Skip to comments.US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)
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
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 its more than symbology, Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said in a briefing with reporters Tuesday. The kind of work that were going to be doing is real infantry training. And thats 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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I don’t give a tinkers damn about the Ukraine!
Putin budy its suppertme
Foreign wars or even the threat of them distract from domestic failure, tyranny and decline.
Don't sweat it. I don't think Obama does either.
Just so not one single person doubts my courage and guts, I have sent our finest to Poland... and they are on the way!
How soon do we... get to Warsaw?
Really, Phil, the President must be crazy... to send us way over here!
Look at... this country--
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!
Putin is shaking........with laughter.
“...Russian troops movements near Ukraine...”
They mean Russian troops movements inside of Russia.
Another hair-trigger situation ready to spiral out of control. Barry cannot do anything right.
I’m sure the troops families aren’t laughing.
They mean Russian troops movements inside of Russia.
Nope, the Russians are moving forces into Belarus into positions that can better strike at Kyiv.
.........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 !!!
Tripwire. It’s one thing to steamroll over locals, quite another to engage the troops of the Hyperpower.
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.
They were going to call it Task Force Smith but realized it wasn’t big enough to rate that title.
At the least will the troops get ammunition? Or will they not be allowed to carry loaded weapons?
Bad omen. That gives me shivers.
Anyone know what unit is going?
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)
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.
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?
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.
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.
I’m pretty darn sure those single fellas are going to have a very good time when on leave.
Looks like a Ranger outfit.
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.
Active Duty ping.
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 countrys 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.
Wow! That will have Putin shaking in his boots.
That and knowing how seldom Obaba fibs /s.
150 troops. No single EU country could muster 150 friggin soldiers?
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.)
Exactly.. thank you.
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.
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?
Just enough to piss of Putin, but not even a speedbump.
Putin is getting really scared now. Yeah right he is laughing right now at Obama whom bowed to a robot in Japan.
150 troops? I think the liberals would “feel” a lot better having a gun buyback somewhere.
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.