A Dutch F16 is orange so as to be visible for easy spotting
Zero Hedge reports on the saber-rattling by our mighty NATO allies as "aggressive" strategies are announced to counter Putin's continued warmongering in and around the Ukraine. Meanwhile, John Kerry continues to cower in his imaginary Swift Boat in the Black Sea gazing from a distance at the USS Donald Cook being buzzed by Russian MIG fighter jets on April 14. The UK Guardian reports:
A spokesperson for the US secretary of state, John Kerry, said his primary goal was to persuade Moscow to halt its destabilising activities in eastern Ukraine, and call publicly for separatist groups to disarm and stand down.U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, in his capacity as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, announced a strategy to deploy troops of European members to the eastern borders of NATO Europe in order to step up its presence around Russian borders to reassure Russia's neighbors. Of course, Putin had already warned against that, so under the rules of whatever, Breedlove tried to call the Russian General-in-Charge to reassure him that this is nothing but a defensive move. The Russians, unfortunately, are not answering calls. Perhaps NATO might try using email.
Meanwhile, the NATO naval geniuses are pulling anti-pirate ships off the coast of Somalia to join the USS Donald Cook so that Russian pilots cans have more targets to harass in the Black Sea.
Just in case General Breedlove was not taken seriously, the Dutch Defense Minister was talking on television:
The Netherlands is looking into the deployment of F16 fighter jets to try and ease the conflict around Ukraine, defence minister Jeanine Hennis told a television talk show on Tuesday night.
While there is no question of Nato military action against Russia, ‘we want to be very visible as support to our Eastern allies’, the minister told the Pauw & Witteman show.
‘We are looking at how we can increase our air support or sea support in, say, the Baltic or the Black Sea region,’ she said. ‘We are members of an alliance for a reason and we will take our responsibilities.'
Asked specifically what form Dutch air support could take, the minister said 'it could mean sending an F16.'From an historic perspective, NATO should not expect much militarily from the Netherlands. Infamously in 1995, the Dutch commander of UN forces charged with protecting 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, Kosovo was aware that a massacre was about to happen but did nothing to prevent Serb troops from marching those Muslims away to a mass grave site. It is called genocide in English but perhaps the Dutch have another phrase they like to use that was invented by the Nazis - lebensunwertes Leben translates to "Life unworthy of life."