Back in 2011, retired General Philip Breedlove started his term as Vice Chief of Staff of the US Air Force and was promoted to general. The following year, he became commander of the US Air Forces in Europe. Then, in 2013, Breedlove became commander of the US European Command and NATO Allied Command Operations.
General Breedlove has spoken out on the Afghan war, Russia and Crimea. He testified back in February before the House Armed Services Committee and said that the US needed to rebuild it’s troops in Europe because Russia was getting more aggressive and would pose as a long-term threat to the US. Not something that Obama would agree with or probably support. Certainly not something that would put the general on good terms with Obama, but then again, not sure if Obama is on the same side as this general anyway.
H/T The Washington Times:
While in command, the top U.S. general in Europe said President Obama looked at NATO as a warmonger “worry” and “threat” rather than an alliance trying to keep the peace, retired Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, who retired in May, wrote a 2014 series of emails to a think tank official in Washington.
The four-star general bemoaned what it was like trying to work with the White House at a time when Vladimir Putin’s troops had invaded Ukraine and was trying to rattle other former Soviet Union puppet states.
The emails were acquired by DCLeaks, a new site which earlier exposed a number of emails from the political empire of billionaire George Soros, a big financial backer of Hillary Clinton.
The think tank official is Harland Ullman, a long time Washington hand who advises the Atlantic Council. Mr. Ullman was hooking up Gen. Breedlove with former Secretary of State Colin Powell to seek advice on dealing with a standoffish Mr. Obama and the White House.
To Mr. Powell from Gen Breedlove: “Thank you for this,… sorry for the tardy reply. I know Harlan has passed some of my proposed ‘asks’ of you,… let me add one thought. I may be wrong,… but I do not see this WH really ‘engaged’ by working with Europe/NATO. Frankly I think we are a ‘worry’,… ie a threat to get the nation drug into a conflict,… vice an ‘opportunity’ represented by some pretty stalwart allies. I seek your counsel on two fronts,…. how to frame this opportunity in a time where all eyes are on ISIL all the time,… and two,… how to work this personally with the POTUS. v/r Phil.”
Everyone’s eyes are on ISIL, EXCEPT Obama’s! Let’s face it, when it comes to radical Islamic terrorism, Obama could care less.
Obama has gone against most of his generals and any political pressure to provide assistance to the Ukrainian government, because he doesn’t want to have to face Russian President Putin. Let’s face it, Putin would be no challenge to Obama at any time. Putin continues to spit in the face of Obama and America with all of his record close flybys that continue to be in the news almost on a weekly basis.
Breedlove along with other generals, have told Obama and told Obama that Russia is a threat. Do you think Obama’s been listening? NOPE! Do you think Obama cares? NOPE. He’s too busy to worry about Russia being aggressive towards Europe or America’s allies, he can’t have his 18 holes interrupted by anybody.
By the time Obama leaves office, we will be lucky to have any friends left to even work with us against Russia.
Breedlove as you know stepped down from his NATO leadership position in May and in July retired as a four-star general. I feel sorry for any general who has had to deal with Obama as “Commander-in-Chief”. Obama certainly didn’t listen to General Breedlove, because if he did, there wouldn’t have been a need for Breedlove to seek help elsewhere in regards to Russia’s buildup of troops and aggression. Obama doesn’t care to believe General Breedlove, regardless of how much evidence he has given him or Congress.
So General Breedlove did the next most honorable thing…he retired before Obama screwed him over. Let’s face it Obama doesn’t like ANY general who speaks out against him or Islam. Obama’s policies on radical Islamic terrorism are pretty much nonexistent.
Let’s hope we can get Trump elected as our next president before Obama or Hillary do something REALLY stupid that we can’t fix…like totally destroy America with socialism.
God Bless General Breedlove! God Bless Our Troops! and God Bless America!