The list of possible and credible threats to the United States seems to be growing and growing. Last month, North Korea tested their most powerful nuclear warhead to date and has threatened to wipe out South Korea and the Washington.
China condemned the United States for deploying an advanced missile defense system in South Korea, and called for “all sides” to stop “adding oil to the flames.”
Tensions between the U.S. and China have escalated since Beijing has begun building air strips and reinforced hangars on some man-made islands in the South Sea.
Relations between the U.S. and Russia have gone completely cold as of late. Putin withdrew from a nuclear treaty with Washington, opening the door for them to make more nuclear weapons and a cease-fire disintegrated between the two powers as they both vie for power in war-torn Syria.
Even in last night’s vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, the topic of Iran’s nuclear weapon capabilities was discussed between the two VPs. “Under Secretary Clinton’s leadership… [the United States] worked a tough negotiation with nations around the world to eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program without firing a shot,” Kaine said.
Pence responded by saying, “You didn’t stop the nuclear weapons program. You essentially guaranteed that Iran will someday become a nuclear power because there’s no limitations once the period of time of the treaty comes off.”
Some enemies may see now as a perfect opportunity to take advantage while the U.S. government is in the process of peacefully and democratically selecting the next president. However, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley put an end to any notions that America is weak right now.
“I want to be clear to those who wish to do us harm….the United States military – despite all of our challenges, despite our [operational] tempo, despite everything we have been doing – we will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before. Make no mistake about that,” said Milley.
The General admitted that many nations have used the time when the U.S. is focused on the war on terror as an opportunity to gain on America’s military might.
“”While we focused on the counter-terrorist fight -o ther countries – Russia, Iran, China, North Korea – went to school on us. They studied our doctrine, our tactics, our equipment, our organization, our training, our leadership. And, in turn, they revised their own doctrines, and they are rapidly modernizing their military today to avoid our strengths in hopes of defeating us at some point in the future.”
Milley warned that the next major conflict would “be highly lethal, unlike anything our Army has experienced at least since World War II,” and would most likely involve fighting in “highly populated urban areas.”
Milley told an audience at the Association of the United States Army’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. that the Army will adapt to survive such a dangerous battlefield.
“Make no mistake about it, we can now and we will … retain the capability to rapidly deploy, and we will destroy any enemy anywhere, any time. Our formations will likely have to be small; we will have to move constantly. On the future battlefield, if you stay in one place for longer than two or three hours, you will be dead.”
So now, especially with the presidential election deciding who will be our next commander in chief, national security is on the minds of Americans, but Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has eased our worries quite a bit.
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