Saturday, September 6, 2014
Although the West demonizes Putin and holds him solely responsible for every evil under the sun, I personally think Putin has no stomach nor taste for wars of any sort. It's the people around him who are biting at the bit to start something. Rumor has it that the macho commander in Ukraine who was of Russian origin was removed because he would have never been satisfied with just the Russian-speaking east Ukraine and would have gone the whole hog and for doing that he would have had the full approval of the warmongers who were encouraging him to go for that outcome, behind Putin's back. I believe that rumor to be true. To give an example of how blood-thirsty some of Russian blood hounds happen to be, read the below.
Tyler Durden writing at ZeroHedge:
Russian General Demands Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine Against NATO
While NATO is contemplating its existential purpose in a world where the Cold War has suddenly come back with a vengeance, and the military alliance has found itself woefully unprepared to deal with a Russia which no longer accepts the supremacy of the west (appropriately enough NATO is doing this on a golf course) Russia is also strategizing, only instead of issuing "sharply-worded catchphrases" and hashtags, a Russian general has called for Russia to revamp its military doctrine, last updated in 2010, to clearly identify the U.S. and its NATO allies as Moscow's enemy number one. That in itself is not disturbing: we reported as much yesterday and is merely more rhetorical posturing. Where things, however, get very problematic is that the general demands that Russia spell out the conditions under which the country would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the 28-member military alliance. ....
Moscow Times reports that Russia's military doctrine, a strategy document through which the government interprets military threats and crafts possible responses, is being revised in light of threats connected to the Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war and the conflict in Ukraine, the deputy chief of the Kremlin's security council told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
That however is the soundbite for politically correct media purposes. Because within the Defense Ministry there are voices calling for different priorities.
"First and foremost, the likely enemy of Russia should be clearly identified in this strategic document, something absent from the 2010 military doctrine. In my view, our primary enemy is the U.S. and the North Atlantic bloc," General Yury Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official, was quoted as saying by Interfax......