Most people don’t believe Russia sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines, and the only ones broadcasting a desire for war are the Biden administration and neocons in Washington, D.C., according to retired Army Col. Douglas MacGregor.
“The destruction of the [Nord Stream] pipeline was clearly not executed by Russia. No one believes that,” MacGregor said Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“In fact, the German population is being polled and overwhelmingly is opposed to the notion of any war with Russia and dismisses out of hand the notion that the Russians are responsible for the pipeline.”
MacGregor said Russian President Vladimir Putin may “escalate” his military operation in Ukraine to settle the conflict on terms “we may not like” because he knows the Biden administration won’t negotiate with him.
“Putin has decided that no one in Washington will negotiate with him and he knows that Washington is ultimately in control,” he said.
“I think he’s going to settle this dispute in Ukraine on terms acceptable to Russia that we may not like. But other than Poland no one is interested in going to war with Russia. If we persist on this line, we will see NATO dissolve and fragment.”
“No one wants to go to war with Russia, other than the Poles and a few people in Washington D.C.,” MacGregor reiterated.
Escalatory rhetoric between Russia and the West intensified over the last week following the unexplained destruction of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.
Shortly after the incident, Putin annexed parts of occupied Ukrainian territory.
In response, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky applied for NATO membership, a proposal NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has avoided discussing.