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Europe Needs Intel, Ships, & Focus: Gen. Breedlove

on Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:30 am
NATO‘s supreme commander is on a pilgrimage to the Pentagon to ask for three things. Gen. Philip Breedlove wants more intelligence support, more naval power, and continued focus on the Russian threat to Europe. That’s tricky at a time when the Russian intervention in Syria — where the US will now send special operations teams — is dominating headlines and decision-makers’ agendas.

“Right now, I am concerned that folks have taken their eye off of Ukraine a little bit because of Syria,” Breedlove told reporters at the Pentagon this morning. It’s similar, he said, to how the world lost focus on the Russian annexation of Crimea — which the US still considers Ukrainian territory — after Russian proxies invaded eastern Ukraine, triggering the current war. Fighting in the Donbas region has died down, he said, but skirmishes continue and Ukrainian territory remains under Russian occupation with no withdrawal in sight.

“We need to be thinking holistically about our response to Russia,” Breedlove said, rather than chasing one crisis after another after another. Syria, Donbas, Crimea, Georgia in 2008, Estonia in 2007, Tuesday’s fly-by of the carrier USS Reagan by Russian warplanes in the Pacific, similar aerial provocations that “continue all around the perimeter of Russia” — they’re all pieces of a larger strategic puzzle......................

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