Why is America still stuck with token missile defense?

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The covers of silos housing ground-based interceptor missiles at the Fort Greely missile defense complex in Fort Greely, Alaska, on April 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters/Mark Meyer

 

The answer harks back to a 1972 treaty, and despite that agreement expiring years ago, defense experts and politicians failed to move with the times

The short answer: the anti-defense mentality of late 1960s politicians and academics, embodied in the spirit and main provisions of the 1972 US-Soviet anti-ballistic defense missile treaty, remains embedded in the US bureaucracy, our military and defense industry.

That spirit is the heart of official US policy: we must do nothing, develop or research anything, that poses obstacles to missiles from Russia or China striking America. Continue reading

Russia, China Mull Payment System to Bypass U.S. Sanctions

After signing an agreement with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev suggested the two countries consider linking their payment systems in a move that would allow both countries to skirt much of the economic pressure created by U.S. sanctions.

 

In the face of withering sanctions imposed by the U.S., Russia has reached out to China to consider a payment system that allows them to bypass the American banking system, thereby avoiding sanction restrictions. Continue reading

German Billionaire Fears US and China Will Tear Europe Apart

A champion of the United States of Europe concept, famed German businessman Reinhold Würth is concerned that Europe divided within itself will be torn apart by the United States and China, Neue Zürcher Zeitung reported.

Not surprisingly then, Würth wants to see greater integration of the European Union. Continue reading

Euro Slides After Reports Troika Is Preparing Greek Plan B, C, & D Including Parallel Currency

 

Earlier we detailed reports that The IMF was preparing a contingency plan in the event of a Greek default, and furthermore that Andrea Merkel was under increasing pressure to “let Greece go,” and now, as Eurogroup ministers begin to gather for today’s crucial ‘deal-or-no-deal’ meeting, Die Welt reports The Troika has 4 scenarios for Greece  – one positive and three increasingly negative ranging from the need for further bailouts to paying staff in IOUs and issuing a parallel currency.

While Austria’s Hans Jorg Schelling sticks to his statement that:

“There’s nothing to it The Plan B was not discussed..”

It appears, yet again, another European elite was lying (because it was important), as now, as Die Welt reports (via Google Translate), hope is fading fast for a deal… Continue reading

AP Exclusive: Air Force sidelines 17 nuke officers

One has to sometimes wonder if this is part of a broader ‘change’ of the US military, as literally dozens of high ranking officials have been replaced by the Obama administration over the last few years for unclear reasons.

WASHINGTON     (AP) — The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control – and, if necessary, launch – nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, including a remarkably dim review of their unit’s launch skills. The group’s deputy commander said it is suffering “rot” within its ranks.

We are, in fact, in a crisis right now,” the commander, Lt. Col. Jay Folds, wrote in an internal email obtained by The Associated Press and confirmed by the Air Force. Continue reading