By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor
I was awakened this morning by something frightening. Even my computer was upset, unable to contain the stench, its little processors whining away in seeming pain.
Then I opened the mail and found the Sydney Freedberg Jr. article on the rantings of the maniacal General Breedlove, the perfect analog of General Jack Ripper of Dr. Strangelove fame.
Have I made my point? Let’s take a look at how much crazier real life is than Stanley Kubrick’s 1960s fiction:
WASHINGTON: In keeping with its increasingly aggressive behavior over the past two years, Russia is deploying lethal and long-ranged anti-aircraft defenses to keep Western forces out of three key regions: the Baltics, the Black Sea, and, now, the Levant. From where NATO’s top commander Gen. Philip Breedlove sits, the Russian forces flowing into Syria don’t look like counter-terrorists out to stop the Islamic State, which Vladimir Putin has said is his highest priority. They look like the first pieces of a layered “anti-access/area denial” system that could complicate US and allied operations in Syria and well beyond.
Here is an interesting point, Breedlove has now redefined anti-aircraft defenses as aggressive weapons. Let’s get this straight, someone comes to attack you, you defend yourself, that is Breedlove’s definition of aggression.
What Breedlove is advocating, of course, is that Russia simply bend over and allow American combat aircraft to ply their skies, bombing here, strafing there as is being done in Syria, based on the American self ordained right to do as they please, invade, overthrow, kill, torture and maim at will, almost as though America were Israel itself.
And to think we still speak in hostile tones of Hitler? It gets better:
“Anti-access/area denial, or A2/AD, is a growing problem,” Gen. Breedlove told the German Marshall Fund this afternoon, speaking just hours before Putin’s teeth-clenched meeting with President Obama on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The northernmost danger zone or “bubble” is the oldest, based out of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad between Poland and Lithuania. “Kaliningrad is a large platform for A2/AD capability,” Breedlove said. His subordinates Lt. Gen. Frank Gorenc and Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges have warned taht Kaliningrad-based missiles reach well into Polish airspace and could shut down NATO reinforcements to the Baltics in a crisis.
To the south, by contrast, Russia lacked a suitable forward base — until last year. “[Since] their occupation of Crimea, Russia has developed a very strong A2/AD capability in the Black Sea,” Breedlove said. “Essentially, their [anti-ship] cruise missiles range the entire Black Sea, and their air defense missiles range about 40 to 50 percent of the Black Sea.”
What is not being said is that the US maintains ships illegally in the Black Sea continually and moved a land based AEGIS system that covered much of Russia itself into Romania at Constanta, the ISIS resupply base. Oh that? OK, its true, we only tracked 3 shipments of advanced TOW missiles headed for ISIS and al Nusra to this American base and we are now calling it an ISIS resupply base.
Reminds me of the priest who complained, “You have sex with one, perhaps a few small children and pretty soon people begin to think of you as a pedophile.”
Here, Breedlove gets crazier still, batshit crazy:
Now, it seems, comes Syria. “As we see these very capable air defense [systems] beginning to show up in Syria, we’re a little worried about another A2/AD bubble being created in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Breedlove said. “We see some very sophisticated air defenses going into these airfields. We see some very sophisticated air-to-air [fighter] aircraft going into these airfields.”
The Islamic State has no air force that Russia might use such sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons to counter, Breedlove continued. “These very sophisticated air defense capabilities are not about ISIL,” he argued, despite Putin’s publicly stated priorities.
Based on the military forces Russia is actually putting in place, Breedlove said, he believes Putin’s top priority is to protect Russian access to airfields and warm water seaports in the Eastern Mediterranean. The second priority, in service to the first, is to prop up Russia’s host, the Assad regime. Then third, he said, “After all of that, I think that they will do some counter-ISIL work to legitimize their approach to Syria.”
Were idiot Breedlove or Freedberg to have listened to Putin’s press interview they might have noted that President Putin took offense with Israel’s air attacks on Syria. You see, the pattern of these attacks indicates that ISIS really does have an air force, American planes with a Star of David on the thick part where the motor is, fuselage, where the guy with the beanie who blows up kids usually sits.
These planes have been providing an air umbrella over ISIS forces for years now and finally Putin said something. Go ahead, get the video of the interview, it’s there. Oh, this gets better still:
So what can NATO do about these expanding bubbles of no-go zones? First of all, in the Baltic and the Black Seas today, the alliance’s force can just go there, Breedlove said “to contest that they are not forbidden spaces” but international airspace and waters. Second, in case the shooting starts, it needs to invest in forces that can break the bubble.
“As an alliance, we need to step back and take a look at our capability in a military sense to address an A2/AD challenge,” Breedlove said. “This is about investment. This is about training.”
That investment must be across the board, Breedlove emphasized. “We have made great progress since Wales [i.e. the alliance’s 2014 summit],” he said. “We have increased the readiness and responsiveness of our NRF [NATO Response Force] and certainly the VJTF [Very High Readiness Joint Task Force]. We have given the SACEUR back authorities to alert and stage forces, etcetera….. but it’s not enough.”
“What really deters, I think, that is we increase the readiness and responsiveness of the entire NATO force structure,” Breedlove said, not just elite quick-reaction units like the NRF and VJTF. “We have to get to these investments, exercises, and training scenarios that raise the responsiveness and readiness of the whole force.”
What nobody mentioned to Breedlove or Freedberg is the idea of “sovereignty.” As pointed out by President Putin yesterday, without a legal authority, flying over someone’s country dropping bombs is a war crime, no matter what the pretense.
You see, the US and gang never got permission from Syria. They never went to the United Nations, instead they are cowboying the whole thing based on some imaginary moral authority based on stories the US tells its kids in school about being above the law just like the chosen people.
Then again, as President Putin pointed out, there is no Russian military buildup in Syria, no evidence of one other than from the mouth of our General Jack D. Ripper analog.
It’s time someone checked Breedlove’s precious bodily fluids.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.
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