‘Russian Threat’: an Excuse for Pentagon’s Expensive Nuclear Modernization

Monday, November 9, 2015
By Paul Martin


Why is the Pentagon fabricating a Russian threat? The reason is obvious: the Department of Defense is desperately trying to justify its extortionately expensive nuclear arms modernization, US journalist Jason Ditz explains.

During his latest speech at a defense forum in California, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter underscored that the Pentagon is updating and advancing America’s operational plans and modernizing the country’s nuclear arsenal in order to “deter Russia’s aggression.”

What lies at the root of Carter’s alarmist stance?

According to US journalist and Antiwar.com editor Jason Ditz, the reason is obvious and it has nothing to do with Russia’s imaginary “threat.”
Since early 2010 the Obama administration has been pushing ahead with a plan to “rebuild and sustain America’s aging nuclear stockpile.”
In his 2010 piece Ditz called attention to the fact that President Obama sought $80 billion in funding for nuclear weapons, despite his vows to focus on total nuclear disarmament.

“Far from a sudden reaction to Ukraine, however, the Obama Administration has been pushing this scheme, and its ever-growing price tag, since early 2010, several years before Ukraine, and amid some of the better US-Russia ties in a generation,” the US journalist writes in his latest article.

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