FAST FIVE: US Would Lead NATO To 'Take Out Every Russian Conventional Force' If Putin Uses Nukes In Ukraine: Petraeus

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The well-known retired Army general issued the prediction of such a major US intervention in that scenario during a Sunday interview on ABC's “This Week,” explaining that the West must take the Kremlin's latest nuclear rhetoric seriously, and that this is what the White House's latest warnings of “catastrophic consequences” for Moscow is all about.

I mean, just to give you a hypothetical, we would respond by leading a NATO, a collective effort, that would take out every Russian conventional force that we can see and identify on the battlefield in Ukraine and also in Crimea and every ship in the Black Sea,” Petraeus responded.

He thinks he can out suffer Europe, if you will,” he continued.

“He is losing, and the battlefield reality he faces is, I think, irreversible,”¬†Petraeus said, adding that there is “no amount of shambolic mobilization, which is the only way to describe it, no amount of annexation, no amount of even veiled nuclear threats, can actually get him out of this particular situation.” Recent weeks have witnessed a flurry of 'doom and gloom' apocalyptic sounding headlines based on increased threatening rhetoric from Kremlin officials, including Putin himself, suggesting or implying the future possibility of resorting to tactical nukes in Ukraine if red lines are crossed.

US intelligence says it is stepped up its surveillance and monitoring, but this has not led to any changes in the United States' nuclear posture either.

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