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Key General Splits With Obama Over Ukraine
The Daily Beast ^ | 04.11.14 | Hazir Reka

Posted on 04/11/2014 7:51:38 AM PDT by McGruff

The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans.

Late last month, as the world was still reeling from Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO was warning Congress that Moscow was preparing to make another move.

During classified briefings on March 26 and March 27, Gen. Philip Breedlove painted for members of the House Armed Services Committee a bleak picture of Russia’s actions—and warned that the United States was not taking steps it could to help Ukraine better defend itself. On several points—from estimates of Moscow’s troops to intelligence-sharing with Russia’s likely adversaries—Breedlove’s briefing directly contradicted the message coming from other branches of the Obama administration.

Breedlove, a four star Air Force general, was careful not to tell members of Congress anything that directly undermined the authority of the Commander-in-Chief during his March briefings. But lawmakers and Congressional staff members who attended these sessions say it was clear that Breedlove felt he was stifled to respond adequately to the crisis in Ukraine.

The quiet protests from one of Obama’s most important generals at the moment reveal an important policy rift inside the administration. While President Obama, the joint chiefs of staff and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel have hesitated to provide too much assistance to the interim government in Ukraine, Breedlove has wanted to do more.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: breedlove; chuckhagel; crimea; defensivecharteronly; hagel; libya2; nato; nato4rinos; notourproblem; obama; putinsbuttboys; rinos4nato; russia; soros4nato; surrendermonkeys; ukraine; ukrainecrisis
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1 posted on 04/11/2014 7:51:38 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: McGruff

... but Obozo did say NATO would defend Ukraine if they only got rid of their nuclear stockpiles!


2 posted on 04/11/2014 7:54:38 AM PDT by Ken522
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To: McGruff

Expect Breedlove to retire soon.


3 posted on 04/11/2014 7:58:44 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: Rennes Templar

Evidence will surface that he was involved in the nuclear crew testing scandal.


4 posted on 04/11/2014 8:00:38 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: McGruff
Breedlove, a four star Air Force general

Is he related to Strangeglove?

5 posted on 04/11/2014 8:03:12 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: McGruff

Well, Zero DID say he could be more flexible after the election...

Smells like betrayal to moi.


6 posted on 04/11/2014 8:08:34 AM PDT by Adder (No, Mr. Franklin, we could NOT keep it.)
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To: Rennes Templar

^^Expect Breedlove to retire soon.^^

Yup


7 posted on 04/11/2014 8:12:05 AM PDT by wrench
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To: McGruff

At the end of the day this is a European problem, and unless the European NATO partners are willing to take a stand along with us and commit the necessary forces then I’m sorry but I can’t see the U.S. taking this on alone militarily.


8 posted on 04/11/2014 8:15:29 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: McGruff

Obama is focused on his domestic agenda of fundamentally transforming America. Ginning up issues that might help Democrat chances in Nov. 2014 is more important than foreign policy. He has been consistently weak in foreign affairs and hasn’t suffered for it yet, so why should he care about Ukraine? It’s a far-away country of which we know little, and Putin is a neo-Soviet without the endless study of Marxist-Leninism. Obama would like him better if he was openly Communist but as long as he doesn’t try to take back Alaska, why should he care about countries Putin has an eye on?


9 posted on 04/11/2014 8:16:43 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: McGruff
Fixing:

The ex-commander of NATO...

10 posted on 04/11/2014 8:24:57 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: McGruff
Hey clueless General...



Maybe you should investigate all those small "donations" and where they all came from.
11 posted on 04/11/2014 8:26:10 AM PDT by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: McGruff
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said bluntly that there were no plans to increase American force strength in Europe and that if Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States would not intervene militarily.

I never thought I'd see the day..............when I would hang my head in sorrow and shame as the world watches the USA, as a safe harbor of freedom, collapse from attack by evil forces from within..............

12 posted on 04/11/2014 8:27:26 AM PDT by varon (Para bellum)
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To: DoodleDawg

There’s no need for us to put personnel into Ukraine. I don’t see a problem with loading a Ukrainian ship docked in Libya with arms from Ghadaffi’s armories instead of smuggling them into Syria.


13 posted on 04/11/2014 8:28:19 AM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: McGruff

He will be out of a job very soon.


14 posted on 04/11/2014 8:35:02 AM PDT by armydawg505
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To: varon
I never thought I'd see the day..............when I would hang my head in sorrow and shame as the world watches the USA, as a safe harbor of freedom, collapse from attack by evil forces from within..............

Yep. It was unimaginable. But now here we are in the midst of it.

15 posted on 04/11/2014 8:37:53 AM PDT by uncitizen (Impeach the Communist Already!)
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To: Rennes Templar
Expect Breedlove to retire soon.

No doubt a forced retirement. The purge continues.

16 posted on 04/11/2014 8:46:40 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: Verginius Rufus

The transformation is all but complete.

Go grocery shopping this weekend. You will be hard pressed to find any shoppers actually paying for their purchase with their own money. Without fail, every time I go, the person both in front of me and behind me pays with a SNAP card.

Once you have enough professional voters, they will always vote for the party that pays them. There is now a critical mass of professional voters, 0bam’s job is done


17 posted on 04/11/2014 8:58:24 AM PDT by wrench
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To: Cementjungle

We could actually use a Gen. Ripper right now.


18 posted on 04/11/2014 9:24:53 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: meatloaf

This is Europe’s problem.

It is about time that they grow a spine and deal with this themselves.

They could shift resources, and, collectively, Germany, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, UK, Belgium, Dennmark, Finalnd, Norway, Sweden, etc, could have their own collective military apart from NATO (like the U.S. has) and it would be more than a match for Russia’s, as -collectively - Western Europe’s GDP, eceonomies and population is greater than Russia’s.


19 posted on 04/11/2014 10:05:15 AM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: meatloaf

“I don’t see a problem with loading a Ukrainian ship docked in Libya with arms from Ghadaffi’s armories instead of smuggling them into Syria.”

The problem doesn’t seem to be arms, but the fact that only the Right-Sector crazies are willing to use them. And that could be much worse than doing nothing at all. (Which likely means Obama will do exactly that).

Ukraine seems to be a country of torn identities. The fact that many in the military in Crimea took the Russian offer to joining RF forces says a lot.


20 posted on 04/11/2014 10:10:06 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Laissez-faire capitalist

“This is Europe’s problem. It is about time that they grow a spine and deal with this themselves.”

Except for likely Germany and Poland, the rest of Nato’s European partner’s military, including the UK, is just a shell now.

The Italians could only do 40-some total sorties over Libya before they had to stand down, due to the lack of bombs, and broken airplanes. The Russians know this, too.


21 posted on 04/11/2014 10:13:17 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

What a sad spectacle that Europe has become. In time I believe that, (as I’ve stated before) they could become a counter-balance to Russia -— if they were willing to defund the massive social-welfare net and contribute more to their militaries, both individually and collectively...

They could be the cooler head that sometimes needs to previal (as compared to the often hot-headed U.S.) given their penchant for muddling through things. Ah, one can only hope...


22 posted on 04/11/2014 1:41:32 PM PDT by Laissez-faire capitalist
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To: Rennes Templar
Another loss of confidence coming?

-PJ

23 posted on 04/11/2014 1:43:57 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: tcrlaf

If you believe that many in Crimea took the Russian offer to join their army, the Russian disinformation officers did a good job. That was not the case. The Ukrainian ships are being returned. Did you read about the Ukrainian naval officer that was murdered in his barracks?


24 posted on 04/11/2014 1:48:19 PM PDT by meatloaf (Impeach Obama. That's my New Year's resolution.)
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To: McGruff
The only “generals” Obama listens to are his goofy Hollywood friends who have portrayed generals in film.
25 posted on 04/14/2014 11:53:31 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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