Last month, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken argued that the next few years may see Washington facing a “growing rivalry” from Moscow and Beijing.
The US Department of Defence (DoD) shares the Strategic Command (STRATCOM) chief’s concerns about a possible nuclear war with Russia or China, but does not want an escalation “on that scale”, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters on Wednesday.
The remarks came after STRATCOM head, Admiral Charles Richard, pointed out a possible worst-case scenario in an article published on the US Naval Institute website earlier this month.
He urged the US military to shift its “principal assumption from ‘nuclear employment is not possible’ to ‘nuclear employment is a very real possibility’, and act to meet and deter that reality”.
The admiral went even further by touting the DoD’s efforts to counter terrorism and accusing Russia and China of “aggressively” challenging “international norms and global peace using instruments of power and threats of force in ways not seen since the height of the Cold War”.
US Faces World of ‘Growing Rivalry’ With Russia
The allegations were preceded by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arguing last month that America is going to “engage the world not as it was, but as it is”, referring to “a world of rising nationalism” and “receding democracy”.
The claims came after reports emerged in December that the Biden team might consider a spate of options “to punish” Moscow…