Uncle Sam...thank you for defending that laser system...i hope it lives up to your (and mine) expectations that it can do the job 100% flawlesly when deployed.
Unfortunatly, the era of the ICBM isnt made obsolete by the lasers. It makes the removal problems of the inbound missiles easier but like all things, nothing is impossible.
Its funny how things come around. Back in 1989, after the initial break up of what was the former Soviet Union, I had a young Airman that was bouncing up and down, exclaiming that the old nuclear threat from the USSR was over, and That the US had "won" the conflict. His feces was difitnetly chilled when i told him instead of one potential problem, we now had a possibility of multiple ones, as each now independant Soviet Nation had one kind of threat or another.
Russia is just reminding the world what we really have known all along: they are still part of the nuclear club, and that they can still "participate" in their use.