Friday, August 5
Did anyone think The Saker was exaggerating about a looming nuclear war?
As I mentioned recently on this blog, on June 1 The Saker passed along a warning to the American public about the very real possibility of nuclear war if the United States government didn't stop its increasingly aggressive actions against the Russian Federation.
On June 17 Russian President Vladimir Putin himself gave a strong warning -- to a room full of international journalists at the conclusion of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. From Russia Insider's account of Putin's press briefing. See the RI website for the video of Putin's address to the press:
August 5, 2016
Putin railed against the journalists for their "tall tales" in blindly repeating lies and misinformation provided to them by the United States on its anti-ballistic missile systems being constructed in Eastern Europe. He pointed out that since the Iran nuclear deal, the claim the system is to protect against Iranian missiles has been exposed as a lie.
The journalists were informed that within a few years, Russia predicted the US would be able to extend the range of the system to 1000 km. At that point, Russia's nuclear potential, and thus the nuclear balance between the US and Russia, would be placed in jeopardy.
Putin completely lost patience with the journalists, berating them for lazily helping to accelerate a nuclear confrontation by repeating US propaganda. He virtually pleaded with the western media, for the sake of the world, to change their line:
"We know year by year what's going to happen, and they know that we know. It's only you that they tell tall tales to, and you buy it, and spread it to the citizens of your countries. You people in turn do not feel a sense of the impending danger - this is what worries me. How do you not understand that the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction? While they pretend that nothing is going on. I don't know how to get through to you anymore."
Here is where things stand today:
On Monday, the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced the final development phase of the upgraded airborne nuclear bomb B61-12 prior to production, the first version of which is to be completed by 2020; earlier reports suggested that 20 of these modernized bombs are destined for Europe as a possible deterrent against Russia.
NNSA, the agency responsible for the military use of nuclear technology, has given the go ahead for the production of the upgraded B61-12 thermonuclear aircraft bomb.
“However it is easy to guess that the thermonuclear bombs will be first of all used for the ‘deterrence' of Russia and the rest of Europe will fall hostage to the circumstances orchestrated from across the ocean,” the website adds.