4/14/15, "Angelo Codevilla: Russia’s S-300 sale exposes America’s lag in missile defense," Angelo Codevilla, Asia Times
"In my view, the S-300 has significance far beyond Ukraine and
political maneuvering. In short, it should remind us of something that
the US government has officially pushed to the very back of our national
Ballistic missiles are the queens of the modern battlefield, and
missile defense is the key to dealing with them. Missile defense is the
hallmark of modern military seriousness. The Soviet Union/Russia have
taken the lead in providing the best available missile defense for
themselves and for those who stand with them.
We do not know which version the S-300 will go to Iran. But the
Iranians know why they want the system: they are in the process of
building the capacity to strike or threaten with missiles, and expect to
be targeted with missiles. Hence they are likely to want the version
that offers them missile defense. They may get aircraft- optimized
versions AND missile -optimized versions. How good even the best s-300
is for anti missile purposes depends on how remote the external radar
cueing is, and how well the link functions. In Russia, an excellent
perimeter radar network makes the latest S-300 a very potent weapon.
What it will be in Iran is yet to be determined. What is beyond doubt,
however, is Iran’s seriousness about missile warfare. They are doing
what they can do to rise to military seriousness. The S-300’s later
versions, even without external cueing, will be very good against
anything coming from the Sunni world. Israel relies on aircraft.
What is also beyond doubt is the US government’s lack of seriousness
about missile warfare. Our missile defense problems are set by the fact
hat the US, being remote from sources of attack, can be hit only by the
fastest warheads. But that is another subject."
US interference in Ukraine was always going to have consequences:
4/14/15, "Spengler to Bhadrakumar: Russia’s missile sale to Iran is retaliation for Ukraine," David P. Goldman (Spengler), Asia Times
"I repeated the warning in 2008:
“If Washington chooses to demonize Russia, the likelihood is that
Russia will become a spoiler with respect to American strategic
interests in general, and use the Iranian problem to twist America’s
tail. That is a serious risk indeed, for nuclear proliferation is the
one means by which outlaw regimes can pose a serious threat to great
powers.” And I repeated the warning on numerous occasions through 2015. The American State Department is a patzer in
chess argot, a beginner who can’t think two moves ahead. It never seems
to have occurred to Washington that its embrace (if not its
sponsorship) of the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine would prompt
counter-moves by Moscow, including a new rapprochement with China and the “Russian-Iranian axis” that Bhadrakumar projects. Some American officials, for example Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland (of “f*** the Europeans” fame), actually believed that Maidan would be repeated in Red Square."...
Comment: The left has wanted to destroy Israel for many years. The left has no opposition in the US, so it can do whatever it wants. Even so-called right wing talk show hosts have cleared a path for the left.