Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed his country’s latest doomsday weapon Walt Disney-style on Thursday in his State of the Nation report. Using video and animation to visually describe Russia’s latest answer to the not-so-Cold War with the U.S., it produced an awkward moment for those in attendance.
There is no question Putin is a tempest in a teapot. Russia’s economy is one step above a Third World dictatorship with a huge percentage of the nation’s wealth being spent on its military.
Nevertheless, Russia is a nuclear power to be reckoned with and Putin’s timing is curious for the display. Standing before an audience of VIP Russian dignitaries and televised throughout his country, the former KGB officer was clear and concise.
Putin appeared proud as he explained how his military has been working feverishly on new nuclear technology. He made the startling, if not dubious claim that it would bypass American defenses and strike anywhere across the continental U.S.
The Russian president then began to lose some of his credibility as he portrayed that new might with basically the aid of cartoons. Using mostly animation he explained how his military has developed a new kind of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) technology. That includes nuclear-powered cruise missiles, underwater drones, and laser-based weaponry.
The entire show was to culminate with the promise the new era of Russian terror weapons would evade anything the U.S. military had to stop them. Russia’s Dr. Strangelove concluded his country was now officially on an equal footing to America’s nuclear threat.
For Putin to be believed, NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense is now rendered useless to Russian superiority. The West’s efforts to contain Russia are over. It was then that Putin revealed his inner-anger towards the U.S.
The Russian president said, “I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions. All you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened. You have failed to contain Russia,” he said, as if addressing his stockholders. He further vowed to wage nuclear war with the U.S. if attacked calling President Trump’s “new” nuclear doctrine, “worrying.”
His speech was met with worldwide skepticism from military experts.
His claim of hypersonic cruise missiles is nothing new. His claim of underwater drones and “Star Wars” weaponry was textbook Ronald Reagan from the 1980’s; a lot of talk.
It is true that Russia last October launched a new 100-ton, 12-warhead carrying missile that could easily strike Miami Beach. It travelled more than 3,500 miles before it supposedly by choice exploded in eastern Russia.
There is no question the Russians are capable of developing enhanced methods of nuclear destruction. It was what his underlying message was for the West. Most Russian experts decoded his words as a threat should the U.S. become militarily aggressive with her allies in Syria and Iran.
President Trump has made it clear his disdain for those two regimes. The shocking dispatch and ruination of ISIS under Trump’s presidency has sent further alarm rolling through the halls of the Kremlin. This U.S. president will not sit idly by as the Russians expand their influence in the Middle East.
There is little doubt that the president, the Pentagon, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were paying attention to Putin’s speech.
But it wasn’t so much about the bark of his words than the potential for any real bite.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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