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US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)
csmonitor ^

Posted on 04/23/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic?

A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia.

By Anna Mulrine, Staff writer / April 23, 2014

Washington

The Pentagon is sending a contingent of 150 US troops to Poland this week, the first piece of what US officials describe as an effort to reassure Eastern European allies that the United States has their back in the wake of Russian aggression.

The contingent, which began arriving Wednesday, is the first of four such units headed to Eastern Europe for training exercises. While some military analysts say the deployments will have little to no impact on the tense military situation in the region, the Pentagon insists that its reply to Russian troops movements near Ukraine is not just a symbolic gesture.

“Anytime you put troops on the ground and doing exercises – in this case for a month at a time – it’s more than symbology,” Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a briefing with reporters Tuesday. “The kind of work that we’re going to be doing is real infantry training. And that’s not insignificant.”

There will be a “company-sized” contingent of US troops headed to Poland for “the first in a series of expanded US land force training exercises.” In the coming days, US troops will also be heading to Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia for similar exercises, for a total of 600 troops in the region by the end of the week.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: belarus; nato; poland; ukraine; ussr
BOO..........
1 posted on 04/23/2014 4:41:30 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t give a tinkers damn about the Ukraine!


2 posted on 04/23/2014 4:43:06 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: Sub-Driver

Putin budy its suppertme


3 posted on 04/23/2014 4:43:29 PM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ… I was refereeing to Obama)
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To: SADMILLIE

Foreign wars or even the threat of them distract from domestic failure, tyranny and decline.


4 posted on 04/23/2014 4:45:42 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: SADMILLIE
I don’t give a tinkers damn about the Ukraine!

Don't sweat it. I don't think Obama does either.

5 posted on 04/23/2014 4:46:15 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Sub-Driver
Re: US to send combat troops to Poland

Just so not one single person doubts my courage and guts, I have sent our finest to Poland... and they are on the way!

Driver? Driver!

How soon do we... get to Warsaw?

Really, Phil, the President must be crazy... to send us way over here!

Look at... this country--

Look... Look!

And you cannot get a signal... worth a damn here either!

So, tell all, far and wide, as far as I am concerned... if the Poles like their country, they can keep their country!

6 posted on 04/23/2014 4:46:15 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Sub-Driver

Putin is shaking........with laughter.


7 posted on 04/23/2014 4:48:03 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“...Russian troops movements near Ukraine...”

They mean Russian troops movements inside of Russia.


8 posted on 04/23/2014 4:50:26 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: Sub-Driver

Another hair-trigger situation ready to spiral out of control. Barry cannot do anything right.


9 posted on 04/23/2014 4:50:49 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: beethovenfan

I’m sure the troops families aren’t laughing.


10 posted on 04/23/2014 4:53:23 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Monmouth78
“...Russian troops movements near Ukraine...”

They mean Russian troops movements inside of Russia.

Nope, the Russians are moving forces into Belarus into positions that can better strike at Kyiv.

http://rt.com/news/belarus-planes-nato-poland-594/

11 posted on 04/23/2014 4:55:07 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Sub-Driver

.........in 1962, President Kennedy created MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam). At that time, he only had approximately 1,000 advisors “in country” and most of them had been originally sent in by Eisenhower.

By the end of that year, Kennedy had increased troops to over 15,000.00. During that timeframe, we know our Federal Government lied to us AGAIN because it was repeatedly stated they were there to “train only” and that “no combat” by Americans was authorized or would take place other than self defense.

So, if any of you believe that 150 troops going to Poland is not a first step toward combat for our American kids AGAIN.............you need help! Moreover, how many times does it take for the American People to “get it”? Uh.....you cannot believe a gd thing the American Government says!

Putin kills a few American troops, and here we go AGAIN !!!


12 posted on 04/23/2014 5:05:39 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Tripwire. It’s one thing to steamroll over locals, quite another to engage the troops of the Hyperpower.


13 posted on 04/23/2014 5:15:40 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: Sub-Driver

What a sorry COS. Poor guys. How would you feel to be them? Knowing you are no more than a small speed bump in front of the Russians and that the POS obarry and the catsup prince are “backing you up”?

Then you think about the rest of us poor slobs.


14 posted on 04/23/2014 5:16:56 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: Sub-Driver

They were going to call it Task Force Smith but realized it wasn’t big enough to rate that title.


15 posted on 04/23/2014 5:20:24 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: glorgau

At the least will the troops get ammunition? Or will they not be allowed to carry loaded weapons?


16 posted on 04/23/2014 5:23:11 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: glorgau

Bad omen. That gives me shivers.


17 posted on 04/23/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Anyone know what unit is going?


18 posted on 04/23/2014 5:33:39 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: MountainDad

This is all I’ve found so far...
SWIDWIN, POLAND - APRIL 23: Members of a Polish paratrooper unit watch as a U.S. Air Force plane ferrying men and equipment of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade lands at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises over the coming weeks in a sign of commitment among NATO members. Tensions are rising in eastern Ukraine between Russian separatists and Ukrainian authorities and NATO is seeking to reassure its own members located close to Russia. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
http://www.kvue.com/news/slideshows/256396061.html


19 posted on 04/23/2014 5:41:36 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheelbarrow)
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To: Cen-Tejas

A family friend’s husband went to Nam in the early 60s as a “military advisor”. I remember seeing him for Christmas each year when he came home for several years. He was a lifer in special forces.


20 posted on 04/23/2014 5:43:52 PM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: SADMILLIE

About Poland, I do give a tinker’s damn, however I feel about deploying US troops there. But just in case, we gotta ask: this time will they be allowed to protect the ambassador?


21 posted on 04/23/2014 5:51:45 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

would we could have deployed 150 fine troops to protest Stevens in the money exchange for Stinger Missiles on 9/11 there would be a bunch of dead moslims burning in hell.


22 posted on 04/23/2014 6:01:42 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: Psalm 144

Bad omen and real bad decision.
Either you to all in or don’t go at all.
150 troops? Seems like baraq is provoking Putin to do something and the 150 will be sitting ducks.
Frickin wow.


23 posted on 04/23/2014 6:46:54 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is now the CPUSA)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m pretty darn sure those single fellas are going to have a very good time when on leave.


24 posted on 04/23/2014 7:35:18 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Irenic

Thanks Irenic.
Looks like a Ranger outfit.


25 posted on 04/23/2014 7:37:15 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: Sub-Driver; SADMILLIE; al baby; Psalm 144; FreeReign; Bender2; beethovenfan; Monmouth78; ...
You know that's right, al baby. There's much more in and around the area of operations. And no, it's not all about Obama, special interests or manipulated images of Ivan riding various animals.

NATO Army: Poland (Poland)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqyiKpPFVwM

NATO 2014 - Message to Russia,China,N.Korea,Iran (Deutschland, U.K., France, Turkey, U.S.A.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPgN6UMfHlI


26 posted on 04/23/2014 8:04:21 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: familyop

And no, it’s not all about Obama, special interests or manipulated images of Ivan riding various animals.

********

No. A big part of it is testing to destruction.


27 posted on 04/23/2014 8:26:46 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: Sub-Driver; blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; ...

Active Duty ping.


28 posted on 04/23/2014 8:30:53 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Resist in place.)
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To: Irenic; All

Knew I’d seen this before. Took a while to find:

Russia transfers nine warplanes to Belarus to ‘counter massing of forces on the border’

Six Russian Sukhoi-27 fighter jets and three transport planes have been deployed at Bobruisk airfield in Belarus. Earlier this week Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko invited Russian forces to fend off potential NATO threat.

“In case of continuing build-up of military forces in countries bordering Belarus, the country will take adequate response measures,” says a statement from the country’s Defense Ministry in Minsk.

NATO is sending 12 F-16 craft in Poland, in the wake of the Crimea crisis, and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has asked for an even greater US presence. Baltic states have also requested military assistance from NATO.

Just like their NATO counterparts, the Russian aircraft in Belarus will participate in a joint training exercise.

“The joint air defense system [between Russia and Belarus] is intended to guarantee collective security in Eastern Europe,” the Belarusian Defense Ministry said.

Russian army’s chief of staff Valery Gerasimov informed chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, Knud Bartels, of the developments in a phone conversation on Thursday evening.
http://rt.com/news/belarus-planes-nato-poland-594/


29 posted on 04/23/2014 8:38:33 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: tcrlaf

150 troops?
Wow! That will have Putin shaking in his boots.
That and knowing how seldom Obaba fibs /s.


30 posted on 04/23/2014 9:09:38 PM PDT by OldArmy52 (The question is not whether Obama ever lies, but whether he ever tells the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver

150 troops. No single EU country could muster 150 friggin soldiers?


31 posted on 04/23/2014 9:11:26 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Sub-Driver; Fred Nerks

This is laughable.

Obama is not fooling anyone.

Obama is so “not into Europe.”

Obama would rather bomb Mohammar Ghadaffi and his camels than take on any real strategic conflict.

America as an international police power is dead.Our allies tremble.And there is that POS Obama in Japan, assuring that the USA will protect Japan against China.....with what? Chopsticks? ( Obama has doomed the US military, cutting it way past the bone, to give his Comunity Organizers big bucks.)


32 posted on 04/24/2014 1:04:51 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascism article:(http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html))
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To: Irenic

Exactly.. thank you.


33 posted on 04/24/2014 1:08:19 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Sequoyah101

My friend Jim (now deceased) always told me he was in Vietnam when no one was in Vietnam. He said he got there because he had been in jail and joined the military to get out of his sentence.


34 posted on 04/24/2014 3:32:16 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: MeganC

Kind of like how Poland snipped off a chunk of Czechoslovakia after Hitler completed his takeover in late ‘38.Is Belarus playing the Polish role here?


35 posted on 04/24/2014 11:28:52 AM PDT by xkaydet65 (.You have never tasted freedom, else you would know it is purchased not with gold but with steel)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just enough to piss of Putin, but not even a speedbump.


36 posted on 04/24/2014 1:16:43 PM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Sub-Driver
Wait till some Russian troops show up in Cuba.
37 posted on 04/24/2014 1:19:09 PM PDT by McGruff (Clinton had his Kosovo, Obama has his Ukraine.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Putin is getting really scared now. Yeah right he is laughing right now at Obama whom bowed to a robot in Japan.


38 posted on 04/24/2014 1:28:48 PM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: Sub-Driver

150 troops? I think the liberals would “feel” a lot better having a gun buyback somewhere.


39 posted on 04/24/2014 1:48:32 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: tcrlaf

“The joint air defense system [between Russia and Belarus] is intended to guarantee collective security in Eastern Europe,” the Belarusian Defense Ministry said.”

The only Russian based collectives are meant to keep nations from fleeing the third world Russians.


40 posted on 04/25/2014 2:12:32 AM PDT by rbmillerjr (Russians to the Left of me, Useful Idiots to the Right...)
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