U.S. Sends Armor To Eastern Europe

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This is a big deal, and I’m surprised it hasn’t been reported more forcefully by the mainstream media.

I guess they are too busy with the Ferguson hype to report a real news story that could have ramifications for America and her allies. Why do real news reporting when you can push race-baiting lies to a willing public? But, that’s for another column.

The new U.S. Army commander in Europe, Lt. Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges, has stated his intention to move about 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles to forward bases in Poland and the Baltics for use by U.S. troops on rotation to the region. This effort will be a stepped-up effort to counter Russian aggression in the region.

Russia has been repeatedly violating Baltic and other NATO and friendly country airspace in the region for some time now. Hodges believes this is an effort to weaken NATO psychologically and sow the seeds of doubt in Eastern NATO countries so that other members of the alliance would come to their aide in the event of a Russian attack.  

The rotations of U.S. troops on training missions in Eastern Europe would provide “deterrence against Russian aggression,” Hodges said.  “I don’t think that Russia has any intention of some sort of a conventional attack into NATO territory because they know that would generate an Article 5 response.  I think that what they [the Russians] do want to do is to create that ambiguity, plant the seeds of uncertainty so that the alliance members lose confidence that the rest of the alliance would come to their aid if they were, in fact, attacked,” Hodges said.

Hodges says he will not be in the market to build new facilities but would be looking to use existing sites to store and maintain the equipment for training purposes.  For their part, the Eastern European NATO countries such as Poland and the Baltics have been screaming for some time now for a stepped-up response to the perceived Russian threat on their borders. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has certainly raised their awareness of their Slavic brethren to the East.

It remains to be seen how much further this tit-for-tat escalation will be carried forward by Moscow, now that real American boots and armor will be on the ground. It seems that if President Putin was looking to provoke a response from the American military, he got it.

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The Obama Doctrine: Annoy, Not Destroy ISIS

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On August 7, 2014, Barack Obama announced “Operation Annoy ISIS,” ordering U.S. aircraft to drop humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of Yezidi refugees fleeing the terrorists of the Islamic State. He also ordered U.S. combat aircraft to be ready to launch airstrikes to protect Americans in Erbil, Iraq, and to lift the siege of the Yezidis.

The airstrikes began on Aug. 8, 2014, when two F/A-18 aircraft dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on a mobile artillery piece near Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

On September 10, 2014, Obama declared his intention to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIS, while precluding a combat mission for American ground forces in Iraq.

As of October 7, 2014, 60 days into the air campaign against ISIS, a total of 376 airstrikes have been conducted, 266 in Iraq and 110 in Syria, the vast majority targeting vehicles, equipment, and buildings, not terrorists.

Supporters of the Obama Administration’s approach to the ISIS threat cite the 1999 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) air campaign in the Kosovo War as an example of how air power alone can end wars.

On the night of 24 March 1999, NATO launched Operation Allied Force in response to Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing of Kosovar Albanians. The violence had already taken the lives of more than 250,000 people by 1995; and when the conflict continued to escalate, the United Nations Security Council warned of an “impending humanitarian catastrophe” if action was not taken.

During the 78-day campaign, NATO aircrews flew 38,004 sorties, 10,484 of which were strike sorties. Overall, the U.S. Air Force flew 30,018 sorties, including 11,480 airlift, 8,889 fighter, 322 bomber, 6,959 tanker, 1,038 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), 834 Special Operations, and 496 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions.

In contrast to the conventional wisdom, however, it was not air power that brought the Serbs to the negotiating table, but the threat of a ground invasion.

According to a Washington Post article, although President Clinton ruled out ground troops from the start of the 78-day air war in the Balkans, secret preparations for an invasion of Kosovo were extensive, and progressed much further than that known at the time.

On May 27, 1999, after the air campaign had dragged on for nine weeks, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen met with the defense ministers of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. After 6½ hours of debate, the five ministers reached a momentous conclusion. Their governments must decide whether to assemble ground troops, and they must make the choice within days.

Despite public denials throughout the war, the CIA worked closely with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLO) to gather intelligence about the disposition of Yugoslav troops in Kosovo. Relying in part on a clandestine relationship with the KLO, NATO’s leadership was probing Yugoslav defenses. NATO engineers were reinforcing a vital roadway for use in an armored thrust. By mid-May 1999, General Wesley K. Clark, the supreme allied commander in Europe, had come up with a preliminary plan for an attack from the south by 175,000 troops, mostly through that single road from Albania.

As the Washington Post’s Dana Priest described, when the ethnic Albanian rebels launched a major offensive in late May 1999 with NATO’s full prior knowledge and active air support, Milosevic and his generals seem to have concluded that NATO was on the brink of an invasion. That, NATO commanders now believe, was an important factor in the Serbian leader’s sudden retreat. Whatever Milosevic’s calculations, it is clear in retrospect that at the very moment the Serb leader was preparing to capitulate, Clinton was thinking seriously about the ground option.

On the evening of June 9, 1999, Milosevic signed an agreement allowing the incursion of 50,000 NATO soldiers, but as peacekeepers, not warriors.

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Obama’s Weakness Could Be Dragging The World Toward A Nuclear War

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Where is Ronald Reagan when you need him?

Reagan knew that the only thing evil men and aggressive empires respect is strength. But the American public elected Barack Hussein Obama, twice. Now we are going to pay the piper.

I hope you have ordered your Rosetta Stone for Russian because you’re going to need it. You can thank your liberal hope and change believers for the demise of world peace and the death of your children’s future.

What we are witnessing is the rise of a fascist kind of imperial economic totalitarianism in Russia. The men running the country want to put the Soviet Humpty Dumpty back together.  Only this time, the monster won’t be communist, since everyone knows communism doesn’t work.  This beast will be hitched to capitalist principles up to a point–that point being the Oprichnina, or the palace guard surrounding and supporting the tsar.

They will at the end of the day own everything and gorge themselves on the profits. The fruit of this state-owned capitalist engine will feed an aggressive militaristic nature that will have as its goal to put the former Soviet republics back under the Muscovite thumb. This is happening already before our very eyes. South Ossetia in Georgia, Georgia itself, Crimea, and East Ukraine are just dominoes in a chain that has just started to fall. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland are somewhere down the list.

If you think the Kremlin is not going to go after the Baltics just because they are part of NATO, think again. Putin recently threatened the West with nuclear missiles. He’s not kidding. Moscow believes the West will cower under the real threat of nuclear attack. They could easily pop off a nuke in Europe to show they mean business.  They believe we don’t have the stomach to fight that kind of war.

Under Barack Hussein Obama, they are right. Never mind ISIS, North Korea, or China.  They will just feast off the American leftovers after a new Russia puts us in our place, as they already have done in Syria, Iran, etc.

I’m sorry to say, but we deserve this. We have let a feel good, pacifist, socialist cancer infest our beloved United States.  We are no longer the home of the brave but the land of the people with their hands out.  Half the country doesn’t even know American history, and that half is trying to destroy the country.

Obama and his friends don’t care if America ceases to exist. The evil in the world knows we no longer have the will to defend ourselves. The Russians will take this as far as they need to. They will invade NATO countries with little green men and protect the native Russian speakers there. They will destabilize NATO. They will threaten the United States with nuclear war, and they will mean it.

Our Dear Leader will do nothing. He will play golf. And our children will be subjugated.  Get used to chanting the Olympic chant, Rossiya! Rossiya!

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What This Russian General Just Said Could Bring The Cold War With A Vengence

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The Russians are revising their defense priorities, which, according to The Moscow Times, were last revamped in a 2010.  This revision is being undertaken due to the threats posed by Islamist extremists, events in Ukraine, and other conflicts such as Syria.  However, a senior Russian defense official, General Yuri Yakubov, states that Russia should declare publicly its intention to strike first against NATO if it fears aggression from the West.  This takes Moscow defense policy straight back to the days of the Cold War and Mutually Assured Destruction.

It is shocking how fast Russian society and her position in the modern, developed world has changed in only a few short months. Perhaps this was Putin’s intention all along; but nonetheless, it is still jolting. Putin is leading his country back to the Stone Ages, and they are following him willingly on the Highway to Hell. The General used NATO’s recently stated intention to permanently station a rotating force in Eastern Europe as justification for this statement.  However, any rational person would see that the West is simply reacting to Russia and has gone out of their way to not provoke Moscow.

General Yakubov stated that the number one enemy of Russia is the United States and the Eastern bloc. The fact that his comments were leaked or directly passed on to the Russian press for distribution is a direct window into the Kremlin’s thinking. They want us to be scared.  They want the West to cower.  This means they may be intending to prosecute further aggression in Europe and elsewhere.

I feel so safe with President Obama at the helm. Don’t you?

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Russia Plans To Increase Warship Production In Preparation For Possible Conflict With The U.S.

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Russia announced plans Tuesday to strengthen and modernize its navy to counter NATO power in the region. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told a general security meeting that he expects this to be achieved within six years.

Shoigu said that “these proposals must ensure that our forces are equipped with modern weapons and military equipment.” He also stated that “I will not hide that this in large part is linked to events of recent months,” referencing the fighting that has been going on in eastern Ukraine.

The Russian navy is older than their US, EU, and Chinese counterparts. According to Reuters:

In the past 23 years, Moscow has managed to complete a few new submarines and small frigates and destroyers at its main Sevmash shipyard, on the North Atlantic coast. But many of Russia’s current naval vessels — and all its large vessels — are Soviet leftovers.

Furthermore, Washington routinely builds 8 warships a year with a new aircraft carrier coming out every four or five years. Currently, the US has 10 nuclear flatop carriers, along with nine smaller carriers. Russia has only one functioning carrier.

NATO is resolved to make sure that Russian power in the region is not left unchecked. Barack Obama unveiled a plan to spend $1 billion on the modernization of Eastern European NATO members’ armed forces.

What do you think? Is Russian power now a menace to Eastern Europe? Does NATO have sufficient power in the region to check Moscow?

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