Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced to the nation on Dec. 16 that World War III is underway, even though the U.S. has not declared war (video below).
Christie appeared on "CBS This Morning" to push back against fellow presidential candidate Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky who during the Dec. 15 GOP debate said that Christie's promise to shoot down a Russian plane in a no-fly zone over Syria would start World War III, notes Talking Points Memo.
Christie repeated his promise to shoot down a Russian plane in a no-fly zone, but he didn't mention the possible consequences of this action, considering Russia's huge nuclear arsenal.
When he was asked about Paul's comments, Christie said:
The problem for folks like Sen. Paul is they don’t realize we are already in World War III. I said this in a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last week.
The fact is this is a new world war and one that won’t look like the last two. And this is one where radical Islamist jihadists every day are trying to kill Americans and disrupt and destroy our way of life.
If he doesn't understand that we are in that war, it's just another example why he is unfit to be President of the United States.
Christie offered no actual proof that World War III had begun or that "radical Islamist jihadists" are trying to kill Americans "every day."
He went on to blame the "weak hand" of President Obama for allowing Russia into Syria.
Christie made some similar false declarations during the Republican debate that were called out by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Dec. 16.
Christie blamed President Obama for "inviting Russia into Syria" during the debate, but Maddow noted that Russia has had a naval base in Tartus, Syria, since 1971, which means Obama would have been 10 years old when he supposedly invited Russia into Syria.
Christie also said he would talk to King Hussein of Jordan and get him to "change his mind" in the U.S. war on terror, but Maddow pointed out that Hussein died in 1999.