Russian nuclear reactor explosion shrouded in mystery

Russian nuclear reactor explosion shrouded in mystery


MELISSA? MELISSA: THANK YOU FOR THAT, JENNIFER. JOINING TO US GET HIS TAKE ON ALL OF THIS IS RETIRED ARMY GENERAL JACK KEANE. HE IS A FOX NEWS SENIOR STRATEGIC ANALYST. GENERAL, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS EXPLOSION?>>WELL, THE RUSSIANS ARE NOTORIOUS FOR HAVING BELOW STANDARDS IN TERMS OF SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE. AND THEY CLEARLY HAVE GREAT SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS, AND THEY’VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO DEVELOP ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS, AND THAT’S CLEARLY WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO HERE, BUT THEY’VE HAD PROBLEMS WITH THIS SYSTEM IN THE PAST, AND FOR OUR VIEWERS TO UNDERSTAND, IF YOU CAN PUT A SMALL NUCLEAR REACTOR IN A CRUISE MISSILE, THEN YOU HAVE ACTUALLY TAKEN AWAY THE RESTRICTION OF RANGE, AND IT CAN CIRCUMNAVIGATE ANY PLACE ON THE GLOBE, AND IT PROVIDES A HUGE ADVANTAGE TO SOMEBODY WHO OWNS THAT WEAPONS SYSTEM. SO THAT’S WHAT IS AT STAKE HERE. MOST OF OUR SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS ARE QUITE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE ABILITY TO ACHIEVE THIS KIND OF NEW TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH. MELISSA: YEAH, I MEAN, THEY PUT OUT A VIDEO EARLIER THAT WE LATER DETERMINED WAS DOCTORED SAYING THEY HAD THIS TECHNOLOGY, AND AT THE TIME, YOU KNOW, FOLKS WERE SKEPTICAL. WHAT DOES THIS EXPLOSION TELL YOU ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY EVER HAD THAT WEAPONS CAPABILITY OR, YOU KNOW, WHAT DOES IT MEAN IN THAT SENSE?>>WELL, THEY NEVER HAD THE CAPABILITY. THAT WAS A COMPUTER-GENERATED VIDEO, HAVING NOTHING TO DO WITH ACTUAL REALITY, AND IT WAS ASPIRATIONAL TO BE SURE, AND IT WAS DONE IN CONCERT WITH PUTIN’S STATE OF THE UNION, AND INTERESTING ENOUGH, AS THIS MISSILE WAS CIRCUMNAVIGATING PART OF THE GLOBE, IT FOUND ITSELF INTO FLORIDA AS ITS ULTIMATE DESTINATION. THERE’S A LOT OF HUBRIS SURROUNDING ALL OF THAT. I THINK PUTIN CLEARLY OVERSELLING THE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS STILL IN ITS ASPIRATIONAL STAGES. MELISSA: A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK WHEN THEY HEAR OF THIS ACCIDENT. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE FALLOUT OF THIS?>>THEY HAVE HAD PROBLEMS BEFORE. RECENTLY ONE OF THE MUNITIONS PLANT BLEW UP. THEY LOST ONE PERSON, 14, 15 OTHERS EVACUATED. THIS WAS A WEEK OR SO AGO AND 16,000 PEOPLE WERE EVACUATED AND THEN LAST MONTH, THEY HAD A FIRE ON A NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE AND 14 SAILORS WERE KILLED. BACK IN 2000, WE KNOW THEY LOST NUCLEAR POWER TO AN UNDERWATER EXPLOSION AND THE ENTIRE CREW HAS PERISHED. THEY HAVE ISSUES. AS YOU MENTIONED, THERE ARE NOTABLE ONES. THEY DON’T ABIDE BY INTERNATIONAL SAFETY STANDARDS. THE UNITED STATES SETS THE STANDARD WHEN IT COMES TO NUCLEAR POWER SAFETY STANDARDS. MELISSA: CAN I ASK YOU REAL QUICK BEFORE WE RUN OUT OF TIME. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE PROTESTS THAT WE’RE SEEING THAT ARE GOING ON IN RUSSIA? YOU KNOW, DOES PUTIN HAVE THE IRON GRIP THAT WE THINK HE DOES? WE’RE SHOWING SOME VIDEO OF IT RIGHT HERE NOW. HE CELEBRATED 20 YEARS IN POWER LAST WEEK. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE PROTESTS? BIG DEAL OR NOT A BIG DEAL?>>I THINK IT IS A VERY BIG DEAL. OBVIOUSLY PUTIN IS AN AUTHORITARIAN. HE RUNS A REPRESSIVE REGIME. HE CONDUCTS A MASSIVE INFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE, TRYING TO MAKE — APPEAR THAT LIFE IS BETTER THAN WHAT IT IS, BLAMING THE UNITED STATES FOR EVERY PROBLEM THAT THEY HAVE, AND HERE WHAT THESE PEOPLE ARE UPSET ABOUT IS HE’S DENYING OPPOSITION POLITICIANS THE RIGHT TO RUN FOR THE CITY COUNCIL IN MOSCOW. AS HE HAS DONE IN OTHER LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS. THERE’S BEEN PROTESTS ALSO IN OTHER CITIES IN SUPPORT OF THIS, AND THIS IS THE FIFTH PROTEST THAT’S TAKEN PLACE IN MOSCOW. WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, AND WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF VIDEO ON IT, IS THEY HAVE VICIOUSLY BEAT BACK THESE PROTESTS. THEY HAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF POLICE IN MASS WITH BATONS BEATING BACK THESE PROTESTERS. THEY’RE ALSO GOING INTO THEIR HOMES AND ARRESTING THEM. THEY’VE GOT HUNDREDS OF THEM IN THE JAILHOUSES, AND THEYRE GAVING THEM IN SOME CASES EIGHT-YEAR SENTENCES FOR CONDUCTING — GIVING THEM IN SOME CASES EIGHT-YEAR SENTENCES FOR CONDUCTING WHATEVER WHO HAS OBSERVED IT HAS SAID IT’S BEEN A PEACEFUL CIVIL PROTEST ON THE PART OF THE DEMONSTRATORS. MELISSA: WOW, SOMETHING TO WATCH FOR SURE.

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