[ Ed. note – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has ramped up the anti-Russian rhetoric another notch. In comments made today in Stuttgart, Germany, Carter not only reiterated his previous claim that Russia is “nuclear saber rattling,” but also accused the Russians of “going backward in time,” and vowed that the US will “defend our allies.”
Carter made the remarks at a ceremony in which U.S. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti was installed as the new NATO commander in Europe, replacing Gen. Philip Breedlove. The latter was know for his outrageous, over-the-top comments about Russia, and his replacement, Scaparrotti, seems to exhibit a similar level of lunacy.