- Russian Strategic Thinker: U.S. Preparing for Nuclear War Against Russia; LaRouche: Obama’s Hitler-in-the-Bunker Move!
Is the U.S. preparing for theater nuclear war against Russia in Europe? Dr. Konstantin Sivkov argues, in a March 18 article entitled “West Prepares for War with Russia” that, indeed, that is exactly what the U.S. is doing, particularly after Russia has inflicted a strategic defeat on the U.S. with its annexation of the Crimean peninsula. Sivkov, president of the Academy for Geopolitical Studies, founded by former senior Russian Defense Ministry official Gen. Leonid Ivashov, points to the modernization of the B61 tactical nuclear bomb and plans to integrate it into the F-16 and Tornado aircraft of five NATO countries as well as U.S. forces stationed in Europe, a task to be completed about 2019, when the first new B61-12’s are to be delivered. Around the end of the decade, those F-16’s and Tornados are to be replaced by F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which will also be capable of delivering the enhanced B61 bomb.
Sivkov is clearly drawing on two recent postings by Hans M. Kristenson, the author of the Federation of American Scientists’ Strategic Security Blog, though without attribution. Kristenson very strongly suggests that the B61-12 enhancement is a violation of the NPT and of the Obama Administration’s own pledges, because it essentially creates a new nuclear capability that doesn’t exist with the current versions of that bomb, but does it under the pretext of a life-extension program (albeit one that’s behind schedule and over budget). Under the program, the upgraded bomb gets a new tail kit assembly that substantially improves its accuracy from about 110-180 meters down to perhaps as little as 30 meters. The tail kit also gives the bomb the capability of gliding towards its target, something else that current non-guided versions of the bomb can’t do. According to the Obama Administration’s own definition of a “life extension program,” the B61 is not supposed to get any new military capability, but there it is.
Kristenson noted in a Feb. 28 posting that NATO decided in 2012 “that the Alliance’s nuclear force posture currently meets the criteria for an effective deterrence and defense posture.” If so, he asks, “why enhance it with guided B61-12 nuclear bombs and F-35 stealth fighter-bombers?” Indeed, why create this new capability when the publicly professed goal is to eliminate the need for nuclear weapons altogether, and why create it when it’s not even appropriate for the security needs of Europe today?
Direct Attack on Russia
Sivkov argues that the B61 upgrade has nothing to do with any of those statements. He suggests that the failure of American strategy in Eurasia may lead to a more radical policy, “a direct attack on Russia.” Therefore, “In this context, increasing the potential of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe is perfectly understandable: it is about the attainment of superiority in these weapons over Russia.” If the U.S. succeeds in this goal, then an aggressive NATO war will become possible, and Russia’s ability to retaliate in kind will be limited by the risk of a U.S. strategic response.
“Presumably, the American leadership assumes that Russia is waging war against NATO in the European theater of war, and will not decide to use strategic nuclear weapons against the United States for fear of retaliation,” writes Sivkov. He adds that the U.S. decision to increase the capacity of tactical nuclear weapons in Europe is “a sign of the preparation of the United States on the war against Russia.”