July 9, 2015

Obama Joint Chiefs Nominee At Odds With Clinton’s Russia Reset

Today, Barack Obama’s nominee to be Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security” and said Russia’s behavior is “nothing short of alarming.”

SEN. JOE MANCHIN: “Thank you Mr. Chairman and thank you General for service to our great country, your family’s dedication and sacrifice they’ve made with you, I know, over the years. And sir, I’m sure you’ve had the opportunity to form your opinions on what our threats have been and what our threats are today. What would you consider the greatest threat to our national security?” GENERAL JOSEPH DUNFORD: “My assessment today, Senator, is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security.” MANCHIN: “Would you want to elaborate on that to a certain extent?’ GEN. DUNFORD: “Well, Senator, in Russia, we have a nuclear power. We have one that not only has capability to violate sovereignty of our allies, but to do things that are inconsistent with our national interests but they’re in the process of doing so. So, if you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States, I’d have to point to Russia. And if you look at their behavior, it’s nothing short of alarming.”

This statement is astounding, especially since President Obama’s 2012 campaign attacked Mitt Romney for saying Russia was our main geopolitical foe, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who called Russia an ally:

This is a direct contradiction of Hillary Clinton’s claim that her Russia Reset was a “brilliant stroke”:

But it does seem to confirm what Clinton said was the Obama administration’s goal, “to help strengthen Russia”: