Milley, expected to become the next chief of staff of the US Army, listed several challenges the US faces, naming Russia the top and biggest existential threat for Washington. He also pointed to Moscow’s overwhelming nuclear capabilities.
“As a soldier, as a military officer, I’d have to say it is Russia,” the general told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Russia is the only country on earth that retains a nuclear capability to destroy the United States. It’s an existential threat.”
U.S. Army General Mark Milley smiles as he begins his testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to become the Army’s chief of staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington July 21, 2015
Not surprisingly then, the general sees the best way to deter what the US hardliners love to call “Russian aggression” (a much discussed yet non-existent phenomenon) by following a dangerous path chosen over a year ago.
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