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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:


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.

Eastern Europe Map

“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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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:

map of Ukraine

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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Obama calls Putin

Let’s see, NBC reportedly dumped Jay Leno because of his Obama jokes.

Now, Jimmy Fallon is doing it. LOL


Russia retaliates against Obama sanctions: pulls billions from banks & U.S. treasury

Dr. Eowyn:

Actions have consequences, and Obama’s threats against Russia are bearing rotten fruit that will end up hurting America. That’s Obama’s “foreign policy”!

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Obama vs. PutinBarack Obama and Vladimir Putin at the Group of 8 conference in northern Ireland, June 2013

On March 6, 2014, Barack Obama signed an executive order, and made good on his threat to impose sanctions on Russia over the latter’s “invasion” of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Crimea is an autonomous republic of Ukraine and has a 1997 treaty agreement with Russia, whereby the Russian Navy is allowed up to station planes, armored vehicles, artillery systems, and up to 25,000 troops on the peninsula.

In addition to declaring a U.S. “national emergency” due to the Ukraine crisis being an “extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” Obama’s executive order, “Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine,” also “authorizes sanctions on individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, or for stealing the…

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Secretary of State Kerry on Diplomatic Mission


John Kerry continues his urgent tour of European capitols.

John Kerry Arrives in Ukraine to Show Solidarity With New Leaders


Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ukraine Tuesday to show solidarity with the country’s embattled new leaders as they dealt with Russia’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula…

To read more of this tripe from Government Controlled Media, go to http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/john-kerry-arrives-ukraine-show-solidarity-new-leaders-n43721

Russia stops exporting ammunition to U.S. in retaliation against Obama’s sanctions?

Yesterday, by signing yet another executive order declaring Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to be “an extraordinary threat” to U.S. national security, Obama imposed a number of economic sanctions on Russia — “individuals and entities responsible for violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

According to the website SilverDoctors.com, Russia has retaliated against Obama’s imposition of economic sanctions by stopping its export of ammunition to the United States.

On its “About Us” page, SilverDoctors.com describes itself as a site “to discuss the precious metal market and current world events” by educating its readers “on the value of protecting your financial assets.” Only three years old, founded in March of 2011, the site rapidly grew from “5,800 pageviews in the first month of operation to over 750,000 monthly pageviews as of March of 2012,” and is “a favorite among many respected silver analysts and investors.”

In a post dated today, March 7, 2014, SilverDoctors.com says that recent shortages of ammunition in the United States — due to Americans’ panicked buying from fears of post-Sandy Hook gun control, as well as multi-billion round purchases by the DHS and other federal agencies — were alleviated somewhat via massive imports of Russian production. 

However, SilverDoctors.com was informed by “the largest wholesale gun & ammo distributors in the US . . . in private conversation today that a massive scramble is on for all 7.62 (used in the semi-automatic AK-47) as Russia has reportedly halted all exports to the US of Russian made ammunition.”

SilverDoctors.com’s distributor source said that “yesterday they had several hundred thousand rounds of Russian made 7.62 TulAmmo, and after receiving word early today on the halt of Russian exports to the US, they have been completely wiped out of every last round in the past 10 hours.”

SilverDoctors.com opines that “While Obama and Kerry threaten Russia with economic sanctions over the Ukranian crisis, it appears that [Russian president Vladimir] Putin has quietly taken the first step and launched economic sanctions of his own against the US. We have a feeling that we are seeing only the beginning.”

Bob Owens of Bearing Arms.com, however, says that the claim that Russia has halted its ammunition exports to the United States is not true. It is “news to TulAmmo. We called Tula USA moments ago, and they are reporting that it is ‘business as usual,’ in their office. Bearing Arms also spoke to several distributors who also said that they are not scrambling for ammo . . . . None of the distributors we talked to report having heard of any credible information that the Russians would stop the export of ammunition.

H/t Freedom Outpost and FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska.

See also “If Obama imposes sanctions, Russia will retaliate by dumping U.S. treasury bonds“.


The singing street dog of Ukraine

Dnepropetrovsk is Ukraine’s fourth largest city, with about one million inhabitants. It is located southeast of Ukraine’s capital Kiev on the Dnieper River, in the south-central part of the country.

Passersby in the city’s European Square were surprised and touched by an unusual sight – a homeless mongrel singing along with street musician Sergei Ivanovich playing the clarinet.

But the dog didn’t belong to the musician who explained, “It’s not mine , just came up when I sat down and began to play the first note .”

There’s a happy ending to this story.

Ivanovich took the talented mutt home.  :)


Creation: European Bee-Eater

Merops apiaster

European Bee-eater~Photo taken by Tat’yanaZherebtsova in Автономна Республіка Крим, Ukraine~

The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It breeds in southern Europe, parts of north Africa and western Asia, and occasionally in northwest Europe. It is strongly migratory, wintering in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka.

Like other bee-eaters, this bird is richly-colored and slender. It has brown and yellow upper parts, whilst the wings are green and the beak is black. It can reach a length of 10.6–11.4 in) including the two elongated central tail feathers. Sexes are alike.

Just as the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before eating its meal, a European Bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It eats some 250 bees daily. Lizards and frogs are also taken. Their impact on bee populations however is small because these birds eat less than 1% of the worker bees in the area in which they live.

These bee-eaters are gregarious, nesting colonially in sandy banks, preferably near river shores, usually at the beginning of May. They make a relatively long tunnel in which the 5 to 8, spherical white eggs are laid around the beginning of June. Both the male and the female take care of the eggs, which are brooded for about 3 weeks. These birds also feed and roost communally.

During courtship the male feeds large items to the female while eating the small ones himself. Most males are monogamous, but occasional bigamy has been encountered.

The call is a pleasant distinctive trill.

H/t Project Noah


Strange Underground Noises Heard Across the World

Loud rumbling and groaning sounds are being heard in many locales across the world:

The person who posted this video on YouTube speculates that the sounds may be caused by surreptitious drilling and construction of large underground shelters by governments that are taking the threat of 2012 seriously.

I found some other videos of strange sounds. This one, recorded somewhere in Michigan on August 19, 2011, seems to be from space instead of from beneath the earth:

Here’s one from Homel, Belarus, on August 14, 2011:

As of March 22, 2011, The Big Wobble had compiled a map of reported strange sounds in the United States: