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Thursday, May 12, 2016

U.S. Activates Romanian Missile Defense Site

by JASmius



First, this shouldn't be news, as we should have a lot more missile defense sites than this one.  Second, this IS news because the Obama Regime actually activated this Romanian missile defense site.

But third, why would or should this make the Russians angry?  It's just a missile defense site, right?  Not a deployment of additional U.S. troops to what will shortly be the former NATO east, or Pershing II medium range nuclear ballistic missiles, like the Reagan Administration carried out over thirty years ago.  What problem would that be for Moscow?

Unless, logically, they are looking to attack NATO with nuclear missiles and don't want us to be able to shoot any of them down.  That couldn't possibly be the answer - could it?:

The United States switched on an $800 million missile shield in Romania on Thursday that it sees as vital to defend itself and Europe from so-called rogue states but the Kremlin says is aimed at blunting its own nuclear arsenal.

To the music of military bands at the remote Deveselu air base, senior U.S. and NATO officials declared operational the ballistic missile defense site, which is capable of shooting down rockets from countries such as Iran that Washington says could one day reach major European cities.

"As long as Iran continues to develop and deploy ballistic missiles, the United States will work with its allies to defend NATO," said U.S. Deputy Defense [Commissar] Robert Work, standing in front of the shield's massive grey concrete housing that was adorned with a U.S. flag.

Despite Washington's plans to continue to develop the capabilities of its system, Work said the shield would not be used against any future Russian missile threat. "There are no plans at all to do that," he told a news conference.

Before the ceremony, Frank Rose, deputy U.S. assistant [commissar] of state for arms control, warned that Iran's ballistic missiles can hit parts of Europe, including Romania.

When complete, the defensive umbrella will stretch from Greenland to the Azores. On Friday, the United States will break ground on a final site in Poland due to be ready by late 2018, completing the defense line first proposed almost a decade ago.

The full shield also includes ships and radars across Europe. It will be handed over to NATO in July, with command and control run from a U.S. air base in Germany.

This really is much ado about nothing.  This missile shield is no Strategic Defense Initiative.  It is highly unlikely that it could remotely defend against an all-out Russian nuclear attack against NATO, much less the United States.  So the claim that it is intended to guard against an Iranian nuclear attack against NATO is entirely credible....by comparison.  In and of itself, the notion that these missile defense are meant to protect Europe and the U.S. against an Iranian nuclear attack is quite incredible because the most effective means of doing that would have been (1) to not conclude a nuclear "deal" with the mullahs granting them nuclear weapons in the first place and instead (2) invading Iran and toppling the Islamic Empire years ago.  So this missile shield is, for all intents and purposes, a potemkin one.

But the Russians are not wasting the opportunity to impugn the intentions of their intended victims:

Russia is incensed at such of show of force by its Cold War rival in formerly communist-ruled eastern Europe. Moscow says the U.S.-led alliance is trying to encircle it close to the strategically important Black Sea, home to a Russian naval fleet and where NATO is also considering increasing patrols.

"It is part of the military and political containment of Russia," Andrey Kelin, a senior Russian Foreign Ministry official, said on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported.

"These decisions by NATO can only exacerbate an already difficult situation," he added, saying the move would hinder efforts to repair ties between Russia and the alliance.

Standard Russian paranoid bluster, for the most part.  Besides which, how can activation of defensive missiles constitute a show of offensive force?  I wish somebody in the Regime would ask Czar Vlad that question just to goad his "office" into replying that that activation is to be the prelude to an all-out Obama nuclear attack on Russia, just to see if it would be possible to make ME laugh so hard that I pissed MYself.

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