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For a start nobody is sure Iran can make a nuclear bomb. Besides that Iran has no solid ICBM program capable of hitting the US yet. They've fired into space once but they still have resounding issues.
Besides that - this is a good thing. The less tension the better.
Iran can hit Turkey, we have a base in Turkey...
People are under this misguided belief that a bomb is hard to build.. it's not.
40lbs of U-235 and you can make a working atomic weapon with a yield between 10-20KT. Making a 2 stage Fission/Fusion weapon is harder, but it's mostly straight forward physics.
I don't know, it seems to be quite hard for Iran to do it.
Oh, and Pakistan CAN hit Turkey and Israel; they have confirmed nuclear abilities. Not speculated. Are you afraid of Pakistan? I mean, Pakistan is a haven for the mujahideen and full of madrasah's; there's a distinct and plausible possibility the mujahideen could get some of his technology. Are you worried about that? Your logic is flawed. The US Embassy in Yemen is attacked a lot - are you going to invade Yemen? The argument the US uses to the nuclear problem is the possibility of developing ICBM technology capable of carrying a nuke to the US. It's why the shield was made...apparently.
Given Russia's insecurity that has been nurtured by its tragic history, Russia was unwilling to accept assurances that the NATO missile defense system was not aimed against it. As far as Russia's policymakers were concerned, the present system posed no threat to Russia's nuclear arsenal, but might have done so in the future. Then, technological advances could change the system's capabilities. Therefore, Russia had committed itself to opposing a system that it felt was not justified by current threats and that it believed could pose an eventual danger to its own national security.
As a way out, it offered a compromise whereby the system's radar could be constructed in Azerbaijan. That compromise could still offer a basis for negotiations. Ultimately, the two parties will need to accommodate one another's critical interests if there is to be an agreement. President Obama took a big step in that direction in suggesting that the U.S. could reconsider the system in its current arrangement. Russia reciprocated.
That's a good start for taking the U.S.-Russia relationship off a colision course. Much work, some of which will be difficult, remains to be done to narrow the differences that were permitted to grow in recent years.
VOA News - Russia Denies Missile Suspension
Russian Defense Ministry officials are denying Russian news reports of a suspension of plans to deploy missiles in the country's Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad.
The officials called the reports "premature. " They said Russia has not taken any practical steps to deploy the short-range Iskander missiles and therefore one can not speak of a suspension.Yea, the people in Eastern Europe were just FURIOUS over our plans:Originally Posted by shiznit770
Poland, U.S. sign missile shield deal - CNN.com
U.S.-Czech missile deal raises Russian ire - CNN.com
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
Many of the posters above cannot read the basic text:
“Deployment of Iskander short-range missiles, which can carry nuclear warheads, was being suspended”
It was being suspended, it was not stopped (NOT EVEN MENTIONING THAT IT NEVER STARTED)
It is not ever news. Russia has been telling from the beginning, - IF you deploy a dozen of 10 interceptor missiles which cannot be a tread to Russia, we deploy a dozen of Iskanders which cannot be a tread to the West. You don’t use interceptor missiles against Russia, Russia does not use Iskanders.
You deploy 10 more systems, Russia deploys ten more.
and so on
until the systems start shooting.
As well you may choose not to deploy the first dozen. Russia will not deploy Iskanders. No systems waiting to start shooting, no shooting.
The idea of overspending Russia in the time of spending trillions of stimulus package may come only to people with short sided vision of RevH0d.
Last edited by justone; 01-28-09 at 04:36 PM.