Russian President Vladimir Putin wants us to “listen now,” and calmly warns the world that he’s “not bluffing” about his latest technologically advanced nuclear arsenal which now threatens to strike anywhere in the world.
Joel C. Rosenberg joins me to talk about the very real and serious threat that is Putin and his latest novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy, both a page-turning, edge-of-your-seat political thriller, but also an historically accurate fictional account of what will happen if President Trump and other world leaders do not more seriously and assertively address Putin’s words and actions.
Joel’s novels have a consistent and uncanny record of becoming tomorrow’s headlines, yet Joel shares candidly and explicitly why he does not want the events in The Kremlin Conspiracy becoming tomorrow’s headlines. This book is a must-read to understanding what’s happening in and around Russia, and how it will directly affect all of us if we ignore it. Listen to Joel share more about his book and the reality of the Russian threat:
As if Joel’s book and insights are not alarming enough, here are excerpts from Putin’s March 1, 2018 State of the Nation speech, at which he revealed his country’s latest nuclear arsenal capabilities:
I do not want to reveal more details. It is not the time yet. But experts will understand that with such weaponry, Russia’s defence capacity has multiplied.
I hope that everything that was said today would make any potential aggressor think twice, since unfriendly steps against Russia such as deploying missile defences and bringing NATO infrastructure closer to the Russian border become ineffective in military terms and entail unjustified costs, making them useless for those promoting these initiatives.
Any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies, weapons of short, medium or any range at all, will be considered as a nuclear attack on this country. Retaliation will be immediate, with all the attendant consequences. There should be no doubt about this whatsoever.
I will say once again what we have repeatedly told our American and European partners who are NATO members: we will make the necessary efforts to neutralise the threats posed by the deployment of the US global missile defence system.
And to those who in the past 15 years have tried to accelerate an arms race and seek unilateral advantage against Russia, have introduced restrictions and sanctions that are illegal from the standpoint of international law aiming to restrain our nation’s development, including in the military area, I will say this: everything you have tried to prevent through such a policy has already happened. No one has managed to restrain Russia.
Now we have to be aware of this reality and be sure that everything I have said today is not a bluff – and it is not a bluff, believe me – and to give it a thought and dismiss those who live in the past and are unable to look into the future, to stop rocking the boat we are all in and which is called the Earth.
Of course, every word has a meaning because we are talking about the possibility of bypassing interception boundaries. Why did we do all this? Why did we talk about it? As you can see, we made no secret of our plans and spoke openly about them, primarily to encourage our partners to hold talks. Let me repeat, this was in 2004. It is actually surprising that despite all the problems with the economy, finances and the defence industry, Russia has remained a major nuclear power. No, nobody really wanted to talk to us about the core of the problem, and nobody wanted to listen to us. So listen now.
And in 2015, Putin said this:
The streets of Leningrad taught me one thing: If a fight’s inevitable, you must strike first.
This, my friends, is why you must read The Kremlin Conspiracy today.