A Hawaii Representative has warned the US government that President Barack Obama’s decision to put American fighter jets that can ‘target Russian planes’ on the border between Turkey and Syria could start a ‘devastating nuclear war’.
Democratic Rep Tulsi Gabbard’s comments came after Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told Congress on Tuesday that the United States is sending additional special operations ground forces to Iraq in its ongoing fight against the Islamic State terrorists.
Gabbard said the fighter jets, along with Obama’s opposition to Russian-backed Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, could lead to a nuclear war.
‘Russia’s installation of their anti-aircraft missile-defense system increases that possibility of – whether it’s intentional or even an accidental event – where one side may shoot down the other side’s plane,’ she told Carter, according to the National Review.
‘And that’s really where the potential is for this devastating nuclear war,’ she added.
Carter claimed that Russia is not a military danger to the United States, but that the countries’ disagreements come down to diplomacy problems.
‘We have a different view, a very different view from Russia about what would be constructive for them to do in Syria,” he said. “That’s not the same as the United States and Russia clashing.’