The anti-American conspiracy site NachDenkSeiten is expanding its role as a Kremlin propaganda outlet. I had already blogged about Wolfgang Bittner - the children's book author who is now an "intelligence expert" - and his pro-Putin book Die Eroberung Europas durch die USA ("The Conquest of Europe by the US"). Bittner's "thesis" is that United States has ruined Germany's natural alliance with Russia by forcing Putin to annex the Crimea with military force and forcing him to send thousands of Russian troops and weapons into Eastern Ukraine. Putin's aggression is entirely the fault of the United States and its vassals in the NATO alliance. Once again, Germany is "victim" (Opfer) of American imperialism.
BIttner's book was pretty much dismissed by knowledgeable reviewers, but, according to NachDenkSeiten, Bittner is intentionally shunned by Germany's CIA-controlled mainstream media. But now, amazingly, Die Eroberung Europas durch die USA is available in a new edition with an addendum where he outlines the most recent treachery of the United States:
"Der Autor geht in einem „Nachtrag 2015“ insbesondere auf die methodische Strategie der US-Regierung und der NATO hinsichtlich Westeuropas und Russlands ein, wie auch auf die desolate, sich immer mehr zuspitzende Situation in der Ukraine nach dem Staatsstreich vom Februar 2014."
What Bittner "reveals" in this Nachtrag 2015 is nothing less than America's plan to wage nuclear war on the European continent:
„Die Grenze zum Wahnsinn ist längst überschritten, wenn es in einem CSIS-Report [Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington] heißt, begrenzte taktische Atomschläge seien möglich, ohne ‚die amerikanische Heimat‘ zu gefährden. Das ist die Theorie, sozusagen die Planungsphase. Aber in der Praxis des bislang noch Kalten Krieges ist eine neue Stufe der Eskalation erreicht, wenn gemeldet wird, dass die USA im Rahmen einer neuen Atomstrategie der NATO Anfang September 2015 Abwürfe von Übungsatombomben in Lettland vorgenommen haben und des Weiteren per Gesetz die Möglichkeiten geschaffen wurden, in der Ukraine Atomwaffen zu stationieren.“
("We have now crossed the threshold of insanity when a CSIS Report states that limited nuclear attacks are possible without impacting the American homeland. That theory is now in the planning phase. But in practice we have reached a new stage not seen since the Cold War, when it was reported that the US has dropped dummy nuclear bombs on Latvia in September 2015 as part of NATO's new nuclear strategy, and has created the legal framework for stationing nuclear weapons in the Ukraine.")
What are Bittner's primary sources for these "explosive" revelation? BIttner points to former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives. Brzezinski is interesting to read, but the book dates from the Clinton presidency, and does Bittner even realize that Brzezinski hasn't held an official government position since 1981 and the end of Jimmy Carter's presidency? The other source - a favorite of German conspiracy theorists - is George Friedman and his private intelligence group Stratfor. Stratfor is pretty much of a joke ever since the 2012 Wikileaks put out of millions of internal Stratfor e-mails and documents that exposed much of Stratfor's "intelligence" as bogus. Nobody in Washington believes Friedman has any influence or credibility on US foreign policy, but the fact that he has a Jewish-sounding last name impresses Bittner and the German conspiracy theory community.
But what about Bittner's claim that the US "dropped dummy nuclear bombs on Latvia in September 2015 as part of NATO's new nuclear strategy". The source of this information was a New York Times article that reported on a June 2015 joint US-Latvia military exercise to shore up NATO's eastern flank, Nowhere in the article does it state that the dummy bombs dropped 180 miles from the Russian border were Übungsatombomben. This joint US-Latvian exercise was a response to Putin's sending troops and heavy weapons into Eastern Ukraine as well as to his nuclear sabre rattling:
“Let me remind you that Russia is one of the world’s biggest nuclear powers,” Putin told Russian youth last summer. “These are not just words — this is the reality. What’s more, we are strengthening our nuclear deterrent capability and developing our armed forces.”
But, of course, for Wolfgang Bittner and Putin's"useful idiots" at NachDenkSeiten,he only has peace and goodwill in his heart.