Russia's aggression in Crimea has created a "global geopolitical war" that will have repercussions far beyond last century's Cold War, according to retired Major Gen. Paul Vallely.
Speaking on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, Vallely said Russian President Vladimir Putin's call to repatriate Russian businesses — and Brooklyn Nets' owner Mikhail Prokhorov's remarkable vow
to do just that — is just one illustration of how far-reaching the "new Cold War" has become.
"What we really have here is a global geopolitical war going that's so multidimensional now as opposed to the old Cold War we know back in the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s, and so that includes NBA basketball, it includes economics, finances, the European Union.…"
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Yet, he warned, "I'm not sure we have the people in Washington, the leadership that really understands the significance of this." Vallely also said NATO may not be up to the job of defending members if they are threatened by Putin, including Estonia.
"NATO is not a very capable organization as it was 20 years ago," he said. "Their military capability for the most part is, or 80 percent of it is, dependent upon the United States. They don't have the organization, the structure to conduct anything anywhere."
Complicating its weakness, he added, is the weakness of President Obama.
"Putin's ruling, he knows that Obama is very weak, he knows [Obama is] an empty suit," he said. "He knows we are weak now in leadership so he's going to continue to roll the ball and Crimea is a done deal as far as I'm concerned. Now, he's going to pause a little bit and then see what happens with some of the other areas over there including the Ukraine."
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