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NATO Commander-in-Chief changes his mind like his t-shirt

Gen. Breedlove in 2012 (Credit: US Air Force in Europe / Africa)
Gen. Breedlove in 2012 (Credit: US Air Force in Europe / Africa)

(BRUSSELS2) Unpreparedness at the summit seems to be the rule at NATO's command-in-chief if we are to believe the latest statements by General Phil Breedlove, commander of US forces in Europe and commander-in-chief of NATO (SACEUR for short). ).

Damn ! the “Reds” * no longer come

After having warned, for weeks, that Russian forces were preparing to invade Ukraine, multiplying the most alarmist declarations each on the ongoing maneuvers of the Russian army on the borders of Ukraine, detailing even considering the number of tanks and field hospitals apart from what was there... the SACEUR has just changed his mind. Did he suddenly discover that this massive concentration of troops, not very discreet in fact, was only a decoy? In any case, the new analysis of our commander in chief is that Russia will not have to put a single soldier on Ukrainian territory, the destabilizing forces are already at work.

Without crossing borders… the worst case scenario

« Today,  je don't think not that it's the solution most probable action ... I think now that poutine may be able to accomplish proven objectives: in the east of Ukraine without never (cross) the border with its forces “he declared during his visit to Ottawa (Canada) in front of an assembly of political and military personalities, as reported by the channel CBC. « Je think that (his) action most probable, that he's continue to to do this what he does : discredit the government, cause chaos and try to prepare the ground for a separatist movement. » Nothing could be easier then for Russia to forge solid military and economic ties with these movements, he states.

It's all very embarrassing.

Incidentally, General Breedlove also admits a little of his inability to respond to this type of threat. We feel like a regret from a good old confrontation, in the old way, a duel in due form, which his Russian alter egos somehow refuse him... « C'is the most annoying for NATO. Pbecause if the forces are not to at the border, I suppose that many will want try to come back quickly normal. (But) for my part, I do not want to believe which annex Crimea is “business as usual”. 

A thorough analysis!

More than two months to discover what an average observer can see when reading the press, we remain struck by an analysis of great finesse and speed. A little more effort, general, and you will realize that leading a maneuver from Transnistria to conquer the rest of Ukraine is perhaps a figment of the imagination (read: The Russian army massed in eastern Ukraine to go to Transnistria, uh...).

And if you continue the analysis – in a few weeks – perhaps it will be time to realize that the military posturing, on the NATO side, ultimately only served Putin's designs. , group around his person and his purpose, the patriotic fiber allowing him to quietly execute the placing under supervision of Ukraine by giving his company with eco-strategic aims... a political enemy. It might be too late then...

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

(*) Red in NATO exercise terminology designates hostile forces (read our Glossary always useful…)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

2 thoughts on “NATO Commander-in-Chief changes his mind like his t-shirt"

  • Like what the training in the institutes of the KGB is of a level Machiavellian superior to Westpoint, Saint Cyr or the European schools of war.

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