US U-2 Spy Missions Over Russia Again?
by Stephen Lendman
US NATO commander General Philip Breedlove is militantly anti-Russian.
He calls a nation committed to world peace and stability America’s greatest existential threat - hyping the need to counter nonexistent “Russian aggression.”
Lunatics like Breedlove could start WW III - by intent or if Washington’s hostile policy spins out-of-control, increasingly possible because of its rage for regime change, wanting Russia transformed into another US vassal state.
America needs enemies to justify the unjustifiable - endless imperial wars, along with police state laws targeting anyone challenging its global power grab, as well as governing extrajudicially.
Exposing government wrongdoing is a criminal offense, subject to prosecution and imprisonment. Obama targeted more courageous whistleblowers than all his predecessors combined. Dissent is increasingly endangered.
Federal, state and local authorities enforce police state harshness. International and constitutional law protections no longer exist.
Democratic values are pure fiction, human and civil rights disappearing altogether. Due process and judicial fairness are dead letters. Courts run by right-wing extremists rubber-stamp hardline rule.
America run by leaders with evil intentions threatens humanity’s survival. The risk of global war today is greater than any time since WW II.
Breedlove wants greater numbers of US combat troops provocatively deployed close to Russia’s borders. London’s Independent
said he wants U-2 RC-135 spy planes “return(ed) to service…to help conduct surveillance on a resurgent (sic) Russia.”
Its sensors “can spot a landmine from a height of 13 miles and scoop up vast amounts of communications data,” the Independent reported.
In 1960, Russia downed a U-2 flight piloted by Francis Gary Powers with a surface-to-air missile. His capture undermined a peace summit. Eisenhower’s invitation to visit Moscow was withdrawn. Powers remained a prisoner for two years.
Russia isn’t likely to tolerate reinstituted U-2 flights. Uneasy relations between both countries already exist.
According to Breedlove, “EUCOM finds itself in a shifted paradigm where the strategic threat presented by Putin’s Russia requires we… provide a credible assurance against what remains the only nation capable of strategic warfare against the homeland” - despite no credible Russian threat. None exists.
“EUCOM needs additional intelligence collection platforms, such as the U-2…to assist the increased collection requirements in the theater.”
According to the Independent citing unnamed military experts, U-2s if used won’t overfly Russia, only airspace of NATO countries close to its borders.
It’s regarded as “one of the most successful spy planes ever built” - slated for retirement in 2019, despite maker Lockheed Martin saying it can remain effective until 2045.
Breedlove and other US hawks claiming Russia’s (nonexistent) threat requires early warning of its alleged military intentions reflects longstanding US hostile policy.
Nothing in prospect suggests improved relations. Regime change remains US policy - by color revolution or war.
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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