posted on Dec, 21 2007 @ 02:42 AM
This honestly doesn't surprise me overly much. To tell the truth, I would probably be far more surprised if the Russians didn't target American ABM
sites, especially ones so close to their borders. Anti-ballistic missiles, should they be made to work, would be the first line of defence against
nuclear-tipped reentry vehicles. Aside from a first strike designed to take out the enemy's nuclear capability - which is, apparently, a nightmare to
even plan, let alone carry out - such systems are really the only way to stop an inbound ballistic threat. Certainly, something like the Airborne
Laser, or some "Son of Star Wars" satellite system could do the trick, but it doesn't look like either of those will be ready for deployment any
time soon. In the meantime, ABM would be the only thing that could even provide a chance of shooting down inbound warheads.
With that in mind, targeting the ABM launch sites only makes sense. In the event of a multilateral nuclear exchange - otherwise known as the End of
the Bloody World - a system that could, conceivably shield the enemy from your attacks would have to be on anyone's list of priority targets. Having
a couple of missiles specifically tasked to turn such launch sites into glow-in-the-dark parking lots within the first few minutes of armageddon would
be the logical extension of that line of thinking. Of course, knowing that "it was only logical" that they became a target would be a cold comfort
indeed to anyone caught nearby if one of those sites did get nuked. It would be interesting to see whether or not messages like this will cause
any of the prospective host nations to think twice about letting the US build ABM sites on their soil.