Chairman Of Joint Chiefs: US Ready For "Military
Response" In Ukraine
By Tyler Durden
12, 2014 "Information
Clearing House - "Zero
diplomacy having failed miserably to resolve the
Russian annexation of Crimea, and soon East Ukraine
(and with John Kerry in charge of it, was there ever
any doubt), the US is moving to the heavy artillery.
First, moments ago, the US DOE announced in a
shocking announcement that it would proceed with the
first draw down and sale of crude from the US
strategic petroleum reserve, the first since June
2011, in what it said was a "test sale to check
the operational capabilities of system
infrastructure", but is really just a shot
across the bow at Putin for whom high commodity
prices are orders of magnitude more important than
how the Russian stock market performs. And now, as
Bloomberg just reported, the US has escalated even
further, citing the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who "has claimed that
in the case of an escalation of unrest in Crimea,
the U.S. Army is ready to back up Ukraine
and its allies in Europe with military actions."
So much for
those peaceful hour long phone calls between Obama
According to the Web site of the Atlantic
Council, Dempsey said that "he's been talking to
his military counterparts in Russia, but he's
also sending a clear message to Ukraine and
members of NATO that the U.S. military will
respond militarily if necessary."
trying to tell [Russia] not to escalate this
thing further into Eastern Ukraine, and allow
the conditions to be set for some kind of
resolution in Crimea. We do have treaty
obligations with our NATO allies.
And I have assured them that if that
treaty obligation is triggered [in Europe], we
would respond," Dempsey said.
According to the General, the incursion of
Russian troops into the Crimea creates risks for
all the countries of Europe and NATO allies.
Russia is allowed to do this, which is to say
move into a sovereign country under the guise of
protecting ethnic Russians in Ukraine, it
exposes Eastern Europe to some significant risk,
because there are ethnic enclaves all over
Eastern Europe and the Balkans," Dempsey said.
with that, the USDJPY ramp takes the pair to
overnight highs, and futures are set to go green.
seriously, the real question is how Putin will react
to this quantum escalation in verbal hostilities:
wild guess here, but somehow we doubt he will pick
up and leave.
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