Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley warned Congress on Tuesday that the chances of a “significant international conflict between great powers” are increasing. Milley warned that both China and Russia are threats to the so-called “rules-based” global order.
“We are now facing two global powers: China and Russia, each with significant military capabilities both who intend to fundamentally change the rules-based current global order,” Milley told the House Armed Services Committee. “We are entering a world that is becoming more unstable. The potential for significant international conflict between great powers is increasing, not decreasing.”
The hearing was focused on the Pentagon’s $773 billion budget request for 2023, part of the $813 billion in military spending President Biden has asked Congress for. Milley said the budget is in alignment with the new National Defense Strategy (NDS) that was recently briefed to Congress but has yet to be declassified.
In a fact sheet on the new NDS, the Pentagon named China as the top “threat” facing the US military, while Russia was second. The US military’s shift in focus towards “great power competition” was first outlined by the 2018 NDS, which put China and Russia as equal concerns.
The Pentagon has plans to boost the US military’s presence in the Asia Pacific to counter China and in Eastern Europe to face Russia. While done in the name of deterrence, US military buildups in the regions will only make a conflict more likely. This is demonstrated by the fact that one of Russia’s main justifications for invading Ukraine was Kyiv’s alignment with NATO and the military alliance’s presence in the region.
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I could not get past the first mention of “Milley”. What else can I say?
That you are a Russian troll?
No, Milley is one of a long list of generals and other officers who have traveled the revolving door between the military, the likes of Raytheon, and various administrations. All war all of the time. You really need to be brought up to speed. Or, is that possible???
You do know that he has served in the US military since 1980, right?
Can you PLEASE list what corporate positions and political ones he has or is currently holding?
You caught him. And here he could have just said he’s been a kiss ass since 1980. He didn’t even have to embellish. 42 years of military life will fry anyone’s mind. Enough said.
Haha, I caught you with you pants down, didn’t I?
Can you PLEASE list what corporate positions and political ones he has had or is currently holding?
I said you caught him. What part of that didn’t you understand? Milley hasn’t been anything other than a kiss ass for 42 years. So, you were right.
Thanks, my bad, I misread your comment.
Do you see yourself as the Grand Inquisitor with the authority to ask questions?
You clearly don’t like to answer them when you have been caught with your pants down.
To answer YOUR question, I think it’s reasonable to expect someone who states flawed information as actual facts, to be able to back them up.
And if you don’t expect anyone to answer any questions, why do you keep asking me questions then?
That the responses to my original comment were overridden by posts that take Milley seriously calls into question the thought processes of several Antiwar.com readers. “Milley”?! C’mon, man. Bring on Milly-Vanilly, if you want to respond to an actual “authority” in this matter.
The “rules-based international order”:
-Bombing Serbia, on Biden’s suggestion bombing the capital for 78 days, to hand over Kosovo to the drug-smuggling UCK guerrilla and the flood of illegal aliens from Albania who they came from
-Arm al-Qaeda and ISIS via small front groups on the border, which later joined the Islamist groups
-Fund “youth groups” to commit “color revolutions” in Ukraine in 2004, then again in 2014, in Serbia, try to do it in Belarus, and in Georgia, after which Georgia’s army was quadrupled with US money to invade South Ossetia
-Arm Kurds to ethnically cleanse Arab villages and burn the northern wheat fields, after having disarmed the Yazidis and left them in the middle of the night to be massacred and enslaved by ISIS
-Kill Qassem Soleimani when he was in Iraq as a diplomat, severely violating the “rules-based order” – not in the deepest Cold War were diplomats murdered
-Invade eastern Syria and keep arming Kurds and Iraqi Sunnis there
-Fund and arm Israel as they commit open murders, which they call “extrajudicial killings”
…not to omit Hong Kong, and CoVid-19, and the archetypal, Palestine.
I might add Xinjiang and the occupation of Tibet too.
How far back you want to go (Tibet)? We’re still occupying Hawaii.
Oh, so you are an American, Mr Rightstermeister?
Let’s focus on Xinjiang as it’s ongoing and very brutal.
One person made some charge, the NY Times or Washington Post published it, and now it’s become fact in our Deep State. Absolutely no proof whatsoever of anything of the sort.
Are you an American? 🇺🇸
“Kill Qassem Soleimani when he was in Iraq as a diplomat“
Haha, you got to be joking, right?
That butcher was no diplomat but a man with a sick and twisted mind.
Not appropriate. Not from a capital city or country that starts with a B. Out of line with the term “butcher”; doesn’t fit in the propaganda scheme of the proper use of the word, like “Butchers of Beijing” “Butcher of Baghdad” “Butcher of Belgrade” etc., You knew that too.
we moved our PATRIOT defences battery from our CIA intelligence gathering post in Iraq to Riyadh for the bankers ball that everyone dissed the year prior over dismemberment of a journalist.
That base had our Cadillac drones. Was left indefensible too.
Guess what happened? We sacrificed it all including the troops to sell a Peace Plan to Arabs of Starlink intercept and control, monitored by the Spaz Farce 24/7.
We could have been monitoring the region that we were based in but did not. We could have detected and targeted any flight heading to our base to intercept and destroy, if not to warn.
We put our troops and people into a defenceless boxed canyon and watched them get hammered from our satellite.
A real Pearl Harbor event in modern times. An act of war but we did not attack Iran as the destroyer.
So Who hit our base whilst bankers dined in Riyadh?
He was a butcher all right, a sadistic fu*k as well. Now he can enjoy his 72 virgins, too bad they are all male.
He had his hands drenched in blood, until he lost them both…
You’ve expanded your idiocy beyond Russia. Good for you.
Comrade, don’t be judgemental.
We are all on the same team here, we want peace in Ukraine and Russia’s soldiers out of the country.
Really? McFly, hello, McFly, the man was integral in working with the Pentagon in the fight against ISIS. Suppose Iran drone strikes General Milley. What would you say then. Our generals are oh so clean, right?
The coalition that defeated ISIS didn’t need that faithless dog.
He should be thankful for being taken out quickly.
Not even Iran seem to morn him as they are so busy negotiating with the US.
“Rules based order” = “My Rules, I Rule”
China likes rules, and a rules based order. They just don’t like the US version of rules, especially the part about “do as we say and not as we do.”
We will need at some point to face the questions: “What rules does China want? Can we live with those rules, or make a compromise?
Our way or the highway is not going to keep working, no matter how much we boost the defense budget. We can’t pay for that.
“Gen. Milley Says Risk of Conflict ‘Between Great Powers’ Is Increasing.” If it’s not morbid to the point of stupidity, it would be hilarious. When you find yourself about to drive off a cliff, keep your foot on the gas.
“We are entering a world that is becoming more unstable. The potential for significant international conflict between great powers is increasing, not decreasing.”
To continue: “And god damn it we are going to do our best to make sure the conflict and the instability continues.”
All I can say is, “duh”…
The Zio military industrial complex always needs an enemy. Russia is the new Germany.
In case you ever thought “how could those people who started World War I be so insane” now you know. The war fever and censorship here is worse than 911.
“Rules based order” is never defined but what it means is “We make all the rules; we can never be in violation of those rules because they change to accommodate whatever we say and do, every other nation will be held to account for breaking the rules.”
Milley should then resign and try to influence others to resign in protest.
Yes, but think of all the profits for the Military/Government complex. The saying ‘war is the health of the state’ certain applies to the U.S.
An American buildup in Eastern Europe and the Pacific will lead to heightened tensions and opportunites for accidents that may destroy planes or sink ships which will call for a response.
Once the tit for tat game begins it will be difficult to stop.
It appears that bursts are now being detected from constellations ( plural) that only now the Astrophysicists have observed.
Nobody’s name was referenced, it just sounded good that possibly these bursts of energy are perhaps some kind of alien intelligence thingy.
SDI was developed in S. Africa by private industry.
The CO2 laser can be built to produce micro watts to Gigawatts.
each SDI Starlink platform has one CO2 LASER.
that is where the fast invisible light energy bursts are coming from.
It has been used maliciously in western usa forests to set them afire in places no lightning occured or people habituated in any way. In the hundreds of events at one time.
It was used on the Beruit ammonia storage warehouse, the Argentina black powder factory, on oil tankers in the Strait of H., on Saudi Refineris, on other mysterious unexplained events.
Miley Cyrus would be a better general
Well, at least Russia is being neutered as things are progressing…
Milley: “Ukraine conflict will likely last years”. No peace dividend then for the foreseeable future? They are toasting with champagne at the arms industries that fuel the Complex.
“Milley warned that both China and Russia are threats to the so-called “rules-based” global order.”
And for that I thank them.
Pat Robertson pitching that too on his tax haven religous right media ( embedded in Ukraine forc30+years).
“An axis of eeevil” said Gordon Robertson Darling.
The RR war reasoning eschatology is that Russia is ‘rosh’ (head) of a northern union that turns toward Jerusalem in Armageddon.
That’s it. One verse abused and misused has been the reasoning for hundreds of years since the bible was published in the common vernacular(s). One Verse justifies the destruction of ‘ Gog’ by what bible publishers abuse through malpractice as Russia: Ezekiel 38:3.
Rosh is a Hebrew word for head, it kinda sounds like Russia but is not a proper noun of a place or country. Head means head and no way is Russia the head of a confederacy and its army that motors missiles south to JRS.
So what happens that the combined forces change focus to abandon war up north?
Where does the target go?
A: the target is the living Hebrew Diaspora all over the old whirld and beyond. They get gathered, they get rescued, they get gone.
They relocate with helps that ‘fly to their windows like doves’.
The Diaspora contains the Elect and are the members of the Bride, are NOT THE BODY OF THE GROOM WHICH IS THE ECCLESIA.
NATO is a confederacy, not Russia.
Russia calls itself a confederacy (“Russian Federation”). Why do you believe it isn’t?
I am framing a Confederacy of Nations in context here not a Confederacy of a nation’s States. Please follow along and read more carefully. Accurate Definitions are not personal belief systems. Words have true meanings unless one wishes to repurpose them like in 1984.
Gog/Magog is not an isolated nation of ONE army as Russia is.
Gog/Magog IS a large and powerful assembly and a confederacy of nations that pivot SOUTH TO JERUSALEM MILITARILY to attack it. Japheth’s line is the line that entered what we call Europe. Japheth’s line is revered oraly in Masonic cult rituals
Why do you wish to Question the Definition of NATO’s mission statement? It Is a Confederacy and collectively are right now massing in Europe for a “long war”.
Nobody btw is pushing back on the ‘long war” dialog seeking peace there. The E.U. has fascism again and reprehensable NAZI infecting every NATO nation.
A confederacy of Nazis.
Russia is so concerned about conflict with the US and NATO they have stopped taking calls from their counterparts. At least that’s what the a$$ hat Austin told congress. I believe that China liberates Taiwan by July 4th.
Yes there will be some shooting soon in eastern Europe. Russia built a wall before, they’ll do it again. This time though, the westerners will be peering over the wall with envy instead of disdain. The BRICs countries appear to be in the drivers seat at this point. Gold backed Rubble and Juan next…… could be end game without a shot fired.
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