16:18 GMT +320 February 2017

    Not About Security: Pentagon Spending in Europe Lines Washington's Pockets

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    The Obama administration's plan to quadruple US military spending in Europe "has nothing to do with defending or protecting the United States," a defense policy expert told Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker.

    The Pentagon this week announced that it plans to spend $3.4 billion in Europe next year, up from $789 million in the current budget. While several countries in the region expressed support, some firmly oppose the increased US military presence.

    ​Daniel McAdams, of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Security, told Radio Sputnik's "Loud & Clear" that the Obama administration is using a "non-existent" threat from Russia as a pretext to increase defense spending.

    "The US has been hyping up this new threat from Russia ever since it fomented the coup in Ukraine. I mean, you couldn't ask for a better excuse for the US to amp up its military spending," he said.

    McAdams called Europe a "relatively wealthy continent" that can "certainly rely on itself for its defense needs."

    "If you look at the US, where you have people without health care, you have Obamacare costs rising, you have crumbling infrastructure – yet Americans now are being forced to pay to take care of relatively wealthy Europeans from a non-existent Russian threat."

    McAdams labeled US military spending as "welfare for the rich," saying it "has nothing to do defending or protecting the United States."

    "It's all about keeping the think tanks, the defense contractors, and everyone around the beltway extremely wealthy and powerful, and popping a flag in the hand of the rest of the country and telling them the lie that all this money that's being stolen from them is to keep them safe." he said.

    "Well they're not any safer; they're far less safe."

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    • The SPutin Image
      Daniel McAdams is 'Right On The Money'.
    • The US has fallen to a corrupt back room cloaked deceivers who want to oppress people around the world including Americans in our own nation! I feel horrible about the things my nation has done to others, to cause so much problems i hope we are strong enough and brave enough to remove them from power before this goes to much further!
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      The us claiming to "reassure their allies" as if the eu countries (under us control..) were like babies you know..know it's quite understandable why they want nations to give up their sovereignity.
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      One of the things they may try is to BLOCK Russia's passage to stage a coup d etat in Kaliningrad. Russia MUST be very alert..Keep eyes open. E.U plans expansion and NATO. Crimea should be in the agenda somehow. They notice Russian's are benign right after a coup d etat and even approve it. Until is against west , then the will of the people won't work. Like in Crimea.
    • pin8in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      Best wishes !
      We got a lot to do here too.
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      michaelin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, yes, Kaliningrad is an interesting place - not included in the hysterics from us/eu. I wonder if they are quiet because....? That would go well with the increase in the budget? :)
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      I hope they spend more. The quicker their debt rises the sooner their whole system collapses. They may think their "friends"will keep the illusion of a strong dollar going but when the time is right their "friends" will pull the rug out from the criminal American government.
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      No worries, Jihhadists are already making muslim only areas, give it 5 more years and there will be civil war in Countries such as Sweden, actually there were already last week a civil riot in the main capital of Sweden where Swedes had enough.

      5 more years I say.

      And a war against Russia is not realistic, it would divide germany totally, tjeckia, hungary and austri would reject such acts. Balkan would be on fire and spain would end in civil war.
    • Norbert the Braque
      we not need us-military here .. only corrupt politics say ever "yes" damn hell .. we like russia in german
    • Norbert the Braque
      btw since merkel has opened the border and what I know how many Isis is here now, can better help us russia. who is not so far: P
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