Mullen: U.S. Debt Bigger Threat To National Security Than Nuclear Terrorism?

Posted: August 28, 2010 in Uncategorized
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ExecutiveGov reports Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says U.S. national debt is the single biggest threat to national security.

However, the Nuclear Posture Review, which Mullen would likely say he agrees with, makes this statement on page 25: “The most immediate and extreme threat today is nuclear terrorism.”

I wonder which is the biggest threat, the debt, or nuclear terrorism?  Or maybe nuclear terrorism is the biggest global threat, but not to the U.S.?  Or “immediate and extreme” is not the same as “single biggest”?

Or is it possible that “single biggest threat” really a code for “not single biggest threat”? That would make the phrase more like “one of my top priorities” which is used with great frequency.

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