One possible explanation Kremlin leaders might offer after the dust settles is that Russia's missiles were launched because their "doomsday machine" was setoff by, for instance, Israeli and/or U.S. use of tactical nuclear weapons.
Really, Moscow can only make this stuff up.
In the 1964 classic movie, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the threat of nuclear annihilation of America is realized because, unbeknownst to Washington, Moscow had introduced a "Doomsday Machine" geared to automatically launch a massive nuclear retaliatory attack against the U.S. in the event that a nuclear strike on Russian territory is detected. In the movie, Dr. Strangelove points out that there's no point to keeping such a device secret since, to deter a preemptive attack, the other side has to be aware of its existence. To this, the Russian ambassador responds that the Soviet Premier was to announce the doomsday machine at the Party Congress the following Monday....a tad too late:
Recently Russian sources have been leaking to the West the existence of a doomsday machine in reality.
Valery Yarynich glances nervously over his shoulder. Clad in a brown leather jacket, the 72-year-old former Soviet colonel is hunkered in the back of the dimly lit Iron Gate restaurant in Washington, DC. It's March 2009—the Berlin Wall came down two decades ago—but the lean and fit Yarynich is as jumpy as an informant dodging the KGB. He begins to whisper, quietly but firmly.
"The Perimeter system is very, very nice," he says. "We remove unique responsibility from high politicians and the military." He looks around again.
Yarynich is talking about Russia's doomsday machine. That's right, an actual doomsday device—a real, functioning version of the ultimate weapon, always presumed to exist only as a fantasy of apocalypse-obsessed science fiction writers and paranoid über-hawks. The thing that historian Lewis Mumford called "the central symbol of this scientifically organized nightmare of mass extermination." Turns out Yarynich, a 30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces and Soviet General Staff, helped build one.
The point of the system, he explains, was to guarantee an automatic Soviet response to an American nuclear strike. Even if the US crippled the USSR with a surprise attack, the Soviets could still hit back. It wouldn't matter if the US blew up the Kremlin, took out the defense ministry, severed the communications network, and killed everyone with stars on their shoulders. Ground-based sensors would detect that a devastating blow had been struck and a counterattack would be launched.
Of course, if they have such a doomsday machine, why has Moscow kept it secret given that such a device serves no deterrent purpose unless, as Dr. Strangelove highlighted, Washington is aware of its existence? Purportedly the reason is that Russia's "Perimeter" auto-launch system is simply meant for backup in case there's a total breakdown of command-and-control-and-communication (C3) in the event of war. Of course, the C3 behind the Russian strategic nuclear arsenal is so incredibly secure and redundant this is an implausible concern.
I personally doubt there really is any sort of Russian doomsday machine. The risks of having such a system in place are simply too high since accidental nuclear war could be triggered by unanticipated causes like a terrorist nuclear attack, asteroids colliding with the earth, etc.
So why is a "30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces and Soviet General Staff" telling the world about a Russian "Perimeter" doomsday machine?
I believe in order to set the stage for a coming premeditated, full-scale nuclear attack against the West that, after the dust settles, will be made out to be the "Jews' fault".
Let's say Israel strikes Iran's nuclear sites and all-out war erupts in the Middle East. Next, Russia provides military support to its Iranian and Syrian allies. (God knows whether or not Obama will militarily support Israel.) Eventually, Israel, facing possible annihilation, resorts to nuclear force against its adversaries. Suddenly an all-out Russian nuclear attack is unleashed on the U.S., U.K. and strategic NATO targets around the world catching the West by surprise (in that a full-scale Russian thermonuclear onslaught was not anticipated). After the dust settles, with America and NATO completely vanquished, Moscow can claim what happened was caused by the Jews who triggered a Russian doomsday machine by their use of nuclear weapons.
Of course, as with most of what the world is told by Russia's ruling elite, this will be a total lie.