GarryB wrote:The Russians are smarter than to just replicate what the US does...
Their solution to the US ABM system was not just to bankrupt themselves making lots of missiles... it was unlimited range nuclear powered cruise missiles and unlimited range nuclear powered and nuclear armed doomsday drones.
Their response to US militarisation of space could simply be to place a small nuclear device in every object they send into space from now on.
Any BS from the US and WWIII starts doomsday devices will continue to hit western ports and regions for the next 20 years and all Russian satellites will start spreading debris in the heavens above destroying US equivalents and blocking space from use for everyone.
Asymmetric responses have value. But there is no solid argument against scale. Russia can afford to make many ICBMs and the whole
bankruptcy narrative is delusional American propaganda. They drink the koolaid that Reagan bankrupted the USSR. Only in their
Technicolor (TM) dream delusions.
START gave the Americans the notion that they could limit Russian ICBM and warhead numbers by treaty while deploying all sorts
of other systems to neutralize Russia's strategic nuclear defense. The ABM shield was the core of their fantasy. But it actually
had legs since it would work against a limited number of 1970s style quasi-ballistic warheads. Russia snookered the clowns
by deploying fully non-ballistic warheads. But that is not enough. Americans need to be made to fear the effect of large numbers.
With large numbers even the most effective tricks become meaningless since a few percent of the warheads making it to America
will be more than enough to fully glass it.
Recall that during the 1980s the US still had some fear of the Soviet ICBM arsenal. Since then it has brainwashed itself that it
can win a nuclear war.