“Son of Satan”: Coming to a Theatre Near You!
Unfortunately, it’s not a movie. According to Heritage’s Ariel Cohen, two weeks ago “General Sergei Karakayev, Commander of the Strategic Rocket Forces, announced plans for a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to go into production as soon as 2018.” And it’s to be dubbed “Son of Satan,” after its predecessor and namesake “Satan.” Like Satan, it will use a highly poisonous liquid propellant. Moreover, it’s “capable of penetrating the NATO missile shield Russia dislikes so much.”
Why does Russia feel inclined to do this now? Cohen explains:
“This escalation comes after President Obama once again hailed his Russia policy. The Russian announcement delivers a blow to the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which limited U.S. and Russian warheads. An Obama Administration “reset” policy, New START traded real concessions to Moscow for promises of imaginary cooperation in arms control, in a vain effort to reach President Obama’s dream of a nuclear-free world.”
Despite opposition from Heritage Action, the Senate ratified this awful treaty, awful for America, that is. When it comes to making our country weak and vulnerable in order to appease other (hostile) countries’ wishes, Obama seems to have no qualms about leading by example! New START provides him the leeway to do just that.
Ariel Cohen also explains the Kremlin’s mentality behind bolstering Russia’s missile defense system:
“The Kremlin confirms that it is developing the new rocket in response to the U.S. missile shield. Russian President Vladimir Putin claims that the missile defense upsets the Cold War-style strategic balance and that Americans “are obsessed with the idea of providing themselves with absolute invulnerability.” He promises that no expense will be spared in restoring that balance.
The White House’s assurances that the shield is deployed against the developing nuclear and missile programs of Iran and North Korea are met by repeated demands from Russian diplomats for severe “qualitative and quantitative” limitations that would render the system weak, defenseless, or moot.”
As conservatives, we believe in a strong national defense, and making ourselves vulnerable to please other nations is never an option. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why we want to maintain a position of power relative to countries like North Korea and Iran.
As Russia bolsters its offensive capabilities and cancels US democracy programs in their country, Senators who voted to ratify New START should take note. President Obama may ask you to to ratify a severely flawed treaty (or two) during the upcoming lame-duck session. Don’t make the same mistake twice.