Top U.S. NATO Commander Says Russia and Syria are Using Migration as a Weapon Against the West

iStock_000064038589_Small Copyright: Martin CvetkovićWhile it has faded somewhat from the headlines, the migration crisis sweeping across Europe is actually worsening. On March 1, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the flow of Middle Eastern and African migrants pouring into Europe during the first two months of 2016 nearly matched the total for the entire first half of 2015.

U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, Commander of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe for NATO, charged that the crisis is being instigated by Russia and Syria in an effort to destabilize the European Union. At a Pentagon news briefing, Gen. Breedlove stated that part of the goal of Russia and the Assad regime’s brutal bombing campaign aimed at civilian targets is to perpetuate and accelerate the migration crisis in Europe. Russia and Assad are “deliberately weaponizing migration in an attempt to overwhelm European structures and break European resolve,” said Breedlove.

Besides just overwhelming Europe with refugees and migrants, Breedlove also noted that the crisis is an open invitation to jihadist groups, like ISIS, to infiltrate the Western democracies they are sworn to destroy. “Within this mix, [ISIS] is spreading like a cancer, taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations and our own with terrorist attacks,” he warned. Similar warnings have been sounded by other U.S. intelligence and security officials.

Neither Breedlove’s warning about the exploitation of the migration crisis by terrorist groups, nor the geo-political motivations of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad seem to be having much effect on political leaders on either side of the Atlantic. Europe continues to try to absorb and resettle the never-ending flow of migrants. In the U.S., the Obama administration is moving forward with its plans to increase the intake of Syrian migrants, while congressional leaders refuse to pull the plug on resettlement funding, thereby tacitly acquiescing to the president’s actions.

In the meantime, ISIS continues to send terrorists to the West, while Putin and Assad, in the opinion of America’s top NATO Commander, pursue a geo-political strategy to destabilize Europe and possibly the United States.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    What a crock! In case you weren’t aware, the migrants and refugees flooding into Europe are being ALLOWED to come in by treasonous politicians! Putin and Assad wouldn’t be able to do a damned thing if it weren’t for traitors like Angela Merkel and David Cameron, not to mention Barack Hussein Obama!

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    Most things Breedlove says are self serving nonsense and utter tripe, this is no exception.

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      No big surprise for me, I know Bush started the whole catastrophe with his idiotic invasion of Iraq. This does not mean that Putin does not know what he is doing and isn’t using the situation to advance his agenda.

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        You’re right on how most Mexicans think that the southwest US belongs to Mexico. The flaw in that thinking is that the southwest US, including Texas and California, were only claimed by Mexico for a little over 20 years, when that country became independent. Before that, Mexico was just another colony of Spain for over three centuries, just like the southwest US. Mexico, other than claiming those territories, had little control over them and they were barely populated other than the native Indians. Mexico actually invited Americans to settle in Texas because they couldn’t get Mexicans to go there.

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          Even the Mexican President spewing the “F” word is a lot smarter than our ESTABLISHMENT politicians with no loyalty to us voters. Open Border Brainless wood headed puppets….LOL

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          And notice that all of the enthusiasm for the reconquista of the American Southwest began after it became a wealthy area, full of climate controlled malls, swimming pools and US taxpayer financed government programs. As if there would be any interest in the reconquista of the American Southwest if the US was an impoverished dump like Mexico.

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          Leland so you are saying any of the injustices done to those families that were taken away their land given by the spaniards with titles were justified? then you are saying the slaughtering of the Indians were also justified?…help me out..your tone and feedback basically approves all the harm done to the Indians and Mexicans……you should read more about history,,,,,,

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            OK what is your point?…………you are saying the Spaniards killed the American Indians?,,,i guess you are in a different country…….or smoking something today…glad to hear your retirement is paying off…you crack me up!!!hahahaha!!! in a nice way by the way….you make me laugh!!!! I will join you!!!hahaha!!!

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            The only one smoking something is you No Change. Better read up on the history so you know what you are talking about! While you’re at it, read up on the history of Europe, and by the way, African countries are still killing and displacing their citizens…same as Syria, etc. It will never end!

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            PJ I take is as you are a foreigner and probably a H1 visa holder….completely ignorant and naive of our land and history…..

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    Mr.Breedlove let’s count how many refugees come to Europe from 2001 -2015 from Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria before Russians air strike which began only 09.2015

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    It is also destabilizing for the US to allow millions of people from Mexico to settle in the Southwestern US, when 58 percent of Mexicans believe the Southwestern US belongs to Mexico, according to a 2002 poll.

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      That is funny…not started before you were born and akready in this kand before …

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      SecBorders that is part of history and our way of life……even before the US was born……so I actually like the Mexicans better than the crazy middle Eastern……

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    I am not surprised that “former” KGB man Putin is able to outsmart all the corrupt buffoons and clowns that have been running the show in the US and Europe.

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        Peter, or should I say No Change,
        It is not that I like Putin or would want to live in the country he rules, but that I think Putin can outsmart a lot of Western politicians.

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          SecBorders ok now that you cleared your statement….it is a fact….actually he is smartly savvier and political strategically more aware than probably most info all leaders …I agree with you……even in a body to body match……BUT the oil prices are killing them as well….so think…it appears perhaps Saudi Arabia and the US are playing the Russian way against Putin? to break him down?

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          Naw. “Peter” describes him and his posts pretty accurately, used as gutter slang.

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            Invictus that is called English and freedom of Speech…..for sure at most and if lucky you might have finished high school may be..maybe not?……the author of that poem is probably ashamed of you…….hahahahahaha!!!