The term “nuclear war” was scary enough back in the 1960s and ’70s.
Only now that the U.S. government has been openly commandeered by leftist radicals, who have turned Washington D.C. into an unaccountable armed camp of razor wire, barricades and National Guard troops with seemingly no visible mission, the words bring a whole new kind of chill.
It has taken only a few short months to go from the “peace through economic prosperity” credo of the Trump administration to an atmosphere of international dread, aggression, and now the threat of nuclear war as voiced by a U.S. Navy admiral.
Nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia or China is “a real possibility” now because Beijing and Moscow are “aggressively challenging” the peace of the world “in ways not seen since the Cold War,” warns four-star Adm. Charles A. Richard, who is in charge of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), which oversees America’s nuclear arsenal.
Richard cited Russian and Chinese “cyber attacks and threats in space” as possible reasons to envelope the globe and all its people in fire. The countries are “taking advantage of the global pandemic to advance their national agendas,” he said.
Only after planting the seeds of dread in an article in Proceedings, a journal published by the U.S. Naval Institute, the Navy officer hastened to add that at STRATCOM “we assess the probability of nuclear use is low.”
So which is it?
The U.S. “cannot dismiss or ignore events that currently appear unlikely but, should they occur, would have catastrophic consequences,” Richard writes, going on to say that the Pentagon must prepare for worst-case scenarios even if the likelihood of nuclear war is low.
Richard states that Russia and China “continue to build capability and exert themselves globally.”
Possibly laying the groundwork for new wars overseas, Richard also said that American assertiveness would send a reassuring message to allies who are in harm’s way.