By quirk of fate or chance, while the world holds its breath over the crisis in Ukraine, while Washington stumbles toward the centenary of the First World War, Americans who are mindful that “Peace Through Strength” is the best way to avoid war, are meeting in a National Security Action Summit in Washington, D.C. at the Westin Hotel on March 6. We are concerned that not only Democrats, but Republicans too, have lost their way and are insufficiently focused on national security.
In the words of a flyer for the National Security Action Summit:
“A star studded panel of the world’s foremost experts in national security take the stage for a series of candid discussions. Hear from Vice President Dick Cheney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Ambassador John Bolton, former Attorney General John Mukasey and many, many more. Also streaming live on www.HomelandThreats.com experts will analyze critical aspects of our national security and the lack of leadership provided by our elected officials in mitigating threats to our nation. This event is brought to you FREE by EMPact America and co-sponsored by Breitbart. For more information visit http://www.HomelandThreats.com”;
Ukraine A Global Crisis
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine starkly highlights that Washington is asleep at the wheel of America’s national security–with dangerous consequences for the entire world. If Ukraine falls and is re-conquered by the New Russian Empire, or becomes again a Russian satellite, the consequences for European and global stability are momentous and ominous.
Ukraine is the largest nation in Eastern Europe, a country as large as France, a geostrategically crucial territory that has been a pathway for invasions and the crossroads of armies during two world wars and throughout history.
If Ukraine is annexed or becomes again part of Moscow’s sphere, the Russian frontier will again directly confront NATO in central Europe. And the new NATO member states in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland are no match for the Russian Army. Nor are the traditional NATO member states of Western Europe what they were during the Cold War. They are no match for the modernized Russian Army.
Now that the U.S. has dismantled virtually all of its tactical nuclear weapons, and under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) conceded a virtual monopoly of some 3,000-8,000 tactical nuclear weapons to Moscow, Russia is arguably the world’s only remaining military superpower.
Beyond Europe, if Ukraine falls, it will be a green light for aggression throughout the world by China, North Korea, Iran and other rogue states whose territorial aspirations, support of terrorism and other dangerous behavior has been checked by the credibility of U.S. military power and leadership.
President Barak Obama as commander in chief, and his slavishly obedient Democrat Party that blindly follows his lead everywhere, are primarily to blame for the steep decline in U.S. credibility that has contributed to the debacle in Ukraine.
President Obama and the Democrats have deeply slashed the defense budget, hollowing out the U.S. military and greatly reducing readiness. President Obama has already reduced the U.S. Navy to its smallest size since 1915 and plans to shrink the U.S. Army to its numbers in 1940–which unimpressive military posture tempted Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany to attack the United States in 1941.
Today, the U.S. could not perform the military miracles that were the First and Second Persian Gulf Wars.
President Obama and the Democrats have so neglected the U.S. nuclear deterrent that its credibility is in doubt. The numbers of U.S. strategic nuclear weapons slashed under New START will not support even the minimum deterrent required for Mutual Assured Destruction. Instead, Russia under New START not only continues to have an Assured Destruction capability against the United States, but also enough strategic weapons to launch a disarming first strike, as well as the virtual monopoly on tactical nuclear weapons noted above.
Never before in history has Moscow been allowed to capture overall superiority in the nuclear balance.
Today, the United States does not enjoy the numerical and technological advantages in the nuclear balance that, during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, made Moscow blink. Indeed, the balance of nuclear firepower is now reversed to heavily favor Russia.
Moreover, President Obama and the Democrats appear to have no real understanding that the nuclear deterrent is America’s ultimate weapon, the most formidable and ultimate guarantor of U.S. security and that of our allies. Minuteman missileers and strategic bomber crews are deeply demoralized under a commander in chief who does not grasp the importance of their mission. Mistakes are being made by missile and bomber crews. The general in charge of Minuteman intercontinental missiles has been fired for drunkenness.
The Republicans are to blame too.
Many of us who have dedicated our professional lives to national security have been urging congressional Republicans and the party to use their bully pulpits to educate the American people about the threats, to hold hearings and press conferences and use every opportunity to rally the people to support national defense. National security used to be the strongest pillar of the Republican Party.
But we are being told the people are war weary and do not care about national security issues any more. Too many Republicans want to hunker down, keep a low profile from a hostile press, and hope that ObamaCare will destroy the Democrats and bring Republicans back to power by default.
Why have Republicans in Congress failed to hold high-profile hearings on the following?
In 2013, Russia conducted a major military exercise, ZAPAD-13, that simulated an invasion of NATO member states, including a nuclear strike on Poland.
In 2013, China broadcast on television and in state-run media a documentary on how the Peoples Liberation Army would wage nuclear war against the United States, describing in detail how they plan nuclear strikes on cities and fallout patterns designed to kill millions of Americans.
In 2013, U.S. experts and Israeli analysts warned that Iran probably already has nuclear weapons–that it is too late to stop Tehran from building the Islamic Bomb.
Last but not least, over the past two years, I warned senior members of Congress about Russia’s designs on Ukraine, and urged them to rally support for imprisoned U.S. ally Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, and for the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to live in freedom.
Imagine if House Republicans made a cause celebre of Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukrainian self-determination. Perhaps the Obama Administration would have been emboldened to be more assertive about Ukrainian independence and non-interference from Moscow. Perhaps the current crisis might have been avoided. Who knows? Now we shall never know.
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