Thursday, February 11, 2016

More US Sabre Rattling in Europe

When the establishment candidate, Hillary Clinton, says Russia is "moving borders" in Europe she has to conveniently ignore developments like this: NATO announced yesterday that it will move more troops and infrastructure to Russia's western frontier. The announcement means more NATO bases, pre-positioned military supplies such as tanks, artillery, trucks and fuel and more 'boots on the ground'. The Russian military establishment will view these measures with alarm since a key concept of their defense strategy is to prevent Russian encirclement. NATO typically takes the disingenuous view that is it is merely responded defensively to Russia's use of force against neighbors. During the past year US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has announced deployments of US hardware and forces to Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Romania and Poland. It conducted five simultaneous war drills with Lithuania troops in November. All of the enhanced activity is being conducted under the rubric of protecting "Eastern allies" against events like the seizure of Crimea and the crisis provoked by the US-backed coup in Ukraine.

The United States is not only preparing for conventional warfare in Europe, but also a nuclear confrontation. The Pentagon's 2017 budget allocates $3.2 billion for a modernization program of nuclear weapons. The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration which is responsible for nuclear warhead development is slated to received another $12.9 billion. These increased expenditures on warfare puts the country on track to spending more than $700 billion over the next 25 years on its already swollen nuclear arsenal. Want to know why we don't have social medicine or free college education like Germany? Because its war business as usual in Merika.