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U.S. to close 15 military bases in Europe, as Russia’s presence grows

Dr. Eowyn:

After provoking a new Cold War with Moscow — imposing economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, specifically Crimea — the U.S. is retreating from Europe with the closure of 15 military bases.

At a minimum, Obama’s foreign policy is a mess of confusion and mixed messages. At a maximum, he’s doing this by design.

Remember his whispered words to then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Seoul, South Korea, March 26, 2012? Not realizing his words would be picked up by live microphones, Obama signaled to Medvedev that — wink, wink, nudge, nudge — he’ll be much freer to act as he pleases after he’s won reelection: “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility” to deal with missile defense by tearing down America’s missile shield. Then he asked for Russia’s patience — for more “space” and “time.”

See also “U.S. physicist Tom Fife: Obama was groomed to be President by Soviet Communists

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

U.S. European CommandClick map to enlarge

Adam Kredo reports for The Washington Free Beacon, Jan. 9, 2015, that the U.S. military is set to shutter 15 sites across Europe and reduce the number of active personnel stationed in these areas as the result of a wide-ranging restructuring that aims to consolidate some operations on the continent, according to Derek Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.

The European restructuring is the culmination of a two-year consolidation plan known as the European Infrastructure Consolidation (EIC) that is reminiscent of a previous decade-long realignment following the Cold War.

The following changes will take effect in the coming years:

  • 15 sites in all will be returned by the United States to their host nations.
  • “Approximately 1,200 U.S. military and civilian support positions will be eliminated, and about 6,000 more U.S. personnel will be relocated within Europe,” said John Conger, the acting…

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Hungary opts out of NATO’s new Cold War against Russia

Dr. Eowyn:

For a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Obama sure behaves strangely, having reignited the Cold War with Russia by:

  1. Dramatically increasing the number of U.S. military “exercises” or war games in Europe.
  2. Canceling a regularly scheduled annual exercise with Russian troops last March;
  3. Sending 600 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Eastern Europe; and
  4. Imposing economic sanctions against Russia.

All this because the Kremlin annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine this spring, which Obama insists is a sign of Moscow’s aggressive expansionism, never mind the fact that top U.S. military leaders do not agree but instead see Russia’s moves in Crimea as protecting its national interests, specifically Russia’s naval fleet in the Black Sea.

The upshot of Obama’s aggressive posture toward Russia, on top of Russia recently revising its military doctrine identifying NATO’s military buildup as a major threat, is the fraying of the West’s NATO alliance, led by Hungary, whose prime minister says his country wants no part in a new Cold War.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Below is Google Translate’s version of an article in Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten, Dec. 25, 2014.

Note: Hungary joined NATO in 1997.

Hungary will not take part in the Cold War against Russia

Hungary's Viktor Orban accused the U.S. of expanding their influence in Europe with a new Cold War.EU President Jean-Claude Junker (l); PM of Hungary Viktor Orbán (r)

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán takes its distance from the EU and accuses the US government to try to instigate a new Cold War against Russia. Hungary will not participate.

The dispute between the Hungarian government and the US continues to escalate. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Tuesday that the US Government Takes corruption allegations against senior Hungarian officials as an excuse to expand US influence in Europe. Given the Ukraine crisis he accused the USA of also trying to draw the EU in the conflict. “Between the US and Russia, a mood like in the Cold War developed. We do not want to be…

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Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly, Sept. 24, 2014

Dr. Eowyn:

Here’s the full text of Obama’s speech to the UN on Wednesday, or does anyone care? LOL

I’m reblogging this only because Roger Cohen (who he?) of the New York Times quoted from the speech and lauded Obama on his “new resolve.” Gag….

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/opinion/roger-cohen-obama-leads-on-isis-he-is-right-to-take-the-risk.html?_r=0

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

O's UN chairObama at the UN General Assembly, Sept. 24, 2014

Remarks As Prepared for Delivery by President Barack Obama
Address to the United Nations General Assembly
September 24, 2014
New York City, NY

Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen: we come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope.

Around the globe, there are signposts of progress. The shadow of World War that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted; the prospect of war between major powers reduced. The ranks of member states has more than tripled, and more people live under governments they elected. Hundreds of millions of human beings have been freed from the prison of poverty, with the proportion of those living in extreme poverty cut in half. And the world economy continues to strengthen after the worst financial crisis of our lives.

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Obama sends 600 troops to E. Europe as warning to Russia

Dr. Eowyn:

Having just removed the last U.S. battle tanks from Europe, the U.S. is not ready for either a cold or hot war with Russia over Ukraine, and Obama had already said that the U.S. and NATO have no plan to use force in Ukraine.

So why is he sending 600 troops to 4 E. European countries bordering on Russia and Ukraine?

Does he actually think the Russian Army, with 360,000 soldiers, would be deterred by our 600?

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

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Ben Watson reports for Defense One, April 22, 2014:

The Pentagon is sending about 600 U.S. troops from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to Poland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia in a show of support for Eastern European countries uneasy with Russian forces still lingering near Ukraine.

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“Nothing we’ve seen out of Russia or their armed forces, is de-escalating the tension, is making things any more stable in Ukraine or on the continent of Europe,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Tuesday.

The first steps of the increased U.S troop presence will occur in Poland and involves approximately 150 paratroopers from the 173rd, based in Vicenza, Italy. Those troops are expected to arrive Wednesday.

The 173rd, which has deployed once to Iraq and four times to Afghanistan since 2003, was already on call to help with NATO security in Europe, led by the alliance’s top military…

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Obama removes all U.S. battle tanks from Europe

Dr. Eowyn:

That, in turn, means the United States, henceforth, will not be able to fight a land war in Europe.

H/t John Rolls of the Rolls Report

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Amidst the still-ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the Obama administration is moving the last U.S. battle tanks from Germany and, thus, from Europe.

At the same time, the Pentagon also is disbanding two of the U.S. Army’s heavy brigades in Germany. Last year, the 170th Infantry out of Baumholder disbanded, while the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade at Grafenwöhr is in the process of doing the same.

Abram tank out of GermanyOne of 22 Abram battle tanks, bound for South Carolina, being loaded at the railhead in Kaisersalutern, Germany (photo by Alexander Burnett/U.S. Army). 

John Vandiver reports for Stars and Stripes, April 4, 2014, that the U.S. Army’s 69-year history of basing main battle tanks on German soil quietly ended last month when 22 Abrams tanks, a main feature of armored combat units throughout the Cold War, embarked for the U.S.

On March 18, the remaining tanks were loaded up at the 21st Theater Sustainment…

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Americans who know least about Ukraine, most want U.S. to use military force

Dr. Eowyn:

God help and protect us from the willfully ignorant!

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Can you locate the country of Ukraine in the world map below?

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Here’s a hint:

The southernmost part of Ukraine is the Crimea peninsula (that recently was annexed by Russia). The peninsula juts out into the Black Sea.

If you correctly located Ukraine where the red star is in the map below, you are among a very select minority of Americans — 16% or one out of every six Americans.

world map Ukraine

That was the finding of three political scientists: Kyle Dropp of Dartmouth College, Joshua D. Kertzer of Harvard University, and Thomas Zeitzoff of Princeton University.

As they reported in The Washington Post of April 7, 2014, the trio conducted a national survey on March 28-31 on what action Americans wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine. The respondents were also asked to locate Ukraine by clicking on a high-resolution world map (see below).

Where's Ukraine

As you can…

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10,000 Russian troops conduct massive nuclear exercise

Dr. Eowyn:

This is ominous, especially in view of Putin’s military doctrine that states Russia would use nuclear weapons “in response to large-scale aggression utilizing conventional weapons in situations critical to the national security of the Russian Federation,” that is, even if Russia proper hadn’t been attacked.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

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In January 2014, Russia carried out a large surprise ad hoc military drill around the Crimean Black Sea. No one at the time thought anything of it. But, of course, we know now the drill was a prelude to Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.

Three days ago, on March 27, 2014, ten thousand Russian troops began a military drill simulating the massive deployment of nuclear missiles.

Zachary Keck reports for The Diplomat, March 29, 2014, that while much Western attention has been bestowed on Russia’s conventional military buildup along the borders of Ukraine, Moscow also began a massive nuclear offensive exercise on Thursday.

According to the Russian daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta, citing multiple senior Russian military officers, Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) began a massive three-day exercise involving 10,000 soldiers and 1,000 pieces of equipment from more than 30 units. The major purpose of the drill, according to the report, is to…

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