Retired Gen. Scales on Ukraine: ‘There should be a military option on the table’ [VIDEO]

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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Speaking on the crisis in Ukraine, retired Major Gen. Robert Scales argued Monday night that “there should be a military option on the table.”

“Everyone I’ve seen on the news media this whole last few days talks about, ‘well, the first thing we are going to do is we’re gonna take the military option off the table,'” Scales, a former commandant of the U.S. Army War College, said on Fox News’ “On the Record.” “Oh, really? That’s our greatest advantage right now. [Russian President Vladimir] Putin doesn’t care about economic sanctions. He doesn’t care about what the E.U. thinks. The only thing he respects is power and he knows that America still is more powerful than he is.”

“I think we can commit as a demonstration,” Scales elaborated. “For example, let’s start that AMB initiative with the Czech Republic and Poland tomorrow. We have a perfect right to put ships in the Black Sea. Let’s put some ships in the Black Sea. Poland is one of the best maneuver areas in Central Europe. The U.S. military, the U.S. Army, maybe even the Marine Corps, ought to move into Poland to do maneuvers, perhaps stay awhile. We should move tier 1 and tier 2 Special Forces into the Ukraine — if the Ukraine asks for our support — so we can train their troops. Remember October ’73 when we kept Israel from collapsing by flying in high-tech gear and high-tech weapons? We could do that in the Ukraine. That’s not going to start a war but it’s going to tell Putin we’re serious.”

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