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Missiles and ICBM silos. February 4, 2017

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Here’s an interesting snippet from Slate.com, Fred Kaplan musing on General Mattis, apparently the only adult in the room at the Trump administration. Many may sleep easier knowing he’s in the mix.

But it is not him as such who intrigues me, but this. Discussing ICBM’s one will read:

Because they are based underground, in blast-resistant silos, an adversary would have to fire two, three, or even four warheads to ensure destroying each silo—using up so many of his own missiles that he’d be dissuaded from launching an attack in the first place. In recent years, Air Force officers have devised this argument as a rationale for keeping ICBMs.

I’ve often wondered about that – just how well silos would resist direct attacks. Clearly these are nuclear weapons so presumably they’d gouge enormous craters in the landscape – even with low level airbursts. But reading through the literature it is difficult to determine how ‘survivable’ they actually are. This is thought-provoking. I wouldn’t bet the farm on any individual silo surviving a full-scale nuclear war.

And what of explosions of missiles inside silos? Here’s some musings on that topic. The last paragraph is particularly useful.

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1. CL - February 4, 2017

‘ four Blackwater operatives were killed after being ambushed in the city of Fallujah….
General James Mattis, at the time, was in command of the marines that were surrounding Fallujah. And then they went in and just utterly destroyed the city and actually wrote—someone from within that force wrote on the bridge, “This is for the men of Blackwater.” And, you know, women, children were killed. White phosphorus was used. And Mattis, you know, was the enthusiastic commander of that operation.’
https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/24/jeremy_scahill_on_trump_team_a

‘Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.’-Patrick Cockburn.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/toxic-legacy-of-us-assault-on-fallujah-worse-than-hiroshima-2034065.html

General Mad Dog Mattis is now the Pentagon boss and is being praised by neocon Eliot Cohen as a ‘stabilizing and moderating force’ in the Trump regime.

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2. An Sionnach Fionn - February 5, 2017

In theory, current conventional bunker busters would likely penetrate nuke-hardened silos. By most reckoning the Soviet-era nuclear bunker busters would certainly have done so. Unless you have a granite mountain over you several ground-penetrating nukes will fry you. Whether quick or slow. The whole “soaking” up USSR/Russian Fed/Peoples Republic nuke stocks by hardened military targets taking the brunt was/is wishful thinking by the atom-lovers.

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