Monday, 17 March, 2014
8:07:59 AM Russia cold hot war?
A major anchor on Russian state television on Sunday said Russia was the only country that could turn the United States into “radioactive ash.”
“Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news program on Rossiya 1 TV, according to Agence France-Presse.
A large image of a mushroom cloud after a nuclear attack appeared behind him as he made the comment.
His provocative remarks came as exit polls were being released in Crimea as its people voted in a referendum to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
The threat of nuclear war, of course, dominated the period of the Cold War between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.
A Russian nuclear weapons system known as Perimeter, which was used during the Cold War, may still remain active, Kiselyov suggested.
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.
Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.
His programme was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to leave Ukraine and join Russia.
He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud produced after a nuclear attack, with the words “into radioactive ash”.
“Americans themselves consider Putin to be a stronger leader than Obama,” he added, pointing to opinion polls which then popped up on the screen.
“Why is Obama phoning Putin all the time and talking to him for hours on end?” he asked.
Kiselyov has earned a reputation as one of Russia’s most provocative television news hosts, in particularly with his often blatantly homophobic remarks.
But he is also hugely influential with his weekly news show broadcast at Sunday evening prime time.
Putin last year appointed Kiselyov head of the new Russia Today news agency that is to replace the soon to be liquidated RIA Novosti news agency with the aim of better promoting Russia’s official position.
Kiselyov also made great play of Russia’s so-called “dead hand” capability to fire nuclear-capable intercontinental missiles automatically in the case of attack.
The system, also known as Perimeter, was in use during the Cold War but its use in post-Soviet Russia is not officially confirmed.
But Kiselyov appeared to claim it remained active, giving Russia the chance to strike back even if its main command positions were taken out in a strike by the West.
“Even if people in all our command posts after an enemy atomic attack cannot be contacted, the system will automatically fire our missiles from mines and submarines in the right direction,” he added.
The channel’s graphic showed the line of a Russian missile heading towards the Pacific coast and the United States.
Pro-opposition news site slon.ru did not mince its words in describing the implications of Kiselyov’s comments.
“This evening… Dmitry Kiselyov threatened the United States with a nuclear strike if the conflict over Crimea deepens,” it said.
Russia and the United States are reducing their Cold War missile and nuclear warhead arsenals under the terms of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that entered into force in 2011.
Here we go! Lets see Obama make every American stay awake at night in fear of never waking up in the morning because of Russia nuking us. Next Obama will be “giving” bomb shelter kits to all his illegal alien friends and charging taxpayers for it just like housing, healthcare, cell phones, etc. We really don’t need ratcheting up any aggression with Russia over Crimea…especially if all the Russians in Crimea want to be Russian citizens! Americans need to get rid of all the cold war era war mongers (McCain) and we certainly have enough of our own problems here in the States to keep us busy! Our leaders need to focus on helping Americans…NOT every other person in the world! That Billion dollars being sent to Crimea came from where?! We can’t help our unemployed because we’re too broke but the money just jumps out of the wood work when it’s for other countries “in need”! That #$%$ needs to stop right now!
Apparently, this guy doesn’t remember the MAD policy, Mutual Assured Destruction. If Russia launched it’s missiles at the US, NORAD would detect it in an instant and then we would launch our missiles at Russia, destroying it in the process. There would be no winners, only losers. Millions of Americans and Russians would be killed, while those that survived, would have to try and make it in a contaminated world, contaminated with massive amounts of radioactive fallout. EMP would knock out all the electrical circuits in everybody’s electronic gizmos and power grids. Cars wouldn’t start, airplanes wouldn’t fly, and ships wouldn’t set out of harbor. I’m not sure if that’s a curse or a blessing in disguise. In any case, life would be a whole lot different then what we know it today. Can anyone say Mad Max?
The thing is all this talk of radioactive rubble comes down to one basic truth. Russia cannot reduce the US to rubble without reducing themselves to rubble as well and vice verse. It’s a concept first voiced during the Cold War known as MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction. It’s the ultimate boga boga of using a nuclear weapon against another nation that has a nuclear weapon. The US is the one and only nation in the history of mankind that will ever use a nuclear weapon without retribution, because we were the first. No one had an answer for it back then. Now it’s far different. Both the US and Russia have sophisticated systems to track when the other is about to use nukes and react accordingly. If Moscow goes, so does DC, if St Petersburg goes, so does New York, and so on. The real danger is people not affiliated with any nation getting their hands on nuclear technology.
I remember the cold war days, ducting under school desks for school drills. I also worked in a silo when I was in the service to this country once called America. We were told at that time if one of these nuclear missiles were sent towards Russia, all of there’s would be headed towards us. There would be NO WINNERS. We are the first as well as only country that has even used a nuclear weapon. One of my jobs had to do with missile silos, one thing we learned many years ago that one of the warheads had a half life of 25000 years,, this garbage of thinking a person could survive an nuclear war not possible,, and think 2000 or more warheads all exploding within minutes of each other,, its good night McGinnis for ever. I used to have a doomsday joint and said if this ever happens I would sit outside light up my joint and watch it happen……