The Secretary of Woke Warfare has some thoughts about Russia’s expanding nuclear arsenal.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Russia is “modernizing and expanding its nuclear arsenal” as its invasion of Ukraine continues and Russian President Vladimir Putin has made threats about using nuclear weapons in the conflict.
Austin spoke on Friday at a ceremony for the new head of U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom), Anthony Cotton. The agency is responsible for strategic nuclear deterrence, nuclear operations and missile defense. Cotton took over for Charles Richard, who had served in the role since 2019 and retired Friday.
Cotton, like Austin, is another professional victim claiming that he’s the victim of racist oppression, as I documented a while back.
“Here I am as a lieutenant general in the United States Air Force,” then Lt. Gen Anthony Cotton whined to Air Force Magazine. “When I see what happened to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks—and the list goes on and on.”
“That could be me,” he claimed.
Last year, Cotton claimed that “diversity, inclusion are tools for national defense” and that diversity is a “warfighting imperative”.
“This team is exactly what we are looking for,” Cotton said of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Malmstrom Air Force Base. “It is a diverse and unified team that is having crucial conversations about diversity and inclusion.”
Russia isn’t having crucial conversations about diversity and inclusion, but about building the biggest and deadliest arsenal for killing people possible.
Austin acknowledged several challenges facing Stratcom in the near future, including the expanding Russian nuclear arsenal and Chinese nuclear forces that are growing, modernizing and diversifying.
“And as the Kremlin continues its cruel and unprovoked war of choice against Ukraine, the whole world has seen Putin engage in deeply irresponsible nuclear saber-rattling,” he said.
“So make no mistake. Nuclear powers have a profound responsibility to avoid provocative behavior, and to lower the risk of proliferation, and to prevent escalation and nuclear war,” he continued.
It’s not the job of the secretary of defense to spout meaningless nonsense like this. That’s the role of the State Department.
Austin isn’t supposed to lecture Putin on the responsibility of nuclear powers to avoid proliferation but to tell us that America has Russia beat. It used to be the Euros who would offer worthless virtue signaling like this. Now our military brass scolds while unilaterally disarming.
Russia’s responsibility is both below and above Austin’s pay grade. Instead of doing his job of building a deadlier military, he’s making the military more useless and politically correct, and urging Russia to do the same.
That’s not happening.
It’s up to world leaders to decide how provocative they want to be. And it’s the job of defense people to let them be as provocative as they decide to be. Biden has unilaterally surrendered and Austin is facilitating the surrender.