US military buildup in Eastern Europe over Ukraine’s conflict with Russia is increasing the probability of a destructive nuclear war between Washington and Moscow, an author and analyst in Chicago says.
“The chance for a US military confrontation with Russia just grows and intensifies,” Stephen Lendman told Press TV on Saturday.
“These two countries have maybe 95 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons with delivery systems that can hit targets with pinpoint accuracy anywhere on the planet,” Lendman said.
A series of secret war games over the summer has raised concerns inside the Pentagon that US forces are not prepared for a sustained military campaign against Russia, The Daily Beast reports, citing defense officials.
The outgoing US Army chief of staff, General Ray Odierno, said Wednesday that Russia is the top military threat to the United States.
The general said the US had to increase its ability to move quickly to the region if needed, and increase interoperability with other NATO forces to counter Russia’s “aggression.”
“America already spends more for militarism and war making than all other countries in the world combined,” Lendman said. “And yet the generals and admirals all the time want more money for more war making and more imperial marauding around the world, and Russia is seen as America's number one existential threat.”
He blamed Washington’s policies for the growing tensions with Moscow. “Russia wants peace and stability again; America wants endless wars.”
“I am scared for the first time of my life that a war can happen between these two countries which would mean a nuclear war and utter devastation,” he stressed.
An American military report released last month has warned of a growing probability of the United States fighting a war with a major power, Russia or China, with "immense" consequences.
The report released by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, singles out Russia and China as aggressive countries and a threat to US security interests.
The study points to the alleged presence of Russian troops in Ukraine as a source of tension between Washington and Moscow.
Relations between the United States and Russia are at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War in 1991, largely due to the crisis in Ukraine.
The US and its allies accuse Moscow of sending troops into eastern Ukraine in support of the pro-Russian forces. Moscow has long denied involvement in Ukraine's crisis.