A top US general, i.e. the commander of US and NATO forces in Europe has asked for the supplementation of both troops and armored vehicles on the Old Continent. The motivation? Well, Russia is back again, with a vengeance, as public enemy number one.
Actually, General Curtis M. Scaparrotti who is the boss of EUCOM (United States European Command) and the quintessential war-hawk has said while testifying before a Senate sub-commission earlier on Tuesday that , let me quote the man himself:
“Today we face the most dynamic European strategic environment in recent history.In the east, a resurgent Russia had turned from partner to antagonist as it seeks to undermine the Western-led international order and reassert itself as a global power.”
“Accordingly, we are adjusting our plans, our posture, our readiness to remain relevant to combat the threats we face. In short, we are returning to our historic role as a war fighting command.”
What’s very interesting to contemplate is the fact that the so called “resurgent Russia” has a military budget 12 to 15 times smaller than the US’. And now General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the guy in charge of basically all US forces on the Old Continent and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander is accusing Russia of threatening global security?
If memory serves, it wasn’t Russia who started all the troubles in the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya) or in North Korea more recently, or is it? Also, if you remember that old video-clip with Victoria Nuland, the US ambassador boasting how we spent 5 billion dollars in Ukraine for “spreading democracy” (read coup) prior to the Kiev-Maidan movement, you’ll start seeing the whole picture, i.e. the neocon war-hawks never sleep, not even in the new administration.
Currently, there are 60,000 American troops in Europe, with 2 combat brigades permanently stationed there, both in Italy and Germany. But now, we need more, especially infantry and armored divisions for countering Russia’s western flank. What happened lately, one may ask? Let’s quote General Curtis again:
“Russia’s posture is not a light force, it’s a heavy force
“In order to have the posture that is both credible and of the right composition, we need more armored forces… to make sure that we do have a force of enough size that enables us to deter Russia.”
“Five or six years ago, we weren’t concerned about being ready [to fight] today. That has changed.”
NATO’s military buildup on Russia’s border is the greatest threat to regional (and global) security by any metrics, if you consider that the political crisis in Ukraine was Western-made and planned. Remember how President Trump told us that NATO is redundant and obsolete? Who said that NATO was created to keep the Germans down and the Russians out?
Another thing to contemplate is the fact that Europe will be the first target if they cross the red line just one millimeter – not the US. Some people never learn.