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U.S. Strategic Command warns of possible adversarial ‘nuclear use’

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U.S. Strategic Command suggested its adversaries may consider nuclear use in a statement released on Twitter Monday night.

“Posture Statement Preview: The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option,” the account tweeted just before Midnight on Monday.

Many users replied to the tweet questioning the meaning behind it.

“What does this all mean?” One user asked.

“What’s a worse option than nuclear?” Another user questioned.

“That’s a pretty ominous statement…” Someone else replied.

According to the Daily Mail, every year, the U.S. Strategic Command submits a Posture Review Statement to inform Congress of the current status of the roles, commitments, accomplishments, plans and needs of the agency.

It also determines the command’s readiness for combat, its strategic vision and likely causes of conflict in the near future.

According to a USSTRATCOM spokesperson, the tweet was a preview to testimony that will be given this week.

Commander Charles Richard will give a testimony to the House Armed Services Committee and the Senate Committee on Armed Services on Wednesday.

The purpose of the hearing is “to receive testimony in advance of the FY22 budget request in the context of overall posture of United States Strategic Forces and the stand-up of Space Command,” according to the House Armed Services Committee.

“We will provide strategic deterrence for the Nation and assurance of the same to our Allies and partners,” Richards said in a statement. “If deterrence fails, we are prepared to deliver a decisive response, decisive in every possible way; and … we will do this with a resilient, equipped, and trained combat-ready force.”

“A powerful, ready triad; a survivable nuclear command, control, and communications (NC3) system; and a responsive nuclear weapons infrastructure are the foundation that enables strategic deterrence and assurance which is fundamental to our survival as a Nation, and deters adversaries from conducting nuclear and non-nuclear strategic attacks against our Nation, our Allies, and our partners,” the statement continues.

“To be clear, nuclear deterrence is the highest priority mission of the Department of Defense – our deterrent underwrites every U.S. military operation around the world and is the foundation and backstop of our national defense.”

Follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Blood Money: New book shows how Bidens received $5M from Chinese criminal gang leader responsible for fentanyl pipeline to U.S.

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Peter Schweizer detailed in his new book, Blood Money: Why the Powerful Turn a Blind Eye While China Kills Americans how Joe Biden is directly connected to the harrowing fentanyl crisis in the United States.

Breitbart.com reports on the revealing new book by Schweizer:

While Joe Biden was vice president, the Bidens developed a business partnership with a Chinese tycoon named Ye Jianming, the chairman of CEFC China Energy Co., which had strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Throughout Ye’s relationship with the Bidens, he “showered” some members of the Biden family with money, Schweizer reported. Hunter Biden received a three-carat diamond worth $80,000; and in July 2017, Ye’s company gave the Bidens a $5 million, interest-free, forgivable loan.

…But Ye also enjoyed a partnership with the former leader of a Chinese triad called the United Bamboo Gang (UBG), Schweizer detailed in Blood Money.  Ye’s partner’s name was Zhang Anle or, as he is commonly known, the “White Wolf.”

Ye’s business relationship blossomed with the “White Wolf,” Schweizer explains Blood Money. Schweizer writes that “White Wolf” became an important partner of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico:

Ye and White Wolf set up the Shanghai Zhenrong Petroleum Company together. White Wolf’s gang, UBG, also has a “partnership” with Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and helps them in the production and distribution of fentanyl in the United States. UBG helped to turn “the Sinaloa Cartel into the King of Fentanyl,” according to a Mexican investigation of the cartel.

White Wolf had been arrested and convicted in the 1980s on drug-trafficking and racketeering charges in the United States. The UBG is involved extensively in the international drug trade, having sold heroin in the United States for decades. As one government report stated, “It is believed the gang is active in several U.S. cities, including Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Miami, Phoenix, and various California cities. The UBG has built up a sophisticated network capable of supplying members with guns, narcotics, and fraudulent identifications.” White Wolf also has close ties with the Beijing government; senior Communist Party officials call him “Big Brother.” The fact that a Chinese businessman who showered millions on the Bidens is partners with a crime syndicate partnering in the distribution of fentanyl into the United States might be shocking enough. But there is more.

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