not sure if it is too late.
General Dempsey, yesterday:
GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY:[..]I do have an open line with my Russian counterpart that I have used twice the last two days.
But we’re trying to tell them not to escalate this thing further into Eastern Ukraine and allow the conditions to be set for some kind of resolution in the Crimea. But the message we are sending militarily is to our NATO allies.
So, one of our responsibilities at times like this is to reassure our allies. And so the deployments you mentioned into the Baltic air policing mission, into the aviation detachment in Poland, the deployment of the ship, are really intended to reassure our allies.[…]
JUDY WOODRUFF: But there is a chance it could escalate?
GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY: Of course there is.
JUDY WOODRUFF: There is a chance of military conflict?
GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY: Sure. Yes.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And is the U.S. prepared if that happened?
GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY: Well, that’s a question that I think deserves to be assessed and reassessed and refreshed as this thing evolves.
But, remember, we do have treaty obligations with our NATO allies. And I have assured them that, if that treaty obligation is triggered, we would respond.