Bambi Thinks Nukes Don’t Matter
Bill Quick

State TV says Russia could turn US to ‘radioactive ash’ – Yahoo News

Moscow (AFP) – A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ash”, in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.

“Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television.

And of course, all the soft-headed soft-power true believers to the contrary, he’s absolutely right.

Nuclear weapons are the equivalent of our Second Amendment RKBA guarantees on the international level.  If you’ve got nukes, nobody seriously fucks with you.

Which is all the more reason we don’t want to let Iran get nukes.  Bambi thinks he can live with a nuclear Iran.  Hell, he can’t even deal with the far more civilized and rational nuclearized Russkies.  Anybody who trusts his take on a bunch of Muslim madmen brandishing the Big Bombs deserves whatever they get – good, hot, and hard.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Bambi Thinks Nukes Don’t Matter — 8 Comments

  1. Back in late USSR days, their nominal 30,000 warheads on 4000 launchers or whatever was actually a lot less than that. Maintenance was terrible. ISTR estimates by post-collapse inspectors that fewer than a tenth of the launchers would actually launch. After that, who knows how many would make their way to target, how many MIRVs would separate, and how many warheads would actually go off.

    Is the situation any better today?

    Sure, by most reckonings, even one nuke going off over the US would be too many, but think about this: the Russians would most likely target Washington DC and NYC the heaviest. I’m not sure most Americans would consider the loss of those two cities as much of a loss. Just sayin’…

    • Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it. I heard it for years.

      Who gives a rat’s ass about how many MIRVed warheads will separate? I don’t think anybody has ever rationally advanced the case that the USSR or, currently, Russia, couldn’t put nukes onto the 100 largest US cities, and we couldn’t stop them from doing so.

      I wouldn’t want to live in the aftermath of that. As far as Russia goes, the statement, “So, would you be willing to trade New York City for Kiev?” still holds true.

      • Aside from the (sort of) joke, my point is, I don’t know if the Russians can reliably nuke a hundred American cities. I don’t know if they can count on nuking any, not from silos in the motherland. I don’t have access to current classified data, but from what I do know and can talk about, their maintenance and reliability problems are serious problems. Multiplying best-guess probabilities against number of rockets they might come up with 100 expected on-target detonations but with a very wide error bar, meaning it might be 0 just as easily as 300. And no one in his right mind is going to give the launch order in those circumstances, not even with a coward in the White House. And I don’t buy that Putin is craaaaazy. He’s behaving perfectly rationally.

        • Okay, I looked around a bit. Russia offically posseses about 1500 nuke warheads in active service, most of which are upgraded to current nuclear weaponry standards. It has another 7000 or so it is supposed to destroy but hasn’t got round to doing yet. Many, if not most, of those likely are either obsolete or non-functional, as you suspect.

          The 1500 would probably be enough to do the ash thing on the United States. I take with a grain of salt the notion that we can shoot all this stuff down, or even much of it.

          And none of this makes mention of space-born nukes. Most of the discussion around that consists of speculation about orbiting missile platforms, which are then pooh-poohed because those missiles are so darned heavy, you know?

          Two options – warheads with little other than steering jets would work just fine – and that would weigh only a tiny fraction of a full missile. Also, the delivery time is so fast they would likely be impossible to stop.

          And there there is the enhanced EMP nuke, which could be put onto a relatively small satellite with orbit-changing capability. Bringing such a sat down to optimum attitude and igniting it would be child’s play for the state of satellite technology today. And it would only take one.

          Consider that the US isn’t even launching rockets into space these days. Russia has never stopped, though, and we have even used their own launch capability – which is quite robust – to send some of our own hardware into orbit.

          Wonder what sort of stuff they’ve been sending up on their own hook?

          Russia may have problems, but Russians are not a stupid people, and have been quite scientifically advanced for a good long time. A lot of the lacksidaisical maintenance and equipment problems sprang from inherent problems with communism, primarily “You pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.” Market forces are much more prevalent in Russia these days, and I expect Putin is making damned sure that his big sticks actually work.

  2. “likely target Washington DC and NYC the heaviest. I’m not sure most Americans would consider the loss of those two cities as much of a loss. Just sayin’…”

    Anyway we can facilitate that eventuality. Can I select a date? The next State of the Union is a little too far away… just make sure Congress and the Supreme court are in session, and the POTUS is in town.

    • Anyway we can facilitate that eventuality.

      I’m thinking of a Million Country Class March, going near but not all the way into Washington. Instead, everyone will wear a blaze orange shirt or carry an orange umbrella, and they’ll all form up into words visible from space: RUSSIANS AIM HERE –>