Sunday, April 29, 2007

Russian Arrogance [link]

So Russia is aggravated by US plans to deploy 10 anti-missile interceptors in the Czech Republic and Poland.

Russia views the U.S. plan to base 10 missile interceptors in Poland and radar in the Czech Republic from 2012 as a major threat to its national security.

Oh my...10 missile interceptors versus HOW many Russian intercontinental range or intermediate range missiles? If the Russians get t'eed off at Europe, all they would have to do is launch 11 missiles or more.

Maybe they have a point, though:

Putin told Czech President Vaclav Klaus at a Kremlin meeting that the proposed missile shield would be used to track Russian military activities.

"These systems will monitor Russian territory as far as the Ural mountains if we don't come out with a response," Putin told Klaus. "And we will indeed do this. Anyone would."

Radar and other systems only have limited ranges. Satellite based surveillance can cover a wide range of territory, but is also usually focused on a suspected area. This looks more like a Russian effort to keep Central Europe totally defenseless.

Ok, an appropriate US response. If we give in and choose not to deploy the defense system, just make sure that Russia knows that any missile attack (presumably a nuclear missile attack) launched from any middle eastern country against Europe or Israel will be treated as an attack BY Russia. If we deploy the system and Russia deploys countermeasures, then any middle eastern missile attack is able to avoid the system will be presumed to have used the Russian technology to defeat the defenses. This would also be treated as a Russian attack. In both cases, a presumed Russian attack would be met with an overwhelming US nuclear attack in response.

Gee...back to the good old days of the Cold War. Anyone up for a game of "Duck and cover?"