While the president’s been busy tearing the country to shreds and attacking people on Twitter, Russia and China have been taking over the world. Trump’s “America First” policies are going to end with the U.S. being lightyears behind Russia and China when all is said and done.
Chief Navy and Marine Corps officials appeared for a House Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing and expressed their concerns over China’s and Russia’s agenda.
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer stated, “When it comes to China, the bottom line there is the checkbook.”
He added, “Not only in the dollars and cents that they are writing to support their military expansion and their technological work, but what they’re doing around the globe … weaponizing capital.”
Spencer spoke in reference to China’s Sri Lankan port project that is part of Beijing’s $1.4 trillion “Belt and Road Initiative.
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller chimed in, stating, “Their concern with human rights is not there, they’ve got big bags of cash. They’re buying airfields and ports to extend their reach … they want to win without fighting.”
Neller then shifted gears to address Russia. He said, “The Russians, I think, are a little more in your face.” He added, “I don’t think they want to fight us, personally, but I think they want to be able to impose their will and use intimidation.”
He called Russian involvement in the Syrian civil war a “live-fire evaluation.” Neller commented, “We pay attention to it, it’s something we watch.”
Is the president competent enough to adequately address these issues?