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    US military vehicle dirves in a convoy on the M15 motorway near Hegyeshalom, 168 km west of Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, a day prior to the NATO Brave Warrior 2015 international military exercise

    Obama’s $3 Billion Arms Buildup at Russia’s Border Hurts Americans at Home

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    US President Barack Obama is pushing for a significant military increase in Eastern Europe, citing fears of Russian "aggression." As American authors Lawrence Korb and Eric Goepel point out for Defense One, the plan is wasteful and an unnecessary provocation.

    "…The [US] Department of Defense has fallen back on a tried-and-true Cold War boogeyman: the threat of Russian aggression against allies in Europe," Korb and Goepel, both with the Center for American Progress, write for Defense One.

    President Obama’s recently unveiled $600 billion defense budget includes $3 billion to boost the US military presence in Eastern Europe.

    "Obama just asked Congress to fund the biggest military buildup by NATO in Eastern Europe since the Cold War," Korb and Goepel write.

    "A NATO buildup of this magnitude also neglects to take into account just how provocative such a move would be; by concentrating troops on Russia’s border, we are playing into Putin’s long-standing criticisms of NATO encirclement."

    The article also points out the absurdity of thinking that Russia has any interest in invading a NATO country.

    "Claims that any NATO member is at risk of Russian invasion is a flawed reading of recent history," they write. "…The idea that [Russian President Vladimir Putin] would risk a war with NATO is ridiculous on its face."

    Citing Russian "aggression" has more to do with justifying the Pentagon’s exorbitant budget, especially since that money could be put to better use.

    "The Defense Department is inflating the threat Russia poses, which allows the Obama administration, senior military leaders, and supporters in Congress to justify maintaining the historic highs in defense spending, which in real terms is now more than the US spent during the Cold War," Korb and Goepel write.

    "Billions that go to support placing more equipment in Eastern Europe and putting an armored brigade on rotation are billions that cannot be spent retraining US workers or rebuilding America’s failing infrastructure."

    Also included in the new budget is a massive $1 trillion upgrade to the US nuclear weapons stockpile. Despite being a breach of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the program is deemed necessary in light of, once again, imagined threats of Russian aggression.

    "We are countering Russia’s aggressive policies through investments in a broad range of capabilities…[including] our nuclear arsenal," the budget reads.

    The nuclear upgrades have received similar criticism.

    "The United States is on the cusp of launching an unnecessary, expensive, and potentially dangerous plan to modernize its strategic nuclear forces," Professor Gordon Adams and Richard Sokolsky write for Defense One, "helping stimulate what is being called a 'new nuclear arms race.'"


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    • A = π r 2in reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, besides, they've given all of their TOWs to the moderate rebels now anyway
    • Mother Gorilla
      And why are they doing it? They were already getting along fabulously with Russia, then they unleashed the Georgian crisis in 2008. This isn't in the interest of the US citizens at all.
    • karlof1in reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, Thanks for your reply! You'll find this item of interest, www.strategic-culture.org/news/2016/02/29/clinton-bush-hardliner-attacks-congress-for-blocking-invas
    • Baybars
      Six hundred billion dollars on military. 321 million people live in the U.S. Do each and every American citizen know they are shelling out $1,869 USD per year for this? Actually more because 50 million Americans are on food stamps so the remainder pay $2,214 USD each. That is insane.
    • Bob Hofererin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
      Baybars, Good comment, but, actually 1 in 4 Americans are now on food stamps or other sort of welfare. This country has become insane.
    • cast235
      All pensioners did NOT received raises for 4 years. Under Obama. During the bail outs, the Fed deducted that giving 250 dollars each, will compensate for loss raise of Soc Security.
      IF we ONLY figure that much, is 1,000.00 U.S a year that Soc Security pensioners lost. Without compounding.
      Welfare say that most lost 30% of food stamps.
      And many old people don't qualify anymore. They REFORMED it , so people just do not qualify.
      Schools are another issue reformed, and don't go about medical care. Many are beginning by delaying treatment . They get up to what cash allows. That's the secret they don't tell you. They MUST wait until your time come. Which means they serve as pay comes.

      This is the beginning of things to come. Obama care, is already in studies. Not from Obama. But they mean, serve those that can recuperate and work FIRST. The other ones IF they survive waiting they get treated.
      That's how VA had and have long waiting lists with people dying waiting. The rich need no worry. Since rich can pay cash .Well now all are forced into Obama care. Guess what is needed gets paid.
    • hopscotch64
      I have heard over and over this argument that the military build up and encirclement of Russia is about keeping the military industrial complex plush in cash. Sorry, I do not buy it. These moves are too provocative to just be about dollars and cents. Breedlove was quite clear in his message that this build up is to fight and win a war with Russia. The United States has made a tactical decision that the world is just not big enough for both Russia and the United States and that Russia is a threat and impediment to US world domination and must be subjugated by force if all else fails. To believe anything else is pure foolishness. The US/NATO corporate run alliance will bait Russia into a conventional war. The gamble is Russia will not resort to nuclear weapons and will try to fight a conventional war . If Russia does not take the bait then they will isolate and squeeze Russia economically and socially using propaganda, and opposition parties within Russia to cause unrest and internal strife. In the long run (next 10 years) the US/NATO alliance may succeed with the amount of economic and military resources at their disposal. It is absolutely imperative that Russia act to counter this declaration of war sooner rather than later.
    • michaelin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      Florian - and europe would receive the fallout (in both senses)
    • michaelin reply toA = π r 2(Show commentHide comment)
      ultravi01et, ah, so they want Russia to shift across the Bering strait and reclaim alaska to keep palin controlled...? :)
    • michaelin reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
      hopscotch64, I have no problem with your opinion, the but is that you would need to look at the Russian civilians and their opinions currently regarding the us and eu. At present, it seems to be highly unlikely that any unrest would be effective whether pushed by so-called opposition groups or propaganda from external sources. The Russian mindset does need to be taken into account, after all that is the error that the germans made before. (or at least, one of many) The rest may very well come to pass but not this aspect I believe.
    • rgrag1245in reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
      karlof1, citizens are just going to have to disengage from the US economy in ever increasing ways.
    • justnfree
      It would be a good idea for Russians to provoke more arms build up.
    • Dirk Ramseyin reply tojerrys57(Show commentHide comment)
      jerrys57, Obama is a brainless puppet of Wall St. and the Military. You know, the real owners of the place. All the population is for being used is for tax revenue.
    • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tohopscotch64(Show commentHide comment)
      hopscotch64, There is a contradiction contained within US foreign policy going back threw the Cold War, and beyond actually. One current is a quest for world domination, more or less like you talked about. The other is an effort to make money off of, more or less, the threat of war, like what I talked about. In a manner of speaking we're both correct.
    • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
      Baybars, American culture is a regressive one. The country has now slipped completely back into feudalism, with an aristocracy of money and blood. The next step will be outright slavery; but one based on class rather than race. There have been movement in that direction for some years now. Witness the highly profitable and growing American prison/industrial complex, as well as the effective destruction of labor unions as examples.
    • FlorianGeyerin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
      A major problem , certainly in the Anglo Saxon countries anyway , is that the majority of the populace are both semi literate and semi numerate as a consequence of the intentional ( in my opinion) sub standard education of the masses.

      The difference between one dollar, a billion dollars and a trillion dollars to them is the same as one 'burger and fries ' and a bunch of 'burgers and fries'.
    • Baybarsin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, I must agree completely. His Highness William and Her Highness Hillary are the most conspicuous of royalty in the U.S. only because they chose the spotlight.

      There is royalty of all different stripes in the U.S. and there has been for a few generations. Rockerfeller, DuPont, Koch, and you get the idea, reaching farther back than the industrial revolution. It was not just a few poor Puritans that colonized the continent...
    • Baybarsin reply toFlorianGeyer(Show commentHide comment)
      FlorianGeyer, Excellent observation. How can one respond to this other than to say "I'm Lovin' It"
    • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
      Baybars, That was the major reason Thomas Jefferson started the Democratic Party. It was intended as an instrument the common people could use to defend themselves against the rich and powerful. Of course it has long sense ceased to serve that purpose.

      Under the smokescreen of the fight against slavery the Republican Party was formed by Northeastern banking and commercial interests with Abraham Lincoln as their willing front man to break the power of the Southern planters and gain control of the government in Washington and then to concentrate power there. With the exception of a tiny few idealists they had no love for Blacks. Instead they were an instrument to be used to destroy the economic power of the Southern planters. They also used abolition of slavery as the smokescreen to cover them robbing the great mass of non-slaveowning Southerners of their constitutional rights. So naturally therefore the Republican Party has always been the implacable enemy of the workers and small farmers. It was formed in part to enable the rich and powerful to exploit them. It has always remained true to that original purpose.
    • manofsteel194275
      We all know who they are who are running the show in America and Europe, and, we have always thought the people running the show were the smartest people there are, but, now we must wonder. The last few years have shown the Elite to be so consumed with greed that they are messing up on a lot of fronts. The war in the Middle East, the terrible murders 9/11, the outright theft of America's wealth has just devoured any kind of humanity these big shot characters ever had. If it is not soon to be the end of the world and therefore the wealthy elite are grabbing all they can hoping for a fresh start on the other side, if Nibiru is not coming soon, a massive super volcano about to go off, something they might know that we cannot know because they won't allow us to know. If it is not the end of the world then what is going on in the head's of these creeps who just take our stuff right in our faces and tell us we cannot do anything about it. Alcoholism, gambling, speculating, all kinds of people with all kinds of problems, it looks like greed is the worst affliction of them all. We can use all the FEMA resources to end this terror we are facing today, all we have to do is find and lock away the big shot's, return the assets they have stolen from us back to the treasury and pull our military out of the Middle East.
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