“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country's development: all what you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened. You have failed to contain Russia.”
Thus spake Vladimir Putin in his annual state of the union address Thursday. The Russian strongman and KGB veteran brought along a video of the weapons his regime military-industrial complex had developed.
“It can attack any target, through the North or South Pole,” Putin said. “It is a powerful weapon and no missile defense system will be able to withstand.” According to Putin, an admirer of the late Josef Stalin, Russia can deploy nuclear-armed cruise missiles that can “avoid all interceptors.”
Bombs falling from the sky again, Russia is on the rise again, as the militant leader might say, and new boats are sailing once more. Putin also touted Russia’s nuclear-armed underwater drone with an “intercontinental” range and capable of targeting aircraft carriers and coastal military bases.
This was all ready to go and “nobody else” has anything similar. According to the Russian strongman, the new Doomsday Machine is a response to U.S. withdrawal from a treaty banning missile defense and U.S. efforts to develop a missile defense system.
U.S. experts told reporters that Putin’s cruise missile has “crashed a few times,” the underwater drone is still in the research stage, and neither system was currently deployed. On the other hand, the menacing new hardware was hardly the most troubling part of the speech.
“We would consider any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies to be a nuclear attack on our country,” the former KGB man said. “The response would be immediate.” Russia’s major allies used to be Bulgaria, East Germany and such. They are now Syria and Iran, so that is the key takeaway.
Russian ally Bashar al-Assad, son of Hafez al-Assad, who ruled from 1971-2000, is currently deploying chemical weapons against rebels and civilians alike. Assad ally Russia is doing nothing to halt Syria’s use of such weapons. The Syrian regime also harbors Islamic State fighters and Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian affiliate of al Qaeda, which like ISIS seeks a global caliphate.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, another key Russian ally, in 1979 invaded the U.S. embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Iran’s Islamic regime is also the major sponsor of terrorism in the world. At the nadir of their foreign aggression and domestic repressions, Soviet Russia and National Socialist Germany never ever infiltrated terrorists to murder American civilians.
POTUS 44, who believed the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam, gave Iran everything the ruling mullahs wanted. The Islamic regime is well on its way to development of a nuclear weapon, if it does not already have one courtesy of Pakistan, North Korea, or Russia.
POTUS 44 also gave Russia everything Putin wanted, in 2009 scrapping a missile defense deal for U.S. allies Poland and the Czech Republic. In similar style, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s famous re-set gave the Russians the most highly intrusive inspection program the United States had ever accepted.
“We want to ensure that every question that the Russian military or Russian government asks is answered,” Secretary Clinton said after meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov. Clinton also touted “deep cooperation between our countries.” Yet, as the ongoing Clinton-DNC-FBI-DOJ intel operation has it, “Putin loves Trump, Putin hates Hillary.”
As it happens, the new weapons Putin hailed in his saber-rattling speech have already showed up in the latest Nuclear Posture Report from the U.S. Department of Defense. In response, President Trump noted that as the United States reduced the role and numbers of nuclear weapons, “other nuclear nations grew their stockpiles, increased the prominence of nuclear weapons in their security strategies, and – in some cases – pursued the development of new nuclear capabilities to threaten other nations.”
Accordingly, the president seeks to counter the Russian build-up. Like everything the president says or does, that will draw fire from Democrats, never disturbed by Russian military overtures. The nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s, backed by Democrats John Kerry, Tom Harkin and Paul Simon, would have locked Russian advantages in place. High-profile Democrats reserved special wrath for Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative to counter Russian missiles.
When KGB boss Yuri Andropov headed Soviet Russia, Senator Edward Kennedy sought his help to defeat Ronald Reagan in the 1984 election. Kennedy also derided the purely defensive SDI as “Star Wars.” As Paul Kengor noted, “the senator from Massachusetts had inadvertently handed to the Kremlin a gem of a propaganda tool, which Moscow played for all it was worth.”
As the late Jeane Kirkpatrick observed, the Democrats always blame America first. Look for something similar from leftist Democrats and their establishment media allies as President Trump attempts to counter Vladimir Putin and his Islamic terrorist allies in Syria and Iran.