History of Earthquakes before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)


History of earthquakes in Lower Hudson ValleySwapna Venugopal Ramaswamy
9:05 a.m. ET Feb. 7, 2018
At around 6:14 a.m. this morning, a 2.2-magnitude earthquake was reported about three miles northwest of Mohegan Lake in Yorktown, according to the United States Geological Survey. The epicenter of the quake was in Putnam Valley.
Social media was rife with posts on the quake with people from Chappaqua, Cortlandt, Lewisboro, Mahopac and Putnam Valley chiming in with their rattling experiences, though it wasn’t nearly as strong as the 5.0 earthquake our forefathers experienced here in 1783.
Lower Hudson Valley earthquakes through the years:
1783 — The epicenter of a magnitude 5.0 earthquake may have been the Westchester-Putnam county line and was felt as far south as Philadelphia.
1884 — A magnitude 5.2 earthquake was centered off Rockaway, Queens, causing property damage but no injuries to people. A dead dog was reported.
1970 to 1987 — Between these years, instruments at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory in Rockland County recorded 21 quakes in Westchester and two in Manhattan.
October 1985 — A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was centered in an unincorporated part of Greenburgh between Ardsley and Yonkers. Tremors shook the metropolitan area and were felt in Philadelphia, southern Canada and Long Island.
November 1988 — A quake 90 miles north of Quebec City in eastern Canada registered magnitude 6.0 with tremors felt in the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City.
June 1991 — A 4.4-magnitude quake struck west of Albany, rattling homes.
April 1991 — A quake registering between magnitude 2.0 and 2.6 struck Westchester and Fairfield, Conn. It lasted just five seconds and caused no damage.
January 2003 — Two small earthquakes struck the area surrounding Hastings-on-Hudson. One was a magnitude of 1.2, the other 1.4.
March 2006 — Two earthquakes struck Rockland. The first, at 1.1 magnitude, hit 3.3 miles southwest of Pearl River; the second, 1.3 magnitude, was centered in the West Nyack-Blauvelt-Pearl River area.
July 2014 — “Micro earthquake” struck, 3.1 miles beneath the Appalachian Trail in a heavily wooded area of Garrison.
January 2016 —  A 2.1 magnitude earthquake occurred at 12:58 a.m. northwest of Ringwood, N.J., and the earthquake was felt in the western parts of Ramapo, including the Hillburn and Sloatsburg areas.
April 2017 —  A 1.3 magnitude quake rumbled in Pawling on April 10. Putnam County residents in Brewster, Carmel, Patterson and Putnam Valley, as well as Dutchess County residents in Wingdale felt the earthquake.
Twitter: @SwapnaVenugopal

Russia Warns of Upcoming Nuclear War: Revelation 16

Russia Warns Defeat in Ukraine May Become Nuclear War

 The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war may trigger a nuclear war.” Medvedev commented on Telegram to dissuade NATO leaders meeting at Ramstein Air Base in Germany to discuss strategies and support for Ukraine. Medvedev wanted to remind the West about the risks of their policies and actions.

As soon as the conflict began, Russia threatened nuclear war against any country aiding Ukraine. The world dismissed the comments as propaganda and posturing. Medvedev frequently makes threats and ominous statements , so it may be tempting to dismiss his remarks again as more Russian propaganda and psychological warfare. Quickly ignoring it may not be wise because there is a change in his tone and something very different this time. He acknowledged that the surge of Western weapons to Ukrainian battlefields might lead to a Russian defeat. 

Russia believes NATO is committed to Russian destruction, a claim the U.S. and NATO deny. The Kremlin considers the $billions of Western weaponsand foreign fighters in Ukraine are undeniable evidence that Russia and NATO are actively fighting a hot war and NATO is committed to Russia’s destruction. Medvedev’s comments convey that Russia either feels like a cornered animal fighting for its life or wants the world to think they feel like a trapped animal. Either way, fear is now a variable, and the nuclear threat is significantly more credible than a year ago because the Russian mentality is that a world without Russia is not a world that should exist. 

Life is filled with uncertainties and risks. When governments decide that war and destruction are the only way to preserve life, uncertainties grow exponentially. Nations don’t know all their weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The book Art of War by Sun Tzu says, “So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong, and strike at what is weak.” Attacking the U.S. military head-on as an opening move would be foolish. A pawn against the queen won’t end well for the pawn. However, a pawn against a queen with a rook, bishop, and knight reinforcing it is a different story altogether.

The U.S. military has the toughest men and women on the planet. Hooah. Why would anyone want to mess with the U.S. military? Instead, the enemy wants to fight places the military is not. The enemy tries to expose vulnerabilities so it can divide and conquer. When those vulnerabilities, like supply lines, get attacked, commanders divide resources to protect those vulnerabilities. The more division of the forces to protect soft targets creates a higher likelihood of success against hard targets. (Please skip the rest of this paragraph if you don’t want to read a social commentary. Our country’s social/political divisions are strikingly similar to the military strategy we are discussing. The division is likely a deliberate act of sabotage decades in the making leading to the overthrow of American international supremacy. The first word of our country’s name is United, but now we are divided. The strength of our shared identity has diminished because of the weaknesses of individuals’ feelings. They don’t attack what is strong, but what is weak.)

The vulnerabilities and uncertainties of war abound. For example, two days ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh detailed how U.S. divers were responsible for bombing the Nord Stream pipeline in September. Russia has vowed retaliation against the U.S. Russia believes that the report should be the basis of an international investigation “bringing Biden and his accomplices to justice” .

What does that retaliation look like? Are they planning to cut internet cables under the ocean? Are they planning a cyber event to crash the market? Will it be a dirty bomb in downtown Chicago with materials smuggled across the Southern border? Will it be the slow knife of inflation and higher energy prices like what Russia created this morning by cutting oil production by 500,000 barrels per day? Where should resources be devoted to protecting against Russian retaliation? Where are we vulnerable? The key is knowing what is worthwhile enough to safeguard and secure. The answer for most people is that their family is worth protecting.

In a very real way, finances are an essential part of the infrastructure we use to protect our families. However, finances are subject to the same vulnerabilities as soft military targets. Several forces are trying to figure out how to separate you from your wealth. The government constantly spends money and finds new ways to tax. Inflation destroys purchasing power without changing the balance of your bank account. Identity theft is a dynamic and growing threat. War can destroy supply chains and market participation. When the worst happens, the paper will not protect your wealth. 

Paper assets like stocks and cash are vulnerable. Do they serve a valuable function? Of course, paper assets can be beneficial, but they are weak. Owning precious metals acknowledges the risks and uncertainties that life brings. The thing precious metals does better than anything else is protect purchasing power. Investment gains can come with precious metals, but it is wealth preservation against uncertainty first. Russia is threatening retaliation for the Nord Stream pipeline and nuclear war in the case of defeat in Ukraine. Has there ever been more uncertainty in the world than now?

The death of the Iran nuclear deal means the end of prophecy

The Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site 150 miles southwest of Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 23, 2019.

Reporter’s Notebook: Does the near death of the Iran nuclear deal mean the end of diplomacy?

One expert believes ‘Iran decided they weren’t that interested,’ in a return to the deal

By Amy Kellogg | Fox News

Iran nuclear deal standoff

Former President Trump dumped the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 because he thought it was “horrible.” President Biden tried to pick up the pieces, believing the broken accord was the best chance at keeping Tehran from building a nuclear weapon on the sly. Iran wanted back in for the sanctions relief that would come with a fresh accord.  

“I think basically Iran decided they weren’t that interested in it,” Mark Fitzpatrick, an associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), tells Fox News. “Compromises were made that met their bottom lines and then they added new bottom lines.” 

Fitzpatrick said the U.S. had grudgingly accepted a final text and then Iran wanted guarantees that no future United States president could break the deal as Trump did, which, Fitzpatrick said, is something Biden would not have the power to do. Also, Fitzpatrick adds, Tehran wanted the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog the IAEA to call off its investigation into Iran’s past nuclear development work and agree not to start any new digging around. The U.S. would not and could not, Fitzpatrick says, agree to fetter the IAEA. 

The Arak heavy water reactor’s secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site 150 miles southwest of Tehran, Iran, on Dec. 23, 2019. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, FILE)

There have been loads of meetings between the international parties involved to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) over the last few years and the sides got very close to re-negotiating an agreement to keep Iran’s nuclear program from spinning out of control. Then, finally, the momentum died. The deal has unofficially been declared dead. So what happened?

Mohammad Marandi was an adviser to Iran’s nuclear negotiating team. He believes the Europeans at the table thought Iran’s demands were reasonable, but that U.S. politics again destroyed the deal. 

“The problem,” he tells Fox News from Tehran, “is that the White House didn’t show political will before the midterm elections. They were afraid that the Republicans and their opponents would say that Biden has given away too many concessions to the Iranians and that Biden is weak and that would hurt them during elections… I don’t even know if Biden is in charge in the White House,” he said. “But whoever is needs to make a decision.”

But that decision has been made. The White House has confirmed the president is not seeking to pursue progress on the deal anytime soon. Iran’s brutal crackdown on protesters since September and its sale of drones to Russia for use in Ukraine seem to have put the final nail in the JCPOA’s coffin. Even if Iran had dropped its final demands, Fitzpatrick believes, it would be too late. 

“I don’t think President Biden could have done a deal with a regime that was killing its own people and then soon after that was shown to have been sending drones to Russia that were killing Ukrainian civilians,” Fitzpatrick said. “And there’s a bunch of other stuff Iran was doing that just made it unpalatable to do a deal with them.”

Marandi toes the Iranian government line that the protests are violent “riots” and disputes the widely reported death toll of more than 500, including dozens of children. His figures contradict what the White House and the West overall believe to be true, and he slams the United States for its criticism of the Iranian regime’s crackdown.

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, Oct. 1, 2022.

Iranians protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, Oct. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Middle East Images, File)

“Iranian internal affairs have nothing to do with the United States and the nuclear deal. And the negotiations for restarting the nuclear deal are not linked to any other issue, whether it’s defense capabilities or regional politics or Iranian internal politics. And the United States, if it is concerned about police brutality, should look closer to home.”

Fitzpatrick says there is no comparison, noting that the United States is publicly grappling with the issue of policy brutality, while Iran’s situation is quite different. “It’s not like the federal government (of the U.S.) is sending morality police to beat up women and then other police to beat up peaceful protesters. Iran has killed 71 children in its crackdown.”

This gives a flavor for what must have gone on in those rooms in Vienna, where nuclear talks more often than not took place. Fitzpatrick says Iran’s leaders, despite the talk of wanting sanctions relief, may, in the end, actually be quite happy where they are. 

“I think one of the reasons Iran is not interested in the deal is because the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC, benefits from sanctions when the sanctions drive private businesses out,” Fitzpatrick said. “The IRGC, as a state organization, can take over trade and they can impose their own tax, hidden or not. So what’s in it for them to go back to a deal where they lose their trade and more avenues of power?”

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 15, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi during the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 15, 2022. (Sputnik/Alexandr Demyanchuk/Pool via Reuters)

Fitzpatrick thinks the JCPOA, while not perfect, was a good deal and contained Iran’s nuclear program, buying some time until perhaps a better solution could be found. Buying time, he says, is also policy. Marandi, at least on the face of it, also seems to believe that a deal is worth doing. 

But as that looks unlikely, Iran’s partners in the deal are at a crossroads where there is no tangible or effective Iran policy other than deterrence by the ominous warning that “all options are on the table” to keep Iran from one day building a bomb. But, Fitzpatrick concludes, above all it is important that diplomacy in this story dies last, even if the JCPOA has flatlined.

Amy Kellogg currently serves as a correspondent based in Milan. She joined FOX News Channel (FNC) in 1999 as a Moscow-based correspondent. Follow her on Twitter: @amykelloggfox

Meet the Antichrist: Moqtada al-Sadr

Cleric who fought US troops is winning Iraq’s election: Meet Moqtada al Sadr

Natasha Turak | @NatashaTurak

Published 11:45 AM ET Mon, 14 May 2018 Updated 9:54 AM ET Tue, 15 May 2018 CNBC.com


Iraqi Shiite cleric and leader Moqtada al-Sadr (C-L) shows his ink-stained index finger and holds a national flag while surrounded by people outside a polling station in the central holy city of Najaf on May 12, 2018 as the country votes in the first parliamentary election since declaring victory over the Islamic State (IS) group.

More than 91 percent of Iraq’s votes have been tallied after polls closed over the weekend in Iraq’s first election since defeating the Islamic State (ISIS) late last year.
And they reveal a shock win for firebrand Iraqi cleric Moqtada al Sadr, who wasn’t even running for prime minister, along with his coalition allies, the Iraqi Communist Party.
He was followed by Iran-backed Shia militia leader Hadi Al Amiri, while incumbent Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, initially predicted to win re-election, trailed in third. Voter turnout was a low 44.5 percent, indicating widespread voter apathy and pessimism, observers said.

Reports show that Sadr’s “Sairoon” alliance won more than 1.3 million votes, translating to 54 seats in the country’s 329-seat parliament, taking the greatest share among a broad and fractured array of parties.

Who is Moqtada al Sadr?

A win for Sadr, the populist Shia leader known for his anti-American campaigns and his populist appeal to Iraq’s young and poor, could dramatically change Iraq’s political landscape and its relationship with external powers like the U.S. and Iran.
In addition to pushing for the removal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Sadr is avidly opposed to Iranian influence in his country. That influence has grown significantly thanks to the pivotal role played by Iran-backed militias in driving out ISIS.
The influential cleric, who has millions of religious followers, cannot become prime minister as he did not run for the position himself — but his electoral success means he will likely have a key role in deciding who does.

Powerful charisma

Sadr has spearheaded a number of political movements in Iraq, gaining infamy for directing attacks on U.S. troops in the wake of the 2003 Iraq invasion. His charismatic sermons have drawn hundreds of thousands into the streets over a range of causes. More recently, he’s led campaigns and protests against corruption within the Shia-led government as well as against Iranian influence, and pledged to overcome sectarianism by leading a secular coalition that includes Iraq’s communists.
Sadr in 2003 created the Mahdi Army, which executed the first major armed confrontation against U.S. forces in Iraq led by the Shia community — and it posed such a threat that U.S. forces were instructed to kill or capture him. The group, which numbered up to 10,000, was also accused of carrying out atrocities against Iraq’s Sunnis. It was disbanded in 2008, but re-mobilized in 2014 to fight ISIS.
The cleric owes much of his religious following to the legacy of his father, an influential Iraqi ayatollah murdered in the 1990s for opposing former President Saddam Hussein, and has spent much of his career championing Shia causes.

AHMAD AL-RUBAYE | AFP | Getty Images

But in the last year, he’s undergone something of a reinvention: he has reached out to Sunni Gulf neighbors, most notably in 2017 visits to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, where he met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) powers typically shunned Iraq’s Shia, but are now making headway in the country through investment and economic aid, seen partially as an attempt to counter arch-rival Iran’s entrenched influence in the country.
Ahead of the election, Sadr pledged a commitment to abandon sectarianism by forming a coalition with secular Sunnis and Iraq’s Communist Party, who have as a result seen their best election performance ever.
Sadr‘s strong showing suggests that he maintains a relatively loyal following and that his nationalist, cross-sectarian platform was effective at mobilizing voters in challenging conditions,” said Ryan Turner, a senior risk analyst at London-based PGI Group.
He has also stopped advocating violence, said Renad Mansour, an Iraq researcher and fellow at U.K. policy institute Chatham House. “He passed the use of violence for his political agenda,” Mansour said. “But say if the U.S. come back and occupy Iraq, I imagine that this would change.”

Possible kingmaker

Because of the fractured nature of Iraqi politics, no candidate or bloc has won an outright majority. The winners of the most seats must negotiate a coalition government within 90 days, during which a long complex process of compromise will have to unfold. Winning the greatest share of votes does not directly translate to leading the government.
“Depending on the final tallies and political jockeying, Sadr may find himself in a position to play kingmaker, which could see Abadi reappointed prime minister,” Turner said, referring to the current prime minister, who was widely praised for leading the fight against ISIS and for balancing relationships across sects and external powers.
But to do so, Sadr would likely have to outmaneuver Iran, which would prefer to see Amiri — the candidate who finished second place — assume the premiership. Tehran wields much of its influence by pushing its preferred policies through Iranian-backed candidates and political players like Amiri. A major objective of Iran’s is to push the U.S. out of Iraq, where some 5,000 troops still remain.

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to Bravo Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, maneuver through a hallway as part of squad level training at Camp Taji, Iraq.

Department of Defense photo

U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to Bravo Troop, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, maneuver through a hallway as part of squad level training at Camp Taji, Iraq.

The extent to which the reforms Sadr has championed can take place will be determined by these fractured politics, said Mansour. “So far Sadr has been a very vocal voice demanding change — the question becomes whether he’ll actually be able to maneuver around the system that Iraq is, which is one where power is so diffuse among different entities that it’s hard for one group to have complete control. But I think he certainly will try and be more dramatic about it.”
Labeled one of the most corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International, Iraq is still mired in poverty and dysfunction following its bloody, three-year battle against ISIS.
Officials estimate they’ll need at least $100 billion to rebuild the country’s destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure, and improvised explosive devices and landmines remain scattered throughout the country. The composition of the new government will be crucial in determining how Iraq moves forward.
“It’s not clear that Sadr‘s rising political influence will undermine Iraq’s recent progress,” Turner said, noting that despite the cleric’s past, he has cooperated with Abadi and backed changes intended to reduce corruption. “Much will depend on what happens next, and whether Sadr is able to quickly form a governing coalition or Iraq enters a period of prolonged deadlock as after the 2010 election.”Natasha TurakCorrespondent, CNBC

When Vladimir Putin is expected to launch ‘unstoppable’ nuclear Satan-2 missile

The firing may even be timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Russia Ukraine war  (AP)
The firing may even be timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Russia Ukraine war (AP)

When Vladimir Putin is expected to launch ‘unstoppable’ nuclear Satan-2 missile

Fri, February 10, 2023, 3:50 AM MST

The dates that Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to launch an ‘unstoppable’ nuclear Satan-2 missile have been revealed.

The tyrant is tipped to be readying the missile to shock the West, as he plans to test launch his 208-tonne hypersonic Satan-2 apocalypse missile within days.

The firing of the explosive, which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads, may coincide with the anniversary of the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24, 2022.

Putin has said that ‘no defense systems’ will be able to defend the Satan-2 (EPA)
Putin has said that ‘no defense systems’ will be able to defend the Satan-2 (EPA)

Reportedly, military insiders say that they have been warned to expect the launch of the “unstoppable” Satan-2 missile between February 15 and 25.

Also known as the Sarmat to Russians, officials in remote districts of Kamchatka, a peninsula in the Russian Far East, have been urged to prepare themselves for its test launch.

It will be targeted at Kura test range, where restrictions on movements for local residents will be put in place in three districts.

The test range is a Russian intercontinental ballistic missile impact area located in northern Kamchatka Krai in the Russian Far East.

Military insiders also say that the expected launch may simply be a test to see how “unstoppable” the Satan-2 is, despite unexplained delays in the development of the “big beast” weapon.

A Satan-2 missile is estimated to be 116 feet, capable of carrying 15 nuclear warheads simultaneously. Its reach is capable of destroying the United Kingdom within six minutes, even from a distance of 1,600 miles.

In April 2022, Russia conducted a first test launch of its Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service)
In April 2022, Russia conducted a first test launch of its Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service)

It has also been suggested on the MilitaryRussia.ru Telegram channel that Putin could stage test launches of the Bulava or Yars, which is a development of the Topol missile.

Previously, the intercontinental ballistic missile was hailed by the Russian despot as being able to fly over the North or South Poles and strike any target in the world.

Speaking about the missile in March 2018, during his state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said: “No defense systems will be able to withstand it.”

News of the tests follows reports that Russia is massing 1,800 tanks, 700 aircraft, and a whopping 500,000 men for a new Ukraine assault in just 10 days, according to a Ukrainian official.

Foreign Policy has also reported that Putin is also gathering 2,700 artillery guns and 810 rocket launchers for a “new wave of attacks”.

An official added: “It’s much bigger than what took place in the first wave.”

This comes following Vlodomyr Zelensky’s visit to the UK this week, where he pleaded for more jets to help his fight against the Russian army in his country.

Putin is believed to be preparing for a massive new offensive.

The new assault is feared to be “much bigger” than last year, when Russian troops first stormed across Ukraine and towards Kyiv.

Antichrist: Turkey-Syria Earthquake ‘Divine Punishment’ for Weak Response to Quran Burning

Iraqi Shiite Cleric: Turkey-Syria Earthquake ‘Divine Punishment’ for Weak Response to Quran Burning

Iraqi Shiite Cleric: Turkey-Syria Earthquake ‘Divine Punishment’ for Weak Response to Quran Burning

Ruetir by Ruetir

 February 10, 2023

Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr sparked outrage after calling the earthquake in Turkey-Syria divine punishment. Photo/Reuters

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr sparked outrage online after citing the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on Monday was triggered by the weak response of Arab and Muslim countries to burning the Quran in Europe.

Sadr earlier posted a statement of condolences to the people of Turkey and Syria after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southern Turkey early Monday.

Sadr earlier posted statements of condolences to the people of Turkey and Syria, after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit southern Turkey early Monday.

“If Arab and Muslim countries had taken a respectful stance in defending the noble Koran… even if it was at a level like closing the Swedish embassy in their countries or reducing diplomatic representation, God Almighty would not have sent the message (of a terrible earthquake), ” he wrote on Twitter last Tuesday as quoted from New Arab, Friday (10/2/2023).

The quake had a similarly devastating effect on a wide area of ​​northern Syria, which has suffered from a 12-year conflict and an unprecedented economic crisis.

“So for how long? How much longer is the distance from God, His scriptures and His holiness?” asked al-Sadr, as he denounced the “unacceptable burning of the Torah by some Muslims” in response to the burning of the Koran.

The Threat of the Chinese Nuclear Horn: Daniel 7

Chinese Spy Balloon

China’s Growing Nuclear Arsenal Is A Bigger Threat Than A Spy Balloon, And The U.S. Helped Make It Possible


FEBRUARY 09, 2023

Hopefully, the Chinese spy balloon incident will become a turning point, a wake-up call for a divided nation.


The sight of a Chinese spy balloon last week has forced many Americans to confront the security threat the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) poses to America’s homeland. Unfortunately, the CCP possesses something far scarier and deadlier than balloons: a rapidly growing stockpile of nuclear weapons. 

Measured by the number of nuclear warheads, China has at least 350 as of June 2022, far less than Russia’s 5,977 and the United States’ 5,428. Still, the speed at which China is building up its nuclear arsenal is worrisome.


Last year, a U.S. Department of Defense report predicted that “China would field a stockpile of about 1,500 warheads by 2035.” At the end of last month, right before the balloon became national news, the Pentagon told Congress, “The number of land-based fixed and mobile ICBM launchers in China exceeds the number of ICBM launchers in the United States.” ICBM stands for intercontinental ballistic missile, which can reach a target more than 5,000 miles away. Whether by coincidence or design, during the balloon’s week-long “tour” in the U.S., it flew by Montana, where more than 100 U.S. ICBMs are stationed.

One explanation of the CCP’s motive for rapidly growing its nuclear weapons stockpiles is that the CCP has witnessed how Russia’s possession of nuclear weapons has deterred Western democracies and the United States from directly engaging in a military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Should China’s People’s Liberation Army invade Taiwan, the CCP probably hopes its growing nuclear weapon stockpiles will also deter Taiwan’s allies, including Japan and the U.S., from coming to Taiwan’s rescue. Undoubtedly, China’s nuclear weapons threaten the security of the U.S. and its allies in Asia. 

What’s even more depressing is that the U.S. helped China build its nuclear weapons. The Wall Street Journal reported that the China Academy of Engineering Physics (CAEP), the nation’s top nuclear weapons research institute, has been able to acquire U.S.-made advanced semiconductor chips on the open market in the last two years to assist Chinese scientists’ research, which can have applications to China’s nuclear weapons program.

This revelation shocked many because the U.S. government has put such advanced semiconductor chips on its export restriction list and blacklisted CAEP on an entity list, aiming to prevent American firms from selling semiconductor chips to CAEP. The Bureau of Industry and Security, a U.S. Department of Commerce division, has administered most of the export controls for decades. Yet Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET) analysis found that U.S. semiconductor exports to China increased between 2014 and 2018. The CSET’s research and the WSJ report prove that the Bureau of Industry and Security needs to administer and enforce export controls more effectively. 

Equally depressing is the Biden administration’s blind faith in denuclearization through an arms-control treaty. President Obama signed an arms control pact, known as a New START, with Russia in 2010. The treaty limits the United States and Russia to deploying no more than 1,550 strategic nuclear warheads each.

New START has many flaws, one of which is that it doesn’t address how to limit Russia’s capacity to pursue other nuclear weapons outside the treaty. Predictably, Russia has been taking advantage of this loophole by modernizing its existing nuclear weapons and developing new ones while claiming compliance with the treaty.

Rather than addressing New START’s many defects, President Biden extended it to another five years on his second day in office. His administration tried to cap China’s nuclear weapon buildup by bringing it into New START’s framework, and China adamantly refused. 

A few days ago, Russia reportedly breached the New START treaty by refusing to allow on-site inspection of its nuclear arsenal. The treaty risks falling apart right in front of our eyes. 

While the New START treaty has failed to limit Russia’s nuclear weapon buildup, according to Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Alabama who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, it “has inhibited the U.S. from building up its arsenal to deter Russia and China.”

The Biden administration’s approach risks putting America in a perilous situation. There is no ending in sight of the Russia-Ukraine war, and the Biden administration has gotten the U.S. more profoundly involved with the conflict by throwing enormous military resources into Ukraine “every two weeks, like clockwork,” according to John Kirby, the spokesman for the Pentagon.

Suppose China’s Xi Jinping decides to invade Taiwan as soon as 2025, as predicted by four-star Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan. In that case, the United States may be forced to involve itself in two military conflicts against two adversaries backed by nuclear weapons, and it will be a nightmare scenario. 

Hopefully, the Chinese spy balloon incident will become a turning point, a wake-up call for a divided nation. We must stop infighting and self-imposed decline and destruction. Instead, we ought to focus our energy and resources on how to protect our homeland. 

Helen Raleigh, CFA, is an American entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. She’s a senior contributor at The Federalist. Her writings appear in other national media, including The Wall Street Journal and Fox News. Helen is the author of several books, including “Confucius Never Said” and “Backlash: How Communist China’s Aggression Has Backfired.” Follow her on Parler and Twitter: @HRaleighspeaks.