WW3 COMING: General Dempsey and John Kerry DOWNPLAY Russian retaliation!
I’ve found the whole transcript… I will paste the Martin and Holding conversation along with a response from Kerry as well….
This was Wednesday 9/4/2013 during the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.
REP. GEORGE HOLDING (R), NORTH CAROLINA: Militarily speaking, is Russia still a superpower?
DEMPSEY: I think the answer to that question is when you look at instruments of power, look at ourselves. So, it’s a combination of military, diplomatic and economic power that defines us as a — quote, unquote — “superpower.”
I think that Russia possesses elements that would qualify them to join the club of superpowers. They still have an incredible strategic arsenal. But, conventionally, I wouldn’t put them in that class. And so I think there’s parts of their apparatus that rise to that level.
HOLDING: Well, obviously, we all know that Syria and Russia are close allies. Syria is Russia’s last ally in the Middle East. Syria has the only Russian military base outside of Russia.
If Russia decided to strike at us in that theater, what are the top three options that they would have to strike us in retaliation for us striking their closest ally?
DEMPSEY: You know, Congressman, I’m going to suggest that it wouldn’t be helpful in this setting to have a discussion about that kind of hypothetical. But I do have some views about it that I could share in a classified environment.
HOLDING: Well, we can certainly say that Russia would have options to strike us in that theater in retaliation for us striking…
DEMPSEY: Russia has capabilities that range from the asymmetric, including cyber, all the way up through strategic nuclear weapons. And again it wouldn’t be helpful in this setting to speculate about that.
HOLDING: Yes, sir. Thank you.
Few minutes later….
KERRY: Can I just also — Congressman Holding left a question on the table that I want to make sure it’s not hanging out there.
KERRY: Foreign Minister Lavrov of Russia has made it clear — quote — I pretty much — paraphrase — Russia does not intend to fight a war over Syria.
And I have had personal conversations with President Putin and with the foreign minister that have indicated that Syria doesn’t rise to that level of potential conflict. And so I just — don’t their ships are kind of staying out of the way. They’re not threatening that. And I don’t think that would be what would happen here.
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