Russia has a reported 100,000 troops in the west of its country which are accused of threatening a nation of 45 million people with a NATO-standard army built up by Western nations over the past eight years. Russia was accused of having as many as 150,000 troops in the same region in April of last year.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley portray the above as something almost apocalyptic and repeatedly invoke nuclear alliance NATO’s Article 5 collective war clause.