By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Today, the Pentagon released a new nuclear arms policy that does away with the Obama-era of downsizing our arsenal and kneeling before our enemies. It calls for the introduction of two new types of weapons. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said in an introductory note to the new policy that the changes reflect a need to “look reality in the eye” and “see the world as it is, not as we wish it to be.” In other words, the US is back and we are reinstating and growing the greatest military on the face of the planet.
While Obama laughingly talked about a moral obligation to lead by example in ridding the world of nuclear weapons while baring our throat to our enemies, Trump and Mattis are leading the military in building might and strength. We won’t be the ones cowering in a corner anymore… our enemies will instead know the terror of picking a fight with the world’s foremost super power. Mattis is now fingering Russia and China as our biggest enemies, with Iran and North Korea rounding out the axis of evil.
“Over the course of the last several years, Russia and China have been building new types and kinds of nuclear weapons, both delivery systems and actual warheads,” Air Force General Paul J. Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told journalists earlier this week. “We have not, which means the capability of Russian and Chinese nuclear arsenals is actually getting better against ours.” Which is something I have been writing on since Obama came into power. Now, we find ourselves in a dangerous position of playing catch-up with weaponry and forces. President Trump vowed to expand and strengthen our military forces as well as our nuclear capabilities. That is now becoming a reality, thank God. Trump also vowed during his State of the Union address on Tuesday to build a nuclear arsenal “so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression.”
Russia has now reemerged as a geopolitical foe, because as I have said for years, the Cold War never ended… it shifted. China has roared to the forefront as well. Both have invested heavily in their nuclear arsenals and cyber weaponry. North Korea is now very close to having the capability of striking the US homeland with a nuclear warhead or taking out our power grid with an EMP. Both Russia and China have developed EMP weapons to target low altitude satellites that would blind us in a war scenario and take out our infrastructure. Nuclear war is now a very real threat. Sweden just issued pamphlets warning of imminent war… the first real conflict they have seen in more than 100 years.
War could break out at any time, but right after the Olympics is the timing that the military is watching very carefully in regards to North Korea. Russia is making moves not only in Syria, but on other European fronts. China is gearing up for war in the South China Sea. The policy unveiled Friday envisions the introduction of so-called “low-yield nukes” on submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Make no mistake, we already know the roster of the enemy when war comes this time. We’re still very sketchy who will be our allies however. White House officials want the Pentagon to come up with more options for a military strike against North Korea… whether that is true or not, as President Trump has said, we have run out of road.
Russia possesses a large arsenal of small nuclear weapons that the United States mostly lacks. We need to fix that and fast. The Pentagon worries that Moscow could seize part or all of a US ally state and then detonate a small nuclear weapon to prevent American troops from coming to the rescue. That is a very real threat. Washington would be forced to choose between launching a much larger scale nuclear attack on Russia or responding with less serious conventional arms that would make Washington look weak. The Pentagon says it wants a proportionate weapon to match the threat.
The Pentagon’s new policy also covers longer-term plans to reintroduce a nuclear submarine-launched cruise missile called a SLCM (“slick-em”), which the administration of President George H.W. Bush stopped deploying and the Obama administration ordered removed from our stockpiles. These weapons could reassure Japan and South Korea that we can handle threats from North Korea and put pressure on Russia to stop violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Communists and liberals are screaming over this. Too freaking bad. If we are to survive as a nation, we must deter war with a massive show of strength. That’s all that bullies such as Russian, China, Iran and North Korea understand. And yes, a crippling cyber-attack is an act of war. The US would only ever use nuclear weapons in “extreme circumstances.” The same cannot be said for our enemies. Rob Soofer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy, said the introduction of new capabilities should in fact raise the threshold by making Russia less likely to think it can get away with a limited nuclear attack against the United States or its allies.
Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the review was consistent with US policy dating back decades. He said the idea that the United States would revert to a nuclear attack in response to a simple cyber-attack was inaccurate. We are far more likely to launch our own cyber-attack in retaliation. “We reserve the right to use nuclear weapons when our national interests, our population or infrastructure are attacked with significant consequence,” Selva said, suggesting that any such attack that results in a high number of deaths could provoke a US nuclear response.
That’s called peace through strength and that should have always been our policy. A compensatory response is on the table. The US will always respond in kind to being attacked. I am relieved that this policy is going into effect. Our enemies have been put on notice.