NATO’s top military commander, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, seems to understand the age-old maxim voice by Machiavelli in The Prince: “It’s better to be feared than loved.” Russia respects nothing but force. That has been proven time and time again over the last century.
President Obama has taken the option of force off the table in conflict after conflict. This weakness invites our possible adversaries to do as they please. They fear no American response.
The United States is no longer feared or loved. We should never take “uncertainty” off the table in a conflict. Our adversaries need to be constantly guessing and not sure of our response to any possible aggression on their part.
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I am not advocating war by any means, but I am advocating peace through strength.
The West should consider using all its tools to help Ukraine, including sending defensive weapons, NATO’s top military commander has said.
Officials in Washington have been discussing whether to send weapons to Ukraine’s military to help them fight pro-Russian separatists who NATO says are armed and supported by Moscow.
“I do not think that any tool of U.S. or any other nation’s power should necessarily be off the table,” U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove told a Brussels conference on Sunday when asked if he was in favor of sending defensive weapons to Ukraine.
“And so we, I think, in the West should consider all of our tools in reply. Could it be destabilizing? The answer is yes. Also, inaction could be destabilizing,” Breedlove said.
He said NATO intelligence pointed to “disturbing” military developments in eastern Ukraine and voiced concern about whether a cease-fire deal reached in Minsk last month was being complied with.
“We continue to see disturbing elements of air defense, command and control, resupply, equipment coming across a completely porous border,” he said at the Brussels Forum, organized by the German Marshall Fund think tank.
I fear our children and grandchildren are going to have to relearn some very hard lessons of the twentieth century. We don’t need any more peace with honor; we need security for the United States and our allies.
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