Defense Secretary Ash Carter accused Russia of endangering world order due to their invasion of the Ukraine and their loose talk of nuclear weapons. Currently, the U.S Defense Establishment is looking for new ways to stop Russian aggression and protect U.S allies.
Cater stated that "most disturbing, Moscow's nuclear saber-rattling raises questions about Russian leaders' commitment to strategic stability, their respect for norms against the use of nuclear weapons, and whether they respect the profound caution nuclear-age leaders showed with regard to the brandishing of nuclear weapons". This is possibly the strongest statement he has released about Russia thus far. However he then continues with the following statement: “[The United States does not] seek a cold, let alone a hot, war with Russia. [The United States does not] seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake; the United States will defend [its’] interests, [it’s] allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords us all."
People speculate that Carter has made these statements is because over the past few decades, the U.S has dominated great-power relations. However with Russia (as well as China) reasserting itself through talk of nuclear weapons and the incursion of the Ukraine, the U.S may be feeling a bit threatened.
Carter then blatantly blamed Russia for stirring up trouble in the Middle East and Europe. He states that Russia has been violating sovereignty in the Ukraine and Georgia, as well as trying to intimidate the Baltic States. He also states that Russia has been “throwing gasoline on an already dangerous fire”. By that he means that Russia is only helping to prolong a civil war that “fuels the very extremism Russia claims to oppose”. Carter stated that Putin really hasn’t completely thought through his actions in Syria and that his approach is “way off track”.
He then says that Russia is at the top of the United States’ list of security threats. Russia has reopened 10 Arctic military bases that were closed in 1991 and has been flying more low range air patrols off U.S shores. Due to these actions, Carter says that the United States is modernizing its entire nuclear arsenal.
Carter finally states that China is also on the U.S radar due to its growing influence and growing military and that they have sent our best naval, military weapons, ships, and equipment to that region.
Due to the amount of talk about nuclear weapons, do you think that another nuclear war will happen? If so when? At what point will it be taken to this level? Who do you think will ally with each other?
Carter states that the U.S has started modernizing it's nuclear arsenal, do you think that this is a lie, by which I mean do you think the U.S has just started or has it continually been modernizing nuclear weapons under wrap? Why or why not?
If you had to access the threat level to the United States at this point what would you say its at (0 no threat-10 huge threat)? Why or why not?