Gregory's description of Putin's possible next move -- a hybrid war in the Baltics that could fall short of an Article 5 attack, if NATO wants it to -- is frightening to read, even more so knowing that NATO and the West, collectively, would like nothing more than to appease Putin and hope he's happy with his bloody spoils in Crimea, Donbas, not to mention South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Transnistria.
NATO's members surely know that Putin could destroy their alliance -- not physically, but rather by crossing the all-important "red line" of Article 5, the sine qua non of NATO. Once Article 5 is breached, say, in Latvia, without a NATO military reaction then all bets are off and it's every country in Eastern Europe for itself.
But of course... who cares about NATO? We should concentrate on bearded loonies riding around in the desert on captured American hardware, making threats at us on YouTube from 6,000 miles away....
By Paul Roderick Gregory
September 23, 2014 | Forbes