Quantcast
Connect with us

Military expert explains what Putin is doing with his arms build-up — and it will scare the hell out of you

Published

on

Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, the editor of a publication that examines military capabilities broke down Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent speech on expanding his country’s reach with nuclear weapons, and then painted a frightening portrait of a new Cold War that could heat up quickly with President Trump in the Oval Office.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Defense One executive editor Kevin Baron was asked about Putin’s recent presentation that showed Russian missiles raining down on Florida.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Vladimir Putin made a presentation, touting his country’s weapons capability, saying they’re able to evade U.S. defenses,” Witt began. “One animation showed warheads raining down on Florida. When you look at this animation, where does the truth lie in this? Is Putin able to evade U.S. defenses? Could he be able to send missiles to Florida?”

“One thing that’s drawn attention is he shows missiles coming over the United States not over the North Pole, but over the South Pole,” Baron explained. “Nuclear experts tell us America’s missile defenses are aimed to the north, up in Alaska and only a few in California. So if he gets this new technology and rolls it out, these are longer range missiles and they’re able to steer themselves in flight, which makes them not just ballistic, but cruise missiles.”

“It all adds up to Putin saying if we’re going to go there, we’re going to go there, he’s coming out guns a’blazing,” he continued.

Asked if Putin is bluffing, Baron said there was more to be concerned about.

ADVERTISEMENT

“He’s saying that these are things that the Russians are developing, including an underwater drone that can be launched from a submarine carrying an under-sea nuclear weapon, he responded before getting to the meat of the matter. “The point why this is so important is, we haven’t heard this kind of thing, really, since the Cold War. This is the opposite of reduction, it’s the opposite of a new start and any kind of arms control.”

“And Putin says it’s his response to Trump,” he warned. “Trump, in the campaign, said if he wants an arms race, let there be an arms.”

“The United States and Russia have each about 1500 to 1800 warheads, hundreds of ways to deliver those warheads by submarines, bombers and missiles,” he added. “This goes beyond current restrictions and, according to Putin, he’s just trying to defend their interests. These are always considered defensive deterrents from the Americans from pushing him back. and the other way around.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Watch the video below via MSNBC:


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

Published

on

While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

Continue Reading

Facebook

White House pulls new FEMA nominee for barroom brawl — but not for his boss’ bribery

Published

on

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow began her Wednesday show detailing that Jeff Byard, President Donald Trump's nominee to lead FEMA, has withdrawn his name from nomination because of an "altercation" previously reported.

Already Trump's FEMA is having problems because of the lead FEMA officials being named in serious bribery scandals. Byard's boss, in particular, is under a 10-count indictment. To make matters worse, a former deputy is also under indictment, but for a completely different case involving a 2013 Navy scandal.

"Any mystery around that part of the guy’s past would have been cleared up this past year in August when he was indicted by a federal grand jury for his alleged involvement in that Navy bribery scheme," Maddow reported. "He was arrested thereafter."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Right-wing activists call on Mitch McConnell to stop blocking election security bills

Published

on

On Wednesday, CNN reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing renewed pressure to take up election security legislation, from a pair of unlikely sources: Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon.

Norquist — who once famously said that he wanted to slash government to a size where he could "drown it in a bathtub" — called for hand-marked paper ballots, and urged Congress to pass something similar to the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, which would have given states incentives to switch to secure voting methods and promoted data-sharing to identify threats. The measure was first introduced in 2017 by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Lankford (D-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), but never came to a vote.

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image