Moscow questions Washington leadership’s health and ability to control the U.S. nuclear chain of command
By Belle Carter // Feb 16, 2024

Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Mikhail Popov expressed alarm via an interview with a local news outlet on the possible mistakes the United States chain of command may commit in terms of nuclear decisions that could lead to a major catastrophe. The reason? Washington's leadership's declining health conditions.

According to Izvestiya newspaper, Popov warned of President Joe Biden's political instability and "cognitive disabilities" and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's recent cancer diagnosis, two factors that could trigger an accidental nuclear escalation. "In the overall difficult and nervous internal political situation in the U.S. that has emerged recently, the price of a management mistake, committed by the national leaders, either deliberately or involuntarily, has increased significantly," he said. "And there won't be much distance to a global catastrophe."

He cited both of the American leaders' "health conditions" as they have been raising questions about the global security system. "The secretary of defense is not there, and no one knows where he is or who is replacing him. The press writes that some of his responsibilities were assigned to Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks. But she was on vacation in Puerto Rico at the time," the Moscow official pointed out. "Surprising as it may be, the U.S. nuclear shield has effectively been compromised."

He went on to cite an episode during the Cold War when a U.S. Air Force major was dismissed for questioning how he could know whether a nuclear launch order "came from a sane president," as the commander in chief is responsible for employing America's nuclear arsenal.

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Meanwhile, a recent NBC News poll reported that 76 percent of respondents were majorly or moderately concerned over 81-year-old Biden's mental and physical health, while even DOJ Special Counsel Robert Hur, who was tapped to probe alleged mishandling of classified documents by Biden, concluded that the president has "diminished faculties in advancing age." "The conversation is not about a banana republic, but about a state that has nuclear weapons and constantly claims to be the world hegemon," Popov added. (Related: Doctors urge Biden to take MENTAL COMPETENCY test following increasing evidence of president's cognitive decline.)

Russian nukes are already in space and the U.S. cannot counter them

According to top U.S. officials, Russia has an escalating ability to install nuclear weapons in space, citing new intel that suggests the Eurasian nation might already be gaining a tactical edge in the space race, in terms of autonomous weapons, robots and sophisticated artificial intelligence.

Whatever Russia has out there, the New York Times alerted, could threaten America's extensive civilian and military satellite network, which transmits billions of bytes of data each hour. Such a satellite-killing weapon, if deployed, could destroy civilian communications, surveillance from space and military command-and-control operations by the United States and its allies. At the moment, the U.S. cannot counter such a weapon and defend its satellites, a former official said.

The said warning was made public in a cryptic announcement of the "serious national security threat" on Wednesday by Rep. Michael R. Turner (R-OH), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. He called on the Biden administration to declassify the information without saying specifically what it was.

Some wondered why Turner took the liberty to announce it before getting a full White House briefing but they believe that the congressman wanted to "wake up" his fellow Republicans so they would take the Russia threat more seriously.  They would also be more vigilant on the funding request of Biden for Ukraine in waging a war against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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