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Obama’s Defense Secretary Beats Drums for War Against Russia ... and China

Nov. 8, 2015 (EIRNS)—Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, yesterday, on the way back from his Asia tour which was laden with provocations against both Russia and China. His remarks were a direct threat that the U.S. is preparing for war with Russia, primarily, and secondarily China, because, as AP summarized Carter’s point, "together these trends are testing American preeminence and its stewardship of the world order."

Carter reserved his "stronger words" for Russia. "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."

He said that terrorist groups such as ISIS certainly pose a threat, "but other challenges are more complicated, and given their size and capabilities, potentially more damaging"—a rather obvious reference to Russia and China. He then warned: "We do not seek to make Russia an enemy. But make no mistake; the United States will defend our interests, our allies, the principled international order, and the positive future it affords us all...

"We’re investing in the technologies that are most relevant to Russia’s provocations, such as new unmanned systems, a new long-range bomber, and innovation in technologies like the electromagnetic railgun, lasers, and new systems for electronic warfare, space and cyberspace, including a few surprising ones I really can’t describe here."