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The 1980's Are Calling Clinton And Obama (Again)

- August 12, 2015

Another Obama Defense Chief Names Russia As The "Most Dangerous" Threat To The United States

Today, Outgoing Army Chief Of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno Said "Russia Is The Most Dangerous" Threat To The United States. QUESTION: "What do you think is the top military threat to the U.S.? Some leaders have said Russia, just wanted to know if you agree with that? …" GEN. RAY ODIERNO: "I would say that Russia, I believe Russia is the most dangerous because of a couple of things. First, they are more mature than some other of our potential adversaries and I think they have some stated intense that concern me in terms of how the Cold War ended. And so for me, I'm concerned. And they have shown some significant capability in Ukraine to do operations that are fairly sophisticated. And so for me, I think we should pay a lot of attention to that." (Gen. Ray Odierno, Pentagon Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 8/12/15)

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OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, MULTIPLE MILITARY CHIEFS POINTED TO RUSSIA AS THE TOP THREAT TO THE U.S.

Confirmed Marine Corps Chief Lt. Gen. Robert Neller Pointed To Russia As Posing "The Greatest Threat" To The United States. JOE MANCHIN: "Sir, with that being said, I've asked this question to everyone who's come to this committee for their approval, and that would be, what do you assess as the greatest risk or threat the United States of America faces from another country? LT. GEN. ROBERT NELLER: "If you are asking me about a country, Senator, who poses the greatest threat, I would say another nation-state, I would agree with General Dunford that Russia has the most increasing capable force, and their actions and the fact that they have strategic forces make them the greatest potential threat, although I don't think they want to fight us. Right now I don't think they want to kill Americans. I think violent extremists want to kill us. And their capability is not that great but their intent is high." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/23/15)

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Confirmed Army Chief Of Staff Gen. Mark Milley: Russia Is The Greatest National Security Threat To The United States. JOE MANCHIN: "What do you consider the greatest threat the United States of America faces, national security, as far as the country?" GENERAL MARK MILLEY: "As a soldier, as a military officer, I'd have to say that it's Russia." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/21/15)

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Vice Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Paul Selva: Russia Presents The Top Threat To The United States. GENERAL PAUL SELVA: "I would put the threats to this nation in the following order: Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, and all of the organization that have grown around the ideology that was articulated by al Qaeda early in the turn of the century." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/14/15)

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Confirmed Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford: "Russia Presents The Greatest Threat To Our National Security." JOE MANCHIN: "And sir, I'm sure you've had the opportunity to form 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 is that Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security." (Committee On Armed Services, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/9/15)

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But In 2012, Both Clinton And Obama Mocked Gov. Mitt Romney's Warning On Russian Aggression

In 2012, Then-Secretary Hillary Clinton Mocked Concerns Over The Russian Threat , Saying, "In Many Of The Areas Where We Are Working To Solve Problems, Russia Has Been An Ally. … So I Think It's Somewhat Dated To Be Looking Backwards …" HILLARY CLINTON: "Well, without getting into the political campaign, because that's for others to comment on, I think if you take a look at the world today, we have a lot of problems that are not leftovers from the past, but are of the moment. We've just been talking about one, namely Iran. And in many of the areas where we are working to solve problems, Russia has been an ally. They're in the P-5+1 talks with us, they have worked with us in Afghanistan and have been very helpful in the Northern Distribution Network and in other ways. So I think it's somewhat dated to be looking backwards instead of being realistic about where we agree, where we don't agree, but looking for ways to bridge the disagreements and then to maximize the cooperation." ( CNN Interview With Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Istanbul, Turkey, 4/1/12)

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In 2012, Obama Mocked Gov. Mitt Romney For Warning That Russia Was The Biggest Geopolitical Threat Facing The U.S., Saying, "The 1980's Are Now Calling To Ask For Their Foreign Policy Back Because The Cold War Has Been Over For 20 Years." "BARACK OBAMA: "Governor Romney, I'm glad that you recognize that al Qaeda is a threat, because a few months ago, when you were asked what's the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia -- not al Qaeda -- you said Russia. And the 1980's are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War has been over for 20 years." (Barack Obama, 2012 Presidential Debate , Boca Raton, FL, 10/22/12)

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