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Russian Missile Tech has Made America's Trillion Dollar Navy Obsolete

by Dmitry Orlov, via Russia Insider, April 21, 2018

Times have changed and America can no longer project its military power like it did in Iraq. Those days are over.

For the past 500 years European nations—Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain, France and, briefly, Germany—were able to plunder much of the planet by projecting their naval power overseas. Since much of the world’s population lives along the coasts, and much of it trades over water, armed ships that arrived suddenly out of nowhere were able to put local populations at their mercy.
The armadas could plunder, impose tribute, punish the disobedient, and then use that plunder and tribute to build more ships, enlarging the scope of their naval empires. This allowed a small region with few natural resources and few native advantages beyond extreme orneriness and a wealth of communicable diseases to dominate the globe for half a millennium.

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A financially crippling military brontosaurus

The ultimate inheritor of this naval imperial project is the United States, which, with the new addition of air power, and with its large aircraft carrier fleet and huge network of military bases throughout the planet, is supposedly able to impose Pax Americana on the entire world. Or, rather, was able to do so—during the brief period between the collapse of the USSR and the emergence of Russia and China as new global powers and their development of new anti-ship and antiaircraft technologies. But now this imperial project is at an end.
Prior to the Soviet collapse, the US military generally did not dare to directly threaten those countries to which the USSR had extended its protection. Nevertheless, by using its naval power to dominate the sea lanes that carried crude oil, and by insisting that oil be traded in US dollars, it was able to live beyond its means by issuing dollar-denominated debt instruments and forcing countries around the world to invest in them. It imported whatever it wanted using borrowed money while exporting inflation, expropriating the savings of people across the world. In the process, the US has accumulated absolutely stunning levels of national debt—beyond anything seen before in either absolute or relative terms. When this debt bomb finally explodes, it will spread economic devastation far beyond US borders. And it will explode, once the petrodollar wealth pump, imposed on the world through American naval and air superiority, stops working.
New missile technology has made a naval empire cheap to defeat. Previously, to fight a naval battle, one had to have ships that outmatched those of the enemy in their speed and artillery power. The Spanish Armada was sunk by the British armada. More recently, this meant that only those countries whose industrial might matched that of the United States could ever dream of opposing it militarily. But this has now changed: Russia’s new missiles can be launched from thousands of kilometers away, are unstoppable, and it takes just one to sink a destroyer and just two to sink an aircraft carrier. The American armada can now be sunk without having an armada of one’s own. The relative sizes of American and Russian economies or defense budgets are irrelevant: the Russians can build more hypersonic missiles much more quickly and cheaply than the Americans would be able to build more aircraft carriers.
Equally significant is the development of new Russian air defense capabilities: the S-300 and S-400 systems, which can essentially seal off a country’s airspace. Wherever these systems are deployed, such as in Syria, US forces are now forced to stay out of their range. With its naval and air superiority rapidly evaporating, all that the US can fall back on militarily is the use of large expeditionary forces—an option that is politically unpalatable and has proven to be ineffective in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is also the nuclear option, and while its nuclear arsenal is not likely to be neutralized any time soon, nuclear weapons are only useful as deterrents. Their special value is in preventing wars from escalating beyond a certain point, but that point lies beyond the elimination of their global naval and air dominance. Nuclear weapons are much worse than useless in augmenting one’s aggressive behavior against a nuclear-armed opponent; invariably, it would be a suicidal move. What the US now faces is essentially a financial problem of unrepayable debt and a failing wealth pump, and it should be a stunningly obvious point that setting off nuclear explosions anywhere in the world would not fix the problems of an empire that is going broke.
Events that signal vast, epochal changes in the world often appear minor when viewed in isolation. Julius Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon was just one river crossing; Soviet and American troops meeting and fraternizing at the Elbe was, relatively speaking, a minor event—nowhere near the scale of the siege of Leningrad, the battle of Stalingrad or the fall of Berlin. Yet they signaled a tectonic shift in the historical landscape. And perhaps we have just witnessed something similar with the recent pathetically tiny Battle of East Gouta in Syria, where the US used a make-believe chemical weapons incident as a pretense to launch an equally make-believe attack on some airfields and buildings in Syria. The US foreign policy establishment wanted to show that it still matters and has a role to play, but what really happened was that US naval and air power were demonstrated to be almost entirely beside the point.
Of course, all of this is terrible news to the US military and foreign policy establishments, as well as to the many US Congressmen in whose districts military contractors operate or military bases are situated. Obviously, this is also bad news for the defense contractors, for personnel at the military bases, and for many others as well. It is also simply awful news economically, since defense spending is about the only effective means of economic stimulus of which the US government is politically capable. Obama’s “shovel-ready jobs,” if you recall, did nothing to forestall the dramatic slide in the labor participation rate, which is a euphemism for the inverse of the real unemployment rate. There is also the wonderful plan to throw lots of money at Elon Musk’s SpaceX (while continuing to buy vitally important rocket engines from the Russians—who are currently discussing blocking their export to the US in retaliation for more US sanctions). In short, take away the defense stimulus, and the US economy will make a loud popping sound followed by a gradually diminishing hissing noise.
Needless to say, all those involved will do their best to deny or hide for as long as possible the fact that the US foreign policy and defense establishments have now been neutralized. My prediction is that America’s naval and air empire will not fail because it will be defeated militarily, nor will it be dismantled once the news sinks in that it is useless; instead, it will be forced to curtail its operations due to lack of funds. There may still be a few loud bangs before it gives up, but mostly what we will hear is a whole lot of whimpering. That’s how the USSR went; that’s how the USA will go too.

In 2009, The New Yorker dubbed Dmitry Orlov one of the “Dystopians”, theorists who believe that modern society is headed for a jarring and painful crack-up.  He is best known for his 2011 book comparing Soviet and American collapse (he thinks America’s will be worse). He is a prolific author on a wide array of subjects, and you can see his work by searching him online.

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Storefortech

Aircrafts are more cheaper than this missile!
If i am not wrong, the Russian military is using MiG-31 as carrier.

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Google Talpiot Program
Google Talpiot Program

LOL most of this “Russian” technology is directly purchased from Israel which Israel stole from the United States for FREE by the use of well-placed sayanim agents.
Actual Russian made technology is way behind in most military tech groups.

milosevic
milosevic

Actual Russian made technology is way behind in most military tech groups.
zionist shill alert!
That must be why the antique air defence systems they sold to Syria eliminated 71 out of 103 of the anglo-franco-zionist junk which invaded their airspace a week ago.
You can keep on saying that, right up until hypersonic cruise missiles descend from the skies and turn US aircraft carriers into burning wrecks, and the shitty F-35 That Ate the Pentagon is blown out of the sky by S-400 missile batteries and Sukhoi-57 jet fighters.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwvw2UsEFjo

Google Talpiot Program
Google Talpiot Program

How am I a zionist shill?
I’m the one pointing out that Israel and Russia are doing a lot of deals together (Russia gets “Israeli” drones totally taken from American technology companies) and that they aren’t opposed at all.
If the F-35s are so bad then why is Israel buying loads of them instead of these Russian made ones? Why is Israel passing China the secrets of the F-35s to China so they can attempt to copy them?
Why? Because they are the best!
I understand that since you are Serbian why you would support Russia over the US but it’s important to get the facts straight.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

The F-35 ‘Flying Turkey’ ‘the best’??!! Dream on Bibi Junior. Israel doesn’t ‘buy’ them. The USA slave state hands them over gratis, as Imperial tribute.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

Rubbish, pure and simple.

Google Talpiot Program
Google Talpiot Program

What exactly is wrong about it?
This is easily verifiable information.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

I’m sorry-my therapist told me not to have arguments with fools or horses.

andilejadenmbele

hmm dude your thinking is lazy is stupid, sorry for the language but where on earth do you see that happening? Russia purchasing Israeli, isn’t the latter the biggest and most favored US ally? Your view doesn’t make sense at all.

Fr0sty
Fr0sty

Does not change that outside the Russian military the country is a ghetto!

Fr0sty
Fr0sty

They could not run a toilet block.

milosevic
milosevic

The shill-masters must be getting worried; they’re despatching their flying monkeys to sow discord, in thicker flocks than usual.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

You’d know all about toilet-blocks, your natural habitat.

Pogo 1
Pogo 1

Yea, yea, yea. The Joo’s are financing both sides of this ‘dual-false-engineered-dictotmy’. There’s no two sides. At least not the two sides that 99.9999% of the world’s population is led to believe. But there are two sides. It’s the global elite, a handful of crooks, bankers, etc, and the one’s they’ve bought, and everybody else. Those are the only two sides, and always have been.

Joe Golez

It’s time US stop bulling around Osama Bin Laden Shows that US isn.
‘t Untouchable any more..5 ( Terrorist and 3 planes ) finish with this MYTH. ! )

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

It is the Zionist elite, not ‘the Jews’. Most Jews are just ‘human shields’ for those utterly Evil elites, who now totally control the Western world, politically, in the indoctrination systems and in the financial Moloch.

milosevic
milosevic

Most Jews are just ‘human shields’ for those utterly Evil elites
Still no word on why they agree to perform this essential service, if they’re not personally benefiting from the imperial rampage of their zionist overlords.

Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

Yes-bizarre, but explicable. Israel is the second most unequal OECD state, after the USA, of course. However, there are 3500 years of group solidarity and ritual holding Jewish society together. Of all the communities extant at the birth of the Jews, few still persist, having not been taken over by other groups, or even extirpated entirely.
Of course Israel was once quite proselytising, with groups like the Khazars famously converting en masse. And some Jews ‘married out’ either religiously or socially, or just walked away, particularly from the insanely proscriptive and prescriptive Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox traditions. However the cultural links often remain strong, and atheist Jews abound, but still tied to family and community. And the horror of the Nazi Judeocide surely must make many Jews feel that abandoning their religion would be like a betrayal of the millions of dead.
And lastly, opposition to the crimes of Zionism and Israel brings vicious denunciations and abuse as ‘self-hating Jews’, ‘kapos’ or even, bizarrely ‘antisemites’. As victims of this type of hatred, like Norman Finkelstein’s experience, where his mother was villainously slandered in order to pressure Finkelstein, show, the worst of the Zionists are almost unparalleled in the hate-crazed antagonism towards those who ‘ get in our way’, as Jabotinsky put it.

King Kong
King Kong

Some great comments, and I agree the Hegemon will not just fade away in the evening sun. On the other hand China is not Libya and Russia is not Iraq, both must be considered superpowers, one with over 7000 nuclear weapons and an increasing effective military and abundant natural resources. The other is an economical giant, capable of putting out industrial produce at an astonishing rate, has an enormous army, a very sizeable navy although not blue water.
I cant see these powers pushed around at a whim. And the US is aware of that, it must somehow realize the game is over in the ME, it turning slowly ever more hostile.

milosevic
milosevic

notheonly1
notheonly1

Now there is a wonderful arms-trade-show video. Superbly done, with smack machismo (no women in the shark crew…), but a simple message beyond the superb technology:
The days of the Western ‘values’ regimes’ dominance are over. Period. With the West standing no more chance to ‘win’ any exchange and to understand that it will be the continental US and Europe, that will look like Hiroshima and Nagasaki – without getting their own crackers anywhere near their targets, the world may finally be heading towards total global disarmament. Note also, that the Russian and Chinese defense industries are state owned – not some scheming criminal by the string pullers held private corporations.

Thomas Peterson
Thomas Peterson

Chia doesnt have a blue water Navy? You’re kidding me. China is launching numerous powerful destroyers and submarines.

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Old Pepper
Old Pepper

Citizens of Britain beware! But the danger is not new Russian military technology.
The UK Government has revealed a truly monstrous danger to its citizens.
Angry and super professional Russian hackers in the near future through the power supply network will take control of your TVs, refrigerators and washing machines. After that, the TV will only show the RT and Putin, the refrigerator will defrost the food so that you received food poisoning. Washing machines will start chasing after your family members around the house in order to cause them severe injuries.

Hugh O
Hugh O

Smart bots will switch washing machines on to brain washing cycle! Water supplies will be switched to vodka. The radio will play Russian music and Kate Bush singing “Babushka”. Whats not to like?

Old Pepper
Old Pepper

I really like the UK government’s creative approach to intimidating us with scary Russians, but, actually, it’s already very reminiscent of a madhouse.

Hugh O'Neill
Hugh O'Neill

Who would have thought that the new cold war was actually about controlling fridges? The Iron Curtain was about ironing curtains. I suppose hoovering up data will all be swept under the carpet now…

rtj1211
rtj1211

And smart citizens will avoid the internet of things and demand traditional old technology…and if necessary have back up generators to overcome the bot hackers.

Brutally Remastered
Brutally Remastered

The answer lies in creative digital subversion: clothes that befuddle facial recognition etc etc.
This is going to be fun.

Pogo 1
Pogo 1

Smart citizens? Not in the U.S. Maybe only 3-5% of the population have more brauns than condennsed owl shit.

milosevic
milosevic

They’re the ones who can spell properly.

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Mulga Mumblebrain
Mulga Mumblebrain

A few dozen more Exocets and Sheffield and Thatcher were sunk.

Thomas Prentice
Thomas Prentice

Well-said, Fushi.

Michael McNulty
Michael McNulty

Russian missile technology could change the face of warfare forever if Russia’s leadership is inclined to use it so. As well as targeting missile platforms once war is underway they should aim missiles at political, economic and military targets across the west…the Pentagon, Capitol Building, Wall Street, Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, the Knesset, military bases, docks etc. A few dozen strategic targets at home would end our ability to wage war.
Start targeting the elite so some of them are amongst the first to die. If Russia takes this war to their front door they won’t be so keen on war thereafter, when it’s no longer us who do all the dying.

Pogo 1
Pogo 1

Never happen, even though it would be a good thing. But it will nevernhappen because the Rothschild Banking Cartel is financing both sides of the ‘fake-two-sides’. Plus they don’t want to insure their own destruction. Things are going as planned.

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