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    Soldiers from different NATO countries attend a military exercise 'Iron Sword 2014', at the Gaiziunu Training Range in Pabrade some 60km.(38 miles) north of the capital Vilnius, Lithuania, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

    US Official: Russia Could Overrun Reinforced NATO Forces Within 60 Hours

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    Despite NATO’s intense military buildup in Eastern Europe, the largest since World War II, US officials warn that, in the event of an invasion, alliance forces could be overwhelmed by Russia in less than three days.

    The ongoing military buildup along Russia’s borders has been criticized as an unnecessary provocation that threatens to destabilize the region.

    "There has never been such an amassing of hostile military force on Russia’s Western frontiers since June 1941 when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and that’s the way the Russians see it," Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in a recent interview with The John Batchelor Show.

    But despite this strong military presence, the US Deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, Michael Carpenter, suggests that it’s still not enough.

    During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing earlier this week, Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) asked Carpenter about a report from the RAND Corporation think tank declaring concerns that Russian forces could overtake NATO in just 60 hours.

    According to Carpenter, the recent buildup has not alleviated those fears.

    "By the end of 2017, when we implement all of the ERI [European Reassurance Initiative] funding that is coming online, that we will be much better poised to address the challenges and much better poised to deter Russian aggression in that region than we are now," he said.

    "I don’t know that we’re significantly more advanced now than when the RAND report came out, but I am confident by the end of 2017, when we have an additional armored brigade combat team worth of force posture on the eastern flank of the alliance, that we will be."

    Carpenter’s warning comes as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg seeks greater defense spending for the military alliance.

    "Tensions are going up, we are living in a more dangerous world, we see a more assertive Russia to the east and we see all the turmoil and the violence to the south," he said during a Thursday press conference.

    "It’s ok to reduce [spending] when tensions are going down as long as we’re able to increase defense spending when tensions are going up, and that’s what I expect NATO allies to do."

    NATO has repeatedly called on its members to spend a minimum of 2% of their GDP on defense.

    The alliance has been reinforcing its military presence in Europe, particularly in Eastern European states, since the outbreak of the Ukrainian instability, citing Russia's alleged interference in that conflict as justification for the move. Moscow has repeatedly denied the accusations, calling NATO's military buildup near Russia’s borders unnecessarily destabilizing.


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    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      The only problem is that Russia doesn't care about an invasion (the country is full of ressources)
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      What neighbors would park their tanks at your border? Only neighbors from Hell.
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      This is fear mongering by the US to justify its increased military presence in Europe, and to further pressure its european allies to increase their defence spending.
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      Erik Trete
      Let NATO spend itself into bankruptcy. NATO's bang for the buck is about a bad as it gets.
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      Didn't the Rand Corporation send Porkie a set of instructions with regards the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Eastern Ukraine. The people got in the way of the resources.

      President Poroshenko Uses RAND Corporation “Action Plan” for Eastern Ukraine including Ground Assaults and Air Strikes... www.globalresearch.ca/president-poroshenko-uses-rand-corporation-action-plan-for-eastern-ukraine-inc
    • richatstructure
      "Russia Could Overrun Reinforced NATO Forces Within 60 Hours."

    • C Hanin reply toErik Trete(Show commentHide comment)
      Erik Trete,
      NATO countries are already bankrupt! Still they are willing to sacrifice their population wealth. This is why war is pouring its nose. Western countries want the ore and resources of Siberia (like Hitler wanted it).
    • I'd bet half of Europe would welcome the Russians.
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      Great, do it. Add more troups, pay everyone as long as I don't pay - cause I am unemployed.
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      I'm German, west German, and I can't understand, what USA is doing on the russian border, We think. that usa wants to press us in a war. It's not only the US army. it's also the rhetoric in the news controlled by the lies of the US think tanks, And god bless us, if the war horny Clinton will win.
      Russia gave us freedom and east Germany back. All russian troops are out of Germany. But what is with USA. We are still occupied by USA and our hate against USA is growing.
    • avatar
      Check this out, the real reasons we have war in the middle east,
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      rick adlam on FB post where did you get 600,000 from? German Axis forces attacked with 8 million men and recruited another 5 million later in campaign.
      It was said on good authority that barely a man finished war alive or not injured and or suffering mental issues.

      Of the 13 million Axis forces 7 million perished during the Barbarrosa and Berlin offensive.
      Rick your 600,000 was killed in first weeks.
      Barbarrosa was a last ditch effort over a century to subjugate the Soviet Union and from August 27th 1949 was never to be seriously included in war planning again.
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      ptcjmin reply tocopius(Show commentHide comment)
      copius, if these people already are calculating on how the outcome will be, they seem to have the plan quite clear, only wondering about the outcome of war. Notice that there is no concern of civilian causalities, only of cold blooded calculations on how to win a war.
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      A claim of 60 hours holds water on Russian soil or within 200 km of Russian border beyond that is another story.

      But NATO does not want to clarify that point! Air superiority plays a huge part in time factor the further out you are from your support radius the time factor multiples by 10 fold by 10 fold and so on.

      Russia is too large to invade other nations with a significant force and leave its rear exposed but again NATO wont tell you that either.

      Russia cant be invaded without it being attacked on 3 major fronts from 3 directions hence why Kurils become very important to Russia's defence network and most interesting that Abe would request discussions on the matter at this time.
      Kurils need to set up as a early warning defence system with heavy coastal and air defence weapons systems. Then US/NATO/JAPAN will back off realising that avenue is closed.
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      NATO has become another piggy bank for the US Military Industrial Complex to raid.
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      ptcjmin reply toStanK(Show commentHide comment)
      StanK, there is reason to give this plan a thought and it is so remarkable that the Representatives of the NATO member countries don't at all seem to have any responsibility of declaring for what purpose these 2% of GDP are used. And with this Norwegian former PM, - now having the function of begging for more money, - this as USA is giving the orders - without any declaration of the consequenses for civilians in other countries who just might be killed.
      Asking the citizens in the member countries if they support murdering other humans is the most basic democratic way in NATO, giving evidence of being a democratic organisation.
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      much ado about nothing.
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      And the UN is ready to start reporting on dead civilians or have they any interest to, - after reading of coup d'état in Ukraine as well as other financial supported state terrorism like that of the Kagan/nuland neocons, - react to these unlawful methods as staging war which could have consequences for millions.

      Or they are just waiting for counting corpses as usual.
      UN treaties and international laws .........wait a minute..... Is that the function of UN to prevent deliberate destabilisation in other countries.
      Well if not'...............what is the real function of UN? Oohhhh.......I forgot.....to make a toast to the host of UN: the current USA administration of war criminals.
    • Namin reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, You still pay through vat and other nebulous taxes.
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      These are the tactices to push EU to spend more on the Yenky arms, obviously more profits for Western Elite's pocket, oh how blind and stupid are European countries, it is unbelievable , instead of pushing tham back in to Atlantic including the pupet Stoltenbueg !
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