The US military is not ready, says U.S. Strategic Command Admiral. He slapped a huge warning label that the ‘big one’ is closer than most think and the US will get caught unprepared.
The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, warned during a conference this week that America’s military has fallen behind that of China and may not be ready or able to deliver if “the big one” comes. And according to the Admiral, that could happen much sooner than most people think. (Wall Street Journal, subscription required):
“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine revealed the fading power of America’s military deterrent, a fact that too few of our leaders seem willing to admit in public. So it is encouraging to hear a senior flag officer acknowledge the danger in a way that we hope is the start of a campaign to educate the American public.
“This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warmup,” Navy Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said this week at a conference. “The big one is coming. And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested” for “a long time.”
How bad is it? Well, the admiral said, “As I assess our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking. It is sinking slowly, but it is sinking, as fundamentally they are putting capability in the field faster than we are.”
For those who refuse to pay to real WSJ (I can’t blame you), I think it’s important to make it clear that the Admiral goes on to explain that he’s not referring to specifically a nuclear threat. His comments are directed toward any military action and the United State’s current readiness to take on a full-scale conflict.
I know there is a growing fear of nuclear war, and it’s not unjustified but the Admiral doesn’t seem to believe that’s what’s on the horizon. With tensions growing amount the world’s superpowers a conflict of some kind is pretty likely. The Admiral is trying to convey that the US government has allowed the military to slip. His warning should be a wake-up call for officials to get their priorities in order and lay off of this ‘woke’ agenda nonsense.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.