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Putin’s Stated Plan: A High-Tech Russian Doll

Posted in Newspapers, Russia, US politics

Scary Putin, Bogeyman to the World, has been on full display in US newspapers this month, most conspicuously on the front page of The New York Times,  in a misleading photograph suitable for the cover of a new edition of Nineteen Eight-Four.  “Putin Says He Has ‘Invincible’ Nuclear Missile,” was the headline. The hypersonic zig-zag cruise missiles and torpedoes of which he boasted might be a bluff for now, the Times noted. Fully operational, however, such weapons would “travel low, stealthily, far and fast – too fast for defenders to react.” A week later, the Times reported on the attempted