Disinfo: Military experts of The National Interest predicted a US and NATO defeat in a war against Russia

Summary

US experts predicted that the US and NATO are doomed to be defeated in a massive war against Russia. This is the conclusion of the military analysts of the US edition of The National Interest. Experts are confident that NATO forces in Eastern Europe are doomed in a possible war against Russia. At the same time, the Russian Federation may use nuclear weapons if the United States intervenes in such a conflict, so even the joint efforts of Washington and Brussels will turn into a defeat for the West.

Disproof

This is a deliberate distortion of the original article in The National Interest, which doesn’t say that the US and NATO are doomed to be defeated. On the contrary, in its introductory paragraph, the article states: “Neither side could win outright, especially since the loser might resort to nuclear weapons. Hence, thankfully MAD [the acronym of Mutually Assured Destruction] keeps the peace.”

Pro-Kremlin media frequently resort to this manipulative technique of quoting sentences from serious publications and then introducing a distorted message as if it was part of the original article, in this case, to promote a recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative about Russia’s military might and the invincibility of its armed forces.

See other examples in our database, such as false claims that British outlet The Guardian pointed to ruling elite as the real instigators of the racial crisis in the US, exposed how US Democrats were exploiting irregularities in the voting system, and reported that the EU remained silent as the Europeans couldn’t buy food for the first time in 75 years; that Foreign Policy explained why Washington needs a “Russian intervention”; that The National Interest said that Russia’s Avangard missiles can devastate US defences; that Newsweek magazine revealed how the US coup in Iran will end; or that a Polish leading expert confirmed why his country should be scared of Russia’s missiles.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 220
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Spanish, Castilian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Russia's Ministry of Defence, Russian superiority, NATO

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