Caught On Tape: U.S. Test Fires Nuclear ICBM, Warns "We Are Prepared To Use Nuclear Weapons"

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Less than two years ago, news of Russia test-firing an ICBM just as the east Ukraine civil war was heating up, was sufficient to send the stock market into a brief tailspin. Since then, the launches of nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles has become an almost daily occurrence, with the market hardly batting an eyelid.

In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where - for the second time this week - the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east.

The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late at night, raced across the sky at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) and landed a half hour later in a target area 4,200 miles (6,500 km) away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific.

The entire launch was caught on the following video, which was released by Vandenberg just 4 days after the previous ICBM launch.


What was more disturbing than the actual launch, however, was the rhetoric behind it: instead of passing it off as another routine test, and letting US "adversaries" make up their own mind about what is going on, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who witnessed the launch, said the U.S. tests, conducted at least 15 times since January 2011, send a message to strategic rivals like Russia, China and North Korea that Washington has an effective nuclear arsenal. "That’s exactly why we do this," Work told reporters before the launch.

Of course, the #1 unspoken rule when launching ICBMs is to never explicitly say why you are doing it. By breaking said rule, it marks a much greater escalation in international diplomacy than merely test firing the nuclear-capable ballistic missile.

That, however, was not an issue and Work piled on, with the following stunner

"We and the Russians and the Chinese routinely do test shots to prove that the operational missiles that we have are reliable. And that is a signal ... that we are prepared to use nuclear weapons in defense of our country if necessary."

Well that's good to know.

As Reuters adds, demonstrating the reliability of the nuclear force has taken on additional importance recently because the U.S. arsenal is near the end of its useful life and a spate of scandals in the nuclear force two years ago raised readiness questions.

The Defense Department has poured millions of dollars into improving conditions for troops responsible for staffing and maintaining the nuclear systems. The administration also is putting more focus on upgrading the weapons.


President Barack Obama’s final defense budget unveiled this month calls for a $1.8 billion hike in nuclear arms spending to overhaul the country's aging nuclear bombers, missiles, submarines and other systems.

That said, the irony of the Nobel Peace Prize winner re-escalating the arms race was not lost on Reuters: the nuclear spending boost is an ironic turn for a president who made reducing U.S. dependence on atomic weapons a centerpiece of his agenda during his first years in office.

Obama called for a world eventually free of nuclear arms in a speech in Prague and later reached a new strategic weapons treaty with Russia. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in part based on his stance on reducing atomic arms.  "He was going to de-emphasize the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. national security policy ... but in fact in the last few years he has emphasized new spending," said John Isaacs of the Council for a Livable World, an arms control advocacy group.

Perhaps the Nobel committee should watch the video above and decide if it is not too late to ask for their prize back.

And just like that the nuclear arms race is back.

Critics say the Pentagon's plans are unaffordable and unnecessary because it intends to build a force capable of deploying the 1,550 warheads permitted under the New START treaty... Hans Kristensen, an analyst at the Federation of American Scientists, said the Pentagon's costly "all-of-the-above" effort to rebuild all its nuclear systems was a "train wreck that everybody can see is coming." Kingston Reif of the Arms Control Association, said the plans were "divorced from reality."


The Pentagon could save billions by building a more modest force that would delay the new long-range bomber, cancel the new air launched cruise missile and construct fewer ballistic submarines, arms control advocates said.


Work said the Pentagon understood the financial problem. The department would need $18 billion a year between 2021 and 2035 for its portion of the nuclear modernization, which is coming at the same time as a huge "bow wave" of spending on conventional ships and aircraft, he said.


"If it becomes clear that it’s too expensive, then it’s going to be up to our national leaders to debate" the issue, Work said, something that could take place during the next administration when spending pressures can no longer be ignored.

As a reminder, the last time the U.S. engaged in a nuclear arms race with the USSR, it led to the collapse of the "evil empire." It would be even more ironic that Obama launching nuclear rockets if this time around the tables on the ultimate loser are turned.

In the meantime, just think of all the GDP-boosting "broken windows" that would result from a nuclear war.

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VWAndy's picture

  TX or Iceland?

Baa baa's picture

TX would be a sea of glass in that event.

Able Ape's picture

I don't think there's a sane person in DC - they're all fucking NUTS!

Truly Inspiration's picture

How can anyone even think that a nuclear war leaves a winner?

What kind of morons are these psychopaths 

samsara's picture

The scary part is I think we know what kind of psychopaths they are.

Calling Cheney, wolfnowits, Perle, feith, and the the rest of the dual passports at the CFR.

Grandad Grumps's picture

So, Vandenberg "caught" themselves on tape? sheesh ...

Aurum Vulgi's picture

Guess this is going to be the trailer for the new movie "Last Man Standing" Starring Keith Richards and thousands of cockroaches

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Thousands of other cockroaches.

Tzanchan's picture

We really need to launch a tungsten tipped missile and take out say the South Side of Chicago, or Detroit. Think of the many levels of good that would do; clean up the neighborhood; do it without that 25,000 year half life atomic dust; scare the $#!t out of everybody that we're so crazy we'd take out one of our own cities. How could anything go wrong with that?

Polymarkos's picture

DC first, then Chicago, then LA, Detroit, Oakland, and Seattle.


yogibear's picture

They'll hit NORAD with multiple nukes. They say it's designed for a 30 MT nuke 1.2 miles away.

yogibear's picture

They'll hit NORAD with multiple nukes. They say it's designed for a 30 MT nuke 1.2 miles away.

Infinite QE's picture

DC, NYC, Tel Aviv. 99% of the evil in the world would cease.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

Gold Plated Tungsten.

Rods of Fraud.

Baa baa's picture

We got 'em. I think they are called kinetic harpoons. Non-nuclear, about 8 feet long and made of depleted uranium. They work exceedingly well. Beyond all expectations and because they are non-nuclear, it violates no treaty to put up in orbit as many as you like.

RedDwarf's picture

Peace sells, but who's buying?

jm's picture

Given how dark the world is, I would be more concerned if they weren't testing capabilities.

El_Puerco's picture

That's nothing compare to this..Look for the video if you want..


Bush Threatens Trump at GOP Debate with Throat Cut Gesture! }

its much better then a Missile.. 

Berspankme's picture

President Peace Prize being exposed to the whole world as the cunt faced phony that he is

silverer's picture

"On further questioning, the president stated that what he really meant when he said he was going to get rid of nuclear weapons was that the way he was going to do it was to launch them all. Next up, the Kardashians give a new twist on their next vacation..." Third term, anyone?

Dre4dwolf's picture

Intercontinental rail-guns is the future ^^...

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PoasterToaster (not verified) Dre4dwolf Feb 26, 2016 4:29 PM

The Israelis murdered the guy who had the space launch railgun idea because only the Iraqis would fund his project.  It would have been a very cheap way of getting cargo into orbit.

Baa baa's picture

We have rail guns on our latest missile ships. There was a bit on the History Channel about them and all the new construction will include them in their armory.

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PoasterToaster (not verified) Feb 26, 2016 4:11 PM

The problem is that this propaganda is geared towards the elder generation of 55+.  That group is outnumbered by people who did not grow up in the Cold War propaganda era, and they find much of it bewildering.

Those in the 35-54 group are those who more or less remember "The Russians are our friends now because they are no longer communist".

Those in the 18-34 group know very little about anything, and support for anti-Russian action is dependent on their group hivemind affiliation, and subject to change on a whim.

This nuclear war rhetoric is yet another huge flop from the US State.

Ocean22's picture

They are going to take us to the brink and pull back....however, things can go

TonyRUs's picture

Can you guys pay attention to replying to replies that were to replies to other replies? I'm running out of desktop area here.

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PoasterToaster (not verified) Feb 26, 2016 4:23 PM

Isn't this the same exact stunt that North Korea pulled to prove they are a strong tough guy nation?

The US Government is officially a tinpot dictatorship.

Manipuflation's picture

I have a friend that is the midst of working on women's comsmetics.  He uses beeswax and there has been some testing going out.  He has it nailed and I want to invest.  Women WILL SPEND THE MONEY on that shit.  Beeswax is a by-product of his noney business.  

That my woman got her samples and I have quietly watching what my women uses and reporting back.  Let me tell you that we both as redneck as can be but prouduct development is great and you could sell this in New York or Paris.  He has a younger sister and I am married for 12 years and women get magazines.  My woman gets Cosmopolitan.  I get Coin World but from someone else to cut cost.  

Have any of you males ever opened up a Cosmopolitan magazine?  It stops you in your tracks.  I understand that women want to look good.  I also understand that women do not give a shit what what men think about there looks:  Women care about what OTHER women think of them.  OK.  Most of us already know this just an FYI for the younger generations.  She wants cash.

Here is the problem I ran into. 

Whoever wrote that is a cunt.  Shut your fucking mouth bitch.  "How the Hell did he get a gun?"  Maybe he got one from me?  Stop asking questions and fuck off.  Hey cunt, all you want from me is money and your pussy is not worth it anyway.

The guns will be staying right next to the gold.  I have no need for another woman.  Maybe I can go fire up my Harley instead?  I charged the battery up last night.  

silverer's picture

What does Greenpeace and Al Gore think about that totally necessary carbon footprint?


Go ahead, punk USA, make my day.


Are you feeling lucky, punk?

MeBizarro's picture

Developing the advanced long range bomber is something that should be a huge strategic priority.  The U.S. essentially has 8 B-2s that are active and capable of penetrating modern air defenses including Russia and China at any one time right now.  Even losing 2 of them would significantly degrade U.S. military capability. 

The current plans on the U.S. nuclear arsenal are insane as are the Russians.  Still live in a world where both sides love to maintain the three-ring circle of death. 

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PoasterToaster (not verified) MeBizarro Feb 26, 2016 6:35 PM

The entire US military has been ground down over the last 15 years.  How many people are now maimed and scarred after leaving it?  How much equipment is left?  Are they even replacing the missiles they have used?  Where is all the money going, it certainly isn't put into capabilities.

The US Military is not very strong anymore, and that is on purpose.

Baa baa's picture

Since all the vets are now cops, just use them. No instruction necessary.

frankly scarlet's picture

quite the fucked up world......where an osified and mentally deranged group of inbred bankers run the place and have total contempt for all other life and life support systems not of immediate concern to themselves.

paperjoe's picture

Me thinks they smoke up too much of the Chemdawg, which has developed quite the name for itself among powerful leaders over the years. Between its mysterious origin, ambiguous genetics, and the plethora of successful crosses the strain has produced, Chemdawg has practically secured itself a permanent place in the cannabis hall of fame. The original source of powerhouse strains like Sour Diesel and OG Kush, Chemdawg is known for its distinct, missle fuel-like aroma. Pungent and sharp, you’ll be able to smell this hybrid a mile away from any launch site.


Chemdawg tends to be very potent. Depending on grow conditions, this strain tends to have THC levels of 15-20%. World leaders can expect to have a very cerebral experience, coupled with a strong heavy-bodied feeling and fantastical delusiions of granduer.

besnook's picture

maybe if they awarded a nobel war prize there would be peace in the world.

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rahtidmon (not verified) Feb 26, 2016 5:15 PM

So the US tested missles, doesn't everyone who has them do so?

Oh, that's right the US is the most evil, so we cannot exercise our right to test these things?

If the threat is not there, there is no threat.

Ponder that for a second or two.

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PoasterToaster (not verified) rahtidmon Feb 26, 2016 6:21 PM


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rahtidmon (not verified) PoasterToaster Feb 26, 2016 6:57 PM

Feel free

marcusfenix's picture

there was perhaps a brief moment way back in 1962 when world leaders could have come to some new wisdom on the subject of nuclear weapons and avoided even the possibility of plunging into that abyss. in that moment when the hands of the doomsday clock read 11:59:59 and the fate of the world was decided by a last minute compromise that almost didn't happen.

the CMC showed the world just how quickly two powers could escalate a conflict to the point where life as we know it would cease and what comes after would be a constant struggle to survive. it was a very, very close shave to say the least but it presented an opportunity that I guarantee will never happen again.

the opportunity to stand at the edge of that abyss, stare into it and decide that come what may, whatever else happens from that point forward in war, conquest and geopolitics the risk just wasn't worth it. if for no other reason than there would be nothing left worth ruling over for the PTB's after it was over.

but that of course didn't happen instead they choose the worst possible path, to attempt to devise a way, to advance technologies and build weapon systems that in their delusions would make a nuclear war winnable. now that they believe, very clearly, the goal has been achieved and the very concept of MAD has been discarded, the strategy of offensive nuclear first strike is enshrined in US and Russian military doctrine it is only a matter of when. in fact we have been both blessed and lucky to have made it this far.

after all what weapon of war in history has been imagined, devised, perfected and produced and yet not used for it's intended purpose?


this is the way the world ends.

this is the way the world ends.

not with a whimper.

but with several thousand highly radioactive bangs.





12357111317's picture

That's the first time I have seen the Cuban Missile Crisis referred to as the CMC.

Or, if I may:


If we have evolved to a point at which we no longer need words, because we can guess every word just by seeing its first letter, then we also no longer need dictionaries, and therefore now need only 26 words, which are the following: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z.  Ah, the FREEDOM!  :-)

ToSoft4Truth's picture

The 18 year old crowd from 1962 are now 72.

Now those hippies have no hair. 


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rahtidmon (not verified) ToSoft4Truth Feb 26, 2016 5:58 PM

hey man, I was around 5 years old then and have no hair, lol

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As last resort, we've got Jesus.