German leaders in Berlin were stunned. They didn't understand what Breedlove was talking about. And it wasn't the first time. Once again, the German government, supported by intelligence gathered by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence agency, did not share the view of NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).
The pattern has become a familiar one. For months, Breedlove has been commenting on Russian activities in eastern Ukraine, speaking of troop advances on the border, the amassing of munitions and alleged columns of Russian tanks. Over and over again, Breedlove's numbers have been significantly higher than those in the possession of America's NATO allies in Europe. As such, he is playing directly into the hands of the hardliners in the US Congress and in NATO.
The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Chancellery have referred to Breedlove's comments as "dangerous propaganda." Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove's comments with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.
-- "Breedlove's Bellicosity: Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine", Der Spiegel, 07 Mar 2015
So someone appears to be lying -- or seeing only what they want to see! Is it the BND? or is it the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEur)?
Our rulers tell us that they are "Exceptional". Like Messengers from God, they are Infallible, Omniscient, Beyond Reproach and Beyond Accountability. Everything they tell us is the Gospel Truth. That they would lie to us or exaggerate the situation to frighten us into giving them more money is Unthinkable.
From this, we conclude that the liar is the BND, not Breedlove. Like the former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Breedlove is an "Honorable Man" -- as Marc Antony would say.
"There’s no doubt that Russia is heavily engaged in destabilizing eastern Ukraine, and they continue their activities.” -- NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 09 Jul 2014
"Iraq has WMDs. It is not something we think; it is something we know. Iraq has itself admitted that it has had mustard gas, nerve gas, anthrax, but Saddam won’t disclose. He won’t tell us where and how these weapons have been destroyed. We know this from the UN inspectors, so there is no doubt in my mind.” -- Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 2003
-- Robert Parry, "NYT Protects the Fogh Machine", Consortium News, 24 Aug 2014
[Vasily Kashin's] key insight is that “the Russian government took no serious measures to support separatist movements in Crimea” prior to its invasion of the peninsula last February. This illustrates that Russian actions during the crisis were not the culmination of a plan to dismember Ukraine, but a reaction to the perceived security threat coming from the Maidan protests that culminated in the overthrow of the Yanukovych government.
-- Dmitry Gorenburg, "Russia and Ukraine: Not the Military Balance You Think", War on the Rocks, 10 Nov 2014