Skip to comments.AP Interview: US troops may be sent to E Europe
Posted on 04/09/2014 11:52:03 PM PDT by wetphoenix
PARIS (AP) NATO's top military commander in Europe, drafting countermoves to the Russian military threat against Ukraine, said Wednesday they could include deployment of American troops to alliance member states in Eastern Europe now feeling at risk.
Foreign ministers of the 28-nation alliance have given Breedlove until Tuesday to propose steps to reassure NATO members nearest Russia that other alliance countries have their back.
"Essentially what we are looking at is a package of land, air and maritime measures that would build assurance for our easternmost allies," Breedlove told the AP. "I'm tasked to deliver this by next week. I fully intend to deliver it early."
Asked again if American soldiers might be sent to NATO's front-line states closest to Russia, the four-star U.S. general said, "I would not write off contributions from any nation."
In March, Russian troops took control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, whose inhabitants then voted in a referendum to secede and join Russia. The U.S. and other Western countries have accused Moscow of massing troops on Ukraine's border to maintain the pressure on the government in Kiev, and possibly for military use.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
It is time western European nations, members of SHAPE specifically, start to take care of their own backyard. They have all the hardware and manpower to do it without US military personnel. Enough talking.
You don’t want them to do that. Last time that happened, the whole world paid for it in blood.
Besides, Obama won’t let any of that happen, so don’t worry. They’ll show up on our doorstep instead. Even when the USA wanted to be left alone, “the world” insisted on not leaving us alone; lesson of history.
I can't really disagree except to point out that the cold war was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed my time in Germany, and I got "laid off" by the end of the cold war. (I wasn't allowed to extend and was forced to pcs back to the US)
I'd like to see this younger generation get the opportunity to experience Poland, just like I did in Germany.
My son served 3 tours in Iraq and just got back from Afghanistan. I was thrilled when he told me that he was going to Germany for 3 years. Finally I thought he would be out of harms way. Guess I was wrong.
The last time we got involved in a war in Europe, the western countries were ill prepared to protect themselves. Today, they have everything we have.
Tourism is still a thriving business in Europe and some tours are affordable too.