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The United States will keep increasing its troops in Europe because European leaders have been asking for a bigger US presence on the continent “every day,” US European Command’s General Philip Breedlove said, according to Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the US Armed Forces.

EU Leaders Ask for Increased US Military Presence on Continent 'Every Day'

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The United States will keep increasing its troops in Europe because European leaders have been asking for a bigger US presence on the continent “every day,” US European Command’s General Philip Breedlove said, according to Stars and Stripes, the official newspaper of the US Armed Forces.

"That's the problem — all of them want more," Breedlove said Monday during an interview in Germany, as cited by Stars and Stripes.

To fulfill their desires Breedlove said he would continue to push Washington for more US troops in Europe, the source said.

After the end of the Cold War, the United States significantly decreased the number of its troops in Europe from around 300,000 to about 70,000 now. According to the US General, these numbers are "inadequate" to provide for the security of the European continent.

Over the past year, Breedlove fought to bring in more US land, air and naval forces to Europe. The general also lobbied officials in the Pentagon to give him more intelligence-gathering assets.

"I am advocating for those, and we are in the middle of that process now. I am certainly a vocal advocate," he said.

Another top US military official, Ben Hodges, is also concerned about the Pentagon's military budget cuts for missions in Europe. According to Hodges, who is the US Army Commanding General in Europe, the US military lacks both equipment and manpower to carry out successful military operations in Europe.

Meanwhile, others argue that the United States needs to stop paying the bill for providing security for European countries, especially because the chances of Russia invading Europe are virtually non-existent.

Doug Bandow, a senior research fellow at the Cato Institute, said that countries like Poland deliberately fuel the idea of the Russian threat to make the United States to station its troops on their territory at the expense of American taxpayers.

"The Europeans want to leave the dirty work of defending their continent to Washington," Bandow, who is also a former special assistant to US President Ronald Reagan, said, as cited by the National Interest.

That is why on this point Europeans need to learn to take care over their own security without relying on the United States to pay their bills.    

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  • eu puppets have been paid by the us government to shut up when the yankees want to bring their army and nuclear weapons (such as in Italy/Belgium) in europe and thus threatening the global peace and escalating the tense situation with Russia. THERE better!
  • sophm0e38
    That's not really leadership - begging for US help, admitting failure to defend against imaginary threats.
  • Quote: "EU Leaders Ask for Increased US Military Presence on Continent 'Every Day' "

    Sure thing ... taken into account that the politpuppets only speak as they are told by their masters, it's the US talking to themselves.
  • Baybars
    You three offer excellent points. Perhaps Mr. Breedlove and company would care to reference those countries which cry out for occupation by the U.S. What exactly constitutes "all of them"?
    Like sophm0e38 says, Inviting some other military onto your soil means you are giving up some, if not all of your sovereignty.
  • Observer
    You understand now what the New Year Eve fiasco in Cologne was all about? Are we looking so stupid and naïve? And are we really?
  • Zhukov
    EU leaders are bought off. Without NATO, the US and EU Neocon inhumanes cannot hide their criminal wars behind a NATO mafia.
  • Randall Lee Hilburn
    Essentially this is a cover for the buildup for the planned war with Russia.
    Also it will help them to make it appear to be a war of self-defense, when it will actually be an effort to remove the Russian obstacle to the US global imperium.

    The US feels it must prove its superiority to every other nation on the planet, with the exception of Israel, by whatever means necessary including war. Many amongst the American leadership were infuriated over the collapse of the Soviet Union before they had the chance to destroy it in war. That frustrated dream feeds into their present hostility to Russia. They feel they must show their mastery over Russia like they wanted to do over the USSR.

    I am convinced that the war is inevitable given US ambitions for a global imperium. Coupled with the fact that the Russians have to much self-respect to ever be Washington's lapdog, unlike Europe.
  • The social-democracy implores the US to help them keep cheating on their own people, as it becomes more and more obvious that the sovereignists and nationalists will replace them... ?
  • elsa.zardini
    Names of the European leaders? How about providing them?
  • Bob Hoferer
    What planet does this 'Breedhate' fool come from?
  • michaelin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
    elsa, spot on! When stupid statements are made like Breedlove's then confront the cretin to demonstrate that he is not talking to the gullible.
  • Mother Gorilla
    Where is the perceived threat, refugees and immigrants?
  • Blackie in reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Miss Germany,
    Hi Miss,
    That chap with the silly cavalry really looks like he is in a John Wayne movie.Sickening tho it is .
  • Blackie in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael,
    Hi again,
    Listen to Gerald Celente you tube, and what he thinks of this Breedhate-Breedlove fellow .
  • Blackie in reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
    Miss Germany,
    Do not worry they will do another Charlie Hebdo and drop a few more clean passports and leave driving licences in the glove box.
  • Воин Света
    And what countries exactly have asked for this? I suspect NONE. More delusional garbage from the US.
  • michaelin reply toBlackie (Show commentHide comment)
    Africa, have listened to his predictions for the year - interesting if not worrying stuff. Now onto Breedlove. Thanks for the heads up on Celente.
  • skylein
    Why is Europe so paranoid about an "invasion?"
    They have been welcoming the invaders for many months now.
  • Dirk Ramseyin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
    elsa.zardini, European leaders? That's an oxymoron. They are U$A trained zombies
  • Blackie in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael,
    My pleasure, and clearly we sing from the same hymn sheet as it were.
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