US Joint Chiefs Chairman Nominee Calls Russia America’s “Greatest Threat”
by Stephen Lendman
General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. isn’t called “Fighting Joe” for nothing. In Thursday Senate Armed Services Committee testimony, he said “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.”
“If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia. If you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming.”
In written testimony, Dunford mentioned “aggression” 15 times – referring to Russia. In wanting more military spending, he cited sequestration effects almost as often.
“What keeps me up at night is our ability to respond to the unexpected,” he claimed. “On balance, our force can deal with challenges that we have now. But there is very little residual capability” – a clear request for greater military spending.
He wants Washington arming Ukraine’s fascist junta more heavily than already. He endorses greater US-led NATO buildup along Russia’s borders – a reckless provocation risking direct confrontation when everything should be done to prevent it.
America is by far the greatest threat to world peace. Dunford is one of many reasons why. Washington is infested with likeminded lunatics – including politicians from both parties, bureaucrats and Pentagon warriors, supporting endless wars, risking the unthinkable by provocatively challenging Russia and China.
On Wednesday, US Air Force Secretary Deborah James called Russia “the biggest threat…This is no time to in any way signal a lack of resolve in the face of…Russian actions,” she blustered.
On the sidelines of the Ufa, Russia BRICS summit, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented, saying:
“We have become accustomed to these statements that we hear now and then from Washington about what global threats the United States considers ‘major’ or ‘minor.’ ”
“We have also become accustomed to the fact that the military (secretaries of defence, representatives of the Joint Chiefs of Staff…the US Air Force, and other branches of the military) regularly make statements that, in general, should be made by the politicians.”
“Of course, we are concerned by the fact that this creates an artificial atmosphere of animosity. It has absolutely nothing to do with the reality or Russia’s plans and actions.”
“We do have channels to maintain dialogue with Washington. I can assure you that no such hysterical statements are made in the course of regular, level-headed contacts.”
“We are told that all this should be attributed to the need to somehow ‘reassure’ public opinion, and show the American public that ‘Washington remains vigilant,’ and no threats will compromise the security of the United States.”
“We have a philosophical approach to this. We regularly remind our American colleagues that the public opinion to which they are trying to respond is a problem of their own making.”
“First, they make allegations against us, and public opinion starts running high. Later, they start citing public opinion when they take practical rather than rhetorical steps, and proceed to build up NATO’s military infrastructure near our borders in violation of the commitments made by NATO under the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security that was signed by Russia and NATO.”
Tough talk from US officials comes at a time America’s only enemies and threats are ones it invents.
It stokes fear irresponsibly, manipulates public opinion to believe greater spending is needed for increased US military strength to protect national security, and get other NATO members to spend more for weapons – supplied by US defense firms benefitting their bottom line interests.
A previous article discussed the Pentagon’s new National Military Strategy – calling Russia, China, Iran and North Korea threats to global peace, signaling possible new wars against US adversaries.
Joint Chiefs chairman General Martin Dempsey said America likely “face(s) prolonged campaigns (rather) than conflicts that are resolved quickly.” America’s military must remain “globally engaged.”
The Pentagon document states America intends “to project power across all domains…act in concert with others…or unilaterally (as) the situation demands.”
In other words, Dempsey and other Joint Chiefs urge waging endless wars of aggression against invented enemies. Perhaps they include against one or more of the above nations they claim threaten global peace.
When lunatics run the asylum, all bets are off. It shows in Washington’s permanent war agenda – against one invented enemy after another assuring peace in our time is pure fantasy.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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