New National Defense Strategy Lists China, Russia as Threats

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UPDATED 12:58 PT — Fri. January 19, 2018

The Pentagon released a new defense strategy that signals a change in U.S. military priorities.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis unveiled the new strategy Friday, which shifts focus from radical Islamic terrorism to countering aggressive nation states.

Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks about the National Defense Review, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. China’s expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russia are among the U.S. military’s top national security priorities, the Pentagon said Friday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The secretary said dealing with nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran as well as tensions with China and Russia were among the top defense priorities.

The move comes as China has continued to be an ally to North Korea, and as Russia pushes it’s geographic boundaries into neighboring countries.

“We face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia, nations that seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models -pursuing veto authority over other nation’s economic, diplomatic, and security decisions,” stated Secretary Mattis.

The new strategy calls for strategic alliances such as NATO to continue, but other nations must share the cost burden.

It’s the first defense strategy the Pentagon has released in a decade.

84 Comments on "New National Defense Strategy Lists China, Russia as Threats"

  1. Heddrick Steel | January 20, 2018 at 12:11 pm |


  2. Cecil Wentz | January 20, 2018 at 7:59 am |

    well yeah….we had obummer in there for 8 and he let the whole world know he was going to bow down to them and let em walk all over us…surprised we didn’t have any altercations between them while he was in office

  3. The word “dealing”certainly does not mean going to war or antagonizing either China or Russia. President Trump already made it clear how he wants to deal with them. He has already established a good relationship with China and he is trying to improve relations with Russia. when we accomplish that, we won,t have to worry about North Korea or Iran because China controls North Korea and Russia controls Iran. Our priority should be to drain the swamp and stop those who are creating obstacles for our president.

  4. andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 6:57 am |

    Been saying China was a threat for years….and corporate America is their financing machine….I quit buying made in china a long time ago….as best I can anyway….I blame American corporations for the threat that china presents to the people of America.

  5. landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 6:48 am |

    Gosbank, ever heard of it?
    The Rothschild, have their dirty avarice mittens in everyone’s business.
    Their specialty throughout history has been to finance wars. The civil war is a classic example of their meddling. First through the control of the British empire. They cut if the flow of slaves. Which by the way supplied from the get go, to the 13 colonies.
    Anyway through the London branch they bankrolled the north. The Paris branch bankrolled the south.
    Fast forward to the Gosbank and the Federal Reserve and well you know the history from there.
    The maxim that, all wars are BANKSTERS wars. Really is true.

  6. Russia today is not the Russia of years ago, since we can’t post links, I can’t really demonstrate what I’m trying to convey. Had Trump taken office and not been hounded by an insane media and democrat party about a mythical Russian connection, Trump could have worked with the Russians wiping out isis and promoted trade between the U.S. and Russia. Frankly I’m tired of everything made in China, so that everything looks the same, they just change the labels for different “manufacturers”.

    Russia is the only one taking astronauts to the Space Station, that includes U.S. Astronauts.

    Russia is not being inundated by muslim refugees, and Russia is protecting itself from gender fluidity and much of the other nonsense sure to one day destroy America.

    “When all you have is a hammer, all your problems seem like nails”. 1,000 year old U.S. generals will see Russia in the light of things long gone by. That said, I fully support the saying “Speak Softly and Carry A Big Stick”, and re-investment in the U.S. military, we should not let our guard down, but we should try different tactics with Russia, not this tiresome and overplayed drama designed to keep the U.S. in a constant state of war to circumvent usual Constitutional processes.

  7. Mr. Deplorable | January 19, 2018 at 6:53 pm |

    “It’s the first defense strategy the Pentagon has released in a decade.”

    Because not releasing one weakens America and that was one of the Kenyan muslim’s top priorities.

  8. landy fincannon | January 19, 2018 at 6:38 pm |

    Look, more saber rattling. The
    avarice of the Military Industrial Complex is never satiated.

    Here’s the thing. The same investors in our military war machine. Are invested in their war machine.

    • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 6:59 am |

      You know…if you don’t like it you can always put on your Habib and move to one of those third world s—holes you love so much.

      • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 7:06 am |

        How thoughtful of you.

        • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:42 am |

          Quit making stupid comments about that which you have no idea about….China does not buy our bombs, aircraft, ships etc……in fact they buy from the communist block or build their own….and the investors of both war machines are the GOVERNMENTS of each individual country.

          • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 8:34 am |

            When did I say China bought our military armaments?

          • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 8:41 am |

            You are to much of a conspiracy nut…..

          • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 8:51 am |

            Sure, because conspiracies don’t exist, right?

          • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 9:13 am |

            Speaking of conspiracies.

            Why didn’t the MSM point out that Donald’s “conservative” nominee Neil Gorsuch attends a pro abortion, pro homosexual, pro gun control, pro climate control church?
            I mean they were out to derail his presidency, right?

            I suppose it didn’t strike you as odd that Donald garnered more free media coverage than the entire GOP field combined.
            You see once you start connecting the dots. Something’s strike you as strange. Like the fact that Donald’s antagonists in the media also belong to the same organization that Donald has filled his cabinet with. Namely the Council in Foreign Relations.

            Just more coincidences because conspiracies DON’T EXIST

  9. nfcapitalist | January 19, 2018 at 5:01 pm |

    Thank you General Mattis, I was there when we had a force capable, willing, and able of destroying China across the East China Sea, listened to those nightly propaganda, those cheerful words spoken so knowingly of stories to us GIs about what bastards Americans are…

    … we were there preparing for honest to God war… now we see tens of thousands of Chinese goose stepping troops and they aren’t gathering for parades… and we have been weakened by that pot smoking illegitimate son of a single communist mother… tell me, how did that happen, sir?

  10. Well they can’t be that big of a threat since many American corporations and wealthy people seem to invest heavily in both of those “threatening” countries.

    Can’t have it both ways: military says they’re bad, corporations say they’re good.

    • Mr. Deplorable | January 19, 2018 at 6:55 pm |

      I’d put my money on the militaty’s assessment over a corporation with no loyalty to America and Americans.

    • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:01 am |

      which do you want to believe? The ones who are task with protecting America and Americans or those who are task with making a profit for investors?

      • Hmmm…. tough call. Do we believe the corporate owned military or the corporate owned businesses or the corporate owned politicians?

        I gotta think about that for a while

  11. Nathan Pinnhead | January 19, 2018 at 4:49 pm |

    Say that to my face?

    • Captain America | January 19, 2018 at 5:39 pm |

      You have no face Skeletor! (No brain either as is seems)!

    • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:16 am |

      Ok….You might want to turn those head phones down a bit….there appears to have been some brain damage…..there…said it to your face numb nut….tell me where you are and I will be happy to show up and tell you in person.

  12. landy fincannon | January 19, 2018 at 4:07 pm |

    Mad Dog Mattis, the ex-Bilderburg attendee. His loyalties should be suspect if there were a lick of common sense.

    • Think 2 Moves Ahead | January 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm |

      Wonder why my vote down is not counting?

      • landy fincannon | January 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm |

        Which part didn’t you like? I’ll fix it.
        I wouldn’t want any disgruntled posters. LMAO.

        • Mr. Deplorable | January 19, 2018 at 6:58 pm |

          All of it, deleting it would be the way to go.

          • landy fincannon | January 19, 2018 at 7:22 pm |

            Well, he his an ex Bilderburg attendee. Do, my assumption about his loyalty does have some merit. IMHO.

          • Think 2 Moves Ahead | January 19, 2018 at 9:03 pm |

            I checked the list. Did not see Mattis. Did see many respectable people, and do not see why you have such hatred towards Mattis or our military.

          • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 6:03 am |

            I’m nit sure what list that would be.
            I just put in Mattis and the Bilderburg and found several links.

          • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:10 am |

            You know….I googled what you posted and all I came up with is a bunch of liberal rag web sites with no supporting documentation….You do know that bilderburg provides their guest list online don’t you? I googled the guest lists and nowhere did I find Mattis’s name on the list… thinks you need to quit being so gullible and listening to your liberal talking heads and do your own research ( or better research if you already are)

          • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:37 am |

            did you find the link to hitlery rotten clintoon attending back in 1997 while being the FLOTUS? I figured you wouldn’t want to talk about THAT…..All you have to do is google “FOIA 2008-0637-F – Bilderberg Conferences” and you will see this information comes from the clintoon library itself….but I still have not found any verifiable source which states Mattis was on the guest list….when you can provide me with a valid verifiable source such as I have on clintoon, then we can talk,

          • Think 2 Moves Ahead | January 20, 2018 at 10:04 am |


          • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:34 am |

            I have said it before and I will say it again…Mattis has NEVER attended a Bilderburg get together…..there is no guest list with his name anywhere…..this is again more liberal lies….however, hitlery rotten clintoon did attend back in 1997 and is proven through the clintoon library itself….just google “FOIA 2008-0637-F – Bilderberg Conferences” to see for yourself.

      • Mr. Deplorable | January 19, 2018 at 6:57 pm |

        Disqus eliminated down votes years ago, they just didn’t remove the down arrow.

        • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:04 am |

          The down vote arrow still registers the down vote….you just cannot see it….there is an addon which will allow you to see the down votes…It is called a down vote exposer for chrome and firefox….you can google it and install it and it will then again show you all the down votes.

    • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:12 am |

      According to the guest lists I pulled up Mattis has NEVER attended a bilderburg get together…me thinks your sources be a bit flawed.

      • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 7:18 am |

        Which list would that be?
        Try American Thinker hardly a left leaning site.

        • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:31 am |

          Look, I am not going to argue with you about it….I have seen the guest lists which Bilderburg releases each and every time they have their get together…if you don’t care to believe it from the source then there is nothing more for us to talk about….But how can you sit here making unsubstantiated claims that Mattis attended when his name has never appeared on a guest list….but on the other hand thank you for pushing me to do some more searching…..I did find out that your beloved hitlery rotten clintoon did attend while being the FLOTUS in 1997. Don’t believe me then google “FOIA 2008-0637-F – Bilderberg Conferences”….straight from the clintoon library.

  13. landy fincannon | January 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm |

    Can you say military build up?

  14. I can tell that Hillary lost, the liberals would have had the US on their list of threats to their goal of global socialism.

  15. landy fincannon | January 19, 2018 at 3:57 pm |

    Here we go again. The ruse of the Russian/ Chinese threat.

    If you’ve never read None Dare Call it Conspiracy, you should. It’s free online.

    • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:11 am |

      Let me get this right…..You don’t believe that China is a threat to the USA?

      • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 7:28 am |

        Okay, China’s meteoric rise to power was assisted by whom? After Yalta , Stalin waited until Japan was bombed. Then he broke his non-aggression
        You’re not one of those who subscribe to the accidentalist view of history are you?

        • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:46 am |

          You still haven’t answered my question… you or don’t you believe that China is a threat to the USA?

          • landy fincannon | January 20, 2018 at 8:46 am |

            Yes, China is a “perceived” threat.
            Much like the former USSR.

            You act as if the Powers That Be haven’t played a role in both communists threats rise to power.

            So, do you prescribe to the accidentalist view if history, or are there forces at wirk behind the scene manipulating nations?

  16. Chinese Government and Russian Government won’t threat us. But Democrats. They are dangerous.

  17. Alaska’s Governor Walker wants China to fund his LNG pipeline!! He’s crazy!

  18. The European Union led by Germany is also a threat. Stop arming them. It is a group of socialist countries with an increasing muslim population. Not a friendly combination. Reminds me of the Nazi (Socialist Party) alliance with muslim countries during WW2. The history is repeating itself one more time. Germany started the two World Wars and I think they leading the EU will start WW3.

    • Captain America | January 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm |

      Agreed 100%. I’ve been saying the same thing since Merkel showed herself to be a Communist. Working against her own people that hard is a tough job, unfortunately she does it VERY well!

    • Europe will flip, become totally muslim, with muslim leaders, and voila, they have the nuclear weapons they always seek. Europe is a bigger threat than Russia.

  19. The European Union led by Germany is also a threat. Stop arming them. They are socialist countries with an increasing muslim population.

  20. Nathan Pinnhead | January 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm |

    Trump is beholden to Putin and sva5red of China.

    • Captain America | January 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm |

      Not true. Show any example you can muster. I’ll be waiting for your answer!

      • Nathan Pinnhead | January 19, 2018 at 2:57 pm |

        Director will wrap this up soon. Trump is guilty of money laundering Russian money.

        • Ya, President Trump is guilty. Now I know why he never wanted to show us his tax return, criminal! If I were the dems I’d shut down the government. Show him and the rest of us who really has the power.

          • Captain America | January 19, 2018 at 5:41 pm |

            P-l-e-a-s-e…let the Democrats be stoopid enough to shut the government down. I want an early Christmas this year : ) IF they don’t give in to President Trump here, they will get slaughtered in the mid-terms. Someone make me some popcorn, the heat on that Donkey arse is getting intense!!

          • I was trying to be sarcastic, hope you picked up on it. I hope the veil gets totally lifted on this memo, it’s sounding more like not only did the dems rig the democratic president primaries, which I know, duh, they rigged the election. How great is President Trump? He won a rigged election! I hope we start locking these dirt bags up!

        • Captain America | January 19, 2018 at 5:38 pm |

          Really, that’s the best you have? So far, Mueller has found more corruption of Hillary Clinton, Fusion GPS and the National Democratic Party, than anything having to do with Trump. Before, or after, he became President. Not to mention Gloria Allred (and her lying Daughter Lisa Bloom) and her lying ladies, regarding Judge Roy Moore. I think they will be sued for millions, but we’ll have to wait and hope!

        • money laundering ? you must be very sick….please go see your doctor.

        • Mr. Deplorable | January 19, 2018 at 7:04 pm |

          LOL! keeping rubbing you magic rabbits foot leftard. President Trump will be your president until 2024.

          • All depends on 2018, if Dems get in charge of any part of congress Trump’s MAGA will be shut down and any good that he has done will go away.

    • Mr. Deplorable | January 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm |

      Obama offered his daddy, Putin, his lubed and eagar rump at every G8 meeting.

    • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:15 am |

      And regardless….he is still YOUR president….get used to it numb nut.

  21. All American | January 19, 2018 at 1:29 pm |

    Good! Neither Russia or China have proven that they are America’s friend or allies. Actions speak louder than words.

    • CASSY IS SASSY | January 19, 2018 at 1:54 pm |

      We have got to be very careful…they are both Communist Countries…..
      And everybody knows that you CANNOT TRUST a Communist their only interest is themselves.

      • All American | January 19, 2018 at 2:18 pm |

        So true! Power and destruction to get there is of no concern to either!
        MAGA MASA MAAA🇺🇸

      • Robert Sparks | January 19, 2018 at 4:46 pm |

        Russia is no longer Communist. China is Communist but they allowed some free market ideas.

        • Disgusted Caucasian | January 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm |

          Russia will be communist again if Putin has his way. You are a bit off on China. They are communist in their method of government and how they manage their subjects but embrace Capitalism only to benefit the party members.

        • nfcapitalist | January 19, 2018 at 5:11 pm |

          Russia called themselves communists although they never met that definition, so they are authoritarian and that hasn’t changed, they want Europe and China wants Russia… like Hitler wanted Europe and Stalin wanted the rest…

      • Disgusted Caucasian | January 19, 2018 at 4:59 pm |

        WE have learned that here with our own version…the democrats.

      • Ummm. I think Russia is no longer a communist country. They do have elections via public voting. I believe they are a republic like America is.

        If I’m wrong correct me

        • nfcapitalist | January 19, 2018 at 5:08 pm |

          You’re wrong… if Venezuela has public voting and not a communist regime… well, not a Republic like America is.

        • Robert Love | January 19, 2018 at 5:40 pm |

          They may call theirselves a republic with so called free elections. But ask yourself, how long has Putin been in office, and how many times has he been reelected.

          • They don’t have term limits. You can make some conjecture that he’s elected by foul means, but you and I have no proof. The people like the guy, it’s as simple as that.

        • CASSY IS SASSY | January 20, 2018 at 4:20 am |

          Sorry it took me so long to answer you…I live on the other side of the Pond so I have quite a few hours TIME difference.
          So Yes,you are right…..About them not having the Title or Claiming of being a COMMUNIST country…………..They “CLAIM” that they are no longer communist…..But in reality, it still is.
          They are not republic like America.
          Yes Russia has elections….But they are rigged…Why?…Communism.

          What’s the difference between Communism and Socialism anyway?
          There are quite a few European countries that were occupied by the communist Russians, and were forced to obey the communist rules.

          When the Soviet Union fell apart after the Russians had been kicked out from East Germany,Poland, Czechoslovakia,Hungary, Ukraine,Etc…These European countries became Socialist under the EU umbrella.

          So….Even though Russia however CLAIMS not to be communist, they still follow their communist ways/views.

        • andrew moore | January 20, 2018 at 7:20 am |

          At the core believe me they are communist…..but on the outside they have moved towards a more capitalistic presentation. They had to to survive their economic meltdown…but you can bet a dollar to a doughnut once they have obtained the wealth that they once had through capitalism you will see the communistic veil being worn underneath removed

      • Tango Uniform | January 19, 2018 at 11:27 pm |

        The only good Red is a dead Red.

    • China and Russia, two biggest opponents of freedom. BEWARE!!!

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