Deranged NATO Commander Philip Breedlove
by Stephen Lendman
He’s a real-life general Jack D. Ripper - Stanley Kubrick’s deranged character from his dark satire, titled “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”
The film ends ominously with nuclear detonations. If Breedlove gets his way, life-on-earth-ending nuclear war with Russia could happen.
He’s a menacingly anti-Russian psychopath with his finger on the nuclear trigger in Europe, maybe itching to squeeze it.
He rails about nonexistent Russian aggression, urges greater militarization of Europe to confront what he calls “an adversary…pos(ing) a longterm existential threat to the United States.”
He claims Moscow “weaponized” the refugee crisis, its aerial campaign in Syria a plot to flood Europe with hoards of fleeing people.
On March 6, the Military Times said “(t)he Pentagon is discussing plans to permanently move one or more Army brigade combat teams back to Europe, where the top American commander has signaled an urgent need to shore up allied defenses against the Russians.”
He wants thousands more US combat troops deployed near Russia’s borders. “We do not have…enough US forces permanently stationed forward…so I believe that the permanent forces forward need to be reviewed,” he ranted.
Last month, he told House Armed Services Committee members US troops are “ready to defeat Russia in a European war.”
US European Command (EUCOM), “working with allies and partners, is deterring Russia now and preparing to fight and win if necessary.”
His lunatic scheme followed a RAND Corporation analysis, claiming Russian forces could easily defeat US-led NATO troops if confrontation between both sides erupted.
Omitted from the analysis was the Russian Federation’s dedication to world peace and stability throughout its post-Soviet history.
It hasn’t threatened or attacked another country, prioritizes mutual cooperation among all nations - polar opposite Washington’s longstanding permanent war agenda.
Moscow forthrightly disclaims false accusations about Russia threatening anyone. Fear-mongering is longstanding US policy.
The Big Lie repeats with disturbing regularity. America’s only enemies are ones it invents - pretexts for waging endless wars of aggression.
Attacking Russia would be madness, risking mass annihilation. Gunslinger psychopaths like Breedlove may kill us all.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."
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