Stories are circulating all over the web about Russia unveiling a new nuclear missile to one-up the US and the rest of the world as the inevitable next biggest most insanely destructive weapon in a pointless arms race poised to obliterate areas the size of Texas.
The notion that Russia has the biggest baddest nuke will not go over well with some in the US who like to think that a show of vainglorious military prowess is mainly what makes American great. The RS-28 Sarmat missile, dubbed Satan 2, is sure to leave those same people feeling slightly impotent at a time when Russia and WikiLeaks have made news for interfering with the race for the next President through hacking emails.
— Warfare Worldwide (@WarfareWW) May 10, 2016
Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau declassified the first image of the RS-28 Sarmat and posted a statement on a state controlled news agency, Sputnik International on the 24th of October.
What’s most intriguing, given that the missile has been in development since 2009 and probably won’t be implemented until 2018, is the timing of this show of force. It comes in the wake of the final presidential debate, in which Hillary Clinton asserted that Trump would be a ‘puppet’ for Vladimir Putin and therefore the preferred winner of the election for Russian interests. So it’s highly significant that Russia would decide that they would unveil a new picture of the Satan 2 (a nickname given to it by NATO military experts) just now. Following the debate, Putin was quoted as saying, ‘If somebody out there wants confrontation this is not our choice but this means that there will be problems.’ He is now following up by unveiling the potential size of said problems.
News of a possible planned ‘October surprise,’ in which Russia would drop a less literal bomb to disrupt our elections, has been circulating for months. With the conflict in Syria now escalating, along with Russia’s clear interest in electing Donald Trump, this news of a super-bomb is a literal and figurative bomb dropped and clearly meant to influence the election in Russia’s favor–again.
Meanwhile, Trump seems to have gone out of his way to cozy up to Putin, stating that Hillary and Obama ‘shouldn’t be talking so tough’ about Russia. Trump also said, ‘If I win on Nov. 8, I could see myself meeting with Putin and meeting with Russia prior to the start of the administration.’ Could it be that Republican voters will see a Trump-Putin alliance as desirable, even though Putin is essentially a dictator? A dictator who now controls Satan 2? Would they think so even more now with this show of Russian nuclear power?
— Warfare Worldwide (@WarfareWW) May 10, 2016
A show of unmatched military power will also result in the narrative that the US must compete by matching or one-upping this display of power. Could this return the world to the mindset of an arms race not seen since the Cold War that ended when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991? Can we not expect certain politicians to almost instantly follow with the argument that we, too must have a missile with a range of at least 6,213 miles that is 2,000 times more powerful than the atom bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945? Following that narrative, Trump’s tactic of claiming that he will make the military ‘bigger, better, stronger than ever before’ will no doubt resonate with those in the voter base who believe that the Obama administration ‘gutted the military.’ ~Jeb Bush
This show of strength by Putin at this key moment is one more October surprise, and one that we can expect may play well for Trump, who could predictably use the rhetoric of ‘making the military great again’ his final rallying cry going into the election on November 8th, just two weeks away. There have been ongoing attempts by the GOP to claim that President Obama has greatly weakened the military, though the facts show that under Obama the United States has been spending billions to improve our own nuclear equipment.
“It is an ironic fact that the president who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his soaring disarmament rhetoric is the same president who has laid out $1 trillion plan to modernize every aspect of the U.S. nuclear arsenal over the next 30 years,” said Matthew Bunn, an expert on nuclear proliferation and a professor Harvard University.
Russia may want to influence our election, but we can prove that actions based on facts, logic, and level-headedness still win out by voting for and electing Hillary Clinton. We can prove that Americans are smarter than to elect a man who would allow Vladimir Putin to use him as a thin-skinned pawn in a world becoming increasingly dangerous and complex.
The bomb dropped with this calculated October surprise is conspicuously transparent and will hopefully be diffused at the polls this November 8th.
See the RS-28 Sarmat below: