"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."
German leaders in Berlin were stunned. They didn't understand what Breedlove was talking about. And it wasn't the first time. Once again, the German government, supported by intelligence gathered by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence agency, did not share the view of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).
The pattern has become a familiar one. For months, Breedlove has been commenting on Russian activities in eastern Ukraine, speaking of troop advances on the border, the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks. Over and over again, Breedlove's numbers have been significantly higher than those in the possession of America's NATO allies in Europe. As such, he is playing directly into the hands of the hardliners in the US Congress and in NATO.
The German government is alarmed. " Der Spiegel
Does Breedlove know that as SACEUR he works for the whole NATO alliance and not just the Nuland/Kagan/AEI side of the American polity? He is also the US theater commander in Europe, but, IMO the time has passed when the US can assume that the NATO countries will allow themselves to be dragged around by American muscle; dragged in the direction of war with a thermonuclear power.
The BND says that Breedlove is exagerating Russian activity and strength in eastern Ukraine. The BND is a first rate intelligence agency. I hope Obama can take time off from his "legacy" to listen to them. pl