Fox News on March 17, 2016, published an AP report on the US Army’s top general saying military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale conflict against a power such as Russia or China. Excerpts below:
Testifying March 16 on Capitol Hill, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley says years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, constrained budgets and troop cuts have had a cumulative effect on the service.
…what Milley describes as a “great power war” against one or two of four countries — China, Russia, Iran and North Korea — would pose great challenges.
Milley says the Army’s readiness is not at a level that is appropriate for what the American people expect to defend them.
Comment: General Milley’s warning points to a growing problem. Landpower Russia, the heartland power in the terminology of geopolitical thinker Sir Halford Mackinder, is at present engaged in the rimland of Eurasia with Iran. Eurasian power China also poses a growing strategic threat to the United States and the West. Since 2008 the Obama foreign policy with a reduced military has placed America in a dangerous position. A continued American foreign policy in the spirit of Obama will have serious consequences for the Western world as a whole.