Russian President Threatens US Military Assets
Today, Fox News reported that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia would position and aim missiles toward US Military assets in Europe currently tasked with Missile Defense Shield (MDS) duties. Claiming that the MDS threatens Russia’s nuclear launch capabilities, Medvedev also hinted that this could halt any current and future arms control talks with the United States. In addition, Medvedev released in a statement that prospective Russian ICBMs would contain features that would allegedly penetrate any MDS.
Fox News released this story around 8:45 am EST. However, they did not post a response from any US Official until after 1:00 pm EST, or roughly four hours later.
This is unacceptable.
Remember the days when the United States military was so respected that no nation would dare release this type of statement? Do not get me wrong, I understand that the Cold War with Russia might have ended, but the suspicion clearly remains.
While discussing this topic with fellow Hoosier Access contributors today, several good points were mentioned that I would like to share:
- The Russians still have nuclear weapons pointed at major US cities and military installations (and vice versa), which has been the case for over 50 years.
- It is quite possible that the Russians have always had these specific European sites targeted and are just now implying the threat because of the Russian Elections in March. Author’s Note: Fox News did mention in their article that the statement seemed to be point in this direction.
- That idea that Russia has ever been a true friend is laughable.
The long and short of the issue is this: If the leader of a foreign nation (whether an ally or not) is threatening US Military assets, you better believe that I want my President to take him to task. Therefore, President Obama, I urge you to publicly denounce the statement of the Russian President. I urge you to stand up as the Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful military in the world and say that these threats are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Do not leave this reprimand to a lowly administration official, Mr. President. Stand up and let all nations throughout the world know that the United States will do whatever it deems necessary to protect its interests across the globe and that any threat will be treated with the full attention of our State and Defense Departments.