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Ben Hodges called on Europe to prepare for a military rebuff of Russia without the US

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Former commander of the US Ground Forces in Europe, Ben Hodges said that in the event of military action by the United States against China, Europe will have to confront Russia alone, since the United States will not be able to fight on two fronts at once, the Lithuanian publication Delphi.


Ben Hodges called on Europe to prepare for a military rebuff of Russia without the US


The ex-commander is convinced that the military conflict between the United States and China is inevitable and will happen in the foreseeable future. He noted that he expects the outbreak of hostilities no later than ten years, although he had previously believed that this would happen no earlier than fifteen. The US, Hodges said, does not have enough strength to conduct military operations against China in the Pacific region and at the same time help Europe restrain Russia's “aggression”. Therefore, Europe needs to prepare for self-containment of its eastern neighbor.

Earlier, the Heritage Foundation’s American Strategic Research Institute published a report stating that the US military could not simultaneously successfully wage two major wars. As an example, the possible fighting against the Russian and Chinese armies was cited.

Ex-commander of US Land Forces in Europe, Ben Hodges held this post in 2014-2017. He currently holds the position of strategy expert at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington.
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  1. watchmaker
    watchmaker 10 January 2019 14: 50
    +18
    Well done! What else is there to say. For earlier they explain that in the event of a conflict with Russia, they will definitely go skiing.
    1. A good one
      A good one 10 January 2019 14: 54
      +4
      This guy is a good guy. I’m not a coward, but I'm afraidsmile , hold my hands, otherwise I'll break free.
      1. Skay
        Skay 10 January 2019 15: 14
        +8
        Elegant congress of the USA with a European theme. laughing
        1. cniza
          cniza 10 January 2019 15: 17
          +6
          Already openly declare that Europe is doomed ...
          1. hrych
            hrych 10 January 2019 18: 10
            +1
            Quote: cniza
            Already openly declare that Europe is doomed ...

            The main thing is that they declare in plain text that they will wet China. Moreover, for the sake of an alliance with us, at least neutrality, they are ready to show neutrality in Europe. Britain, of course, will also withdraw, France should not be touched. Why do we need nuclear powers, let’s talk with the rest and, most importantly, spread Switzerland, these parasites have been profiting from wars for centuries. And they owe, for Suvorov.
            1. cniza
              cniza 10 January 2019 18: 18
              +2
              In general, a lot of interesting things awaits us in the near future.
        2. Tusv
          Tusv 10 January 2019 15: 51
          +2
          Quote: Skay
          Elegant congress of the USA with a European theme.

          Having criticized the actions of the Russian Armed Forces in the operation to force peace, the Pentagon promised to turn the fifth point into a tube and put it in the ass of the Allies 10 years ago, in the event of a grandiose chucker.
          Here the Europeans for some reason thought that the United States would simultaneously fight with Russia and China for the benefit of Europe fool
        3. Tarhan
          Tarhan 10 January 2019 20: 38
          -2
          Elegant congress of the USA with a European theme.

          How many enthusiastic, slow-witted. This general, with his fake US war with China, in the next 10 years, is simply spurring Europe on additional weapons and additional military spending.

          What kind of disagreements could lead China and the US to war?

          Economic? So their economies are so entwined that the collapse of one will inevitably cause the collapse of the other.
          Shopping? So recently there were mutual sanctions, but they also agreed recently without war.
          Ideological? So the ruling party junta in China, only nicknamed the communist. There is nothing left of the ideas of communism in China. The Chinese Communist Junta has demoted the slogan of communism - Unite the proletarians of all countries. And this means poheril ideas of the world communist revolution. And the means of production in China do not belong to the productive forces, that is, to the working class.

          The general breeds Europe for money, and here they jump in ecstasy from the pots, applauding.
          1. Skay
            Skay 10 January 2019 21: 10
            0
            and here they jump in ecstasy from the pots, applauding.

            Shucher! The nanny has come! smile
    2. SSR
      SSR 10 January 2019 14: 55
      +2
      Quote: watchmaker
      Well done! What else is there to say.

      - Fight yourself! )))
      And after all, the fact is that Russia will come to the war, for which the short-sighted, despicable people advocate.
      1. Scoun
        Scoun 10 January 2019 15: 38
        +2
        Quote: SSR
        And after all, the fact is that Russia will come to the war, for which the short-sighted, despicable people advocate.

        If there is such an opportunity, then let this gadyushnik devour himself, we have lost millions of citizens due to European wars.
        Let us bite with each other if necessary, advisers and technology help.
        Looks like in the USA they understand where the confrontation is between China and the USA and where is Europe.
        It’s expensive to call Europeans to help.
        1. Brturin
          Brturin 10 January 2019 16: 16
          +3
          Quote: Scoun
          Let us bicker among ourselves if necessary, advisers and technology help.

          Intentionally, not intentionally, but someone wants to inspire the thought - do not be afraid to fight, the war will not be nuclear. Russia, France, England - their nuclear potential is so ...
          Ex-commander convinced that military conflict between the United States and China is inevitable
          and no one will use nuclear weapons - fresh giving, but hard to believe
    3. MoJloT
      MoJloT 10 January 2019 15: 01
      +2
      For earlier they explain that in the event of a conflict with Russia, they will definitely go skiing
      He did not say anything about skiing, he said that paragraph 5 of the NATO charter would have to be implemented. And this radish horseradish is not sweeter.
      1. DMoroz
        DMoroz 10 January 2019 15: 17
        +9
        he said paragraph 5 of the NATO charter would have to be implemented.
        And what does clause 5 have to do if the states will fight with China? Europe, what will have to fulfill this point going to the borders with China through the territory of Russia? those. declare war on Russia? request He said that if they had a mix with China, then Russia’s "aggression" would be opposed by ourselves ... Do we need it ("aggression")? .. It’s better to help China then ...
        1. MoJloT
          MoJloT 10 January 2019 16: 26
          +3
          Do we need it ("aggression")?
          And when did they ask us?
    4. Mar.Tirah
      Mar.Tirah 10 January 2019 15: 03
      +1
      Quote: watchmaker
      What else is there to say.

      He wants to create his army? And he will be the commander in it. One soldier has already thrown himself out of the window with a cry of Russians coming, this one seems to be approaching.
    5. Gray brother
      Gray brother 10 January 2019 15: 06
      +4
      Quote: watchmaker

      Well done! What else is there to say. For earlier they explain that in the event of a conflict with Russia, they will definitely go skiing.

      Trying to get out, scoundrel.
      smile Putin said that, if something is said, we see everything and understand everything, and we will beat there from where the legs grow)))
    6. Underwater hunter
      Underwater hunter 10 January 2019 15: 25
      +1
      Why should the Americans fight China? The territory of China is not gifted with particularly natural resources, and most importantly with fresh water. They also have no oil and gas. To fight for influence in the world is also not necessary directly. The brave soldier in retirement scares the people of Europe with the Chinese threat, because the Russian one is no longer working, and the Americans need to arm themselves and pay.
      1. Scoun
        Scoun 10 January 2019 15: 42
        +5
        Quote: Underwater Hunter
        Why should the Americans fight China?

        Call it a "trade war," China is emerging as a leader in many economic sectors, pushing back the US.
        1. Underwater hunter
          Underwater hunter 10 January 2019 15: 49
          +1
          Quote: Scoun
          Quote: Underwater Hunter
          Why should the Americans fight China?

          Call it a "trade war," China is emerging as a leader in many economic sectors, pushing back the US.

          This is so, but the process of Chinese leadership is strongly reversible, if the United States desired and without war.
        2. Reptiloid
          Reptiloid 10 January 2019 16: 06
          +7
          Quote: Scoun
          Call it a "trade war," China is emerging as a leader in many economic sectors, pushing back the US.
          The US has a huge, unrecoverable debt, and China is the largest US credit facility. Only war can make this debt equal to 000000. "Debt write-off"
      2. Polymer
        Polymer 11 January 2019 12: 58
        0
        Quote: Underwater Hunter
        China’s territory is not particularly endowed with natural resources,

        What about rare earth metals? China is rich in them, sort of.
    7. NEXUS
      NEXUS 10 January 2019 16: 18
      +1
      Quote: watchmaker
      They previously explain that in the event of a conflict with Russia, they will definitely go skiing.

      But at the same time, they continue to pump Europe with weapons, catch up with anti-Russian hysteria and put their puppets at the head of the main European states. They really want the mattresses of war on the Eurasian continent, but so that this war does not affect them. Yes, only now it will not work.
      1. Reptiloid
        Reptiloid 10 January 2019 17: 47
        0
        Quote: NEXUS
        ...... They really want the mattresses of war on the Eurasian continent, but so that this war does not affect them. Yes, only now it will not work.
        To do this, they pumped it up in Ukraine, but they came up with a Boeing to knock down, now they also remember, they are still trying.
      2. Polymer
        Polymer 11 January 2019 12: 56
        0
        In my understanding, it sounds like this: we (the USA) are attacking China, and you (Europe) are attacking Russia. As an obsession with joint action.
  2. bobba94
    bobba94 10 January 2019 14: 55
    +1
    Ah ah Around enemies, treason rolls!
  3. Alexander Romanov
    Alexander Romanov 10 January 2019 14: 55
    +4
    Somewhere in Lithuania for the sixth time, frantically re-read this news.
    1. Andrey Chistyakov
      Andrey Chistyakov 10 January 2019 15: 19
      +1
      Quote: Alexander Romanov
      Somewhere in Lithuania for the sixth time, frantically re-read this news.

      Lithuania is silent for the second day on gas transit .. There are no ordinary haha ​​from them.
      1. Brturin
        Brturin 10 January 2019 16: 02
        0
        Quote: Andrey Chistyakov
        Lithuania is silent for the second day on gas transit

        Why is silent - now they are praising their Klaipeda terminal "There was a lot of speculation about the possibility of stopping transit through Lithuania. First of all, the value of the terminal in Klaipeda after this event (opening of the Kaliningrad terminal. - Sputnik) has increased significantly. That is, we can talk about an increase in the degree of importance this terminal two to three times, if we say even about the theoretical possibility that gas supplies to Kaliningrad through Lithuania will be stopped". Minister of Energy of Lithuania Zhigimantas Vaichiunas. Https://lt.sputniknews.ru/economy/20190110/8031144/lithuania-opravdala-zatraty-na-terminal-SPG-v-Klaypede-Marshalom-Vasilevskim.html Although he himself admits that the termination of transit and gas supplies is possible purely theoretically. Kaliningrad is not going to refuse transit so far - "As the president said, this is an alternative way of shipping by sea from the Leningrad region from a special LNG plant built by Gazprom, in order to In the event of any violations, the implementation of transit risks, the Kaliningrad region did not depend on anyone "- Governor Anton Alikhanov.
  4. faiver
    faiver 10 January 2019 14: 58
    0
    laughing
    uh, what a horror story laughing
  5. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 10 January 2019 15: 02
    +2
    Ben Hodges is convinced of the inevitable military conflict with China. And his attending psychotherapist is trying to convince Ben not to go above the first floor and lay soft mattresses under the windows.
  6. burglar
    burglar 10 January 2019 15: 06
    0
    Or that if the US attacks China, then Europe will have to attack Russia on its own ... winked Well, as usual, "in order to contain the aggressor."
  7. Hypersound
    Hypersound 10 January 2019 15: 06
    +3
    Yes, Russia will not attack Europe, even if it is completely defenseless. The Russian Federation only wants to return its legitimate native Russian lands, and we don’t need a stranger
    1. cniza
      cniza 10 January 2019 15: 20
      -1
      These lands themselves will be asked for us.
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  9. watchmaker
    watchmaker 10 January 2019 15: 13
    +2
    Quote: MoJloT
    For earlier they explain that in the event of a conflict with Russia, they will definitely go skiing
    He did not say anything about skiing, he said that paragraph 5 of the NATO charter would have to be implemented. And this radish horseradish is not sweeter.

    Scared the goat with cabbage. Even if the United States ever steps on its throat and gets into a full-fledged fight for someone, it will not change anything, but rather undermine the authority of the US Army, since it never had a deal with a real enemy, and then instant losses begin, and talk nobody will be. Until now, the United States has always avoided direct clashes with the Russians, and then the smell of fried, here they are for skiing and are preparing to stand up. They explain culturally - if something suddenly, don’t really rely on us .....
    1. cniza
      cniza 10 January 2019 15: 19
      +2
      They are only capable of remote warfare, and so far they have not been answered.
      1. A good one
        A good one 10 January 2019 15: 40
        +2
        In classrooms and at summits, they are somehow calmer to them.
        1. cniza
          cniza 10 January 2019 15: 42
          +2
          Even with the "Indians" to fight ...
  10. Andrey Chistyakov
    Andrey Chistyakov 10 January 2019 15: 17
    0
    But what about the 5th article of NATO? Or the sixth or seventh .. Further on all the stops ...
  11. bogart047
    bogart047 10 January 2019 15: 21
    0
    and if Martians attack, then the priest will be ...
  12. watchmaker
    watchmaker 10 January 2019 15: 26
    +2
    If you need to throw someone from afar with tomahawks for a far-fetched reason, this is unlimited! To burn people with napalm, always please drop a couple of nuclear bombs on a country that does not threaten anything, it’s for the Americans! But there shouldn’t be any losses here, otherwise the USA will not play this war.
  13. Aleks2048
    Aleks2048 10 January 2019 15: 32
    +1
    Europe will have to confront Russia alone

    In this situation, Europe will die faster than it can even organize a guerrilla movement, not to mention a sensible rebuff to the Russian troops. wink Especially if the Russian Federation is the attacking side, and not responding to a planned attack. hi
    1. Ros 56
      Ros 56 10 January 2019 16: 00
      +1
      They are not crazy to die, they just send the parliamentarians and quietly surrender. Then each individually will try to agree on the best conditions for himself. Europe, in a word.
  14. NF68
    NF68 10 January 2019 15: 43
    +1
    But does it really need Russia and the EU to fight each other?
    1. Ravil_Asnafovich
      Ravil_Asnafovich 10 January 2019 16: 01
      0
      We definitely don’t need, but let the mericatos freely provoke a small conflict.
  15. Shepherd
    Shepherd 10 January 2019 15: 56
    0
    He noted that he expects the outbreak of hostilities in no less than ten years, although he previously believed that this would happen no earlier than in fifteen.

    They understand that give China another 10 years, and it will be possible to view Chinese destroyers without binoculars in the New York raid. The world is changing, changing fast.
  16. Ros 56
    Ros 56 10 January 2019 15: 56
    0
    Return money for NATO first, once you defend yourself, oh sorry to give up, you have to. That’s the whole nature of the stripes, show off first, then yuzanut, but we weren’t here ..
  17. K-50
    K-50 10 January 2019 16: 03
    0
    Former US Army Commander in Europe Ben Hodges said that in the event of United States military action against China, Europe will have to confront Russia alone, as the United States will not be able to conduct combat on two fronts at once

    Ben, does the geyrope need to resist? fool
    There, except for pshek and Tribaltic "tigers" with shaved ones, no one wants to get involved with Russia. Moreover, the Urkobanderovites have fallen out of hibernation. Our grandfathers taught them all in the 45th year of the last century. The bad and the most violent were knocked out, but the rest of the concept is still acceptable, and if the pin dots do not drive the Gay Europeans ahead of them on the "Russian barricades", then no one will resist Russia in their right mind and firm memory. lol laughing
  18. Elephant
    Elephant 10 January 2019 16: 20
    0
    For some reason, the NATO strategist Ben did not explain why Europe should restrain Russia's "aggression" if the Russian Federation is not going to attack Europe!
  19. Operator
    Operator 10 January 2019 16: 27
    0
    Translated into Russian - the United States gives Europe to Russia in return for China, which they take laughing
  20. Wolf
    Wolf 10 January 2019 16: 30
    +3
    This process is irreversible, so virtual world hegemony will try to fight with China, but they have no chance except that they turned bi China into a nuclear stove. Suced Kitayi Rossia, and let Rossia say that bi had a nuclear stove burning in a grave apartment? Not ! According to this, smart Ben calls on Europe to open 2 front ones. attack on Rossiu, the same as in Europe, apart from the Zlobrites, there is no interest in fighting with Rossiom. The question is whether Europe will be on the verge of Anglo-Saxons or will it look at its interest? Once Europe got on the same rake in WWII, we’ll be smart we will not be able to prove it again if the male eats a percentage of self-reliance? Or with a new invent Hitler and Natsik? It is possible in this world.
    1. Wolf
      Wolf 10 January 2019 16: 39
      0
      In this context, one must also look at the question of the Kuril Islands, about which Ben was not smart at the briefing. Japoncima is ticking the last hour that the bi will establish relations with Russia and China, or there will simply be a sacrifice of Anglo-Rice! Sorry for Samurai.
      1. Wolf
        Wolf 10 January 2019 16: 59
        +1
        Now, Hee may come up with a briefing that democracy and human rights are a serious threat in Britain and that it’s necessary to establish democracy in London, while he can bring a photo of Berezovsky and how the villains hanged him in London.
  21. flicker
    flicker 10 January 2019 16: 34
    +2
    For Europeans, the main thing now is to stock up on diapers and learn the phrase "Hitler Kaput". Well, that's all, perhaps, they are then ready for military operations. laughing
  22. Spiritual
    Spiritual 10 January 2019 16: 58
    0
    in the event of military action by the United States against China, Europe will have to confront Russia alone,

    And no wonder .. Katz offers to give up! bully
  23. fif21
    fif21 10 January 2019 17: 37
    0
    Russia does not need a war! If anyone unleashes a war in Europe, then the mattresses will drive to slaughter their sixes. Uncle Sam's profit after the Second World War was cool, they want to weld again. hi
  24. Dzafdet
    Dzafdet 10 January 2019 18: 06
    0
    So, boys, Europe - to the left, States - to the right. And grannies continue to pay, we protect you!
  25. Klingon
    Klingon 10 January 2019 18: 46
    0
    Quote: hrych
    Quote: cniza
    Already openly declare that Europe is doomed ...

    The main thing is to smudge Switzerland, these parasites of the century profited from wars. And they owe, for Suvorov.

    Oh, how the Germans will be delighted, especially those who live in the land of Baden-Württemberg on the border with Switzerland, because they fiercely hate the Doormans. Because of them, in the south of Germany, frantic housing prices, and indeed everything. Porters go to Germany to buy, because it’s much cheaper for them to eat at a restaurant (compared to McDuck in SN-Basel, a bigmak costs 10 Sfr and in DE Lörrach it costs 4 €), they also get VAT back at the border. They behave arrogantly and rudely, and it’s better not to go to stores on Friday or Saturday, as some doormans go shopping, they buy everything right out of the carts
  26. APASUS
    APASUS 10 January 2019 19: 34
    0
    American speeches are becoming more moving and we see how a beautiful world of truth opens ....................
    There will be no help, but you hang on there!
  27. Katanikotael
    Katanikotael 10 January 2019 20: 17
    0
    And can throw an arrow to the Germans, French and Chinese and shy at the fenders and their mongrel?
  28. bone1
    bone1 10 January 2019 20: 30
    0
    So he said, "we are here with China to fight, including with Russia, you yourself fight" -idioot laughing
  29. DPN
    DPN 10 January 2019 22: 07
    0
    Balamut, as if he didn’t know that Russia would have to harness for the PRC next door.
  30. Tektor
    Tektor 10 January 2019 22: 25
    0
    I propose to give Europeans 1 (one) blanket per family.
    Indians.
  31. 7 poplar
    7 poplar 10 January 2019 23: 16
    0
    as required to prove, you pay us your money, and if something yourself and defend yourself.
  32. pafegosoff
    pafegosoff 11 January 2019 07: 28
    0
    What the hell war with China? What are the wars with Europe? Waving atomic bombs?
    Minor nuclear conflicts are possible in the Middle East: Israel-Iran, in Asia: India-Pakistan.
    And non-nuclear wars in Latin America and Africa.
  33. Panting
    Panting 11 January 2019 08: 00
    0
    A child’s provocation, and suddenly Russia will bite and begin active preparation.