For months, Breedlove has been commenting on Russian activities in eastern Ukraine, speaking of troop advances on the border, the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks. Over and over again, Breedlove's numbers have been significantly higher than those in the possession of America's NATO allies in Europe. As such, he is playing directly into the hands of the hardliners in the US Congress and in NATO. The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Chancellery have referred to Breedlove's comments as "dangerous propaganda." Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove's comments with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.As close an ally as the US is, we must remember that she always acts wholly in her own interests. At a time when the US is closing bases in Europe and continuing to run down military commitment to NATO, why should Breedlove, presumably with official support, seek to talk up a war which would be largely fought by Europeans, and which would act to destroy Europe's delicate economic recovery?
Saturday, 7 March 2015
Breedlove fans the flame of war
Giving a passable reprise of the role of Gen Jack D Ripper (played by Sterling Heyden) in Dr Strangelove, the improbably named Philip Breedlove, current NATO boss, seems determined to start a war with Russia whether we need one or not. Ripper of course was insane, but whether or not Breedlove also believes that Fluoride in the water supply is affecting his 'precious bodily fluids' is unknown. What's certain is that he's doing his best to de-stabilise peace efforts in Ukraine - and as Der Spiegel reports, is seriously worrying the German government;