A top U.S. admiral says that the U.S. military is totally unprepared to fight a big war against any of our major world opponents.
The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, is warning that we are not even remotely ready for a real, hard war, especially against our biggest foe, China.
Adm. Richard says if the “big one” comes, we are in deep trouble.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine revealed the fading power of America’s military deterrent, a fact that too few of our leaders seem willing to admit in public. So it is encouraging to hear a senior flag officer acknowledge the danger in a way that we hope is the start of a campaign to educate the American public.
“This Ukraine crisis that we’re in right now, this is just the warmup,” Navy Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said this week at a conference. “The big one is coming. And it isn’t going to be very long before we’re going to get tested in ways that we haven’t been tested” for “a long time.”
How bad is it? Well, the admiral said, “As I assess our level of deterrence against China, the ship is slowly sinking. It is sinking slowly, but it is sinking, as fundamentally they are putting capability in the field faster than we are.”
We have neglected our military pretty badly over the last 30 years.
Our nuclear weapons are degrading and need updating, of vaunted F35 jet fighter is a serious bust, our navy is the smallest it has been in a hundred years, and our armies are seriously understaffed.Commentary