There should be no question in the mind of any American that Russia, and its President Vladimir Putin, are an enemy of the United States.
Not because of the Democrat excuse that it meddled in the 2016 presidential election, but the fact that Putin essentially threatened America with nuclear war in a speech on Thursday.
Russian President Putin said that his nation would not hesitate to strike back with nuclear tipped missiles if the United States attacked Russia, The New York Times reported.
But his rhetoric did not sound like he was prepared for defense.
“We are greatly concerned by some parts of the new nuclear posture, which reduces the benchmark for the use of nuclear weapons,” he said of the United States.
“Whatever soothing words one may try to use behind closed doors, we can read what was written.
“And it says that these weapons can be used in response to a conventional attack or even a cyber-threat,” he said.
“Our nuclear doctrine says Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons only in response to a nuclear attack or an attack with other weapons of mass destruction against her or her allies, or a conventional attack against us that threatens the very existence of the state.
“It is my duty to state this: Any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies, be it small-scale, medium-scale or any other scale, will be treated as a nuclear attack on our country. The response will be instant and with all the relevant consequences,” he said.
Some of the rhetoric can be disregarded as Putin is three weeks from an election and is using tones to show Russian strength as he leads a nation with an economy smaller than Canada’s.
But his unveiling of a missile that can avoid every known defense is concerning.
The New Missile.
Putin showed an animation of a new hypersonic, nuclear tipped, intercontinental ballistic missile which, for some reason, appeared to target Florida.
One can surmise that he chose Florida because of President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-lago resort, where he spends a lot of his time.
“Nobody listened to Russia,” Putin said. “Well, listen up now.”
It is tough to take that as anything other than a threat.
The Russian president is aware of the fact that any strike against the United States would mean the end of his nation, but it could also mean the end of the United States, and the world.
Mutually assured destruction is what kept the Cold War cold and what keeps President Putin’s campaign rhetoric from being any more than that.