A four-star Air Force general sent a memo on Friday to the officers he commands. In the memo, he predicts that the United States will be at war with China in two years and tells them to prepare by firing “a clip” at a target, and “aim for the head.”
In the memo sent Friday and obtained by NBC News, Gen. Mike Minihan, head of Air Mobility Command, said, “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me we will fight in 2025.” Minihan said in the memo that because both Taiwan and the U.S. will have presidential elections in 2024, the U.S. will be “distracted,” and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have an opportunity to move on Taiwan.
He could be right. But some of humanity is figuring out what “elections” and “democracy” really are, and what they have been since the beginning. That means not everyone will be distracted by the illusion of freedom forever. Hopefully, we’ll see people figure it out before 2024.
The signed memo is addressed to all air wing commanders in Air Mobility Command (AMC) and other Air Force operational commanders. Additionally, it orders them to report all major efforts to prepare for “the China fight” to Minihan by February 28.
During the month of February, he wants all AMC personnel to “fire a clip into a 7-meter target with the full understanding that unrepentant lethality matters most. Aim for the head.” He also orders all personnel to update their records and emergency contacts. In March he directs all AMC personnel to “consider their personal affairs and whether a visit should be scheduled with their servicing base legal office to ensure they are legally ready and prepared.”
He also directs the KC-135 units to prepare “drone swarms” and for “delivering 100 off-the-shelf size and type UAVs from a single aircraft.”
Defense Department press secretary Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder said in a statement, “The National Defense Strategy makes clear that China is the pacing challenge for the Department of Defense and our focus remains on working alongside allies and partners to preserve a peaceful, free, and open Indo-Pacific.” -NBC News
When asked earlier this month whether a Chinese invasion of Taiwan was imminent, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said, “What we’re seeing recently, is some very provocative behavior on the part of China’s forces and their attempt to re-establish a new normal…But whether or not that means that an invasion is imminent,” said Austin, “I seriously doubt that.”