US, Allies ‘Unprepared’ to Face New Global Threats

The US and The NATO flag flie in front of two US Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircrafts at the Air Base of the Lithuanian Armed Forces in Šiauliai, Lithuania, on April 27, 2016.

© AFP 2016/ Petras Malukas

 

Former Australian national-security adviser Andrew Shearer claims that the United States and its allies around the world remain unprepared to deal with a new era of emerging global threats.

Although the United States and its allies “face an unprecedented range of threats,” they are “neither psychologically nor materially prepared for these threats,” Shearer, who was an adviser to prime ministers John Howard and Tony Abbott, said Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

He warned that Washington and its friends are too confident in their own power and haven’t devoted enough resources to creating the military force needed to defend against the expanding range of threats.

“The US alliance with Thailand remains in the deep freeze…while President [Rodrigo] Duterte has declared the Philippines’ separation from the United States,” Shearer also told a conference audience Monday.

President Park Geun-hye of South Korea has been a strong supporter of her country’s alliance with the United States, but her scandal-tainted political future is now uncertain, Shearer explained.

“The implications of the political crisis engulfing President Park’s administration in South Korea are unclear,” he acknowledged.

Full article: US, Allies ‘Unprepared’ to Face New Global Threats (Sputnik News)

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