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NATO Commander Wants U-2 Spy Planes to 'Monitor' Russia. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

How did a nutter like General Breedlove become NATO's supreme allied commander? Rhetorical question.


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NATO's supreme allied commander General Philip Breedlove, known in some circles as "that crazy guy who keeps mumbling about protecting his precious bodily fluids", has concocted a truly brilliant scheme to create "additional intelligence collection platforms" in the fight against a "resurgent" Soviet Union/Russia/whatever:

The U-2 spy plane, one of the most emblematic aircraft of the Cold War, should return to Europe to conduct surveillance on a resurgent and aggressive Russia, a top [and profoundly mentally unsound -- Ed.] American general has warned.

<figcaption>The U-2: Russia's favorite spy plane</figcaption>
The U-2: Russia's favorite spy plane

Was it Mark Twain who said that history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme? Yeah, he's wrong. History repeats itself:

The suggested return to European skies of the slender espionage plane, which first flew six decades ago and has survived several attempts to force its retirement, could also risk provoking Russian ire by resurrecting memories of the U-2’s role in the most incendiary moments of the Cold War.

In 1960, a U-2 on a spy mission over Russia was downed by a surface-to-air missile and its CIA pilot, Gary Powers, held captive for two years

The good news is that Breedlove is stepping down this spring. In other words, you have about a 50% chance of living until June. Fingers crossed.

General Ripper is Breedlove's spirit animal
General Ripper is Breedlove's spirit animal


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