EIGHTEEN new rail-mobile nuclear missle launchers (SS-24s) have been deployed by the Soviet Union, according to a CIA analysis. Each SS-24 has 10 warheads capable of delivering a 100-kiloton bomb up to 6,200 miles away. Says one official, "They operate them like submarines. They're the ultimate strategic stealth weapon". (Human Events, 6/29) [Comment: You see why Moscow needs monetary aid, don't you? ICBMs take a big bite out of the budget].
Soviet Military Vows Continued Arms Build-up:
Western intelligence agencies have determined that the Soviet navy and its nuclear war-fighting capacities have been strengthened in the Gorbachev regime. Gorbachev's professed desire to convert "swords to plowshares" has not materialized. Consider the May commend of Vice Admiral A.M. USTYANTSEV, who insists that Soviet disarmament "destroys the working class, machinery, industry, and science..." In a stunning throwback to Stalinism, he asserted the military "knows what the worker wants... people in aircraft engine plants would rather make aircraft engines than pots or pans or washing machines." Soviet General FILATOV is even more emphatic: "Since we have dissolved the Warsaw Pact we are vulnerable and defense spending should increase." American Sentinel 5/29/91.
Reds Re-Arming Cuba With Nuclear Missiles:
After sending nuclear material and advanced MIG-29 Fulcrum fighters last year, the Soviets have shipped SS-20 missiles to Cuba this year. The nuclear-capable SS-20 has a range of 3,000 miles and is described by the Defense Department Soviet Threat Assessment Group as "containing three highly accurate warheads ... and is fully mobile making counter-targeting efforts extremely difficult." On April 25, U.S. spy satellites canvassing Cuba discovered at least one, "and possible several," SS-20s. The SS-20s were banned by the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) treaty (we destroyed our equivalent Pershing missiles as part of that deal). The INF treaty — which State Department bureaucrats boasted would eliminate for the first time an entire weapons system — specified that the last of the SS-20s were to be destroyed by May 14, and not shipped to Cuba or anywhere else. These missiles in Cuba represent a major violation of the 1962 KENNEDY-KHRUSHCHEV agreement, and a fundamental threat to the U.S. mainland.American Sentinel 5/29/91
Soviet Troops Shoot Nato Officers:
On April 19, the Kremlin reminded the West that it still has 380,000 troops based in "unified" Germany. On that date, Soviet forces open fired on three uniformed NATO German Army officers, wounding one seriously. The Red Army issued a statement about the incident noting that the officers were on a "spy" mission in unified Germany. (The incident recalls the shooting of U.S. Army Major ARTHUR NICHOLSON in 1985). Accusing German officers of "spying" within their own supposedly "independent" Germany calls into question the Kremlin's stated intention of evacuating its occupation troops from the country. American Sentinel 5/29/91.