Russia: Missile Defense Is Bad (Unless We Do It)

Posted: January 9, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Russia: give preeminence to what they do and not what they say.  But don’t ignore what they say.  From Inside the Ring:

Russia’s military is working to deploy an "impenetrable" missile-defense shield by 2020, according to Gen. Nikolai Makarov, chief of the Russian armed forces staff.

Gen. Makarov was quoted in Russian news reports Monday as saying "the state will have an umbrella over it which will defend it against ballistic missile attacks, against medium-range missiles, air-based cruise missiles, sea-based cruise missiles, and ground-based cruise missiles, including missiles flying at extremely low altitudes, at any time and in any situation."

"Of course, this is a long process that requires a significant financial investment. But the foundation for this system will be established as early as 2011," he said.

The general’s statement raises questions about the testimony last year by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who told Congress while lobbying for the ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that the Russians "hate" missile defenses, based on their constant opposition to U.S. defenses and efforts to limit U.S. defenses in the arms treaty.

Based on Gen. Makarov‘s comments, what the Russians really hate are U.S. missile defenses because they could be expanded to counter Moscow’s missiles.

Wait!  If missile defense won’t ever work, cost too much, and is destabilizing, why would Russia want to stop U.S. missile defense efforts, let alone develop their own “impenetrable” system?

  1. Coyote says:

    Hmmm… I’m not hearing an outcry from the arms control community or their attending think tanks.



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