Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden said Wednesday evening said the Russians would be at a disadvantage if there was some sort of military conflict.
“No one wants to go to war with the Russians, but let me double down on another concept. The Russians really don’t want to go to war with us,” retired Air Force Gen. Hayden said during an interview with CNN.
“They are by far the weaker power,” Hayden said.
Hayden was critical of Russia after two bombers were seen off the coast of Alaska twice in 24 hours. He said it was “a little pathetic” but it created a “great opportunity for training for our Alaskan air forces.”
While Hayden had positive feelings about Trump’s military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan. He was concerned about how President Trump is handling the situation with North Korea saying “I do think we might be stirring the pot a little bit too vigorously.”
He added that “we’re trying to create a disturbance in northeast Asia,” and that Vice President Pence and Trump’s rhetoric were attempting to send a message.
Hayden finished by saying “the messaging is most intended not for the North Koreans, it’s intended for the Chinese, and we want to influence them to up their pressure on the North.”