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  • A豆腐
    A豆腐 wrote:
    <p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/23/us-russia-usa-missiles-idUSTRE7AM1RB20111123">link text</a></p> <p><strong>White House defends missile defense after Russian warning</strong></p> <p>WASHINGTON | Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:01pm EST (Reuters) - The White House said on Wednesday that U.S. and NATO plans to deploy a European missile shield by 2020 remain on track, after Russian warned it would arm itself with missiles able to defeat the shield.</p> <p>"In multiple channels, we have explained to Russian officials that the missile defense systems planned for deployment in Europe do not and cannot threaten Russia's strategic deterrent," said White House national security council spokesman Tommy Vietor.</p> <p>"Its implementation is going well and we see no basis for threats to withdraw from it," he said, adding "We will not in any way limit or change our deployment plans in Europe."</p> <p>Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday in Moscow that Russia would ramp up its early-warning radar to protect its nuclear missile sites, deploy weapons that could overcome a shield, and potentially target missile defense installations to its south and west.</p> <p>Washington said Moscow had no reason to worry.</p> <p>"The United States has been open and transparent with Russia on our plans for missile defense in Europe, which reflect a growing threat to our allies from Iran that we are committed to deterring," Vietor said in a statement.</p> <p>"We continue to believe that cooperation with Russia on missile defense can enhance the security of the United States, our allies in Europe, and Russia, and we will continue to work with Russia to define the parameters of possible cooperation."</p>
  • 随便叫兽
    随便叫兽 wrote:

    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.

  • K5-35
    K5-35 wrote:

    The proper title of this thread is advised to be:

    US Diplomacy, the art of busting balls around the world.


  • 叮噹叔叔 (令狐叮噹)
  • High Priest
    High Priest wrote:

    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.

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