Saturday, April 19, 2014

US sending troops to Poland

The Obama administration is sending ground troops to Poland in response to Russia's moves in Ukraine, Poland’s defense minister, Tomasz Siemoniak, tells The Washington Post.

The move, he said, was agreed to as part of an expansion of the NATO presence in the region.

The New York Times, meanwhile, said the troops would participate in small exercises in Estonia as well as Poland.

The Poland exercise, which is to be announced next week, involves one U.S. Army company — about 150 soldiers — and would last about two weeks. The Estonia exercise is similar, said a Western official who declined to be identified, the Times reports.

Read it all here.


George Patsourakos said...

It would behoove the United States and NATO to send several thousand additional troops to Poland -- and several other Eastern European countries -- as soon as possible, in order to prevent a repeat of Joseph Stalin's Soviet Russian domination of Eastern Europe after World War II.

Although the Yalta conference in early February 1945 -- a meeting of Joseph Stalin, Franklin Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill -- was called to plan how the Soviet Union, the United States, and England would defeat Germany in World War II, Stalin had other secret plans on his mind; namely, how the Soviet Union would take control of Eastern Europe. Indeed Stalin did take control of most Eastern European nations, including Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Hungary, and several other countries.

Consequently, the United States must be cognizant of this critical historical event. The recent Geneva agreement -- in which Russia said it wants peace in Ukraine -- is most likely a similar ploy to put the United States on a path of complacency, as Russia still maintains over 40,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. Indeed, we can expect Russia to attack Ukraine when the time is right to do so, such as when "the safety of Russians in Ukraine is at risk."

The fact is that Vladimir Putin -- Russia's current president -- is nothing more than a "clone" of Joseph Stalin. His ability to take control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula so quickly and effortlessly proves this fact.

As was the case with Stalin, Putin cannot be trusted. The United States needs to keep in mind that Putin's primary goal is to make Russia a great empire -- and he will take control of any country he can to achieve that goal.

Alice C. Linsley said...

I think Putin's goal is to restore the greatness of the former Soviet Union in order to strengthen Russia's economy and global political clout.