Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force Deborah Lee James: Russia Poses ‘Existential Threat’ To US National Security

RT: Russia poses ‘existential threat’ to US national security, Air Force secretary says

The US Air Force views Russia as the greatest challenge to US national security, even when compared to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and North Korea's nuclear ambitions.
“I think the number one threat is Russia. [Russia] is one of the handful of [countries] that could actually present an existential threat to the US,” US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told Fox News' 'America's News HQ' program.

“They have nuclear weapons. They have been acting [in] very aggressive manners in recent years. And they are also investing and are testing military capabilities...that is very worrisome for the United States and to our allies,” she elaborated.

Claiming that the US Air Force is “now globally engaged to deter and to counter” a number of threats, James went on to list them.

“We are facing resurging Russia in Europe and in other parts of the world. We now have a fight against this group called ISIL that did not exist a few short years ago.”

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WNU Editor: At this rate .... everyone is going to be a threat.


Anonymous said...

Where is the commander-in-chief probably playing golf

B.Poster said...

Russia is the number one military threat to the United States. While there may e a time and a place to challenge them, nothing in the world right now is worth it.

Eastern Europe/Ukraine? Not worth it. These people are not Americans, have nothing culturally or philosophically in common with us, generally don't like us, view as low life animals to be used and abused, and are untrustworthy. As such, adopting positions on this similar to Russia's makes much more sense from a pragmatic point of view.

Western Europe? The same things generally apply to them as to Ukraine/Eastern Europe. We would be much better served cutting them loose and focusing on our own interests and our own survival without this dead weight.

Furthermore we need Russian assistance in areas like containing Iran, containing North Korea, and fighting ISIS. Frankly we need their assistance in these areas far more than they need us for anything. Assuming Mrs. Clinton gets elected and assuming America can survive her first 4 year term these things will become readily apparent. At which time, men like Paul Manafort and Carter Page who Mr. Trump selected for his team will become the go-to people for American foreign policy as they are the ones who have forged relations with Russian leaders and their allies and will be the ones most able to negotiate with the Russians that they will trust and respect, at which time Mr. Trump's choices in this area will be vindicated. Prayerfully and hopefully we will not get to that point!!

Try to support Russian positions where and when possible and look for way value can be added to the nation's leaders. This would do more to lessen the threat than pretty much anything else we are currently doing, this and develop all of our own oil and gas supplies along with the refining capacity to process would give us more utility for our national security than anything we are currently doing.

TWN said...

The biggest threat are the So Called Leaders of the big powers, if they don't stop the BS and sit down and talk , we're going to have a very big civilization ending war and nobody is going to enjoy that, except the Chicken Hawks and Neocons and they don't have enough brains to fill a thimble.

B.Poster said...

As far as the "big powers" go, I would include Russia and China on this as well. While America and what it does or does not do receives most of the focus and most of the criticism and perhaps rightly so the actions of Russia and China while not receiving near the amount of attention or negative press that those of the Americans and its "allies" receive is still instrumental in all of this.

While there are areas of compromise that could probably be made with Russia, NATO could be renegotiated, support for Ukraine could be withdrawn, and Crimea could be recognized as part of Russia some compromises such as failing to modernize our nuclear deterrent cannot be. Also, at least in the US some type of missile defense needs to be developed to defend against nations like Iran and North Korea. The notion that the current models can somehow be easily modified to deter a power like Russia is completely ridiculous. Mr. Putin must know this. As such, both sides probably need to make adjustments, as baseless accusations tend to drive people apart.

As to who would enjoy it, I suspect no one would but the Russians and the Chinese would probably dislike it less than the America and the "west" would. While it would be EXTREMELY costly, Russia and China are likely to win such a war. I agree the chicken hawks and neocons lack brains. I would also add the anti-war left to this group as they reflexively, instinctively, and without any thought automatically accept the position of any American enemy without any thought or so it seems. This makes it extremely difficult to mount an effective national defense.