The Unz Review:ㅤMacron’s Psycho-Play to Keep Aloft the Punctured Balloon of a ‘Geo-Political EU’, by Alastair Crooke

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The Unz Review:ㅤMacron’s Psycho-Play to Keep Aloft the Punctured Balloon of a ‘Geo-Political EU’, by Alastair Crooke

25-03-24 04:00:00,

It seems that Marcon imagines he is playing some complicated game of psycho-deterrence with Moscow – one characterised by radical ambiguity.

Charles Michel, the European Council President, has called on Europe to switch to a ‘war economy’. He justifies this call partly as urgent support for Ukraine, but more pertinently, as the need for relaunching the (beached) European economy by focussing on the defence industry.

Calls ring out across Europe: ‘We are in a pre-war era’, Polish PM Donald Tusk says. Macron, after mooting the possibility ambiguously several times, says, “Maybe at some point – I don’t want it – we will have to have operations [French troops in Ukraine], on the ground, to counter the Russian forces”.

What has spooked the Europeans so? We know the French Intelligence briefing reaching Macron in recent days was dire; it seems to have triggered his initial sally into direct French military intervention in Ukraine. French classified Intelligence warned that the collapse of the Contact Line, and the disintegration of the AFU as a functioning military force, might be imminent.

Macron played coy: Might he send troops? At one time seemingly ‘yes’; but then frustratingly the prospect was uncertain, yet still possibly on the table. Confusion reigned. Nobody knew for sure, as the President is nothing if not volatile, and General De Gaulle bequeathed to his successors, quasi-regal powers. So yes, constitutionally he could do it.

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