The Pardu

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Return To M.A.D. With Putin Calling The Shots; Nukes Like Fruit



Image result for MAD nukesMany of you are far too young to recall history's days of M.A.D. regarding nuclear proliferation between the United States and the Soviet Union. Days when Vladimir Putin was immersed in KGB operations against the United States and while Donald Trump was finagling his way through riches at via common people like you and me. Times changed and civil national leadership in both countries seemed to move to a mature leadership state. Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.) was seriously eased as the Soviet Union collapsed and after Reagan's war-like advisers moved away from DC. 

M.A.D, and its insanity, of lay dormant even through years of Bush (DUBYA) white-knighting it through Afghanistan and Iraq. Two nations which will forever have a US military presence with probable build-up now that Donald Trump's minions and non-voters delivered the US Presidency. We should also give notice to Vladimir Putin's involvement in Trump's election and the reality of a need to seriously explore why a veritable dictator (with dreams of a revised Soviet Union) would want Trump as president. The question is rhetorical for anyone with a modicum of common sense. Trump will serve Putin very, very well. 

Alas, we have Putin and Trump atop the most powerful military on Earth. China and Iran together do not match military power imbued in consideration of Trump's military and Putin's military. However, we know Putin's (Russia's military) is a far cry from that of the US and it takes only a minute to consider a recent report of a Russia's aircraft carrier Putin dispatched to the Middle East.  Rumors abound it is Russia's only aircraft carrier.

The Admiral Kuznetsov (Russia's largest warship....note diesel power). The relative size of the ship is highlighted in below. Two highlighted Russian fighters on the Admiral Kuznetsov's deck speak to the minuscule size of Russia's largest sea vessel.

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The Nimitz size carrier (notice the size of similar planes on the Kennedy's deck.)  Also, notice the artificially posted image of the B-52 on its deck.

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Of course, I digress.  The relationship between aircraft carrier fleets (and my larger naval comparison) doesn't mean very much, right?  

Let's move to Trump's insane tweet and an associated matter. Russia's Putin has actively and openly started his manipulation of the non-inaugurated president. Apparently, the wily Putin has attended to a customary well wish to another international leader: Trump. Does Putin also wish the Prime minister of England and the President of France and Andrea Merkel of Germany the very same wish? The answer to the question may be, "yes."  Yet, I will wager his well wishes to those leaders will be absent any reference to Nuclear arsenals.

Donald Trump is over-the-top gleeful about a letter he received from his friend Putin.

Does this reality show fool not care that Putin would love to have his advanced hackers stealing any updates US capability? This guy is former KGB and a veritable dictator who purges opponents. Why would Trump assume Putin is sincere in any outreach? Especially outreach regarding returning to an arms race. Russia has, by some estimates, 1300 more warheads than the US. There are enough nuclear devices between the two nations to more than annihilate every inch of the Earth and possibly the Moon (with fallout and atmospheric poisons). All logic escapes me when over the past few years dismantling these arsenals was important to both parties. Yet, It seems one party wasn't particularly straightforward with "his" intent.
Just before this year's November General Elections, Putin pulled out of sections of the 2010 SALT Agreement. Did he have insight into what was to come via his support for Trump and the White House? (Yes, pull out before the stooge takes office; looks a lot better). Any Trump moves away from Obama's mutual agreement to dismantle nuclear arsenals will provide the impetus for Putin to further advance their arsenal. And, it takes place. Putin's pull out of the agreement and strategic timing was absolutely no coincidence.
CNN is reporting Trump received 'very nice' Christmas letter from Putin @CNNPolitics http://cnn.it/2i2wWci.

And, what does the perfect stooge do to move the message across to his minions and members of Congress? He tweets:

  
What we have here is an unparalleled utter sickness; take a look.

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Another look.

ICAN (The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)

COUNTRYNUCLEAR PROGRAMMESIZE OF ARSENAL
United StatesThe first country to develop nuclear weapons and the only country to have used them in war. It spends more on its nuclear arsenal than all other countries combined. 6,970 warheads
RussiaThe second country to develop nuclear weapons. It has the largest arsenal of any country and is investing heavily in the modernization of its warheads and delivery systems. 7,300 warheads
United KingdomIt maintains a fleet of four nuclear-armed submarines in Scotland, each carrying 16 Trident missiles. Its parliament voted in 2016 to overhaul its nuclear forces. 215 warheads
FranceMost of its nuclear warheads are deployed on submarines equipped with M45 and M51 missiles. One boat is on patrol at all times. Some warheads are also deliverable by aircraft. 300 warheads
ChinaIt has a much smaller arsenal than the US and Russia. Its warheads are deliverable by air, land and sea. It appears to be increasing the size of its arsenal at a slow pace. 260 warheads
IndiaIt developed nuclear weapons in breach of non-proliferation commitments. It is increasing the size of its nuclear arsenal and enhancing its delivery capabilities. 100–120 warheads
PakistanIt is making substantial improvements to its nuclear arsenal and associated infrastructure. It has increased the size of its nuclear arsenal in recent years. 110–130 warheads
IsraelIt has a policy of ambiguity in relation to its nuclear arsenal, neither confirming nor denying its existence. As a result, there is little public information or debate about it. 80 warheads
North KoreaIt has a fledgling nuclear weapons programme. Its arsenal probably comprises fewer than 10 warheads. It is not clear whether it has the capability to deliver them.<10 font="" warheads="">
Total15,350 warheads
Source: Federation of American Scientists 2016
  
New York Times published a piece which on the surface seems to reach and stretch for rational thought regarding Trump following Putin through the dangerous maze of nuclear proliferation. The piece is actually very interesting as the point to point prospect of what may have meant with his tweet are intriguing. The writer induces thought. However, I didn't find what I consider the real prospect of Trump simply and incompetently following behind a dictator who's major mission is to return Russia to the status of world nuclear power. 

Does Trump care about the prospect Putin knows his nuclear arsenal is less a threat if his delivery systems include vessels such as the Admiral Kuznetsov? Moreover and I repeat does the president-elect fail to realize (along with his close advisers) Putin has advanced capability in internet and systems hacking? Any developments in US military build-ups and modification will surely take place with immediate observation via Putin's newfound internet army?  

Take a moment for a short and quick slide presentation on where we were and implied messages of Putin and Trump's world order.

Trump is showing a level of naivety uncommon to US international leadership. Personally, I cannot avoid the possibility Trump will make all White House decisions with sole attention to his personal (and family) gain, thus serving as the perfect stooge for a nefarious and conniving Russian leader.

If there is a Russian alive who cannot see the ultimate danger of a Putin and Trump crony relationship, their country joins this country at the precipice of an abyss of no return. Even Russian oligarchs and worldwide money brokers (Russian and non-Russian) may one day see their economic world crumble down to that of our world.


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