RUSSIA LAUNCHES CRUISE MISSILES FROM CASPIAN, USA CLAIMS SOME LAND IN ...

If you've been following the USA-minted and made crises in the Middle East, and the Russian intervention in Syria in particular, you'll have heard about that Russian launch of cruise missiles from the Caspian sea to Syria, missiles which, in themselves, weren't supposed to be able to "go that far". But there's more, as a little reading between the lines of this article will show:

Russia’s New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

Here's the part that concerns us:

“The strikes engaged plants producing ammunition and explosives, command centers, storages of munitions, armament, and [oil], as well as a training camp of terrorists on the territory of Raqqa, Idlib, and Aleppo,” according to the ministry. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the missiles struck all 11 planned targets.

The Russian military celebrated the raid with a press release and an official video, and Shoigu went on national TV to praise the operation. Kurdish militiamen shot video they claimed depicted the missiles flying over northern Iraq. And the U.S. military apparently closely tracked the rocket-powered, guided munitions—and later claimed that several malfunctioned and crashed in Iran.

The media coverage was at least as important as the destruction of the alleged rebel facilities, U.S. defense officials told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. “This is Russia demonstrating on a global stage that it has a lot of reach,” one official explained.

Eric Wertheim, an independent U.S. naval analyst and author of the definitive Combat Fleets of the World, a reference guide to warships and their weapons, agrees, saying of the missile volley: “I think it was a demonstration to the world.”

Wertheim and other foreign analysts were familiar with an earlier version of the SS-N-30 called the SS-N-27, but the latter is an anti-ship missile and the analysts assumed it could only fly 150 miles or so—a fraction of the roughly thousand miles the rockets traveled during the recent raid.
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Now, you'll note that Washington's response to the Russian intervention has been to wring its hands, call the Russians and Mr. Putin the usual names and make the usual charges, and to basically admit the point by curtailing its half-a-billion dollar "training" program for the "moderates" to fight ISIS (which some claim it also funded)... well, the story is confusing, but basically, Russia is showing America's war on terror for what it is, for the breathtaking swiftness with which opponents of the Assad regime - ISIS or "moderates" - are being targeted and destroyed. But as the article above notes, Russia is demonstrating that it has "reach," 1000 mile cruise missile reach, when one version of the missile was suspected of only having a 150 mile range, and that was an anti-ship cruise missile.

So it takes little imagination to see that the 1000 mile range of an anti-ship cruise missile might be just a tiny bit worrying to Washington, saddled as it is with big, expensiv,e slow moving targetable aircraft carriers. Yesterday, you'll recall, I blogged about the Chinese CIPS international payment system being launched, and pointed out that in order to have a viable system of international clearing, one must have (1) lots of space based communications and the ability to protect them, and (2), a strong navy. I pointed out also that, on paper, China would appear to lag dramatically behind the United States...

... unless, of course, one has anti-ship cruise missiles that can strike aircraft carriers from 1000 miles (or more) away. Then you have a "problem."

And, of course, for the Zbgnw Brzznsk school of grand chessboard playing, this revelation of a cruise missile with a one thousand mile range being fired from Russian warships on the Caspian sea brings a great chunk of that Central Asian highland, so necessary to American unipolar imperialist ambitions in Brzznsk's "thinking", under the threat of potential Russian interdiction.

Worse yet, Washington may have attempted to shoot down four of those cruise missiles... in Iran no less... with...

... words. Consider this article, outlining a CNN story claiming four of the Russian cruise missiles landed in Iran, which not even the State Department would confirm, and which the Iranian government pointedly denied:

CNN launches dud against Russian campaign in Syria

Russia has little reason to bombard Iran, even by mistake, and even if it did, it would probably acknowledge it, and Iran would probably as well. Neither would have anything to gain by hiding such an event, because it would quickly be exposed with proof or at least some corroborating evidence and data of its occurrence. Instead... nothing.

The bottom line here?

Not even in the bad old days of the glorious socialist workers' paradise that was the Soviet Union, with the emninently bad and silly propaganda  from Radio Moscow with its brass fanfares, was propaganda this bad. The empire isn't simply insane. It's just becoming silly. Don't believe me yet? Well, the President of the Russian Federation is a former KGB officer, and has a juris doctor degree in international law. The main contender for the nomination to the Presidency of the USSA Empire in one political party is a casino manager, and on the other side of the non-existent aisle, a self-proclaimed socialist.

See you on the flip side...

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “ RUSSIA LAUNCHES CRUISE MISSILES FROM CASPIAN, USA CLAIMS SOME LAND IN ...”

  1. “Well, the President of the Russian Federation is a former KGB officer, and has a juris doctor degree in international law. The main contender for the nomination to the Presidency of the USSA Empire in one political party is a casino manager, and on the other side of the non-existent aisle, a self-proclaimed socialist.”

    I suspect the learned scholars of history in the next century (or perhaps those of the latter half of this century) will unanimously concentrate almost all of their efforts toward hypothesizing how a nation could go from this:

    http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/images/h2/h2_97.34.jpg

    to this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab9AnZaLL1U

    in the space of less than 250 years. There is quite a lesson here for any burgeoning, bright young country seeking to make a place for itself in the inevitable vacuum left by the USA’s flush down history’s toilet.

    P.S. I personally believe the 2016 showdown will be between those two Amazonian wildcats, Empress Hillary aka Maleficent and Frau Fuhrer Direktor Fiorina with her handpicked legions of bull-necked, red-blooded American Patriot Beefcake Marine Detachments straddling Minuteman III’s in a Grand Victory Parade past 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

  2. “Well, the President of the Russian Federation is a former KGB officer, and has a juris doctor degree in international law. The main contender for the nomination to the Presidency of the USSA Empire in one political party is a casino manager, and on the other side of the non-existent aisle, a self-proclaimed socialist.”

    I suspect that the learned scholars of the next century (or perhaps those of the latter half of this century) will unanimously confine almost all of their scholarship to hypothesizing how a nation could go from this:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Crossing_the_Delaware

    to this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ab9AnZaLL1U

    in the space of less than 250 years. Quite a lesson hidden here for any burgeoning, bright young country trying to make a place for itself in the inevitable vacuum of the USA’s flush down history’s toilet.

    P.S. I personally believe the 2016 showdown will be between those two Amazonian wildcats, Empress Hillary aka Maleficent and Frau Fuhrer Direktor Fiorina with her legions of bull necked, red-blooded American Patriot Beefcake straddling Minuteman III’s in victory parades on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

  3. I will play again the “devil’s advocate” and say that those four Russian missiles falling (due to some malfunctions or so) in Iran is plausible. Same as Iran (and obviously Russia) denying it (why would they recognize such, as long as they are allies in Syria?).

    Russian Bulava SLBM had a high rate of failures during tests, I don’t see why some older missiles of different type couldn’t have failures. For me this sound much more plausible (even if I agree is possible to be just a propaganda hit from US and not a real happening) then that Donald Cook destroyer supposed cyber attack from a Russian Suhoi plane that turned off the power or computers and radars and made half of the crew to resign in horror soon as they reached the port in Romania.

  4. Are Cruise missiles now the cold war 2 version of cold war 1 nukes? Russia shows her hand again to the USA, the eastern bear has the electro magnetic weaponry and now see the long range strike capabilities.

  5. Another possible reason Iran and Russia might deny four of the missiles softly landed in Iran might be because Russia intentionally or secretly delivered the missiles or technology to the Iranians. The US might have been letting them know they knew about the not so secret transfer.

  6. At least the Russian Military Equipment works. That is more than you can say for the white elephants US manufactures sell to our Military like the overpriced and underperforming F35 and the CSA think they are the MASTERS OF THE WORLD.

  7. Tom Bearden has been touting Russian capability for quite some time.
    Putin has been feeding Washington more than enough rope to hang itself patiently.
    The dog and pony show has been exposed for what it is and the Emperor is naked.
    Oops…
    You can only keep your citizens in the dark for so long before things become transparent on their own. The revolving door in Washington between the CFR, TLC, global corporations, etc. is moving so fast now it’s a blur. There isn’t a single candidate, congressman, or Federal judge who hasn’t been compromised through blackmail and bribery to some extent. The republic our forefathers created is now a corporate owned Fascist state. The only thing standing in the way now is the disarmament of the citizens and the uncertainty of which side our armed forces will take.
    Time for the 50 states to secede from the corporate city state known as Washington DC and leave it to the banksters to try and collect that 18 trillion it has borrowed. Time to rid ourselves of foreign corporate rule.
    Just sayin’

  8. The USN has known for over a decade of Russia’s supersonic Sunburn “carrier-killer” missiles but surely the Caspian Sea fireworks diplay gave the Eye of Sauron — err, Pentagon — pause.

    Syria is allowing Russia to unveil and battle-test a host of new military tech — and besides the impressive show and the propaganda points, they can take orders for the materiel, as well. And of course the MSM Wurlitzer — and even the POTUS — is spinning the Syrian intervention as a failure for Russia, which is itself embarrassing.

    But you have to wonder about the jokers who ginned up and are running the Syria op and about the whole sordid ME regime-change/rinse-and-repeat project; didn’t these Masters of the Universe ever consider that there would finally come a day when this scheme wouldn’t fly anymore? Did they just think that Russia was stuck in a Yeltsin-era time warp and that they’d just sit there and take it until Red Square was renamed Rainbow Unicorn Square? Just how could they misunderestimate so badly? (Rhetorical question, that.)

    I can’t help but sense that Russia may just have pulled out the ace from the bottom tier that sets the whole house of cards to a cascading collapse. The US has been check-mated so badly it is cringe-worthy and Russia has drawn back the curtain and the world is getting a good look at what’s behind it and is recoiling in disgust.

    The whole tawdry spectacle is surreal and obscene. Black burkha-wearing (in the desert, yet), white-Nike-clad “jihadis” in white Toyota pickups, “moderate terrorists,” the Pentagram openly funding Al Qaida (Osama bin Forgotten indeed; tripping over one old lie to shore up another), air-dropping $50 billion in ammo from C-17s in the hope the “right” terrorists get to it first, 11 nations and counting now bombing Syria — it’s a clown show, a circus.

    Decline? Check.

    Fall? Seems like that’s off to a stellar start.

    1. The Russians have also had a high-speed (hundreds of knots, at least), rocket-based “torpedo” for a decade or two. (Sometimes it is labeled as a ‘supersonic torpedo’.) It was directly designed as a carrier killer. As far as I know, the only way known to stop it (because of its speed) is to fire a small nuke into its path…

  9. Oh, and I would wager that the range is far more than the 1,000 miles demonstrated. Mix in the USS Donald Cook incident, and the US apparent inability to bring the missiles down en route, and you’ve got a whole can of worms to consider if you’re in command of any US warship.

    The larger question is: Who owns the high seas now?

      1. 2175 mph is about Mach 2.86! That is going to be very hard to intercept. The kinetic energy alone is awesome. If I were going after a ship, I wouldn’t even put-in an explosive warhead. Just randomly-shaped depleted uranium. Let the kinetic energy do the damage…

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