Even President Joe Biden admits that a ‘dark winter’ is coming. The question is: when?
The Commander of U.S. Strategic Command Four-star Admiral Charles Richard warns that large-scale global thermonuclear war with another large superpower such as Russia or China is a “real possibility.”
The highly decorated Navy man who also goes by the name Chas gave a stern warning that the U.S. may also face emerging threats to the nation’s cybersecurity sector and threats from space.
“There is a real possibility that a regional crisis with Russia or China could escalate quickly to a conflict involving nuclear weapons if they perceived a conventional loss would threaten the regime or state,” the Admiral wrote.
The STATCOM head maintains in his writing that both nations have “begun to aggressively challenge international norms” in unconventional ways in an attempt to gain a tit-for-tat response.
Nuclear stockpile projections show that Russia is leading the way in the nuclear arms race with a total of 6,800 nuclear warheads. The U.S. falls in second place with 6,185 and China in third with around 650.
The Admiral’s writing points out the sobering reality of what the U.S. Department of Defense is actually dealing with in the modern era.
“Until we as a Department come to understand, if not accept, what we are facing and what should be done about it, we run the risk of developing plans we cannot execute and procuring capabilities that will not deliver desired outcomes,” he emphasized. “In the absence of change, we are on the path, once again, to prepare for the conflict we prefer, instead of one we are likely to face.”
Moreover, the Admiral warned that foreign actors have been exploiting the pandemic in an attempt to pull ahead.
Not to mention, the Chinese have stepped up military maneuvers in the South China Sea while Russia has been touting new nuclear capabilities that could give them the strategic initiative in a wartime situation. Richard assessed, the Pentagon must hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
At the end of the day, it’s all about what our capabilities really are. Reaction time, the whole nine yards. ‘We need to be able to deliver the desired outcomes,’ his writing explains. If not, we may be in for a nuclear holocaust.
And if that’s not enough, President Joe Biden mentioned during the run-up to the 2020 presidential election that Americans may be in for a very “dark winter.” But what did he mean by these remarks?
It’s important to point out the president’s statements dovetail with possible repercussions the U.S. could face from a large-scale cyberattack or nuclear war. Let’s hope it’s not the latter because a nuclear faceoff between two nations would be catastrophic.
What the Data Shows
In 2019, a Rutgers University atmospheric research team simulated a global thermonuclear war between two nations in an attempt to better understand exactly how the Earth’s climate would react to nuclear Armageddon.
What the research found was shocking and makes Biden’s comments look like a walk in the park.
The Sun reports the study’s findings in a piece titled A nuclear war between the US and Russia could plunge the Earth into a 10-year winter.
“Fires from ballistic missiles would throw a staggering 147 million tonnes of soot and dust into the atmosphere — blocking out sunlight for years,” the author writes. “… it would take ten years for light to return to normal — with average surface temperatures plummeting by 9°C [-48.2°F].”
If true, surface temperatures would be drastically lower, making it difficult for humans and animals to sustain. The frigid temperatures and harsh weather conditions brought on by fallout would be similar to what the Neanderthal endured before their demise some 42,000 years ago.
With that, have you ever thought about how you can heat your home with no electricity?