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Declassified list reveals U.S. targets Russia’s high density population centers with nuclear weapons… Russia likely does the same for the USA

by Jayson Veley, Natural News:

There is an ongoing debate over whether the existence of nuclear weapons makes America a safer place or whether it puts our country in harm’s way. For the most part, the debate falls along party lines – that is to say, Republicans generally believe that maintaining a nuclear stockpile is necessary, while Democrats, including the former President, do not. But regardless of all the arguments for or against a nuclear arsenal, the fact of the matter is that the United States possesses roughly 6,800 nuclear warheads, second only to Russia, which is armed with about 7,000. Other countries don’t even come close to these figures – the United Kingdom has roughly 215 nuclear warheads, France has around 300, China has 260 and Israel has 80.

With nuclear arsenals of this scope and size, it is clear that a war between the United States and Russia would be nothing short of catastrophic. Given the fact that tensions between the two countries have been on the rise in recent days following President Trump’s air strikes on a Syrian airfield, many people are becoming worried that one day soon, those nuclear weapons could be used. Of course, such a conflict between the United States and Russia would force other countries like Iran, Syria and the United Kingdom to take action as well, potentially leading to a third world war.

As most people are already aware, the United States and Russia have never exactly been close allies. In December of 2015, the National Security Archive declassified a list from 1956 that detailed hundreds of Russian cities and airfields that would become targets in the event of a nuclear war. The nearly 800-page document, titled “Atomic Weapons Requirements Study for 1959,” outlines over 1,200 cities in Russia and elsewhere, including Moscow, East Berlin, and Beijing, and also includes 1,100 airfields. William Burr from the National Security Archive describes the target list as the most detailed list ever released by the Air Force. “It’s disturbing, for sure, to see the population centers targeted,” Burr said, referencing the fact that most targets on the list had dense civilian populations.

Time Magazine also commented on the list, writing, “It’s clear that the plan so dryly laid out by US intelligence would have resulted in death and destruction unlike anything the world had or has ever seen.” It is worth noting that Time Magazine has developed something of a reputation for commentating from a left wing perspective. One could just as easily make the argument that the plan “so dryly laid out by U.S. intelligence” was actually necessary considering the circumstances at the time.

According to RT, the declassified document also calls for “systemic destruction” in the event of a nuclear war with Russia, and aimed to create a 60-megaton bomb, which would be 4000 times larger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in August of 1945.

Given the history of tension between the United States and Russia, it is not much of a stretch to assume that the Russians have a similar list of American targets they would strike in the event of a massive nuclear war. More than likely, such a list would include areas of the country with high populations like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. (RELATED: Which U.S cities wold be targeted in the event of a nuclear war?)

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2 comments to Declassified list reveals U.S. targets Russia’s high density population centers with nuclear weapons… Russia likely does the same for the USA

  • d

    Been done since the 60’s….so NO new news here….imho

    • Ed_B

      Agreed. Although, at one time, the USSR primarily targeted US military facilities while the US concentrated on Russian cities and ICBM bases.

      Those who study the effects of nuclear weapons for drafting policy papers, as well as military officials know that the number of nuclear strikes needed to destroy the economy and cohesiveness of a country is relatively small. Just one of our big missile subs carries 24 long range submersible launch ICBMs with independently target-able MIRV capacity of 192 thermonuclear warheads. Typically, these are very accurate 400-500 KT weapons capable of destroying almost any target that is not super hardened and deep under ground. Multiple hits can destroy even those buried and hardened targets.

      The good news, of course, is that only the idiot running North Korea thinks that this is a good idea. Everyone else knows that the entire planetary ecosystem would be very badly damaged by a large-scale nuclear exchange. Whether or not it would recover and how long that would take if it did is anyone’s guess because no one knows for sure. It could be screwed up for hundreds or even thousands of years.

      IMO, the US and Russia will bend over backwards to avoid harming each other’s troops. There will not be a war between these nuclear-armed powers, unless it occurs at sea or in very isolated geographic regions. Launching nuclear missiles at the other’s homeland would be a VERY bad idea and BOTH sides know it.

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