That whole “reset” button thing with Russia is sure working out great, huh?
NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said alliance defense ministers on Thursday will consider the implications for NATO’s own security of the “troubling escalation of Russian military activities” in Syria. He said NATO is ready to deploy forces, if needed, to defend alliance member Turkey. On Wednesday, Russian warships fired cruise missiles in the first combined air-and-ground assault with Syrian government troops since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. Over the weekend, Turkey reported back-to-back violations of its airspace by Russian warplanes.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his counterparts from the 27 other NATO nations had already been scheduled to meet Thursday in Brussels. Stoltenberg told reporters the meeting will receive an update from its military commanders on the situation in Syria, as well as Afghanistan.
“In Syria, we have seen a troubling escalation of Russian military activities,” Stoltenberg said. “We will assess the latest developments and their implications for the security of the alliance. This is particularly relevant in view of the recent violations of NATO’s airspace by Russian aircraft.”
The fact is, Russia’s not afraid of us or any of the NATO alliance countries. Putin has taken the measure of Obama and is laughing all the way back to European hegemony. Then again, I predicted all this on Nov. 4, 2008.
INT. DZERZHINSKY SQUARE, MOSCOW — NIGHT (1960) — We open at a meeting of the KGB brain trust. One of the officers, NECHIPORENKO, lays out an audacious plan to destroy the western democracies by corrupting them from within. Dubbed the “illegals program,” his plan calls for operatives to identify, educate, and support the best and brightest young impressionable minds in America — a country the Soviets refer to as the “Principal Enemy” — encouraging them to devote their lives to “public service,” all the while steeped in the principles of Marxism-Leninism through the universities, the media and the declining Protestant churches.
A true visionary, Nechiporenko realizes that the emerging baby-boomer generation will be especially susceptible to notions of “fairness” and “redistribution of wealth,” while the burgeoning civil-rights movement offers a fertile field for mischief, inflaming the antagonism of black Americans against a society that will not change fast enough. The trick is to teach the young Americans to mistrust and despise their heritage, their culture and, finally, themselves…
Read it and weep.