U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates apparently thinks his country should be armed for a big war. "We need a full set of measures to conduct a war, including both special military units necessary for war against terrorists and infantry troops to be able to fight against large regular armies. We do not know what changes can take place in such countries as Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and others," Robert Gates stated.
He made this statement during hearings in the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, when congressmen were discussing United States? military budget of FY2008. Gates supported the military budget, which supposes to increase the number of U.S. infantry and marines. These measures must increase the number of ?free detachments? under the control of Pentagon, in order to be able to respond to possible new threats.
It is worth mentioning that after the end of "cold war" Russia and China were not labeled by the higher command representatives of U.S. army as potential enemies contrary to North Korea and Iran, and now Russia is included in the list of the so called "axis of evil" and even takes the first place.
Ok, at least the USA doesn`t pretend to be a friend anymore. Words like "Russia is the enemy" have become a common thing, even in newspapers headings
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