their strategic bombers compared with the hundreds of inflight refuelling tankers of the USAF.
Russia has been constructing large numbers of military transport aircraft for foreign customers who do not exist.
They are just starting to produce military transport aircraft to make up for the neglect for the last 20 years.
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.
And have very few actually in service... the vast majority of their inservice stuff is the old obsolete stuff they have had since the end of the cold war.
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.
Rubbish. And why would they share such technology with the Chinese?
If they mean the RPO series of flame rockets they have been in service for 30 years and were used in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
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.
The production and location of TOPOL-M is strictly controlled and monitored and it is being produced because it is all Russian.
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.
Yet their best biochemist defected to the US in the 1990s and is now working for the US on super plagues.
WTF... defectors? When was this list compiled?
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.
US arrogance is pushing away former US allies and creating a large group of countries that want to deal on equal terms rather than be lectured to.
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.
Most of the known deposits in the world of titanium are in Russia and are used in the F-35 comes from Russia... hoarding my @$$. They just happen to have an enormous land mass that contains enormous amounts of raw materials and not many people.
Russia is importing more food than needed for domestic consumption. At the same time, Russia has constructed huge underground nuclear-proof food storage facilities.
What is this crap? If Russia wants a nuclear war what is it waiting for... and why is it spending money to upgrade its conventional forces? Why would it bother signing new Start?
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.
Recent western computer games allow you to murder Russian civilians in an Airport like a terrorist the west claims to hate and have a current war on. US generally don't depict Russians at all unless they need a drunk, or incompetent copier of old US technology.
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.
Rubbish.... these cities are actually on the moon.
Russia has been modernizing nuclear bunkers located beneath Moscow.
No... silly... they are on the moon.
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.
10,000 ABM missiles... so why are they bothering with S-400 and S-500? Why did they not attack the US in the 1990s when things were sh!t?
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.
So what? Any attack on early warning satellites just tells you an attack is on... you don't need to be able to see the ICBMs coming... you just need to give the order to launch... unless you expect to be able to track the Russian attack to defend against it and try to win a nuclear war... I thought you said the ABM system was directed against Iranian missiles?
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.
The US would never associate with organised crime... cough cough bay of pigs cough cough... get Kennedy elected cough cough...
Chinese war preparations
Civil defense drills began in major Chinese cities around July 2000.
Then I suggest you focus on the Swedish... they have extensive civil defence bunkers and have been maintaining them for decades.
Israel probably has more nukes than the Chinese... if they are preparing for a nuclear war it will be one they expect the US to start.
Chinese military commanders have been told that nuclear war with America could begin at any time.
The reckless behaviour of the US military that doesn't surprise me.
China has been developing and deploying new road-mobile long range missiles like the DF-31 and DF-41.
Road mobile missiles are only a problem for countries that want to mount first strike attacks... which is why the US never bothered with road or rail based systems. They plan to start the war so who cares if the enemy launches an attack on their empty silos?
China is modernizing its navy, purchasing advanced Russian warships and missiles capable of sinking U.S. carriers.
When of course the US is withdrawing all its new stuff and introducing muskets. It would be funny, the US with 13 carrier groups whining because China is buying new stuff...
China has been rapidly building a large store of advanced nuclear warheads.
Which is only a small fraction of the number of warheads the US currently has in service let alone the number it has in storage.
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.
Rubbish. What bases? The US accusing a foreign country of having bases outside its territory? That blog will burst into flames any second... the US has more men and women on foreign soil based around the world today than they lost in the whole of WWII... and they are complaining that China might have a base or two?
China has formed military ties with Cuba and Venezuela.
The US used to have military ties with both countries. How else do you think Venezuela got F-16 fighter jets or for that matter the US got a lifetime lease on Guantanimo Bay torture centre in Cuba?
China has also penetrated Sudan, and is spreading missile and nuclear technology to rogue states in Africa and the Middle East.
The US... the largest arms exporter in the world complaining about China selling products. Hypocrite...
China has massed troops, aircraft, ships and missiles opposite Taiwan.
...in CHINA. I know having troops in your own country is a bit of a alien concept for the US military, but it is actually legal.
China has engaged in war exercises during which U.S. forces in the Pacific were targeted by Chinese forces.
The US actively supported one side in the Chinese civil war that led to the creation of Taiwan and supplies modern military equipment to Taiwan... which would be the direct equivalent of China giving Cuba lots of money and weapons...
Well that was an interesting read through the Republican manifesto... I hope they beat those commies in their heads... you know, after making the bestest of friends with the commie chinese and still hating Russia after it became democratic.