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Russian Missile Launch: Time for Diplomacy Talks


Russia’s Military Appears to Have an Advantage

The United States government may be regretting the decision to leave the ABM treaty in 2002. Just Sixteen years later, and the big phrase being thrown around by many is “The New Cold War.” Nearly 70 years since Russia became a nuclear power, and Putin’s military appears to have the advantage.

Just days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un announced that he is ready and willing to talk with President Trump about denuclearization, Vladimir Putin unveiled what he calls “next generation nuclear weapons.” In a video presentation that showcased his claimed developments, graphics showing these weapons pointed at Florida were used to highlight Putin’s claims that these weapons are “invulnerable” to missile defense systems. The announcement was apparently no surprise to U.S. officials who have been following the research and development of these weapons for some time.

During Vladimir Putin’s state of the nation address, he touted the capability of underwater nuclear drones, nuclear cruise missiles, and nuclear-powered Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. The response to his claims had a sense of minimal concern coming from the U.S government as State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described the video involving Florida as “cheesy.”

Russia Announces Successful Missile Launch

On March 10, 2018 the Russian ministry of defense announced a successful test launch of the Kinzhal high-precision air missile system. A system that launches a hypersonic warhead capable of speeds approaching Mach 10. Whether it would carry a nuclear payload or not, it would seem that any missile capable of evading our missile defense system is far from cheesy. A thought that is not lost to former Pentagon official David Ochmanek who said: “We may lose the next war we fight.”

It seems that as we focus on the threats of a madman, who is still skipping basic ICBM technology across the pond, we have turned a blind eye to the other “nuclear powers” of the world. The reality is that the United States and the Trump administration have admitted that we are behind Russia, and China in the hypersonic arms race. President Trump has said that we are shifting our defense strategies to place China and Russia as our number one priority.

It was not long ago that we learned about Dongfeng-41 and its capabilities. The Chinese have produced an ICBM that is reported to be in their arsenal this year. The Dongfeng missile is capable of speeds reaching Mach 25, and carrying a payload of 10 nuclear warheads. China is also developing aircraft that reach speeds capable of putting it in the U.S. within 14 minutes. The Chinese are set to have the top military grade hypersonic facility by 2020 and can be expected to continue testing, and development of hypersonic weapons. Advancements that their Ally Russia will be benefiting from as well.

America Now Has a Strong Leader

The now infamous jab at Obama “leading from behind” will go down in history as one of the biggest understatements in our countries history. We were not leading. We are however recovering. Thanks to President Trump and his kept promises, we are re-establishing our dominance in the world. We are standing strong on Trade. We are deregulating our industry and bringing companies and money back to our great nation.

The fact remains, however, that we have given an edge to our adversaries. We have allowed them to gain a slight edge in the military technology that dictates negotiating power on the world stage. As our great President stands for America first, our leaders demand sanctions and further barriers in the relations between Russia and the United States. It appears our leaders have forgotten that just a short time ago, they stood by and allowed a man to hand billions of dollars to the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. Amid Russia’s announcement coupled with the knowledge we already have, it is time to open our relationship to Vladimir Putin and the people of Russia, begin talks and diplomacy, because right now, the advantage is with Russia.

Marc Manross / Writer

I am a father, journeyman, tradesman and poet. I am one of those people who wasn't born with a filter and I see no reason for one. Voting for President Donald Trump ranks among the top five best choices I ever made.
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  1. Wow ! This is scary ... but eye-opening ! I believe there are a lot of people who don’t have a clue and probably don’t care ! People need to wake up to the world around them, before it’s too late !

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