AMERICA’S top general issued a stark warning that the world is at increased risk of “global war” amid mounting threats from Russia and China.
General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made a grim prediction as the specter of a nuclear conflict continues to loom over the brutal war in Ukraine.
He was speaking to cadets graduating from the prestigious US military academy at West Point as he warned of the risk of a global collision and new technologies such as robotic tanks.
General Milley said: “The world you are being transported to has the potential for a major international conflict between great powers. And that potential is increasing, not decreasing.”
“And right now, at this very moment, a fundamental change in the nature of war is taking place.
“We are currently facing two world powers, China and Russia, both of which have significant military capabilities and both have an unreserved intention to change the current rules-based order.”
He went on to say that Russia’s vicious attack on Ukraine is teaching the world that “unanswered aggression only encourages the attacker.”
And he urged the world to remember the terrible atrocities committed by Putin.
General Milley said: “Let us never forget the massacre we just witnessed in Bucha, nor the slaughter in Mariupol.
“And the best way to honor their sacrifice is to support their fight for freedom and stand against tyranny.”
As he envisioned what war might be like in the years to come, he envisioned a fierce conflict that would also involve a dramatic shift from “sails to steamships.”
He said that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in war was the “most profound change in human history”.
“You will fight with robotic tanks, ships and planes,” the general prophesied in his speech.
“We’ve seen a revolution in lethality and precision ammunition.
“What was once the exclusive province of the US military is now available to most nation states with the money will to acquire.”
[The US] are challenged in all aspects of warfare in space and cyber, in the sea air and of course on land
Gen. Mark Milley
He warned: “Whatever we, the United States, have enjoyed militarily for the last 70 years is coming to an end quickly.”
“And indeed, the United States is already being challenged in all aspects of warfare in space and cyber, in the sea air and of course on land.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has cast the shadow of Cold War-like tensions across Europe and beyond, with fears that Vladimir Putin’s invasion could trigger World War III.
And tensions have reached chilling proportions as Russia issued harsh nuclear threats to the West.
It has contributed to nations like Sweden and Finland now attempting to join NATO for the first time, fearing Putin’s increasingly unpredictable and paranoid actions.
And in the meantime, the other challenge comes from China — which continues to push over issues like the South China Sea and oppose the West.
Beijing is one of the fastest growing powers in the world and has one of the largest militaries in the world.
Communist leader Xi Jinping’s nation is currently projected to overtake the US economy by 2030.
And China shares an alarmingly close alliance with Putin’s warlike Russia.
It comes as The Sun Online spoke to one of Putin’s most hated enemies, US-born financier and political activist Bill Browder.
He warned that the West is 22 years late in realizing that Putin is a “monster.”
“This war is not ending,” he said. “The war didn’t start on February 24, it started back in 2014 when Putin seized the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.”
He accused many in the West of “mental gymnastics” over the past eight years in calling the war the work of “Russian-backed separatists” rather than an official Kremlin-sanctioned mission.
Mr Browder has been labeled as one of Putin’s “real enemies” and is said to be on the Russian tyrant’s hit list – with multiple attempts to arrest him and faced death threats.
He previously testified before the US Congress that mad Vlad is the “biggest oligarch in Russia and the richest man in the world” – his fortune could be as high as £150 billion.
“This war could easily go on for another eight years,” the anti-corruption activist told The Sun Online.
“Putin will not give up and Ukrainians will not give up.
“The closest comparison is the Iran-Iraq war, which lasted a decade and killed a million people.”
He also warned that Putin would escalate further if the war continued to go badly for Russia.
“Putin has failed disastrously both in terms of military strategy and in dealing with the West,” he said.
“His army and economy will be decimated, neither of which he predicted, and I suspect that Putin’s next move is some kind of dramatic escalation, if not to give him the upper hand then at least to show how brutal he is .”
He said that if Putin decides a military victory is impossible, he will instead pursue a “scorched earth” policy and repeat the devastation of Mariupol across Ukraine.
This could be followed by the full mobilization of up to two million Russian reservists and even a biological, chemical or nuclear attack.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5395627/global-war-russia-china-general-us/ World faces looming global war with ‘robotic tanks’ as threats from Russia and China mount, top US general warns