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Russia Deploys Missile to Russia, in Clear Violation of Blah Blah Blah

Another poor showing from our friends at the New York Times

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Yes, it's time for everyone's favorite game: "Let's find the relevant information buried in a sensational New York Times 'exclusive'".

We knew that the Times was up to its usual tricks when it ran a scary-sounding story about a secret Russian missile deployment without mentioning in the headline where the missile was being deployed to. (If Russia was sending ICBMs to Prague, "Prague" would definitely be in the headline):

A simple question.
A simple question.
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The fabled SSC-X-8

After scaring the living daylights out of its readership, the New York Times quietly notes where these secret death missiles are currently located:

Administration officials said the Russians now have two battalions of the prohibited cruise missile. One is still located at Russia’s missile test site at Kapustin Yar in southern Russia near Volgograd. The other was shifted in December from that test site to an operational base elsewhere in the country, according to a senior official who did not provide further details and requested anonymity to discuss recent intelligence reports about the missile.

Oh, so here's the real story: "Anonymous U.S. Official Claims Russia Has a New Missile System Near Volgograd".

Volgograd, as any student of geography knows, is a small Russian territory in the Caribbean. It's literally less than 100 km from the coast of Florida:

Right in Washington's backyard.
Right in Washington's backyard.

Nevermind that Washington has encircled Russia with NATO bases and missile shields. "The conniving Russians now have a secret missile in Volgograd!" according to anonymous U.S. officials.


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