I'm with the Russians on this one.
Sort of. Actually, I just condemn George W. Bush's decision for the US to unilaterally withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty in 2002. We all knew he was an evil motherfucker and a puppet of the military-industrial complex. Stupidly, neither China nor Russia put up much resistance to this action.
Missile defense is a cheap ploy by arms manufacturers to initiate a "defensive" arms race. Previously, what prevented nuclear war was the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction. Nobody will use nuclear weapons because the other side will use them too, and we'll all fucking die. The development of weapons that might render ICBMs obsolete makes the apocalyptic equation considerably more complicated.
ABMs are worthless now, but if anyone ever developed a fully functioning anti-nuke, then we're back to the Cold War: nuke-holding states would again compete to produce not just nukes, and not just anti-nukes, but nukes that penetrate anti-nuke defenses, anti-nuke defenses that neutralize the defense-penetrating nukes, and so on, until their economies are crippled by the need to engineer anti-nukes, anti-anti-nukes, anti-anti-anti-nukes, and anti^n-nukes.
Russia claims to be already developing ICBMs which might be able to neutralize ABMs; there's your anti-anti-nuke right there.
Meanwhile, children continue to starve and die of preventable illnesses.
The proper title of this thread is advised to be:
US Diplomacy, the art of busting balls around the world.
The US shouldn't be worried also about Russia ramping up its early-warning radar to protect its nuclear missile sites or deploying weapons that could overcome a shield, and potentially targeting missile defense installations to its south and west.