Mike Pompeo has done a lot for the country so far in his lifetime, including his time as secretary of state and CIA director during the Trump administration. On January 28th, he brought his experience to Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Saturday for an exclusive interview concerning a memo recently released by an Air Force General warning troops to be prepared for a war with China.
According to NBC News on January 27th, US Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC) issued a memorandum to his airmen that predicted a conflict with China no later than 2025. With Presidential elections slated for 2024 in the US as well as Taiwan, he predicted that they would “distract” both nations, and that would provide the opportunity for Chinese President Xi Jinping to move in on Taiwan. “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025,” he emphasized.
General Minihan’s memo issued a warning to all air wing commanders in AMC and other Air Force operational commanders to report their progress of major efforts to prepare for a conflict with China by February 28th. As it stands, AMC is responsible for transport and refueling missions around the globe.
Pompeo’s appearance only underlined Minihan’s memo as being the right thing to do. Speaking with Breitbart News Washington Bureau Chief Matt Boyle, he explained that he had not yet read the memo but “the general point is very well taken.”
“The Chinese Communist Party has frankly…been at war, at the very least economic war, with the United States for 40 years, and we just turn the other cheek and let them run over us and build their economy on the backs of the American worker. And so I’m glad to see this.” Pompeo then explained how this tied in with what he had been saying for ages.
“Yes, our military should get ready. I don’t know if 2024, 2025 is the moment, but we should be doing the hard work, getting our military space systems, our cyber systems, all of those lined up, and then working our tails off to continue to build on what I write about in [my book] Never Give an Inch; India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, our partners in the region the Philippines we should be working with them to deliver against the Chinese Communist Party a capacity to deter them from doing precisely what [Minihan] writes about.”
With all the evidence that this is going to happen, it was slightly reassuring, but also slightly panicky to hear Pompeo talk about what he sees from the Biden administration. “It’s possible to do — I pray that President Biden and his team are up to that task, and they are serious about it. I have seen some evidence that they’re working on it, but not not remotely fast enough, or seriously enough.” Despite being a short interview coming in at under 20 minutes, the certainty with which Pompeo talks about us being destined for conflict is concerning.
In the AMC, they have 50,000 service members in their command with over 500 aircraft. The global refueling and transportation mission is one they don’t take lightly. In some air stations like the ones found in Antarctica, Guam, or Alaska, they can be the only military ones for thousands of miles, so the refueling mission suddenly takes on a whole new level of importance. It also underscores why the February and March missions General Minihan is forecasting are so important.
He instructed commanders that in February they must “fire a clip into a 7-meter target with the full understanding that unrepentant lethality matters most. Aim for the head.” In March he directed they “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.”
While leftists will consider this doomsday or tinfoil hat-level guidance, his orders, and Pompeo’s agreement should be all the military and Americans need to realize that we need to get ready for war as a nation. If it’s as bad as forecasts say it could be, this could mark the return of the draft thanks to downsizing.