Pentagon: Let's Nuke Russia!
Who knew that President Obama, in comparison to The Donald, was a pacifist.
The Pentagon’s new defense strategy calls for aggressive steps to counter Russia and China, directing the military to retrain its attention on great-power competition after nearly two decades of focusing primarily on Islamist militants and "rogue" nations.
The emphasis of the new National Defense Strategy, unveiled Friday by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, contrasts starkly with the last time the Pentagon developed such a blueprint — in 2014, before Russia joined the Syrian civil war and hacked U.S. political organizations.
...“We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we’re engaged in today," Mattis said, "but great power competition — not terrorism — is now the primary focus of U.S. national security.”
So what does it mean by "primary focus" and "aggressive steps"?
Here's a hint: Duck and Cover!
The front page of Tuesday’s New York Times contained an alarming headline: “Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms.” The article, by David Sanger and William Broad, reported on a leaked draft of the Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, which determines what the role of nuclear weapons should be. This draft departs from previous posture reviews by broadening the range of attacks that could trigger a massive U.S. retaliation, including with nuclear weapons.
Sanger and Broad acknowledge that the draft, which was first published by the Huffington Post, “does not explicitly say that a crippling cyberattack against the United States would be among the extreme circumstances” that would motivate the administration to initiate nuclear war. But, citing former and current officials, Sanger and Broad report that the proposed nuclear doctrine posits this contingency if, in the words of the leaked document, an adversary conducted “non-nuclear strategic attacks … on U.S., allied, or partner civilian population or infrastructure.” In plain English, the Trump team seems to be threatening to nuke anyone who conducts a massively disruptive cyberattack on the power grid or water system of the U.S. or one of its friends.
Well, that sounds reasonable. If someone in Russia shuts off our electricity for a couple hours, then ending all life on Earth is a perfectly reasonable response!
Anyone that says otherwise is a Putin Puppet.
Surprisingly, Democrats disagree with this "logical" strategy.
Because Dems are anti-nuclear holocaust?
Senate Dems are critical because the Trump Administration isn't belligerent enough!
Senate Democrats called on Wednesday for the Trump administration to adopt a set of tougher measures against Russia, although many of their suggestions about improving NATO cyber operations have already been adopted by the alliance.
The senators charged in a 200-page report that the White House lacks a coherent plan to counter Moscow’s efforts at undermining the West.
“Never before has a U.S. president so clearly ignored such a grave and growing threat to U.S. national security,” the report said.
So, nuclear holocaust is simply not tough enough. I'm guessing that means we'll have to build a time machine to go back in history and nuke Russia over and over again.
That'll teach 'em!