With allies migrating en masse to China’s new infrastructure bank (and even the US having to admit it will ‘cooperate’), it appears America has fallen back on what has worked for it in the past to ensure the world’s largest creditor remains the world’s reserve currency ad inifinitum – rattle its nuclear missile sabre… As the following clip shows, The US Air Force just test-fired a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from California, providing a “visual to the world.”
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— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) March 23, 2015
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As RT reports, an intercontinental ballistic missile was fired early Monday from a facility in California, the US Air Force announced, saying the tests were a message to the world about Washington’s nuclear capabilities.
The Minuteman III missile was fitted with a “test re-entry vehicle” instead of a live thermonuclear warhead, and was test-launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB) in California at 03:36 local time (10:36 GMT), according to the Air Force statement.
“With these launches, we not only verify our processes and the ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) weapon system, we provide a visual to the world that the Minuteman III is capable of striking pretty much anywhere with extreme precision,” said Lt. Col Tytonia Moore of the 90th Missile Wing, based out of the Francis E. Warren AFB in Wyoming, according to the statement.
The “Mighty Ninety” is one of the USAF’s three missile wing commands – the other two being the 91st at Minot AFB in North Dakota and the 341st at Malstrom AFB in Montana. There are roughly 450 ICBMs between the three.
Take that China! Can’t catch one of those in a fishing net…