NATO General Shows Our Dear Leader How To Lead – “Nothing Should Be Off The Table”

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NATO’s top military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, seems to understand the age-old maxim voice by Machiavelli in The Prince: “It’s better to be feared than loved.” Russia respects nothing but force. That has been proven time and time again over the last century.

President Obama has taken the option of force off the table in conflict after conflict. This weakness invites our possible adversaries to do as they please. They fear no American response.

The United States is no longer feared or loved. We should never take “uncertainty” off the table in a conflict. Our adversaries need to be constantly guessing and not sure of our response to any possible aggression on their part.

I am not advocating war by any means, but I am advocating peace through strength.

The Moscow Times reports:

The West should consider using all its tools to help Ukraine, including sending defensive weapons, NATO’s top military commander has said.

Officials in Washington have been discussing whether to send weapons to Ukraine’s military to help them fight pro-Russian separatists who NATO says are armed and supported by Moscow.

“I do not think that any tool of U.S. or any other nation’s power should necessarily be off the table,” U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told a Brussels conference on Sunday when asked if he was in favor of sending defensive weapons to Ukraine.

“And so we, I think, in the West should consider all of our tools in reply. Could it be destabilizing? The answer is yes. Also, inaction could be destabilizing,” Breedlove said.

He said NATO intelligence pointed to “disturbing” military developments in eastern Ukraine and voiced concern about whether a cease-fire deal reached in Minsk last month was being complied with.

“We continue to see disturbing elements of air defense, command and control, resupply, equipment coming across a completely porous border,” he said at the Brussels Forum, organized by the German Marshall Fund think tank.

I fear our children and grandchildren are going to have to relearn some very hard lessons of the twentieth century. We don’t need any more peace with honor; we need security for the United States and our allies.

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US Armor Rolls Through Eastern Europe

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The United States has been showing force in Eastern Europe recently at the request of our allies in NATO located in the Baltic states and other Eastern European former satellites of the Soviet Union. This video is from the Estonian town of Narva, only 300 yards from the Russian border.

RT reports:

In another sign that NATO is looking to show even more resolve to defend its territory from further Russian advances, even more armor was offloaded this month in the Latvian port of Riga. Latvian Minister of Defense Raymond Vejonis.”The presence of our allies (US and NATO) in Latvia is a confirmation of solidarity and security in the region,” Vejonis said in a statement on Twitter.

The tanks were delivered to Latvia via Riga Freeport after being offloaded from the carrier ship Liberty Promise on Monday. US Army General John O’Conner who witnessed the tanks arriving on Latvian soil said, “Freedom must be fought for, freedom must be defended,” as reported by the US Embassy Riga Twitter feed.

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U.S. Sends Armor To Eastern Europe

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This is a big deal, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been reported more forcefully by the mainstream media.

I guess they are too busy with the Ferguson hype to report a real news story that could have ramifications for America and her allies. Why do real news reporting when you can push race-baiting lies to a willing public? But, that’s for another column.

The new U.S. Army commander in Europe, Lt. Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges, has stated his intention to move about 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles to forward bases in Poland and the Baltics for use by U.S. troops on rotation to the region. This effort will be a stepped-up effort to counter Russian aggression in the region.

Russia has been repeatedly violating Baltic and other NATO and friendly country airspace in the region for some time now. Hodges believes this is an effort to weaken NATO psychologically and sow the seeds of doubt in Eastern NATO countries so that other members of the alliance would come to their aide in the event of a Russian attack.  

The rotations of U.S. troops on training missions in Eastern Europe would provide “deterrence against Russian aggression,” Hodges said.  “I don’t think that Russia has any intention of some sort of a conventional attack into NATO territory because they know that would generate an Article 5 response.  I think that what they [the Russians] do want to do is to create that ambiguity, plant the seeds of uncertainty so that the alliance members lose confidence that the rest of the alliance would come to their aid if they were, in fact, attacked,” Hodges said.

Hodges says he will not be in the market to build new facilities but would be looking to use existing sites to store and maintain the equipment for training purposes.  For their part, the Eastern European NATO countries such as Poland and the Baltics have been screaming for some time now for a stepped-up response to the perceived Russian threat on their borders. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has certainly raised their awareness of their Slavic brethren to the East.

It remains to be seen how much further this tit-for-tat escalation will be carried forward by Moscow, now that real American boots and armor will be on the ground. It seems that if President Putin was looking to provoke a response from the American military, he got it.

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The Obama Doctrine: Annoy, Not Destroy ISIS

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On August 7, 2014, Barack Obama announced “Operation Annoy ISIS,” ordering U.S. aircraft to drop humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of Yezidi refugees fleeing the terrorists of the Islamic State. He also ordered U.S. combat aircraft to be ready to launch airstrikes to protect Americans in Erbil, Iraq, and to lift the siege of the Yezidis.

The airstrikes began on Aug. 8, 2014, when two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

On September 10, 2014, Obama declared his intention to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS, while precluding a combat mission for American ground forces in Iraq.

As of October 7, 2014, 60 days into the air campaign against ISIS, a total of 376 airstrikes have been conducted, 266 in Iraq and 110 in Syria, the vast majority targeting vehicles, equipment, and buildings, not terrorists.

Supporters of the Obama Administration’s approach to the ISIS threat cite the 1999 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) air campaign in the Kosovo War as an example of how air power alone can end wars.

On the night of 24 March 1999, NATO launched Operation Allied Force in response to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians. The violence had already taken the lives of more than 250,000 people by 1995; and when the conflict continued to escalate, the United Nations Security Council warned of an “impending humanitarian catastrophe” if action was not taken.

During the 78-day campaign, NATO aircrews flew 38,004 sorties, 10,484 of which were strike sorties. Overall, the U.S. Air Force flew 30,018 sorties, including 11,480 airlift, 8,889 fighter, 322 bomber, 6,959 tanker, 1,038 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), 834 Special Operations, and 496 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions.

In contrast to the conventional wisdom, however, it was not air power that brought the Serbs to the negotiating table, but the threat of a ground invasion.

According to a Washington Post article, although President Clinton ruled out ground troops from the start of the 78-day air war in the Balkans, secret preparations for an invasion of Kosovo were extensive, and progressed much further than that known at the time.

On May 27, 1999, after the air campaign had dragged on for nine weeks, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen met with the defense ministers of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. After 6½ hours of debate, the five ministers reached a momentous conclusion. Their governments must decide whether to assemble ground troops, and they must make the choice within days.

Despite public denials throughout the war, the CIA worked closely with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLO) to gather intelligence about the disposition of Yugoslav troops in Kosovo. Relying in part on a clandestine relationship with the KLO, NATO’s leadership was probing Yugoslav defenses. NATO engineers were reinforcing a vital roadway for use in an armored thrust. By mid-May 1999, General Wesley K. Clark, the supreme allied commander in Europe, had come up with a preliminary plan for an attack from the south by 175,000 troops, mostly through that single road from Albania.

As the Washington Post’s Dana Priest described, when the ethnic Albanian rebels launched a major offensive in late May 1999 with NATO’s full prior knowledge and active air support, Milosevic and his generals seem to have concluded that NATO was on the brink of an invasion. That, NATO commanders now believe, was an important factor in the Serbian leader’s sudden retreat. Whatever Milosevic’s calculations, it is clear in retrospect that at the very moment the Serb leader was preparing to capitulate, Clinton was thinking seriously about the ground option.

On the evening of June 9, 1999, Milosevic signed an agreement allowing the incursion of 50,000 NATO soldiers, but as peacekeepers, not warriors.

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Obama’s Weakness Could Be Dragging The World Toward A Nuclear War

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Where is Ronald Reagan when you need him?

Reagan knew that the only thing evil men and aggressive empires respect is strength. But the American public elected Barack Hussein Obama, twice. Now we are going to pay the piper.

I hope you have ordered your Rosetta Stone for Russian because you’re going to need it. You can thank your liberal hope and change believers for the demise of world peace and the death of your children’s future.

What we are witnessing is the rise of a fascist kind of imperial economic totalitarianism in Russia. The men running the country want to put the Soviet Humpty Dumpty back together.  Only this time, the monster won’t be communist, since everyone knows communism doesn’t work.  This beast will be hitched to capitalist principles up to a point–that point being the Oprichnina, or the palace guard surrounding and supporting the tsar.

They will at the end of the day own everything and gorge themselves on the profits. The fruit of this state-owned capitalist engine will feed an aggressive militaristic nature that will have as its goal to put the former Soviet republics back under the Muscovite thumb. This is happening already before our very eyes. South Ossetia in Georgia, Georgia itself, Crimea, and East Ukraine are just dominoes in a chain that has just started to fall. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are somewhere down the list.

If you think the Kremlin is not going to go after the Baltics just because they are part of NATO, think again. Putin recently threatened the West with nuclear missiles. He’s not kidding. Moscow believes the West will cower under the real threat of nuclear attack. They could easily pop off a nuke in Europe to show they mean business.  They believe we don’t have the stomach to fight that kind of war.

Under Barack Hussein Obama, they are right. Never mind ISIS, North Korea, or China.  They will just feast off the American leftovers after a new Russia puts us in our place, as they already have done in Syria, Iran, etc.

I’m sorry to say, but we deserve this. We have let a feel good, pacifist, socialist cancer infest our beloved United States.  We are no longer the home of the brave but the land of the people with their hands out.  Half the country doesn’t even know American history, and that half is trying to destroy the country.

Obama and his friends don’t care if America ceases to exist. The evil in the world knows we no longer have the will to defend ourselves. The Russians will take this as far as they need to. They will invade NATO countries with little green men and protect the native Russian speakers there. They will destabilize NATO. They will threaten the United States with nuclear war, and they will mean it.

Our Dear Leader will do nothing. He will play golf. And our children will be subjugated.  Get used to chanting the Olympic chant, Rossiya! Rossiya!

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