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Repositioning US forces in Europe?

Moving 150 military advisors to Poland isn’t exactly an imposing threat to Russia. Thinking about moving 150 troops to Poland is even less than a threat. Talking about it aloud makes Defense Secretary and the US appear weak. The jaw-boning presidency of Barack Obama is just that, lots of talk and little timely action. Russia has already earned harsh punishment. There should be an immediate effort to deploy a strong missile defense battery in Poland and Estonia to confront both Russia and Iran. It is likely only a matter of time before we see a new axis of evil appear formally. The action verb the past week has been “pivot.” Obama was said that his effort to pivot to Asia is constrained by the Ukraine and Russia situation in Eastern Europe. He must walk and chew gum at the same time, as some say.

Chuck Hagel addresses positioning military advisors in Europe
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“Pivot” also implies oscillating, that is, moving in different directions without going anywhere. It is time for American foreign policy to get a recalibration between the President and Congress behind closed doors. They should emerge on the same page with a battle plan. We should all understand that for the cost of foreign policy actions that stimulate military expense, the actions are financed by China. We must calculate interest payments and political obligations therein. Not being a hawk, this analysts believes that forward positioning of US troops from Germany to Poland, for instance, might be a better way to expose our “big stick.”

“U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

Apr. 20, 2014 - 10:29AM

Lolita C. Baldor
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia’s buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said earlier this week that the U.S. is looking for ways to reassure its NATO allies of its strong commitment to collective defense. The Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said in a statement Friday that American officials are considering a range of additional measures to bolster air, maritime and ground readiness in Europe.

Ground exercises in Poland and Estonia would last about two weeks but such exercises would continue on a rotating basis off and on over time, the official said, and other locations in Eastern Europe would be considered. The official was not authorized to discuss the plan by name because it has not been made final and requested anonymity.

No specific date for the deployment of an Army company, which usually consists of 150 soldiers, has been set but an announcement was expected next week, the official said.”

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