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Breedlove: Russia, Instability Threaten U.S., European Security Interests

Would the world be safer if a certain NATO general had been strangled at birth? Inquiring minds want to know.

Breedlove's obvious inspiration for "critical thought"

Breedlove’s obvious inspiration for “critical thought”

By Lisa FerdinandoDoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, February 25, 2016 — Russia and instability on Europe’s southern flank pose serious threats to U.S. and European security interests, the commander of U.S. forces in Europe said today.

The complex security situation in Europe “has only grown more serious and more complicated” in recent months, said Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and commander of U.S. European Command.

Speaking before the House Armed Services Committee on security challenges in Europe, Breedlove outlined challenges ranging from a “resurgent, aggressive” Russia, mass migration of refugees, and the threat of terrorism from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Because of these challenges, the general said, tailored, supportable increases in capabilities are needed, as called for in the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2017 budget request.

“Eucom is standing firm to meet this array of challenges,” he told the panel, adding that European allies are willing, capable partners.

“The U.S. and NATO must take a 360-degree approach to security — addressing the full-spectrum of security challenges from any direction and [ensuring] we are using all elements of our nation’s power,” Breedlove’s written testimony said.

Russia Poses Threat

Russia has “chosen to be an adversary and poses a long-term existential threat” to the United States and U.S. allies and partners in Europe, he told lawmakers.

Russia wants to “rewrite” the agreed rules of the international order, he said.

“To counter Russia, Eucom, working with allies and partners, is deterring Russia now and preparing to fight and win if necessary,” he said.

Russia is eager to exert unquestioned influence over its neighboring states to create a buffer zone, the general said, adding, “Russia is extending its course of influence yet further afield to try to reestablish a leading role on the world stage.”

Despite what he described as Russian pronouncements to the contrary, Russia has done little to counter ISIL in Syria, Breedlove said. Instead, Moscow has done a “great deal to bolster the Assad regime and its allies,” he remarked.

Russian involvement in Syria has “wildly exacerbated the problem,” changing the dynamic in the air and on the ground, he said.

“Russia and the Assad regime are deliberately weaponizing migration from Syria in an attempt to overwhelm European structures and break European resolve,” he said.

Terrorism, Humanitarian Challenge

ISIL is “spreading like a cancer” and has expanded its operations throughout the Eucom area of responsibility, Breedlove said. It is threatening European nations and the U.S. with terrorist attacks, he added.

The terrorist group’s “brutality is driving millions to flee from Syria and Iraq, creating an almost unprecedented humanitarian challenge,” he added.

More than 1 million refugees or economic migrants arrived in Europe last year, fleeing Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and parts of Africa, according to Breedlove’s written testimony. There is concern that terrorists might look to recruit from within the population of refugees, he said.

Terrorists have attacked Europeans and European interests in North Africa, and ISIL might pose a greater threat to Europe if terrorists achieve a safe haven in Libya or elsewhere in North Africa, Breedlove told the committee.

European Reassurance Initiative

The general highlighted the importance of continued congressional support for the European Reassurance Initiative, which he said counters Russian aggression and other threats.

“This year’s budget request reflects our solemn commitment to the security of our allies and partners and to protecting our homeland forward,” he said.

The request seeks to quadruple funding for the initiative to $3.4 billion, Breedlove noted.

The funding for the European Reassurance Initiative, he said, would provide more rotational forces, increase training with allies and partners, increase key position war-fighting equipment in theater, increase the capacities of allies and partners, and improve the requisite supporting infrastructure.

“Together the tools [the initiative] would provide would send a clear and visible message to all audiences of our strong will and resolve,” Breedlove said. “Our further efforts to assure, deter and defend, supported by [the European Reassurance Initiative, would complement those of the entire whole-of-government team.”

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7 Responses to "Breedlove: Russia, Instability Threaten U.S., European Security Interests"

  1. Dan  February 27, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Where to even begin with that pack of lies? This man has no more concern for America and its military’s moral capital in the world than his neocon puppetmasters have. Tellingly he speaks not of defending America, but of defending the “homeland,” which for all but the brain dead is an obvious, blatant euphemism for the nascent, DHS totalitarian police state modeled by Marcus Wolff on the East German Stasi.

    The actual homeland for 70% of Americans, for fully 90% only decades ago before the Jewish, anti-European immigration genocide, is Europe. And ironically it is against the actual homeland for more than two-thirds of Americans that the ZOG and its puppets like Breedlove are waging a very real war through their created and funded proxy army, ISIL.

    He speaks of a 360-degree European military readiness that includes the use of Europe’s military to fight Zionism’s enemies overseas and to risk annihilation in a Zionist war against Russia, while standing down at home as their own countries are being literally invaded with the intent of throwing Europeans out of their jobs and homes and overloading the welfare systems and police until total disintegration is achieved. Nothing less is being pursued in America, either, as Breedlove let out.

  2. peter  February 26, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Can we sue the hospital where he was born for medical malpractice?

  3. Altimometer  February 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    His is a world of fun house mirrors.

  4. jmf  February 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    “When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead…” Grace Slick, White Rabbit.

    Explicitly, he said, he said, and he said; implicitly he’s a dufu, talks just like Carter, Kerry, Obama, Royalty, and Sectarians, up and down the line. “Nattering nabobbs of negativism” to use their own “superior” terminology.

    A chthonian dithyramb* calls forth a dionysian cathartic purge of those devils.
    *an impassioned earth-song

    • rockwool  February 26, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Excellent quote, but it does not apply in this case.

      The language Breedlove speaks is the Lucifarian-Satanic “As Above, So Below” = what ever they’re doing they blame their enemy of doing.

      BTW, in the same mode of thought, “Breedlove” refers to the 200 Fallen Angels who “went with the Daughters of Man (JHWH)” = reptoid alien spieces raped Eve and her sisters.

  5. Raptor  February 26, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Read this on another site. This reads like total propaganda peppered with the usual fear mongering as this General begs for more money the only way he knows how.

    Pretty pathetic if you ask me.


  6. Edward Dodge  February 26, 2016 at 8:48 am

    So, General Jack Ripper has spoken,…what a prostitute!

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