Air Force Gen. Paul Selva on Tuesday ranked the Islamic State the least-threatening group to the U.S, saying that the terrorists do not pose a threat to the homeland.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, asked Gen. Selva to rank the threats the U.S. is facing today.
“I would put the threats to this nation in the following order: Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and all of the organizations that have grown around ideology that was articulated by al Qaeda,” he said, mirroring the list gave by Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford last week in his nomination to be chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.
Gen. Selva, pressed by Mr. McCain on why he would put terrorists groups such as the Islamic State last, said that the group does not threaten Americans or its allies at home.
“Right now [the Islamic State] does not present a clear and presence threat to our homeland and to our nation,” he said. “It is a threat we must deal with … but it does not threaten us at home.”
Gen. Selva said he ranked Russia first because of both its nuclear and traditional military capabilities that could post an “existential threat to this country should they choose to be.”
Air Force Gen. Darren McDew, who is nominated to lead U.S. Transportation Command, said he sees cyberattacks as the greatest threat to the U.S. because an attack from an adversary could cripple transportation across the country.
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