Expert Warns: U.S. Might Boost Nuclear Stockpile Due to China, Russia Aggression

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Folks, it’s time to wake up. The Biden administration is toying with the idea of deploying more nuclear weapons as China and Russia ramp up their aggression. Pranay Vaddi, the National Security Council’s top arms control official, warned that without a change in our adversaries’ arsenals, we might need to increase our nuclear stockpile soon. This would mark a dramatic shift from decades of U.S. policy aimed at reducing nuclear arms.

Let me be clear: we’re not talking about a minor adjustment. This is about matching the nuclear capabilities of two adversaries actively working to outgun us. Vaddi stated during a June 7 meeting of the Arms Control Association that if adversary arsenals don’t change, the U.S. might have no choice but to deploy more nuclear weapons to protect Americans and our allies.

What sparked this alarm? Last year, a report from the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States urged the nation to expand and modernize its nuclear arsenal. The report highlighted the increasing threat from China and Russia, pointing out that soon, we will face a world where both these nations possess nuclear arsenals comparable to ours.

The commission’s report isn’t fearmongering; it’s a call to action. Madelyn Creedon, a commission member, emphasized that China and Russia are aggressively modernizing their nuclear and conventional forces. Their endgame is clear: to replace the U.S. as the leader of the international order with regimes more conducive to their authoritarian ideals.

Let’s put this into perspective. The U.S. currently abides by the New START treaty, which limits deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550. Yet, Russia claimed last year to have “suspended” its participation in this treaty, a move Washington rightly declared “legally invalid.” Meanwhile, China is on a fast track, with the Pentagon estimating it will have over 1,000 nuclear warheads by 2030. They already have more long-range missile launchers than we do.

This is not just about numbers; it’s about maintaining our global standing and preventing authoritarian regimes from dictating international norms. Creedon warned that a worldwide nuclear conflict could easily ignite from a regional skirmish that escalates out of control. We can’t afford to be complacent.

Yet, only some see it this way. Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) argued at the meeting that the U.S. already has enough firepower to destroy any adversary. He calls for prioritizing arms control and de-escalation, advocating for restraint and risk reduction. Garamendi’s view might sound noble, but let’s not be naive. Restraint won’t stop China and Russia from pursuing their ambitions. It’s crucial to balance deterrence with defense and to recognize the real threats we face.

Look, folks, this isn’t just about national pride. It’s about survival. It’s about ensuring that the United States remains a superpower capable of defending its interests and those of its allies. We need a strategy that acknowledges the threats posed by China and Russia without burying our heads in the sand.

Suppose we ignore these warnings and continue down a path of naivety. In that case, we risk being unprepared for the realities of modern geopolitical threats. The stakes are too high for half-measures. The Biden administration must take these threats seriously and act accordingly. Strength and preparedness are not warmongering but necessary to ensure peace through deterrence.

It’s high time we reassess our nuclear strategy. The world is changing, and so must our approach to defense. We need leadership that understands the gravity of these threats and is willing to take the challenging steps necessary to protect our nation and our way of life. Ignoring these dangers will only lead us down a path of vulnerability and potential disaster. Let’s hope the Biden administration heeds these warnings and takes the necessary steps to secure our future.