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September 28, 2009

Our goal is reasonable, not minimal, deterrence

Russia is becoming more dependent - not less - on nuclear weapons for its security. This makes Obama's calls for nuclear disarmament a non-starter; worse than that, a farce.

As the country slashes its bloated and expensive conventional forces, we were told, the only way to maintain influence in world affairs (and presumably to guard against a Chinese invasion of mineral-rich but thinly populated Siberia) is to have a smaller but more effective, permanent nuclear arsenal.

Obama's calls for the United States and Russia to lead the way toward global denuclearization are "idiotic," said one tart-tongued Russian defense analyst. "They strengthen those in Russia who said you can't believe him -- that he is laying traps for us." However paranoid such words sound to foreign ears, this attitude strikes at the heart of Obama's attempt to "reset" U.S.-Russian relations, beginning with the resumption of strategic arms negotiations. The Russians happily pocketed the prestige of being back on equal footing with the United States in nuclear affairs. But they seem to place a low priority on the actual results that will come out of the talks.

Or rather, the prestige conferred by the talks is the actuall result of the talks. That and the face gained for delivering a snub to the President of the United States.

Related: India claims to have high yield nuclear warheads. Despite what the FT has to say, however, their most likely audience for the news is not Pakistan but fascist China.

India can now build nuclear weapons with the same destructive power as those in the arsenals of the world’s major nuclear powers, according to New Delhi’s senior atomic officials.

They said India had built weapons with yields of up to 200 kilotons, which would be considered a “proper strategic deterrent” by the global community. A nuclear weapon above 50 kilotons is considered high yield. India’s enhanced capability gives it a considerable edge over Pakistan, its nuclear-armed arch-rival.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 28, 2009 05:57 AM


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