Lasers are hardcore.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the vast majority of the country’s Soviet-era atomic stockpile will soon be replaced by modern weapons, warning that Moscow is intent on defending itself against foreign aggression.
Speaking as part of his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin said that his government “wants to have positive relationships with everyone on the international stage, including those with whom relations have broken down recently. We really don’t want to burn bridges.”
At the same time, however, he cautioned that “those who mistake this stance for weakness need to know that Russia’s response [to any aggression] will be asymmetrical, swift and harsh.” Those planning provocations, he said, “will regret their deeds in a way they have not regretted anything else for a long time.”
As part of the country’s plans to defend itself, he said, its stockpile of strategic weapons is currently being overhauled, updating older Soviet-era equipment in favor of next-generation technology, such as “hypersonic and laser” armaments.
Maybe he just threw “lasers” in there to signal how hardcore he is.
Among the overhaul, he revealed that the advanced RS-28 Sarmat missile will be delivered to troops in the field from 2022. A heavy intercontinental ballistic rocket, it boasts up to 15 nuclear warheads which can be directed against individual targets and each deliver 350 kilotons of atomic hellfire. Ship-mounted missiles and other, “next-generation” projectiles are also slated for deployment in the near future.
According to the president, more than two-thirds of Russia’s military equipment will be “modern” at the end of the next three years, while more than 88% of nuclear weapons will be this year as well.
Putin also referenced the Peresvet, a secretive laser cannon that is said to have the potential to shoot down both enemy aircraft and incoming missiles. The weapon has reportedly already been deployed to installations across the country.
“We have patience, self-confidence and righteousness on our side,” Putin added. “I hope no one will think of crossing red lines in their relations with Russia. Where that line sits is ours to determine.”
Yes, I am vaguely familiar with laser cannon anti-missile systems. The US has been talking about these for nearly a decade.
But in terms of using them as a total national missile defense system – that doesn’t really sound realistic. The way surface-to-surface missiles work now – you just get spammed with them. So missile defense has to be able to react very quickly to shoot down X percent of a spam attack.
Here’s more of the Putin statement, where he’s talking about The Jungle Book:
We really want to maintain good relations with all those engaged in international communication, including, by the way, those with whom we have not been getting along lately, to put it mildly. We really do not want to burn bridges. But if someone mistakes our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intends to burn or even blow up these bridges, they must know that Russia’s response will be asymmetrical, swift and tough.
Those behind provocations that threaten the core interests of our security will regret what they have done in a way they have not regretted anything for a long time. At the same time, I just have to make it clear, we have enough patience, responsibility, professionalism, self-confidence and certainty in our cause, as well as common sense, when making a decision of any kind. But I hope that no one will think about crossing the “red line” with regard to Russia. We ourselves will determine in each specific case where it will be drawn.
There’s been no end to the unfriendly actions against Russia. Some countries have taken up an unseemly routine where they pick on Russia for any reason, most often, for no reason at all. It’s become a competition to poke at Russia–a new kind of sport where you try to shout the loudest. In this regard, we behave in an extremely restrained manner, I would even say, modestly, and I am saying this without irony. We often don’t respond, not just to these unfriendly actions but also to outright rudeness.
We want good relations with all members of the international community, but we see what’s happening in reality. As I said, every now and then they are picking on Russia for no reason. And of course, all sorts of petty Tabaquis are running around them like Tabaqui ran around Shere Khan. Everything is like in Kipling’s book–howling along to make their sovereign happy.
The Tabaquis were sycophantic jackals that served the tiger Shere Khan.
Putin is certainly a man of taste.
I don’t really know very much about modern warfare, and I’ve found that most people talking about it don’t really know very much either.
The point here is: Putin understands that the US wants war, and he’s saying if it comes to that, he’s going all in.
At the same time, the Joe Biden military is telling Americans to prepare to get nuked.
#USSTRATCOM Posture Statement Preview: The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option. pic.twitter.com/4Oe7xkl05L
— US Strategic Command (@US_Stratcom) April 20, 2021
I’ve read a lot about potential military conflicts, and looked at the various simulations, and I don’t totally feel like I understand it. One thing everyone seems to agree on is that the US can beat Russia without much effort.
But is that true?
What would happen to America if a city got nuked? How would the collective psychosis of the American people respond to such an event?
Furthermore: what are the chances that the US would nuke its own city, in order to trigger the response it was looking for?
You know that there are military drills that involve the US nuking its own city and blaming it on Russia. It is impossible that this hasn’t been thought about. It is also impossible that millions of different social simulations have not been run on how the US would collectively respond to such an event.
What we do have now is nearly a decade of ramping up the idea that Russia is secretly manipulating events in the United States. So if chaos broke out in the country, the US government could easily claim that it was Russia doing it.
Look at the Brony shooter – how easy would it be for the media to claim that this was some kind of Russian conspiracy? They could just start blaming everything that happens on Russia, and in a state of panic, people would probably go along with it.
Would this be enough to whip the extremely divided US population into a mindset of total war?
Is there a good plan to prevent QAnon believers from becoming pro-Russian partisans? Would someone be able to keep QAnon from arguing that a nuclear strike on the US was done by the US government, even if it was actually done by Russia?
Would Mexican drug cartels push for a complete abolishing of the US border with Mexico?
Does Iran have a bunch of terrorist cells in the United States ready to start doing serious bombings?
Would the US require a draft to fight a war in Eastern Europe, or could they rely on only drafting Ukrainians, Polish, Baltics, etc.? How well prepared has NATO gotten the militaries in these countries?
Could Russian missile defense systems prevent a nuking of Moscow? If Moscow was nuked, would the Russians crack, or would they keep fighting? Does Russia have partisan cells already placed in Europe?
Could an Islamic terrorist army be funneled into Southern Russia through Turkey?
How prepared are Eastern Ukrainians to take Kiev?
Would a loss of Kiev break the spirit of Eastern Europeans?
What kind of allegiance to Russia remains among East Germans? Would they organize partisan terror cells?
Would Moslems already in Europe start rioting against the government and doing bombings, in support of their completely unrelated agenda?
Then, the biggest question of all: how much, if at all, will China commit to defending Russia?
Would Chairman Xi simply invade Taiwan in order to create a second front while the US was focused on Russia? Is there any good reason he wouldn’t do that?
There are just so many different questions here, which I know the US deep state apparatus thinks it has answers to, but this is all too much to have been successfully run through a computer simulation.
I don’t have the answers to any of these questions. But I do think that the common wisdom in Washington is probably wrong, and I think whoever is controlling the movements of the US military right now (we have no idea who that is) is probably not making the most informed decisions. They appear to likely be deranged, actually.
I guess the big question is: what exactly is the timeframe here?
Could this all pop off later this week? Or are we looking at a slow build-up, over the period of a year or two?