At a time when our soldiers’ morale is at an all-time low (see DCG’s post here), tensions with Russia are at an all-time high — tensions that largely had been provoked by the Obama administration over Ukraine and Crimea. (See U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s leaked phone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, here.)
This has led to Obama reversing a policy of just a year ago when all battle tanks were removed from Europe. Now, the U.S. is moving those tanks back to the continent, together with live Patriot missiles to Poland.
Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:
Justin Huggler reports for The Telegraph, April 18, 2015, that Lt. Gen. Frederick “Ben” Hodges, Commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, warns that NATO must remain united in the face of a “real threat” from Russia:
“It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat.You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defense program. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”
Gen. Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move live Patriot missiles 750 miles across Europe by road and deploy them on the outskirts of Warsaw. The sight of a US military convoy crossing the German-Polish border more than 20 years after the end of the Cold…
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