Off Topic: State TV says Russia could turn US to ‘radioactive ash’

Off Topic: State TV says Russia could turn US to ‘radioactive ash’ – The Times of Israel.

Influential anchor presents image of a gigantic mushroom cloud, says Americans consider Putin ‘a stronger leader than Obama’

By AFP March 17, 2014, 5:04 pm

MOSCOW — A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into “radioactive ash,” in an incendiary comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum.

“Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television.

Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis.

His program was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to leave Ukraine and join Russia.

He stood in his studio in front of a gigantic image of a mushroom cloud produced after a nuclear attack, with the words “into radioactive ash.”

“Americans themselves consider Putin to be a stronger leader than Obama,” he added, pointing to opinion polls which then popped up on the screen.

“Why is Obama phoning Putin all the time and talking to him for hours on end?” he asked.

Kiselyov has earned a reputation as one of Russia’s most provocative television news hosts, in particularly with his often blatantly homophobic remarks.

But he is also hugely influential with his weekly news show broadcast at Sunday evening prime time.

Putin last year appointed Kiselyov head of the new Russia Today news agency that is to replace the soon to be liquidated RIA Novosti news agency with the aim of better promoting Russia’s official position.

Kiselyov also made great play of Russia’s so-called “dead hand” capability to fire nuclear-capable intercontinental missiles automatically in the case of attack.

The system, also known as Perimeter, was in use during the Cold War but its use in post-Soviet Russia is not officially confirmed.

A graphic rendition on Russian TV of a nuclear attack on the US (screen capture: YouTube)

A graphic rendition on Russian TV of a nuclear attack on the US (screen capture: YouTube)

But Kiselyov appeared to claim it remained active, giving Russia the chance to strike back even if its main command positions were taken out in a strike by the West.

“Even if people in all our command posts after an enemy atomic attack cannot be contacted, the system will automatically fire our missiles from mines and submarines in the right direction,” he added.

The channel’s graphic showed the line of a Russian missile heading towards the Pacific coast and the United States.

Pro-opposition news site slon.ru did not mince its words in describing the implications of Kiselyov’s comments.

“This evening… Dmitry Kiselyov threatened the United States with a nuclear strike if the conflict over Crimea deepens,” it said.

Russia and the United States are reducing their Cold War missile and nuclear warhead arsenals under the terms of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that entered into force in 2011.

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6 Comments on “Off Topic: State TV says Russia could turn US to ‘radioactive ash’”

  1. CARLOS LIZARRAGA IN MIAMI Says:

    Of course this news anchor fails say that Russia too would end up as a radioactive heap as well.I guess that is why Putin promoted him.As to President Obama calling Putin regularly,that needs to stop.Putin has been warned repeatedly by Obama about the sanctions and consequences-now it is time to put the sanctions and other penalties in effect.Otherwise,President Obama and Sec. of State Kerry need to keep their traps shut.

  2. Louisiana Steve Says:

    • artaxes Says:

      Hi Steve.
      What do you you make of this?

      CIA suspends chief of Iran operations over workplace issues

      Veteran officer Jonathan Bank is placed on leave amid a rebellion against his management style, current and former officials say.

      http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-cia-workplace-20140317,0,2858175.story#axzz2wFpFJU4W

      Just want to know your opinion.

      • Louisiana Steve Says:

        “In 2010 he was named in a lawsuit brought by a Pakistani journalist whose relatives were killed by U.S. drone strikes. The lawsuit blew his cover, leading to protests in Islamabad. The CIA ended up pulling him from the country.”

        Seems to have been a ‘hot potato’ to the CIA for some time now. My bet is he also fell out of favor with Valerie Jarrett. Not much else out there about him. Can’t say anything for sure.

        • artaxes Says:

          Thanks, as always I appreciate your opinion.
          I thought about posting it but I hesitated.
          Could be nothing of course.
          But who knows. If there is more to it we will know soon.

          • Louisiana Steve Says:

            We may never really know AR. All this crap going on in the news today could be related in some way.


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