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Alleged Plan To Bomb Kerch Strait Bridge ‘Sheer Incompetence’

Kerch Strait Bridge. CC/Alexx1979

March 3, 2024 (EIRNS)—As if to underscore that the American leadership is out to lunch, former Defense Secretary Bob Gates gave an interview to the Washington Post’s David Ignatius on Feb. 21, and among outrageous comments regarding Russian President Putin and the death of Alexei Navalny, he made other remarks which added even more credence to the authenticity of the leaked tape of German generals discussing plans on Feb. 19 to bomb the Kerch Strait Bridge, connecting the Russian mainland to Crimea.

In response to a question regarding the deployment of ATACMS 300s, longer-range missiles that can hit Crimea, and attempting to shift the “Russian momentum,” Gates replied: “If you want to give the Russians pause, if you want to interrupt that sense of momentum that they have, why not be able to do things like drop the Kerch Strait Bridge? That would have a big impact on the Russians, I think, psychologically as well as militarily.

“So I think giving the Ukrainians the ability to strike some of these strategic targets in Crimea, as they have attacked the Black Sea Fleet successfully, I think is really important and could at least psychologically change the tenor of where we are at this point,” said Gates.

Gates also said it was a “no brainer” for the U.S. to send ATACMS to Ukraine, adding that it should have been done much earlier.

Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst and co-founder of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), spoke on a podcast with hosts Garland Nixon and Wilmer Leon for Sputnik’s The Critical Hour, regarding his evaluation of the leaked tape of the German generals discussing plans to bomb the Kerch Strait Bridge.

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