Russian security advisor: We reserve the right to nuke you preemptively

posted at 6:12 pm on October 14, 2009 by Allahpundit

Just a little follow-up to Ed’s post earlier, tracking the progress of The One’s global disarmament efforts.

Hey — the committee did say that Nobel was aspirational.

In an interview published today in Izvestia, Nikolai Patrushev, the secretary of the Kremlin’s security council, said the new doctrine offers “different options to allow the use of nuclear weapons, depending on a certain situation and intentions of a would-be enemy. In critical national security situations, one should also not exclude a preventive nuclear strike against the aggressor.”

What’s more, Patrushev said, Russia is revising the rules for the employment of nukes to repel conventionally armed attackers, “not only in large-scale, but also in a regional and even a local war.”

Gulp. If I were in Georgia — or in any other country Russia considers part of its sphere of influence — that formulation would make me pretty anxious…

In the interview, he takes a swipe at the United States and NATO, saying that the alliance “continues to press for the admission of new members to NATO, the military activities of the bloc are intensifying, and U.S. strategic forces are conducting intensive exercises to improve the management of strategic nuclear weapons.”

“The military activities of the bloc are intensifying”? After Obama just pulled long-range missile defense out of Poland and the Czech Republic? The oddest thing about this isn’t Moscow’s willingness to nuke its neighbors — I’ve always taken that as a given, even though none of them could ever conceivably threaten Russia — but the fact that they’re willing to rattle their saber so soon after The One made a major concession to them. Are they trying to make him turn hawkish? Because that’s what’s going to happen, whether he wants it to or not, if foreign policy somehow becomes a key issue in 2012. Why not string him along for a bit and see if they can milk a few more concessions out of him? Who knows? He might be willing to yank eastern European missile defense entirely if they play ball on Iran.

Well, at least we know it can’t get much worse. Or can it?


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So all that hope and change has resurrected the Evil Empire….nice work Barrack.

Hening on October 14, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Oldnuke on October 14, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Your comment was better. I bow to your greatness.

Mangy Scot on October 14, 2009 at 7:55 PM

Zero the anti-hero will try to disarm the USA unilaterally probably. He cares no more about our security than he cares about our rights. We need to strap his ass to the next missile we test.

Spiritk9 on October 14, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Great. A modern-day declaration of “we will bury you!”. Of all the lousy times…

Dark-Star on October 14, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Zero the anti-hero will try to disarm the USA unilaterally probably. He cares no more about our security than he cares about our rights. We need to strap his ass to the next missile we test.

Spiritk9 on October 14, 2009 at 8:07 PM

I think you are probably more accurate than you know. He really does not care, because he really does not understand the entire concept of world power or strategy. Both sides are playing games here, and while they are playing on the same board, Putin is playing chess and Obama is playing checkers. If he keeps doing that Russia will win and we will lose; and Obama will probably never understand why.

MikeA on October 14, 2009 at 8:18 PM

All I can say is WTF is this. OMG.
nothing has changed between the two nations.

RWR. Trust and Verify
bho. bend over and a enjoy.

hawkman on October 14, 2009 at 8:20 PM

Are they trying to make him turn hawkish?

.
“turn hawkish?” At best he would only talk hawkish.

ronsfi on October 14, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Putin eats community organizers for lunch.

Really Right on October 14, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Since the Chinese pretty much own us now, maybe they’ll protect us against the Russians?

justltl on October 14, 2009 at 8:45 PM

What they are saying us “The US had an unexpected obligation and left town last night, we don’t expect it to return . Just in case you had any questions about it, we are the New Boss. We’ll get back to you later today about the terms of your protection agreements.”

obladioblada on October 14, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Ruh-roh.

Russia isn’t a teeny tiny country like Iran or North Korea.

bitsy on October 14, 2009 at 9:05 PM

There’s a bear in the woods.
 
Those who would not study history are DOOMED to repeat it.

Blacksmith8 on October 14, 2009 at 9:24 PM

You had me until you mentioned Russia might succeed in making Obama hawkish.

Obama hates America and he must be voted out of office… he’s trying to destroy our country from the inside.

scotash on October 14, 2009 at 10:40 PM

Holy shi-ite, the ruskies have this administration punked and pwn3d. This language is incendiary, just can’t see this kind of rhetoric during a GOP administration.

bigjack on October 14, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Are they trying to make him turn hawkish?

Hardly. They have correctly assessed this empty suit and are acting accordingly.

n0doz on October 15, 2009 at 1:35 AM

Maybe Putin can be our president.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 15, 2009 at 2:23 AM

Maybe Putin can be our president.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 15, 2009 at 2:23 AM

I vehemently disagree.

I nominate Sarah Palin.

TheAlamos on October 15, 2009 at 3:08 AM

Again, remember the Ruskies or others that do not understand or agree with our or others way of life will rationalize their actions to use whatever means at their disposal to eradicate them.

We are the only country that fight wars with rules.

MSGTAS on October 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Impotence: The Carter New Diplomacy

Tom_OC on October 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM

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