- German Intel: Breedlove is Bonkers!
by Daniel McAdams, http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/
What happens when a close friend starts acting so bizarrely that you need to gently extract yourself from his ravings lest you be tarred with the same brush — or worse? That is the position in which Germany is increasingly finding itself, as the US government’s strange pronouncements about Ukraine are getting too much to bear. The German establishment magazine Der Spiegel has just published a very important article, “Breedlove’s Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine,” that lifts the lid on what official Germany really thinks about the US neocon push to war with Russia over Ukraine.
Der Spiegel starts by recalling an event last Wednesday. It was a time when the “Minsk II” ceasefire agreement had produced relative calm throughout eastern Ukraine. The weaponry was being withdrawn and an encouraging, if imperfect, ceasefire was holding. The deal, brokered personally by the German, French, Russian, and Ukrainian leadership, was producing results. Yet on that very day, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Europe (SACEUR), the American General Philip Breedlove, was spinning a completely different yarn.
As the magazine reports:
On that same day, General Philip Breedlove, the top NATO commander in Europe, stepped before the press in Washington. Putin, the 59-year-old said, had once again ‘upped the ante’ in eastern Ukraine — with ‘well over a thousand combat vehicles, Russian combat forces, some of their most sophisticated air defense, battalions of artillery’ having been sent to the Donbass. ‘What is clear,’ Breedlove said, ‘is that right now, it is not getting better. It is getting worse every day.’To the Germans — senior partners in NATO — Breedlove was making it up. The German foreign intelligence agency, Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), simply “did not share the view” of the top NATO Commander, reported the magazine.
German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was so alarmed, reports the article, that he found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove’s comments with the US General’s boss, NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg