National Security Action Summit - March 6
by DR. PETER VINCENT PRY
March 2, 2014
By quirk of fate or chance, while the world holds its breath over the crisis in Ukraine, while Washington stumbles toward the centenary of the First World War, Americans who are mindful that "Peace Through Strength" is the best way to avoid war, are meeting in a National Security Action Summit in Washington, D.C. at the Westin Hotel on March 6. We are concerned that not only Democrats, but Republicans too, have lost their way and are insufficiently focused on national security.
In the words of a flyer for the National Security Action Summit:
"A star studded panel of the world's foremost experts in national security take the stage for a series of candid discussions. Hear from Vice President Dick Cheney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Ambassador John Bolton, former Attorney General John Mukasey and many, many more. Also streaming live on www.HomelandThreats.com experts will analyze critical aspects of our national security and the lack of leadership provided by our elected officials in mitigating threats to our nation. This event is brought to you FREE by EMPact America and co-sponsored by Breitbart. For more information visit www.HomelandThreats.com"
Ukraine A Global Crisis
Russia's invasion of Ukraine starkly highlights that Washington is asleep at the wheel of America's national security--with dangerous consequences for the entire world. If Ukraine falls and is re-conquered by the New Russian Empire, or becomes again a Russian satellite, the consequences for European and global stability are momentous and ominous.
Ukraine is the largest nation in Eastern Europe, a country as large as France, a geostrategically crucial territory that has been a pathway for invasions and the crossroads of armies during two world wars and throughout history.
If Ukraine is annexed or becomes again part of Moscow's sphere, the Russian frontier will again directly confront NATO in central Europe. And the new NATO member states in Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Poland are no match for the Russian Army. Nor are the traditional NATO member states of Western Europe what they were during the Cold War. They are no match for the modernized Russian Army.
Now that the U.S. has dismantled virtually all of its tactical nuclear weapons, and under the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) conceded a virtual monopoly of some 3,000-8,000 tactical nuclear weapons to Moscow, Russia is arguably the world's only remaining military superpower.
Beyond Europe, if Ukraine falls, it will be a green light for aggression throughout the world by China, North Korea, Iran and other rogue states whose territorial aspirations, support of terrorism and other dangerous behavior has been checked by the credibility of U.S. military power and leadership.
President Barak Obama as commander in chief, and his slavishly obedient Democrat Party that blindly follows his lead everywhere, are primarily to blame for the steep decline in U.S. credibility that has contributed to the debacle in Ukraine.
President Obama and the Democrats have deeply slashed the defense budget, hollowing out the U.S. military and greatly reducing readiness. President Obama has already reduced the U.S. Navy to its smallest size since 1915 and plans to shrink the U.S. Army to its numbers in 1940--which unimpressive military posture tempted Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany to attack the United States in 1941.
Today, the U.S. could not perform the military miracles that were the First and Second Persian Gulf Wars.
President Obama and the Democrats have so neglected the U.S. nuclear deterrent that its credibility is in doubt. The numbers of U.S. strategic nuclear weapons slashed under New START will not support even the minimum deterrent required for Mutual Assured Destruction. Instead, Russia under New START not only continues to have an Assured Destruction capability against the United States, but also enough strategic weapons to launch a disarming first strike, as well as the virtual monopoly on tactical nuclear weapons noted above.
Never before in history has Moscow been allowed to capture overall superiority in the nuclear balance.
Today, the United States does not enjoy the numerical and technological advantages in the nuclear balance that, during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, made Moscow blink. Indeed, the balance of nuclear firepower is now reversed to heavily favor Russia.
Moreover, President Obama and the Democrats appear to have no real understanding that the nuclear deterrent is America's ultimate weapon, the most formidable and ultimate guarantor of U.S. security and that of our allies. Minuteman missileers and strategic bomber crews are deeply demoralized under a commander in chief who does not grasp the importance of their mission. Mistakes are being made by missile and bomber crews. The general in charge of Minuteman intercontinental missiles has been fired for drunkenness.
The Republicans are to blame too.
Many of us who have dedicated our professional lives to national security have been urging congressional Republicans and the party to use their bully pulpits to educate the American people about the threats, to hold hearings and press conferences and use every opportunity to rally the people to support national defense. National security used to be the strongest pillar of the Republican Party.
But we are being told the people are war weary and do not care about national security issues any more. Too many Republicans want to hunker down, keep a low profile from a hostile press, and hope that ObamaCare will destroy the Democrats and bring Republicans back to power by default.
Why have Republicans in Congress failed to hold high-profile hearings on the following?
In 2013, Russia conducted a major military exercise, ZAPAD-13, that simulated an invasion of NATO member states, including a nuclear strike on Poland.
In 2013, China broadcast on television and in state-run media a documentary on how the Peoples Liberation Army would wage nuclear war against the United States, describing in detail how they plan nuclear strikes on cities and fallout patterns designed to kill millions of Americans.
In 2013, U.S. experts and Israeli analysts warned that Iran probably already has nuclear weapons--that it is too late to stop Tehran from building the Islamic Bomb.
Last but not least, over the past two years, I warned senior members of Congress about Russia's designs on Ukraine, and urged them to rally support for imprisoned U.S. ally Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, and for the aspirations of the Ukrainian people to live in freedom.
Imagine if House Republicans made a cause celebre of Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukrainian self-determination. Perhaps the Obama Administration would have been emboldened to be more assertive about Ukrainian independence and non-interference from Moscow. Perhaps the current crisis might have been avoided. Who knows? Now we shall never know.
Below find part of the record of our lost opportunity to save Ukraine--a proposed Congressional Resolution to "Save Yulia Tymoshenko" that found almost no support, except from Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. Our nation lost the wise and visionary leadership of Bartlett when Maryland Democrats gerrymandered his seat, unopposed by the Republican National Committee.
Ukraine should be a wake-up call for our nation. All Americans, including the Republican Party, need to get more serious about national security.
Hope to see you at the Westin Hotel on March 6.
I am not going to name names. Those Republicans who failed Ukraine and the cause of freedom know who they are:
FREE YULIA TYMOSHENKO
Whereas Yulia Tymoshenko throughout her career and during her service as Prime Minister of Ukraine is a proven friend of freedom, democracy, and the United States;
Whereas Yulia Tymoshenko supported the denuclearization of Ukraine, that removed hundreds of nuclear missiles and warheads from the territory of Ukraine, thereby helping realize a major international security objective of the United States to prevent nuclear proliferation to rogue states and terrorists;
Whereas Yulia Tymoshenko led the Orange Revolution that advanced free and fair elections in Ukraine, moved Ukraine away from Russian domination, and advanced Ukrainian self-determination;
Whereas Yulia Tymoshenko as Prime Minister of Ukraine both personally and through her cabinet sought to establish permanently free and fair elections and institutionalize democracy;
Whereas Yulia Tymoshenko both personally and through her cabinet sought to closely align Ukraine with the United States and the Western democracies, including by joining the Partnership for Peace and seeking membership in NATO;
Whereas the government of Viktor Yanukovych, the current President of Ukraine, has imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko and her entire cabinet on false charges of corruption;
Whereas Viktor Yanukovych defeated Yulia Tymoshenko in elections that have been widely criticized, including by observers of the European Union and the United Nations, as corrupt and rigged to unfairly achieve Viktor Yanukovych's victory over Yulia Tymoshenko;
Whereas Viktor Yanukovych and his government are closely aligned with Russia, opposed to NATO membership, and untrustworthy as stewards of Ukrainian democracy;
Whereas Viktor Yanukovych has a notorious criminal history of robbery, assault, forgery, and is a former member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union;
Whereas the government of Viktor Yanukovych has violated the human rights of Yulia Tymoshenko and her former cabinet by imprisonment on false charges, and by stripping Yulia Tymoshenko naked in her cell and beating her, resulting in her hospitalization;
Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Congress of the United States demands that the government of Ukraine free Yulia Tymoshenko and the imprisoned members of her former cabinet, and directs that the U.S. Department of State and the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees suspend any foreign aid to Ukraine until Yulia Tymoshenko and her former cabinet are set free, and further that economic sanctions be imposed upon Ukraine until such time as Yulia Tymoshenko and her cabinet are free.
Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security and Director of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum, both Congressional Advisory Boards, and served on the Congressional EMP Commission, the Congressional Strategic Posture Commission, the House Armed Services Committee, and the CIA. He is author of Apocalypse Unknown: The Struggle To Protect America From An Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe and Electric Armageddon, both available from CreateSpace.com and Amazon.com