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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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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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