The report from the Strategic Posture Commission came out amid the burgeoning tensions with China over Taiwan and other issues as well as the dragging and prolonged conflict of Ukraine with Russia. "The United States and its allies must be ready to deter and defeat both adversaries simultaneously," the commission said. "The U.S.-led international order and the values it upholds are at risk from the Chinese and Russian authoritarian regimes." (Related: WWIII looms: Biden administration working on another PROXY WAR involving Taiwan and China.)
The Chinese and Russian threats will become acute in the 2027-2035 timeframe so "decisions need to be made now in order for the nation to be prepared," included the 145-page report. The paper also said the 30-year U.S. nuclear arms modernization program, which began in 2010 and was estimated in 2017 to cost around $400 billion by 2046, must be fully funded to upgrade all warheads, delivery systems and infrastructure on schedule. It also recommended deploying more tactical nuclear weapons in Asia and Europe; developing plans to deploy some or all reserve U.S. nuclear warheads; and production of more B-21 stealth bombers and new Columbia-class nuclear submarines beyond the numbers now planned.
The panel also called for boosting the "size, type and posture" of U.S. and allied conventional forces. If such measures are not taken, the United States "will likely" have to increase its reliance on nuclear weapons, the report said.
According to Reuters, a senior official involved in the report declined to say if the panel's intelligence briefings showed any Chinese and Russian nuclear weapons cooperation. "We worry ... there may be ultimate coordination between them in some way, which gets us to this two-war construct," the official said on condition of anonymity.
For ZeroHedge's Tyler Durden, the report appears to be nothing more than a piece by a ghostwriter for the "military-industrial complex and the deep state, both of which stand to make quadrillions should the U.S. jump right into the coming world war." Durden further highlighted some details, such as the Congress creating the said panel of six Democrats and six Republicans to assess long-term threats to the United States and recommend changes in U.S. conventional and nuclear forces back in 2022. It accepted a Pentagon forecast that China's rapid nuclear arsenal expansion likely will give it 1,500 nuclear warheads by 2035, confronting America with a second major nuclear-armed rival for the first time.
Madelyn Creedon, a former deputy head of the agency that oversees U.S. nuclear weapons, and the vice chair, Jon Kyl, a retired Republican senator urged investing in war expenditures in the report’s preface. "We do recognize budget realities, but we also believe the nation must make these investments," they claimed.
Kyl said the president and Congress must "take the case to the American people" that higher defense spending is a small price to pay "to hopefully preclude" a possible nuclear war involving the United States, China and Russia. Further drowning Americans into the deep Bidenflation, these neocons are recommending doubling defense spending to $2 trillion in order to "deter not one but two nuclear powers."
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden sees an opportunity to promote “world peace” by supporting and funding his “proxy wars.”
Bang up job so far, Chief. https://t.co/Ua3dutXx9o
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 16, 2023
Seemingly hyping the report, during his speech at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken unveiled the United States' multipronged strategy amid intensifying competition with China because according to him, China poses the "most serious long-term challenge to the international order."
As per Blinken, the Biden administration's strategy can be summed up in three words: invest, align and compete. "We will invest in the foundations of our strength here at home – our competitiveness, innovation and democracy. We will align our efforts with our network of allies and partners acting with common purpose and in common cause, and harnessing these two key assets we’ll compete with China to defend our interests and build our vision for the future." He stressed that Biden is not seeking to block Beijing's role as a "major power," but is looking to protect what he called the "rules-based order," which he said maintains global stability and has enabled China's own rise.
However, he complained that the East Asian nation has become "more repressive at home and more aggressive abroad" under the rule of President Xi Jinping. "We see that in how Beijing has perfected mass surveillance within China and exported that technology to more than 80 countries. How it's advancing unlawful maritime claims in the South China Sea, undermining peace and security, freedom of navigation and commerce," he said.
The U.S. secretary of state also cited China's close ties with Russia, which have persisted after the invasion of Ukraine despite Washington's warnings. Liu Pengyu spokesperson for China’s Washington embassy told Reuters that China and the U.S. stand to gain from cooperation and lose from confrontation but also admitted the relationship was "at a critical crossroads."
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