Category Archives: U.S.

NATO Prepares For War With Russia As If Inevitable

Since the conflict in Ukraine, Western military leaders are operating under the assumption that an armed conflict with Vladimir Putin’s Russia will eventually happen. Signs of tension are everywhere.

In the Baltic nations, Scandinavia, and across Eastern Europe, the question is no longer if there will be war with Russia, but when.

Since its intervention in Ukraine two years ago, Moscow hasn’t missed an opportunity to provoke its neighbors and escalate tensions. It has repeatedly violated the airspace shared by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and amassed troops on its western border. Russia has also deepened its cyber warfare campaign by intensifying its hacking, propaganda, and disinformation activities. Estonia alone saw a 200% increase in such attacks since last year.

NATO Prepares For War With Russia As If Inevitable

If the U.S. and China Go to War: The Battle of the Senkakus | The National Interest

Editor’s note: The following is a translation of Chapter 7 of the book If the U.S. and China Go to War by the author and analyst Chen Pokong. The current volume was published in Chinese in 2013 and was later translated to Japanese. It presents a range of potential conflict scenarios between China and the United States, including what may trigger conflict, and what the order of events may be.

Chapter 7 of the book presents a hypothetical scenario involving “Brother Choy,” an eager Chinese patriot based in Hong Kong, and shows how the activism of groups like this around the Senkaku Islands might easily lead to a conflict that quickly spirals out of control. With continued tensions in the region, the chapter makes for sobering reading.

If the U.S. and China Go to War: The Battle of the Senkakus | The National Interest

US military uses 8″ floppy disks to coordinate nuclear operations

Report says many Federal IT systems use outdated and unsupported software and hardware that are ‘at least 50 years old’ in some cases

Maybe they use the ’80s flick “War Games” as a training film, too.

The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation’s nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals.

The Defense Department’s 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.

US military uses 8″ floppy disks to coordinate nuclear operations

Don’t start a fire in Asia, China warns Obama after Vietnam arms embargo lifted

China warned President Obama on Tuesday not to spark a fire in Asia after he announced the lifting of a long-standing embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam.

Obama unveiled the historic step on Monday during his first visit to Vietnam, insisting the move was “not based on China” while simultaneously acknowledging that Washington and Hanoi share a common concern about China’s actions in the South China Sea.

Beijing, not surprisingly, was unimpressed. It has a complex relationship with its southern neighbor: The two governments are united in their communist ideology and distaste for Western democracy but are historical adversaries and fought their latest border war in 1979. They now fiercely contest sovereignty over many small islands in the South China Sea.

Don’t start a fire in Asia, China warns Obama after Vietnam arms embargo lifted

Is War with China Now Inevitable?

China is acting like it wants a war. It probably doesn’t, but it doesn’t want the United States to know that. China’s communist leaders know they must keep growing the economy and improving the lives of their citizens, or risk revolution and the loss of power. They also know that they are on a clock: Within the next ten years, China’s recently amended one-child policy will invert the country’s economy, forcing that one child to pay the medical and retirement costs of his two parents and four grandparents. Under these circumstances, the state will need to begin allocating additional resources toward the care of its citizens and away from its burgeoning national-security apparatus. China has to lock down its sphere of influence soon, becoming great before becoming old. It’s time for Chinese leaders to go big or go home, and they’re slowly growing desperate.

Is War with China Now Inevitable?

 

 

A fast-growing U.S. movement armed with guns and the Constitution sees a dire threat to liberty

Those in the movement call themselves patriots, demanding that the federal government adhere to the Constitution and stop what they see as systematic abuse of land rights, gun rights, freedom of speech and other liberties.

Law enforcement officials call them dangerous, delusional and sometimes violent, and say that their numbers are growing amid a wave of anger at the government that has been gaining strength since 2008, a surge that coincided with the election of the first black U.S. president and a crippling economic recession.

Soper started his group, which consists of about 30 men, women and children from a handful of families, two years ago as a “defensive unit” against “all enemies foreign and domestic.” Mainly, he’s talking about the federal government, which he thinks is capable of unprovoked aggression against its own people.

A fast-growing U.S. movement armed with guns and the Constitution sees a dire threat to liberty

5 Navy Officers Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Trying to Attack US Warship

At least five officers of the Pakistan Navy received death sentences in a secret military trial for allegedly trying to hijack a Pakistan Navy vessel to attack a U.S. Navy refueling ship, Daily Pakistan reports.

The officers were convicted of planning and orchestrating the September 6, 2014, attack on the Karachi Naval Dockyard located at Pakistan’s Arabian Sea coast. The attack was thwarted by Pakistani military personnel with purportedly two attackers killed and four arrested alive (some sources cite 10 killed, including four rogue naval officers).

The attackers allegedly attempted to hijack the F-22P Zulfiquar-class frigate Zulfiqar, the lead ship of its class, with the intention of using the ship’s missiles to attack a U.S. Navy refuel vessel in the Arabian Sea (other sources claim that the target was a U.S. aircraft carrier).

5 Navy Officers Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Trying to Attack US Warship

Noy: US military must act if China claims Scarborough

The United States would be obligated to take military action in the South China Sea if China moved to reclaim a hotly contested reef directly off Philippine shores, President Aquino said Thursday.

Aquino said he had no indication that China had imminent plans to develop the reef, known as Panatag or Scarborough Shoal, which sits 185 nautical miles from Manila.

But he suggested that there would be a harsh response if China decided to do so, saying that in his view the United States would be forced to defend the Philippines or risk losing its credibility in the region.

Noy: US military must act if China claims Scarborough

China warns U.S: We’re ready ‘for repeat of Korean War or Vietnam’ | Daily Mail Online

China has warned the United States not to ‘stir up any conflict’ in the South China Sea and said it was ready to replay the Korean War or Vietnam if provoked.

Liu Zhenmin, a vice minister in China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: ‘The Chinese people do not want to have war, so we will be opposed to U.S. if it stirs up any conflict.

‘Of course, if the Korean War or Vietnam War are replayed, then we will have to defend ourselves.’

China warns U.S: We’re ready ‘for repeat of Korean War or Vietnam’ | Daily Mail Online

Of course China does not want war. It wants us to sit back and let it take the South China Sea. Why would it want war?

Do you notice how the US is doing basically nothing as the threat of nuclear war with China and/or Russia looms? It’s not even cutting off all trade with China. Apparently, US leaders are living in another world.