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Dr. Strangelove is naked

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The whole Global South is now informed about how the Russian campaign in Syria has swiftly smashed all of "Exceptionalistan's" elaborate plans for a "Greater Middle East."

These plans span everything from the Wolfowitz Doctrine to Dr. Zbig "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski's categorical imperative of preventing the emergence of a strategic competitor across Eurasia.

But the subtext is even more intriguing: The Pentagon never saw it coming. And they are absolutely terrified of the inevitable consequences.

The panic was palpable, as relayed by Dr. Strangelove, sorry, NATO's top commander Gen. Philip Breedlove, a.k.a. Breedlove/hate, the man who announces every week Russia is invading Ukraine.

Although proverbially handicapped in his geopolitical analysis -- Russia wants to hinder US and "coalition" operations in the region -- Breedlove/hate is clearly puzzled by the new, unforeseen, intricate layers of Russia's defense network.

In his own words: "We're a little worried about another A2/AD bubble being created in the eastern Mediterranean."

In Pentagonese, A2/AD means anti-access/area denial.

Translation: a mix of surface-to-air missiles and anti-ship missiles that can be deployed to prevent any player from entering or crossing a certain area.

Breedlove/hate goes as far as to admit this is Russia's "third denial zone" around Europe. The first is in the Baltics -- via the Kaliningrad base. The second -- based in Crimea -- covers the Black Sea. In his own words: "Their cruise missiles range the entire Black Sea, and their air defense missiles range about 40 to 50 percent of the Black Sea."

He is convinced the deployment of these "very sophisticated air defense capabilities" is not about purging Syria from the Salafi-jihadi constellation. It's about "something else."

And the point about "something else" is that the Pentagon knows it, but cannot possibly admit it publicly. Neocons and neoliberalcons at best can transform their apoplexy into vociferous demands for a mega-upgraded Pentagon budget, or to force Obama into keeping troops in Afghanistan indefinitely -- as if any informed observer would doubt there would never be an exit.

Here is just a sample of how the battlefield has been completely redrawn.

But the real game-changer, once again, has been the show-stopping performance of the 26 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles launched by the Russian Caspian fleet against 11 Salafi-jihadi targets 1,500 km away, destroying them all.

Breedlove/hate cannot possibly admit the Caspian cruise "message" was directed at NATO. The Kalibr-NK flew over both Iran and Iraq, at a maximum altitude of 100 meters -- not to mention speeding by a US drone.

Translation: this spells out the absolute irrelevance of all -- multibillion -- elaborate plans for missile defense deployed in Eastern Europe. Remember, those US missiles which would be deployed against the "Iranian threat."

NATO is also terrified that all its state-of-the-art C4i software -- command, control, communications, computer, intelligence -- has been totally jammed by Russian technology, all across Syria and southern Turkey. Essentially, reduced to sitting ducks. Imagine a similar, much amplified scenario in a hypothetic war on European soil over Ukraine which neocons never cease to itch for.

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