A four-star Air Force general reportedly delivered a memo to his subordinates on Friday predicting that the United States will be at war with China in two years and instructing them to prepare by shooting a clip at a target and aiming for the head.
Gen. Mike Minihan, director of Air Mobility Command, in a memo reportedly said that, while he hoped he was incorrect, he believed it was likely the U.S. would be involved in a shooting war with China by 2025.
Air Mobility Command is in charge of transportation and refueling and has over 50,000 military men and nearly 500 jets.
According to Minihan’s document, because both Taiwan and the United States will hold presidential elections in 2024, the United States will be “distracted,” and Chinese President Xi Jinping will have a major opportunity to move on Taiwan.
The signed letter directs all Air Mobility Command air wing commanders and other Air Force operational commanders to report to Minihan by Feb. 28 on all key initiatives to prepare for the China conflict.
Minihan encourages them to take certain risks during training.
Tensions between the U.S. and China over the status of Taiwan have continued to increase in recent years and became especially inflamed after former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island.