With reports that the U.S. will station 20 new nuclear weapons in Germany, U.S. “offensive and aggressive language” toward Russia can lead to a nuclear war, according to a former U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.
Commenting on the Pentagon’s recent re-evaluation of contingency plans for a potential warfare with Russia, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski said the U.S. sees Russia as a competitor.
“Russia has gold and Russia doesn’t have the kind of debt that United States has,” Kwiatkowski said in an interview with RT. “So, in that respect Russia is a challenger and a competitor just in terms of financial leadership.”
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Moscow is a competitor for global leadership and power, and Washington sees that, according to Kwiatkowski.
“And the Pentagon’s job – because they don’t really believe that they should share power – in a unipolar world is to dominate,” the Colonel said and added that that’s the reason why Russia is going to be at the top of the list of threats to Washington now more than it was at the end of the Cold War.
The Colonel warned that the type of “offensive and aggressive” language the U.S. is using toward Russia can “very possibly” lead to the use of nuclear weapons, which would be a “tremendous disaster.”
Kwiatkowski noted that over the last 30 years, the U.S. has been occupied in interventions of fourth-rate countries, which do not have nuclear weapons, which is why there has been “no real chance of a nuclear escalation” so far.
“But when you use that same offensive and aggressive language to a country that has nuclear weapons, a country that is on par in many ways to the US in terms of military might and strategic advantage, then you’re talking language that can not only lead to war, but can possibly lead to the use of nuclear weapons which, of course, is a tremendous disaster,” the Colonel said.
U.S. will station nuclear weapons in Germany
ValueWalk reported Tuesday that the U.S. will station new atomic weapons and 20 new nuclear bombs in Germany. Each of the 20 new American nuclear bombs are four times the destructive power of the one that was used on Hiroshima in 1945, according to German media familiar with the nuclear bombs.
In June, Russian Foreign Ministry warned the U.S. against stationing its nuclear weapons in Europe to avoid “dangerous consequences.”
The Kremlin is “concerned” over U.S. plans to station new nuclear weapons in Germany, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
“Such U.S. plans call for concern,” Zakharova said in an interview with Germany’s ZDF television.
Zakharova added that Russia has reduced its non-strategic nuclear arsenals by four times since the 1990s, while the U.S. is not eager to do the same with its own nuclear arsenals.
In June, Putin announced he will add 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russia’s nuclear arsenal by the end of 2015. The new missiles would be able to overcome “even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.”
Putin also added that Russia will aim its armed forces at the territories “from where the threat comes,” and added that “We aren’t moving anywhere.”
U.S. global dominance is ‘shrinking’
ValueWalk reported this week that the U.S. is preparing for a potential war with Russia by re-evaluating its contingency plans for the first time since the end of the Cold War.
The Pentagon feels the need to revise the plans to respond to any potential aggression against any NATO allies given “the actions of Russia,” which has taken sudden interest in Syria earlier this month.
In was reported in June that the U.S. was considering deploying medium-range missiles in Europe and Asia that would be capable of destroying military targets within Russian territory.
The Associated Press then cited an unclassified portion of a report written by the office of General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The report listed four potential weapons that “could assist in closing … a capability gap” if the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, signed between Moscow and Washington in 1987, is violated.
U.S. military dominance, including air force dominance, over the Russians and Chinese is “shrinking,” as said last week by U.S. General Frank Gorenc, commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe. Gorenc’s comments came amid growing fears over the U.S. losing its global dominance because of Russia and China’s increasing military might.
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However, by claiming Russia is the biggest threat to the U.S., the Pentagon is just trying to drive up U.S. military budget, according to Kwiatkowski.
Going up against fourth-rate military powers and doing occupations doesn’t justify a demand for heavy weaponry and hardware, Kwiatkowski argued.
“We can only justify those ‘big ticket’ [military] items when we have opponents that may be able to go up against them. And certainly that makes China and Russia the two big ones on the block…”
ValueWalk reported earlier this month that Russia is the only country in the whole world capable of destroying the U.S., as said by U.S. Ambassador Linton Brooks.
Moscow’s actions in Syria earlier this month have significantly ramped up tensions between Russia and the U.S. The relations between Washington and Moscow have been at its worst since the end of the Cold War.
In September, Russia has stepped up its military presence in Syria, supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the U.S. wants Assad’s government removed from power.