Listen here as Obama makes what turns out to have been a monumentally stupid statement.

Romney was quick to dunk on the former Kenyan President:

Let me say that I am entirely opposed to the US getting involved militarily in this affair. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have found a way to intervene. The problem here is that the Democratic party was so busy using Russia for political gain that they didn’t bother doing their job with regards to a foreign policy that would have prevented all of this.

From Hillary and her stupid reset button from Office Depot, to the use of “Russia collusion” as a fake boogie man for election tampering, the Democrats have been pushing us towards a war with Russia for more than 20 years. Now they are finally on the brink of achieving their goals.

Our nation has what I consider to be a distinct disadvantage in our nuclear forces against Russia.

Strategic nuclear warheads come in two distinct targeting packages: counterforce, and countervalue. Counterforce warhead targeting is aimed at destroying the enemy’s nuclear forces along with command and control, while countervalue is aimed at cities, powerplants, and other things of economic value.

Because nuclear forces are protected in bunkers and other hardened shelters, counterforce requires a warhead that is either very accurate, or very large. A miss of even 200 feet can be enough for a nuclear warhead to fail to destroy a targeted missile in its hardened silo. Submarine launched missiles tend to be less accurate than silo launched missiles, and bombers take MUCH longer to reach their targets than missiles, so land based ICBMs tend to be used in the counterforce role.

Biden foolishly released information about our nuclear forces to the entire world back in October, because he wants to be “transparent” about our capabilities and because Democrats are generally stupid when it comes to conflict and the military.

Russia has just shy of 1,200 warheads mounted on 310 ICBMs. The United States has 449 active missile silos with 500 warheads. That’s it for counter force- we are outgunned nearly 2.5:1 by the Russians.

The balance shifts slightly in favor of the US when we talk about countervalue. The US has 1100 warheads mounted on 239 submarine launched missiles, compared to Russia’s 816 warheads and 176 submarine launched missiles.

Bombers are an odd category. I don’t really think that they will be of much use as counterforce, because it just takes so long for them to arrive over the target. The only way I see them being of use is if they are in flight for hours before missiles are launched. In any case, the US has 118 nuclear capable bombers, with Russia having 68. The number of warheads that each bomber can carry will depend on many factors.

This kind of imbalance will at some point make Russia think that a nuclear exchange is winnable. The 80’s are calling, and there is an idiot answering the phone.

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SiG · February 28, 2022 at 7:56 am

What happened to the end of the post? Words or sentences missing?

Our nation has what I consider to be a distinct disadvantage in our nuclear forces. Nuc

Russia has

    Divemedic · February 28, 2022 at 8:52 am

    It published while I was still editing. It’s done now.

      SiG · February 28, 2022 at 11:01 am

      My apologies. I swear I’ve never hit the wrong button in 12 years of blogging. ( /sarcasm ) It’s much longer and better.

      I’m surprised we only have 500 warheads spread among 449 silos. That implies either very few missiles or none of them have MIRVs.

      Still, it comes down to “what’s an effective deterrent?” We have a “no first use” doctrine (last time I heard) while the Russians don’t. I’ve read they have a doctrine that says it’s fine to throw a tactical nuke on the battlefield to see our reaction. See if it makes us back off in fear, or use something bigger and take out everything they have in that area.

      Someone said the negotiation tactic used to be the Soviet guy would say something like “how many cities are you comfortable losing? I can lose three or four.”

Toastrider · February 28, 2022 at 8:22 am

I have to laugh at how badly Obama’s cutesy little bon mot has aged.

Mostly because if I don’t laugh I start weeping.

Time To Get Meaner · February 28, 2022 at 9:05 am

Only Mittens could lose to Captain Kenya and only Obama’s beard Paul Ryan could get punked in a debate by Joey Depends but they were only throwing that election for their Grand Old Politburo fellow travelers.

Jonathan · February 28, 2022 at 9:06 am

I think this isn’t what you meant to say: “Submarine launched missiles tend to be less accurate than submarine launched missiles “

    Divemedic · February 28, 2022 at 9:40 am

    oops. Fixed

Jonathan · February 28, 2022 at 9:08 am

And I agree – by the end of the 90’s it was clear that all was not Rosy with Russia, regardless of what Dems wish reality to be.

EN2 SS · February 28, 2022 at 10:05 pm

If Russia or China or Iran or North Korea launch a single nuc, pResident Depends won’t retaliate, which lets them all know they can do anything and nothing will happen.

McChuck · March 1, 2022 at 6:19 am

“the first time in 80 years that a great power has moved to conquer a sovereign nation.” – Mittens

Bwahahahha! *wheeze* Bwahahahahaha!

Except for the sovereign nations that the US invaded and conquered, obviously. They totally don’t count. Oh, and when Russia invaded Georgia. Apparently that doesn’t count, either. Well, to be fair, they only conquered half the country and only kept a quarter of it. Tit-for-tat for what we did to Serbia/Kosovo. And Georgia was a candidate for NATO membership at the time. Oh, and when the Soviet Union invaded and conquered Afghanistan.

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