Skip to comments.US to send combat troops to Poland
Posted on 04/19/2014 11:24:30 AM PDT by neverdem
Poland will breathe a little easier because at the very least, American troops in Poland will be an effective trip wire and hedge against Russia making a move to reclaim the former Warsaw Pact country.
Siemoniak said the decision has been made on a political level and that military planners are working out details. There will also be intensified cooperation in air defense, special forces, cyberdefense and other areas. Poland will play a leading regional role, “under U.S. patronage,” he said.
But the defense minister also said that any immediate NATO response to Russian aggression in Ukraine, while important, matter less than a long-term shift in the defense postures of Europe and America. The United States, having announced a “pivot” to Asia, needs to “re-pivot” to Europe, he said, and European countries that have cut back on defense spending need to reverse the trends.
“The idea until recently was that there were no more threats in Europe and no need for a U.S. presence in Europe any more,” Siemoniak said, speaking through an interpreter. “Events show that what is needed is a re-pivot, and that Europe was safe and secure because America was in Europe.”
How likely is such a reversal on defense spending? Siemoniak said there was widespread support at a recent meeting of European defense ministers. “Now they’ll go back to their presidents...
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Not so good.
But better than sending them to the Bundy Ranch in Nevada.
“Poland will breathe a little easier....”
Not only Poland will breathe a little easier but also the rest of the Europukes who will not have to send their troops.
Money saved can be spent on all those social programs like 30-day vacations, etc.
I know, I know, American troops are a tripwire and all that BS.
When do the girly men of Europe - as the EU likes to call itself - take care of their own problems?
Which if they had managed the fall of the Soviet Union correctly, instead of humiliating Russia in the 1990s, would have meant this entire episode and the rise of Putinism would not have happened.
Don’t worry, soon they call for the oh-so-fearsome blue beret battalions.
That’ll scare Bad Vlad.
Next the crack JAG corps will be negotiating terms of surrender. At what point will the Army have more JAG officers than Infantry?
What combat forces?
Poland is the only NATO country that decided to maintain her forces and modernization. Her defense budget as a percentage of GDP is equal to the rate Israel spends on her defense. Poland is the only NATO nation preparing for a large land war on her soil while the rest of the NATO nations reduced defense spending.
In a mulitpolar world the first superpower fight will lose. We have five major superpowers or superpowers to be. US, EU, China, Russia and India. Putin move for Crimea has set things in motion. He won the first stages but in the long run he may have undermine Russia’s status. A limited arms race between US/EU and Russia is costly. Granted Russia has gas and oil, but her GDP is only 2 trillion at best. In her alliance with China, Russia is the junior partner. Even though China utter support for Russia, an arms race undermines Russian economic development (a mistake the Soviet Union made). This means Russia will be more dependent on China for consumer goods and financial deals while resources are needed for military build up.
Conclusion is a conflict between the debt ridden US/EU, and Russia will benefit China and India.
The poles are definitely not girly men. Badasses for the most part. But they do not have the state of art c&c or weaponry. They still remember. Unlike France and Britain.
Favorite polish joke - Germans are comming in the front door and Russians in the back. Who does the pole shoot first? The German of course - business before pleasure. (Told to me in Gdansk)
Reagan had 435,000 of us in Europe.
“When do the girly men of Europe - as the EU likes to call itself - take care of their own problems?”
You know the answer: NEVER.
Gay, straight, transgendered or all three?
When JFK was starting the Vietnam war, he sent in 16,000 troops, I don’t recall the Wash Post ever calling them “combat troops”.
That was 30 years ago. Since then, the Europeans all loudly demanded that we “Yankees” go home, and we so did. This therefore is a European problem. Let them deal with it.
Meanwhile, gays, lesbians, and transgenders are demanding the honor of being on the front lines when the shooting starts.
Poland + Ukraine = potential real superpower