In a story that has gone blissfully under-reported by American’s mainstream media, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff – General Martin Dempsey – ratcheted up the rhetoric against Russia last week in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

In response to a question from PBS’ Judy Woodruff about recent escalations in America’s Eastern European military presence, Dempsey said the arms build up was “clearly trying to send a message to Russia.”

“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,” Dempsey told Woodruff.

Dempsey added that military responses haven’t been taken off the table as the Ukraine crisis continues to escalate.

“The message we are sending militarily is to our NATO allies,” Dempsey said.

Wait … what?

The United States clearly isn’t contemplating some sort of armed intervention in Eastern Europe, right? Right?

“That’s a question that I think deserves to be assessed and reassessed and refreshed as this thing evolves,” Dempsey told Woodruff. “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.”

Wow …

Thems … fightin’ … words …

As this website has noted, America has no business engaging in this conflict – militarily or financially.

“Policing the world (or attempting to) is one of the reasons current and future generations of American taxpayers are staring down a $17 trillion debt,” we wrote. “We cannot afford to get involved – but even if we could, there is simply no compelling national interest to justify such involvement.”

Nevertheless America’s “War Gods” continue to beat the drum in support of such an ill-fated intervention …

In fact, in a GOP fundraising email released this week, for example, war-mongering U.S. Sen. John McCain (RINO-Arizona) referred to Russian president Vladimir Putin as a “tyrant hell-bent on restoring the Soviet empire.”

Sheesh …

“In Europe and America there’s a growing feeling of hysteria …”