Originally posted by dizziedame
You have an interesting idea. Could you tell me why it is favorable for Russia to attack the USA during a total eclipse? It would seem to me that an
eclipse would not effect our tracking systems. I believe they work in day light and darkness. Do correct me if I'm wrong.
The satellites, radar, sonar and other much more sophisticated instruments can see anything that moves on this earth at anytime. At least I believe
this to be true.
I have seen a Google earth type program that is very impressive. It makes Google earth look like kindergarten.
There is also the time factor. How long does it take to deploy troops, ships, subs, and missiles?
I'm just curious as to how you came to your conclusion.
Well, considering the arms buildup and such. If the Russians really want to have the same position of military power and capabilities as the U.S. then
they would be trying to have their forces ready at any time to do what is ordered of them. Some of their attack craft might try to travel under the
cloak of the eclipse. Despite all of the advanced tracking systems we have, much of it is also based on visual confirmation and tracking. Overhead
satellites with telescopes and other visual monitoring would have a hard time finding aircraft in the dark, which is also why of course satellite
photos are typically taken in the daytime for better details. Unless there is a system I am unaware of that we are fielding widely already. And I do
not think that infrared and nightvision would be quick and accurate enough for positive identification, although it would be pretty obvious if there
were large numbers of aircraft launching from Russian airbases and carriers. Also, I would imagine that China would also be taking a part in the
"fun" of the attack. Also they could rapidly launch a series of prestrikes on our systems, including taking out satellites with missiles and
sabotage here and there. Communication is key to the U.S. having an easier victory or at least minimizing casualties.
They(the Russians) could already be moving forces around the globe here and there for striking positions. It wouldn't as likely be something to be
majorly covered by the mainstream media also, since the wars, politics, presidential elections are going to be majorly covered at the time with most
reporters and news anchors following their favorite candidates.
Also, the U.S.S.R. during it's time did undoubtedly create some of it's own stealth and high speed aircraft before it ultimately kicked the
Keep in mind, with the different things going on in this day and age, it could go the other way around with the U.S. taking aggressive action first or
And there is also the anti-ICBM systems that are supposed to be based in Eastern Europe, which sort of acts like a wall. A wall that only covers one
side though. When there is a wall in your way, you do not waste your time trying to go through it, you go around or over it.
Ground forces wouldn't quite need to be used since it would majorly be an air war, lobbing planes and missiles at each other, including nukes.
It has been stated in the past that if a regular sized nuke were to be detonated in the air in the middle of the U.S., then the Electro Magnetic Pulse
would knock out almost all of our electronic systems through out the country, leaving us blind except for maybe a handful of bases on the other side
of the globe.
I would expect more of America's allies to be attacked as well, in a massive coordinated attack.