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  • Can NATO survive Turkey?

    02/25/2017 4:59:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | February 23, 2017 | Michael Rubin
    It has become a staple of diplomatic rhetoric that, whatever problems the United States has with the current government in Turkey, diplomats must ameliorate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan because Turkey is too important to NATO and also a staging ground in any operations against the Islamic State.A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir. Certainly, that is the position of the new administration. Vice President Mike Pence has said he foresees a “new day” in U.S.-Turkey relations. Trump himself...
  • Military branches drafting expansion plans as Trump vows to rebuild 'depleted' force

    02/21/2017 5:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 21, 2017 | Lucas Tomlinson
    From the Air Force to the Army, America's military service branches are busy preparing ambitious proposals to expand, as President Trump renews his pledge to rebuild a fighting force he says has become "depleted." "Our country will never have had a military like the military we're about to build and rebuild, Trump said at last weeks press conference. It won't be depleted for long." The president made rebuilding the military a centerpiece of his campaign, and sent a fresh signal of his intentions with his choice for national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster who for months has sounded...
  • NATO to US: Yes, sir, Mr. Trump

    02/21/2017 8:02:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/20/17 | Byron York
    Candidate Donald Trump set off a furious controversy when he said NATO countries should pay their "fair share" of mutual defense costs and, later, that the treaty organization was "obsolete" because not enough of its efforts were directed against radical Islamic terrorism. On Monday, Vice President Mike Pence took the Trump message to NATO headquarters in Brussels. And after all the controversy and complaining, NATO's response could be boiled down to a single sentence: Yes sir, Mr. Trump.
  • Pence to NATO: Youd better step up your game by Christmas, folks

    02/20/2017 1:19:44 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Febuary 20,2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Note too that Pence specifically took ownership of this position: US President Donald Trump expects NATO allies to make real progress by the end of this year towards meeting the increased defence spending target agreed by the alliance, his Vice President Mike Pence said Monday. The president and the American people expect our allies to keep their word and to do more in our common defence the president expects real progress by the end of 2017, he said. If you have a plan to get there, our alliance needs you to accelerate it, Pence said. If you dont yet...
  • Pence brings Trump's military demands to wary Europe

    02/18/2017 8:11:56 AM PST · by Enchante · 50 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 18, 2017 | John Vandiver
    Merkel said Germany is committed to spending more, but will do so at its own pace. Berlin is set to increase expenditures by 8 percent this year and aims to reach the NATO benchmark of 2 percent of gross domestic product in about eight years. We will do everything we can in order to fulfill this commitment, Merkel said, adding that a strong Europe is also in Americas interest.
  • U.S. troops deploy in Bulgaria as Mattis meets NATO in Brussels

    02/17/2017 11:09:10 AM PST · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 15 February 2017
    U.S. troops deployed in Bulgaria on Wednesday and armored vehicles and heavy equipment are to arrive by the end of the week under a planned NATO operation to support its Eastern European allies, the Bulgarian defense ministry said. The U.S. deployment at the joint U.S.-Bulgarian military base at Novo Selo in the east of the Black Sea country is part of operation Atlantic Resolve, aimed at showing Moscow Washington's commitment to its allies, the ministry said. In moves agreed last year under former U.S. President Barack Obama, NATO is expanding its presence in the region to levels unprecedented since the...
  • U.S. Soldiers, Armored Vehicles Arrive in Romania

    02/17/2017 12:43:03 PM PST · by Candor7 · 61 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Army 1st Lt. Samuel Jolley, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division
    MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania, Feb. 16, 2017 Soldiers, tanks and M88 recovery vehicles from the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiments Fighting Eagles recently arrived at the airbase here in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. The soldiers unloaded M1A2 Abrams tanks from the first train that arrived Feb. 14 to this eastern Romanian airbase located about 12 miles away from the Black Sea. The arrival of the tanks and roughly 500 soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, marks the beginning of a continuous rotation of U.S. troops in southeastern Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve. So far, more than...
  • Launching NATOs New Strategic Concept - full speech

    02/16/2017 8:39:13 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 2 replies
    SECDEF ^ | 15 Feb 17 | SECDEF
    Thank you, Secretary General, for the opportunity to contribute to this launch of a much needed process to develop the new Strategic Concept, a concept that will adapt NATO’s stance to the changed security landscape. It’s been a long day and I will quickly make my points recognizing that much has been said here today with which I fully agree, and some of which I do not, allow me to humbly outline some of what a military commander expects of a new Strategic Concept, one that will ensure NATO’s armed forces provide relevant military capability when you call on us...
  • Mattis warns NATO member nations: Pull your economic weight or US may step back

    02/15/2017 1:39:31 PM PST · by TBP · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 15, 2017 | Sarah Lee
    Secretary of Defense James Mattis reaffirmed U.S. commitment to NATO Wednesday, CNN reported, but warned other member nations they must meet the alliances financial requirements or that commitment could be moderated. Mattis met with defense officials from the 27 other NATO member nations in Brussels and made his first address to the alliance as U.S. defense secretary. In the speech, he called the NATO alliance the fundamental bedrock for the U.S. and all the transatlantic community, according to CNN. However, because only five of the member nations currently meet the spending target 2 percent of their gross domestic product...
  • Mattis warns NATO: Start paying your fair share on defense or U.S. will moderate its commitment

    02/15/2017 10:54:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/15/2017 | AllahPundit
    Of all Trump’s policy unorthodoxies, demanding that Europe boost defense spending is the most justifiable. Among 28 members, just five — five — complied with the NATO guideline last year of devoting two percent of GDP to defense.Now here’s Mattis earlier today in Brussels with a message that came straight from the boss: “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms,” Mattis said. “America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to...
  • Pentagon chief says NATO members must boost defense spending

    02/15/2017 9:41:56 AM PST · by Mariner · 8 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | February 15th, 2017 | LOLITA C. BALDOR
    BRUSSELS (AP) U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday issued a sharp ultimatum to NATO Wednesday, telling allies they must start increasing defense spending by year's end or the Trump administration will "moderate its commitment" to them. He did not detail what the United States might do if NATO members failed to fall in line. Echoing a demand made repeatedly by President Donald Trump, Mattis said NATO must adopt a plan this year that sets milestone dates for governments to meet a military funding goal of 2 percent of gross domestic product. The Pentagon chief called it a "fair...
  • Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending or US will moderate commitment

    02/15/2017 7:47:53 AM PST · by navysealdad · 10 replies
    Pentagon chief Mattis tells NATO allies to increase defense spending by years end or US will moderate its commitment
  • Get Ready, Russia: Britain Is Sending Warships to the Black Sea

    02/12/2017 8:52:46 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 40 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 11, 2017 | Michael Peck
    Is Britain girding for a fight in Russias backyard? For the first time since the Cold War, Britain is sending a warship to the Black Sea on a military mission. This time, the goal is to send a message to Russia: dont invade Ukraine. The question is whether Russia willor even shouldbother to take the warning seriously. *snip* Britains Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the Daily Mail that the UK is sending a clear message that we are committed to defending democracy across the world and support Ukraines sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.
  • Pentagon to NATO: We Want Everyone to Pay Their Fair Share

    02/11/2017 5:37:27 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | 2/11/17 | Kristina Wong
    A Pentagon spokesman said Friday ahead of Defense Secretary Jim Mattiss visit later this month with NATO defense ministers that members of the alliance should pay their fair share.We have had a long-standing policy in our government: we want everyone to pay their fair share when it comes to defense, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters at an off-camera briefing.Mattis is scheduled to depart for the meeting next week in Brussels, Belgium the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.The 28-nation NATO security alliance was formed in the wake of WorldWar II to provide collective defense for...
  • Is NATO Really Ready for a War?

    02/10/2017 8:44:34 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 9 Feb, 2017 | Elisabeth Braw
    When Jrgen Bornemann was a junior army officer in West Germanys Bundeswehr, he spent many months of every year practicing getting his unit from its base to likely conflict zones near West Germanys border with East Germany. His unit was not alone. Entire divisions were moved within West Germany, Bornemann, who went on to become a lieutenant general and director general of NATOs international staff, told me. (A division consists of some fifteen thousand soldiers.) Practicing movements involving tens of thousands of troops towards potential hot spots was, in fact, a main component of NATOs Cold War defense planning. NATO...
  • American soldiers on reassurance mission bring life to small Polish town

    02/04/2017 7:54:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Stars & Stripes ^ | February 3, 2017 | MARTIN EGNASH
    ZAGAN, Poland This hamlet in the wooded countryside is hours from Wroclaw, the nearest sizeable city, with narrow winding streets and large communist-era prefab block buildings. Its in a need of a makeover, and it just might get one. The town is home to an expansive military installation, where Polands 11th Armored Cavalry Division is based. Earlier this week, the United States sent an armored combat brigade here as part of a NATO effort to assure eastern allies concerned about potential Russian aggression since Moscows invasion of Ukraine in 2014. But the U.S. brought more than tanks and equipment...
  • NATO insiders suspect staged Turkey coup

    02/03/2017 7:18:23 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Never More ("aldri mer" Norwegian) ^ | 1-25-17 | Kjetil Stormark
    The dominant assessment in NATO is clear: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan staged the coup against himself.By KJETIL STORMARK / kjetil@aldrimer.noSenior NATO sources tell aldrimer.no that they believe Erdoğan staged the coup himself. However, they stress that there is no written NATO documentation for that claim, because it is simply too sensitive. That’s because all member nation’s have the right to access to all intelligence information gathered by the alliance.1,600 namesBut the dominant NATO assessment is quite clear.«The senior officers, three- and four-star generals, and those who worked with Turkey for 30-40 years and who mentored Turkish officers for...
  • Germany sends tanks to Lithuania for NATO mission

    01/31/2017 11:37:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    Reuters ^ | Reuters | January 31, 2017
    Germany began sending tanks and other equipment to Lithuania on Tuesday as part of a NATO mission to beef up the defense of eastern Europe and send a signal of resolve to Russia, which has denounced the build-up as an act of aggression. The German army command said it was sending about 200 vehicles, including 30 tanks, by train to Lithuania along with 450 troops, the first of whom arrived last week. The transports would continue until late February.
  • Trump, Merkel agree NATO members must pay fair share

    01/29/2017 9:33:39 PM PST · by Fedora · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/28/2017 | Andrea Shalal
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump underscored the importance of the NATO alliance and vowed to work more closely together to combat terrorism and militancy, the two leaders said in a joint statement on Saturday.Merkel and Trump spoke by telephone on Saturday about NATO, the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, their ties to Russia and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to a statement approved by both countries."The leaders recognized that NATO must be capable of confronting 21st century threats and that our common defense requires appropriate investment in military capabilities to ensure all...
  • Trump '100% behind Nato', says May at joint White House press conference as it happened

    01/28/2017 1:38:07 PM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 29 replies
    Londoon Guardian ^ | 1-28-2017 | Andrew Sparrow
    May announced that the Queen has invited Trump to come to the UK later this year on a state visit. May said that Trump had told her he was 100% behind Nato. Addressing Trump, she said: Today we have reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this alliance. Mr President, I think you confirmed that you are 100% behind Nato.
  • NATO in the crosshairs: Who's not paying their bills

    01/25/2017 2:13:53 PM PST · by Leaning Right · 16 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 24, 2017 | Ivana Kottasova
    President Trump has a beef with NATO. He's called the alliance "obsolete" and accused other members of not spending their fair share. "We are spending a tremendous amount in NATO and other people proportionately less," he said during the campaign. "No good." When it comes to costs, Trump has a point. Only five of NATO's 28 members -- the U.S., Greece, Poland, Estonia and the U.K. -- meet the alliance's target of spending at least 2% of GDP on defense.
  • One lesson from Trump: Focus on own citizens

    01/22/2017 12:13:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 13 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Sunday, January 22, 2017 | Swapan Dasgupta
    There is a cynical expectation, at least among the global punditry, that wise politicians employ any expedient rhetoric to win elections and that, once victorious, do precious little to unsettle a cosy consensus. There was a quiet expectation in some quarters that the 45th President of the United States would do precisely that. Even after he made a joke of the entire polling industry and beat Hilary Clinton on November 8, there was a belief that Donald Trump should be allowed his indulgences -- such as engaging with Taiwan and describing NATO as 'obsolete' -- till his inauguration on January...
  • Reality star US ambassador bids final farewell to Denmark [Rufus Gifford]

    01/22/2017 8:59:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 20 January 2017 10:27 CET+01:00 | Justin Cremer
    In with one reality TV star and out with another. As former The Apprentice star Donald Trump takes the oath as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, former Jeg er ambassadren fra Amerika star Rufus Gifford will board a plane and leave Denmark. Whats that? Youve never heard of Jeg er ambassadren fra Amerika or Gifford? Well the Danes sure have. Gifford has been the US ambassador to Denmark since 2013 and was warmly embraced by the locals from the second he arrived in Copenhagen. Part of that is down to his movie star looks and his...
  • Donald Trump plans new deal for Britain as Theresa May becomes first foreign leader to meet (tr)

    01/21/2017 11:14:48 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 18 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 21, 2017 | Christopher Hope and Ben Riley-Smith
    Donald Trump plans new deal for Britain as Theresa May becomes first foreign leader to meet new president since inauguration Donald Trump is planning a new deal for Britain this week as Theresa May becomes the first foreign leader to meet him since the inauguration... The new relationship - which comes with both countries redefining their roles in the world - is due to be cemented with a state visit for Mr Trump in the summer. The US Presidents team has made clear he wants a full Monty visit that will eclipse the trips of his predecessors in pomp and...
  • Trump's Challenge of NATO Riles Globalists

    01/18/2017 10:47:28 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 18 January 2017 | Steve Byas
    Neither can the U.S. be expected to sustain an expensive role in an alliance [the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO] whose chief role is to diminish European fear of a resurgent Germany.These may be the sentiments, though not the words of President-elect Donald Trump, who has called NATO obsolete. The words are those of the late Jeanne Kirkpatrick, who served as ambassador to the United Nations for President Ronald Reagan. In an article she wrote for the National Interest in the fall of 1990, it would appear that Kirkpatrick would have agreed with Trumps bold assertion: I said a...
  • Biden calls Russia biggest threat to international order

    01/18/2017 6:50:55 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 18, 2017 | Noah Barkin
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden [...] described Russia [...] as the biggest threat to the international [u]liberal[/u] order and said Washington must work with Europe to stand up to Vladimir Putin. [...] Biden called Article 5 of the NATO treaty, which states that an attack on one member of the transatlantic military alliance is considered an attack on all, a "sacred obligation". [...] "Defending the liberal international order requires that we resist the forces of European disintegration and maintain our longstanding insistence on a Europe, whole, free and peaceful," said Biden. "It means fighting for the European Union, one of...
  • Would Trump Really Kill Off NATO?

    01/18/2017 4:52:18 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/17/2016 | Staff
    NATO: With just a few days before he becomes president, Donald Trump has set off tremors with scathing criticisms of NATO. Many EU leaders, especially in Germany, are in a near-panic. Is Trump serious? The Times of London stated it succinctly in a not-understated headline: "Trump broadside stuns Europe." The broadside in question was one in which Trump openly called the postwar American military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, obsolete. He also applauded Britain's move to leave the European Union, and predicted that others would leave too. The response across official Europe was one of alarm. "We Europeans have...
  • German opposition leader calls for security union with Russia, dissolution of NATO [Die Linke]

    01/17/2017 8:49:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.17.2017 | Lewis Sanders IV
    German opposition leader Sahra Wagenknecht on Tuesday added her voice to calls to dissolve the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the wake of US President-elect Donald Trumps controversial remarks concerning the military alliance. NATO must be dissolved and replaced by a collective security system including Russia, Wagenknecht told Germanys Funke media group. Wagenknecht, who leads the opposition Left Party in parliament, added that comments made by the future US president mercilessly reveal the mistakes and failures of the [German] federal government.
  • Russia Gains When Donald Trump Trashes NATO (The NY Slimes Idiotorial Board Speaks)

    01/17/2017 7:57:04 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | 2017-01-17 | The NY Slimes Idiotorial Board
    Many people in the United States and abroad have consoled themselves by assuming that Donald Trumps outrageous statements were just politically driven, and hed temper them once he became president. That thinking seems more wishful than ever when the man chosen to lead the worlds most powerful country keeps saying that two pillars of postwar security and prosperity the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union are obsolete. Mr. Trumps latest salvo against stalwart American allies came in a joint interview over the weekend with The Times of London and Bild, a German newspaper. His published remarks...
  • Russian Espionage Plot Uncovered in London

    12/20/2010 4:47:41 AM PST · by IbJensen · 15 replies
    New American ^ | December 19, 2010 | Daniel Sayani
    Another Russian espionage plot has been uncovered, this time in London, involving controversial British Liberal Democrat MP Michael Hancock and his parliamentary aide, Russian national Katia Zatuliveter, a suspected sleeper agent who is being deported on charges that she is a threat to British national security, according to the MI5 intelligence service. This latest episode comes in the wake of the arrest and deportation of 10 Russian sleeper agents in the United States in June 2010, including former British citizen Anna Chapman. Officials also believe that there may be as many as 35 other Russian spies presently working in Britain...
  • Trump Lets Germany Have It with Both Barrels: Praises Brexit, Criticizes Merkel and NATO

    01/17/2017 1:22:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/17/2017 | Rick Moran
    The inscription on the Great Seal of the United States reads "Novus ordo seclorum," translated sometimes as "A New Age Now Begins." Judging by this interview Donald Trump gave the German daily Bild,that adage will almost certainly take on a new meaning as Donald Trump reshapes the world.Trump sounds like he wants to upend more than 70 years of post-World War II U.S. foreign policy. What he might replace it with is so far unknown. But you can bet that after reading what Trump had to say about Europe, about NATO, and about Germany, the lights will be burning...
  • Kerry says it's inappropriate for Trump to step into German politics

    01/16/2017 7:57:42 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 80 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 16, 2017 | By Lesley Wroughton and Andrew Roche
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was "inappropriate" for Donald Trump to brand German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy "a catastrophic mistake". "I thought frankly it was inappropriate for a president-elect of the United States to be stepping into the politics of other countries in a quite direct manner," Kerry told CNN's Christiane Amanpour during a one-day visit to London in the last week of the Obama administration. "He will have to speak to that. As of Friday, he is responsible for that relationship." Trump, who will be sworn in as president on Friday, had said...
  • Defiant EU Nations Ready Themselves for Trump Presidency

    01/16/2017 2:22:34 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 19 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | 01/16/2017 | n/a
    European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the U.S. president-elect's view that NATO was obsolete and his criticism that European allied members aren't paying their fair share had "caused astonishment." Trump also said Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation European Union would "end up being a great thing," and he predicted that other countries would also leave. At a meeting of EU ministers, French Foreign Minister...
  • Germany Is Bristling at Donald Trumps Latest Comments

    01/16/2017 11:26:16 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 53 replies
    Fortune ^ | 2017-01-16 | Geoffrey Smith
    It's Germany's turn to feel the heat after President-elect Donald Trump turned his ire on the country's automakers, its supposed dominance of the European Union, and the failings of Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy. In a weekend interview given jointly to Germany's biggest tabloid, Bild-Zeitung, and (somewhat incongruously), the august Times of London, Trump repeated for the first time as President-elect pretty much what he had said a thousand times as candidate last year. It's as if Europe either hadn't been listening or, more likely, had simply been hoping he would take a different tone as President. As far as...
  • European leaders shocked as Trump slams NATO and E.U., raising fears of transatlantic split

    BRUSSELS European leaders said Monday that they may have to stand alone without the United States once Donald Trump enters office, raising the prospect of an unprecedented breach in transatlantic relations after Trumps comments that the European Union is bound for a breakup and that NATO is obsolete. Trump said in a weekend interview with the Times of London and Germanys Bild newspaper that the 28-nation European Union was a vehicle for German interests and said that he was indifferent to the blocs fate. He also said he was committed to European defense even as he expressed skepticism about...
  • NATO 'obsolete,' says Trump as he suggests Russia nuclear deal

    01/15/2017 6:10:15 PM PST · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 1/15/17 | [AFP] Tom Barfie and Rosie Scammell
    Frankfurt am Main (AFP) - President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as "obsolete" and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow. He also hailed Britain's exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as "catastrophic" Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open Germany's doors to a flood of refugees. "I said a long time ago that NATO had problems," Trump told The Times of London and Bild, Germany's biggest-selling daily. "Number one, it was obsolete, because it was designed many, many years...
  • Replacing Kalashnikov Rifles Hits a Snag in Ukraine

    01/15/2017 7:04:00 AM PST · by Navy Patriot · 24 replies
    Newsweak ^ | January 15, 2017 | Nolan Peterson
    Kalashnikov assault rifles are among the most iconic symbols of the Soviet military. Weapons such as the AK-47, the AKM, the AK-74 and the AK-103 are ubiquitous reminders of the Red Armys legacy among the modern militaries of former Warsaw Pact countries and Soviet client states.Also, the contemporary use of Kalashnikovs by worldwide terrorists and insurgent groups offers grim evidence of the widespread proliferation of Soviet weapons during and after the Cold War. On January 3, as part of a long-term plan to adopt NATO military standards, Ukraine took a step toward ditching this Soviet military carryover.
  • Why Is Obama Moving Troops Into Poland And Provoking A War With Russia Right Before The Inauguration

    01/14/2017 9:27:36 PM PST · by Lorianne · 73 replies
    THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE BLOG ^ | JANUARY 12TH, 2017 | MICHAEL SNYDER
    January 20th cannot come soon enough. Instead of stepping back and trying to ensure a smooth transition for Donald Trump, Barack Obama has decided to go hog wild and use every ounce of presidential power still available to him. He has been establishing a bunch of new national monuments, he just stabbed Israel in the back at the United Nations, and on Thursday he even took time to give Joe Biden a Presidential Medal of Freedom. But one of the things that has people the most concerned is his endless provoking of Russia. Every few days it seems like Obama...
  • US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep

    01/12/2017 8:25:00 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 109 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 12, 2017 | Vanessa Gera
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia. (Snip) U.S. and other Western nations have carried out exercises on NATO's eastern flank in past years, but the new deployment which includes some 3,500 U.S. troops marks the first-ever continuous deployment to the region by a NATO ally. (Snip) There are fears, however, that the enhanced security could eventually be undermined by the pro-Kremlin views of President-elect Donald Trump. Poland...
  • US tanks and troops to begin arriving in Poland

    01/12/2017 12:02:18 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 35 replies
    bbc.com ^ | January 12, 2017 | bbc
    US tanks and armoured vehicles along with more than 3,000 US soldiers start arriving in Poland on Thursday. They are part of President Barack Obama's response to reassure Nato allies concerned about a more aggressive Russia.
  • U.S. tanks roll into Germany to bolster NATO deterrent against possible Russian aggression

    01/07/2017 12:26:21 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 88 replies
    AP ^ | January 6, 2017 | David Rising
    BERLIN Ships began unloading U.S. tanks, self-propelled howitzers and hundreds of other fighting vehicles Friday in the northern German port of Bremerhaven, to be moved into Eastern Europe to bolster NATOs deterrence against possible Russian aggression. Some 3,500 troops from the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado, will join up with the equipment, which includes 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, over the next two weeks. The deployment marks the start of a new phase of Operation Atlantic Resolve, which foresees the continuous presence of an American armored brigade combat team in Europe on a nine-month rotational...
  • US tanks roll into Germany to bolster NATO deterrent

    01/06/2017 11:58:26 AM PST · by scooby321 · 39 replies
    Fox News US ^ | 1/6/17 | Associated Press
    BERLIN Ships loaded with U.S. tanks, self-propelled howitzers and hundreds of other fighting vehicles have arrived in a northern German port en route to Eastern Europe to bolster NATO's deterrence to possible Russian aggression.
  • State Department won't help Trump plan Israel policies

    01/06/2017 7:41:18 AM PST · by detective · 134 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/4/17 | Joel Gehrke
    President-elect Trump won't get any help from the State Department in implementing Israeli-relation policies opposed by President Obama before his inauguration. "The short answer is no," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters. "You have one president at a time." Obama's team invoked that axiom to justify high-profile foreign policy actions in recent weeks, notably his decisions to sanction Russia over the election year cyberattacks and to allow the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israeli settlement construction. Kirby's statement extended that principle to barring any aid in helping the Trump team prepare to move the United States embassy to...
  • US Sends Special Forces To RUSSIAN BORDER As Nato Is Poised To Strike

    01/04/2017 12:23:32 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 74 replies
    The Sun ^ | 01/04/17 | MARK HODGE
    Russia is reportedly deploying nuke-ready missiles in the province of Kaliningrad which borders Lithuania PRESIDENT Obama has deployed US special forces troops along Lithuanias border with aggressive Russia. Tensions between Washington and the Kremlin have reached Cold War levels amid reports Vladimir Putin is deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. And Lithuanian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite confirmed America has offered additional military support following Russias annexation of Crimea. She said: The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration...
  • US sends special forces to RUSSIAN BORDER as NATO is poised to strike (truncated)

    01/04/2017 6:05:24 AM PST · by Iron Munro · 53 replies
    The Sun ^ | Jan 4, 2017 | Mark Hodge
    Full Title: WAR GAMES US sends special forces to RUSSIAN BORDER as NATO is poised to strike back against Vladimir Putins aggression Russia is reportedly deploying nuke-ready missiles in the province of Kaliningrad which borders Lithuania President Obama has deployed US special forces troops along Lithuanias border with aggressive Russia. Tensions between Washington and the Kremlin have reached Cold War levels amid reports Vladimir Putin is deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. And Lithuanian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite confirmed America has offered additional military support following Russia invasion of...
  • WAR GAMES US sends special forces to RUSSIAN BORDER as Nato is poised to strike back ...

    01/04/2017 7:41:19 AM PST · by RummyChick · 41 replies
    thesun ^ | 1/4/17 | hodge
    PRESIDENT Obama has deployed US special forces troops along Lithuanias border with aggressive Russia. Tensions between Washington and the Kremlin have reached Cold War levels amid reports Vladimir Putin is deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania.
  • NATO Chief Auditor Yves Chandelon found dead in suspicious incident

    12/24/2016 8:02:25 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Daily Sabah (Istanbul, Turkey) ^ | 12-24-16 | none cited
    Yves Chandelon, the chief auditor of NATO relating to terrorism financing and money laundering, has been found dead in his car in an incident that raises suspicions. 62-year-old Chandelon's death, resembling a suicide with a shot fired to his head, occurred on Dec. 16 and the body was found in his car the same day although the incident was largely kept away from the media. Belgian press started covering the incident on Dec. 21 as his family raised suspicions about his death. Despite Chandelon being left-handed, a gun was found in his right hand, and the gun was not one...
  • NATO Auditor General found dead in Belgium

    12/23/2016 7:47:03 AM PST · by RummyChick · 29 replies
    news.am ^ | 12/22 | news.am
    NATO Auditor General was found dead in Belgium. The body of Yves Chandelon was found in the city of Andenne, in 140 kilometers from the place of his work and 100 km from Lens where he lived. According to local mass media, the auditor committed suicide. He was found with shot in the head. However, the family doesn't believe in the suicide version, Life reported. Three unites of weapon have been registered on the 60-year-old man. However, an unregistered weapon was found next to his body, Belg24 reported. NATO Auditor General Yves Chandelon, in particular, dealt with counteraction against terrorism...
  • U.S. Army Returns Tanks to Europe as NATO Eyes Assertive Russia

    12/16/2016 7:45:37 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 12/16/16 | ANDY ECKARDT, CARLO ANGERER
    EYGELSHOVEN, Netherlands The U.S. and its NATO allies are taking no chances amid a build-up of military force on Europe's eastern frontier with Russia. Three years after the last American tank left Europe, they are being brought back "as part of our commitment to deterrence," Gen. Frederick "Ben" Hodges told NBC News. Hodges, who is commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, welcomed a batch of tracked and wheeled support vehicles to a depot in the Netherlands on Thursday.
  • Trump team working to remove top NATO official

    12/13/2016 7:08:25 AM PST · by mandaladon · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | 13 Dec 2016 | Josh Rogin
    The incoming Trump administration is looking to get rid of the No. 2 official at NATO, an American nominated by President Obama whom most Republicans dont trust. But NATOs Brussels leadership may not play along, setting up an early confrontation with President Trump. Two Trump transition sources told me that a representative of the transition team met late last month with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels and delivered a private but deliberate message: The incoming administration would like Stoltenberg to replace Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller. Gottemoeller, who was nominated for the post by Obama this past March,...