By Sergei Malinin
While US scientists put forward the new doctrine of the Minimum Nuclear Deterrence (targeting missiles against Russia’s 12 key enterprises), Bigness.ru decided to draw a map of a limited strike that could paralyze the US economy. It turns out that the United States is much more vulnerable than Russia at this point. An attack against only five targets in the USA will throw the US economy back into the Stone Age.
US scientists put forward an idea to focus targets on 12 key objects of the Russian economy: enterprises of Gazprom, Rosneft, Rusal, Nornikel, Surgutneftegaz, Evraz and Severstal. The suggestion became an absolutely new approach to the deterrence doctrine. The USA currently has the Mutual Assured Demolition Doctrine, which stipulates an attack of some 200 targets on Russia’s territory.
According to various estimates, Russia’s doctrine stipulates attacks against about 100 targets on the territory of the United States. The destruction of those targets will cause critical damage to the USA.
There is no need to destroy the whole planet in order to paralyze a country and push it back into the Stone Age. The IMF can serve a very good example at this point: the organization pushed several countries into the economic abyss without the use of military force.
Leonid Ivashov, the vice president of the Academy for Geopolitical Sciences, believes that Russia would first need to attack USA’s largest banks. A successful attack would paralyze the entire dollar-dependent economy. “This is the number one goal in case of war. We would need to destroy large banks in London as well,” the Colonel-General said.
Inga Foksha, an analyst with IK Aton, did not hesitate to name five targets, the destruction of which would jeopardize the USA’s existence.
The first strike should be made against the offices of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, Dallas and Chicago. “This company handles depositors’ funds. If it disappears, and if banks have no guarantees, the people will panic and will rush to cash their deposits,” Foksha said.
A company of the real sector of economy with diversified business, General Electric, for example, can become an object of the second strike. The death of the company that stands on the crossroad of several economic sectors will paralyze the activities of thousands of adjacent companies, and millions of people will lose their jobs.
The third nuclear strike will be made against Freddie Mac and Dannie Mae. “These two agencies currently devour a great amount of state funds,” Inga Foksha said.
The US Treasury and the Federal Reserve System would also make important targets to strike, the analyst believes.
We can see today that the Americans are following a different path now. It is not likely that the USA will strike a massive nuclear blow,” Leonid Ivashov said.
Economist Yevgeny Nadorshin believes that any of such subjects are insane. “The difference between the moment when they paralyze the nation’s economy and the moment when it comes to our lives, is measured in hours. No matter what kind of targets they might choose, a nuclear blow will not pass unnoticed. I am against this concept, I believe that it is nonsense,” the expert told Bigness.ru.