JohninMK wrote:Interesting analysis
Conclusions discussed on this site several times before.
1) The author does not really understand, like the vast majority, what involves a "first strike". There is no
first strike since early warning and launch on warning has been built into MAD since the earliest stage. So
a first strike triggers an instantaneous counter-strike before any warheads hit their targets. The idea
of a decapitating first strike is retarded unless the "enemy" command and control is already decapitated.
So a rain of nuclear warheads will fall on the USA when it decides to launch its first strike. Its drooling idiot,
sexual deviant leaders think that some ABM system will intercept every warhead that Russia launches. That
is not going to happen and 100% interception is physically impossible. That is why I am a proponent of
massive 1980s type launcher and warhead deployment. Even 10% penetration (I know that it will be more
like 90% penetration) will glass the evil yanqui empire.
2) The belief that the USSR imploded under the weight of an arms race is full bore ignorance and wishful thinking.
Consider all instances of discussion of this theory. They are full of references to budgets and costs. Utter,
mindnumbing ignorance. The USSR command economy did not operate on FIAT and budgets. It operated
on directive. There is no isomorphism between a capitalist economy and a command economy in key aspects
even if there is a lot of similarity. There is no debt and bankruptcy in a command economy. The only issue
is running out of energy, resources and human labour and skills. During the 1980s Soviet workers were not
allocated to work building nuclear missiles at the expense of growing and processing food and providing goods
The shortages in the shops were due to a systemic crisis which involved outright sabotage of food transport
to stores on a massive scale. The Soviet elites became primitively corrupt in the capitalist fashion and concluded
that the only way their greed could be satisfied was to get rid of the system that was preventing them from
building mansions, hiring service staff and owning massive yachts. What is worse, the Soviet system prevented
them from ever becoming billionaires since they could not own corporations and vast swaths of the economy.
So the Soviet elite started the rot from the fish head. This pattern has been seen throughout human history.
Read "I, Claudius" for an example.
Even the US itself adopted command economic measures during WWII. To the USSR, building 50,000 tanks
and 10,000 nuclear missiles was nothing. Only physical constraints mattered, which means availability of
skilled workers and resources. The USSR had enough of these to churn out military production on a massive
scale. There was no budget constraint. Something that the morons who push the "arms race bankrupted the
USSR" theory clearly do not grasp or deliberately ignore.