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Ready for a New ‘Missile Gap’ and Trillion-Dollar Arms Race?

The fireworks next time!

Unmentioned is the critical question of why Russia, with its struggling and much smaller economy compared to the US, and China, with its grave environmental, economic and internal political problems, would be devoting valuable resources to this mad one-upsmanshhip endeavor. The answer is that the US, in 2002 during the empire-crazed administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, with their neo-conservative goal of making and keeping the US the world’s sole superpower, dropped out of the anti-ballistic-missile-banning treaty negotiated in 1972 by Richard Nixon with the Soviet “Evil Empire.” Since that insane move to renounce a treaty that had successfully put a brake on the arms race madness, the US, under presidents Bush, Obama and now Trump, has been working diligently to develop ABM technologies designed to knock Russian missiles out of the sky during their launch phase while placing the new missile batteries known as THAAD for (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense), close to the Russian and bordesr, with the goal of being to be able to launch a first strike on Russian missiles, destroying them and Russian command and control centers, and then knocking down any stray missiles that might survive such a deadly attack and be launched back at the US.

Russia doesn’t have the resources to develop an equal challenge to the US, so it has instead opted for a cheaper, but equally effective and deadly response: building stealthier submarines capable of hiding near the US with nuclear missiles that could be fired from close to US shores, and a new kind of cruise missile that, by flying low and incredibly fast and that have the ability to shift targets autonomously if detected, could reach US targets even after a first strike on Russia by the US.

Ted Hall, the brilliant young physicist who, at the tender age of 18 was assigned to work on the trigger mechanism of the first atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project and then, a year later after witnessing the US using the bomb he helped develop against civilian populations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, decided to hand the plans over to the Soviet Union to prevent a clearly crazed US from having a monopoly on the bomb after the war (I suggested he should receive a posthumous Nobel Peace Prize for his courage and prescience). By doing that he saved us from that horror by enabling the establishment of a nuclear balance of terror that lasted for decades and prevented a single bomb from blowing up a city again. Now, sadly, it’s all being put at risk as a new race — a real one this time — pits the three big nuclear powers in a desperate contest to be the first to develop a whole new fleet of unstoppable hypersonic cruise missiles.

story | by Dr. Radut