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American General: Withdrawal of US troops from Germany - a gift to the Kremlin

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The US military, including representatives of a retired general, joined in commenting on the decision of the US president on the partial withdrawal of American troops from Germany. Trump received sharp criticism from Ben Hodges, who at one time served as commander of the American military contingent in Europe, participated in the planning of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The American general gave an interview to Polish journalists, expressing his point of view on the initiative to withdraw US troops from Germany. According to Ben Hodges, if such a conclusion is started, then this will be “a huge mistake.

Hodges:

By and large, this is a real gift to the Kremlin. This undermines the agreed strength of NATO forces in Europe. Coordination with Germany and other European allies is lost to a significant extent. This may not be useful in any way. Secondly, it will become a real gift to the Kremlin, because it has not changed its position.

According to Hodges, the US administration is showing "weakness by its decision."

Ben Hodges:

Thirdly, I do not see any connection between numbers and strategic analysis. Especially when you consider that quite recently in the reports there was even a slight increase in the number of our contingent in Germany. If this is so, then I can’t explain the decision made on the withdrawal of part of our troops from this country.

According to General Hodges, he cannot call such a decision any other than political.

In Germany, up to 37 thousand US troops are deployed. In Poland, they offer to take advantage of the situation and “entice” to themselves part of those formations that Trump is going to withdraw from Germany.
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  1. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 17 June 2020 08: 14 New
    +5
    In Poland, they offer to take advantage of the situation and “entice” to themselves part of those formations that Trump is going to withdraw from Germany.

    Yeah. Pour bread crumbs on a plate: ghoul ghoul ... wassat
    1. figwam
      figwam 17 June 2020 08: 39 New
      10
      By and large, this is a real gift to the Kremlin.

      Gorbachev gave you such a gift that you should thank us now, but you creatures used this only to strengthen NATO forces in Europe and create a threat to Russia.
      1. Tatyana
        Tatyana 17 June 2020 09: 44 New
        +1
        Hodges:
        By and large, this is a real gift to the Kremlin. This undermines the agreed strength of NATO forces in Europe. Coordination with Germany and other European allies is lost to a significant extent. This may not be useful in any way. Secondly, it will become a real gift to the Kremlin, because it has not changed its position.

        The withdrawal of 9,5 thousand US troops from Germany does not undermine any agreed number of NATO forces in Europe, since the American troops will - presumably - be transferred precisely to neighboring Poland.
        And then, as expected, the number of US forces in Germany will be restored to the same strength in Germany itself.

        That is, in other words. We have an action in effect with the expansion of the presence of US troops in NATO countries.
        Therefore, let Hodges just keep silent about some "GIFT for Moscow"!
        1. venik
          venik 17 June 2020 18: 08 New
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          Quote: Tatiana
          Therefore, let Hodges just keep silent about some "GIFT for Moscow"!

          ========
          Is that HIS photo at the beginning of the article? belay
          ".... He's not prominent - a little bit of a mess ..... Again, "retired"... "(A.P. Chekhov" Wedding with the General ") request
    2. Pereira
      Pereira 17 June 2020 08: 51 New
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      The servicemen are just as glad to be replaced by disgusted Germany with beautiful Poland.
      1. Vasyan1971
        Vasyan1971 17 June 2020 10: 16 New
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        Quote: Pereira
        The servicemen are just as glad to be replaced by disgusted Germany with beautiful Poland.

        Well yes. Poles (Poles) will be more sympathetic to Germans. Again, the concentration of garny accommodating girls from the neighboring territory will be higher. Not all Americans are bruised by tolerance?
        Flower beds, besides, fresh ...
  2. svp67
    svp67 17 June 2020 08: 16 New
    +1
    In any case, some part of the American "elite" will be unhappy. Increase Trump's contingent, they would find arguments like this to reproach him.
    1. Valery Valery
      Valery Valery 17 June 2020 08: 40 New
      +5
      About 40%. the US military budget - providing military bases abroad, while realistically, the semantic load of the US army on the territory of countries such as Germany is not a confrontation with the Russian Federation, but a force (potential or psychological) influence on the elites and the German government.
  3. Baloo
    Baloo 17 June 2020 08: 20 New
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    Hodges:

    By and large, this is a real gift to the Kremlin. This undermines the agreed strength of NATO forces in Europe. Coordination with Germany and other European allies is lost to a significant extent. This may not be useful in any way. Secondly, it will become a real gift to the Kremlin, because it has not changed its position.

    According to Hodges, the US administration is showing "weakness by its decision."

    It's simple, Trumpampam decided to play it safe against the background of the Maidan in the United States and the desire of competitors to dump it. Interestingly, Trampampam's rivals are preparing a black US presidential candidate?
    1. zadorin1974
      zadorin1974 17 June 2020 08: 28 New
      +2
      What are you, Balu. There were enough Babams.
      1. Baloo
        Baloo 17 June 2020 08: 39 New
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        Quote: zadorin1974
        What are you, Balu. There were enough Babams.

        Babama's grandson D. Kennedy. He was exiled on vacation to a Hawaiian ranch, that's how America finally got a black president. 50 \ 50 here Biden simply will not survive because of his health, but the black US-2 pres is quite real. Only for some reason is not yet visible. According to the logic of events, it should be either a priest or a doctor in order to appease everyone. Although .... the price of the issue, everyone will show the results of the redistribution of spheres of influence and cash flows when the crown and Maidan end. A hell with them, with amers. Let's get better about horses. I like Alkhatekins, and you ?.
        1. zadorin1974
          zadorin1974 17 June 2020 09: 26 New
          +1
          Rather, Perchers. But the dogs are closer)))
        2. Crimean partisan 1974
          Crimean partisan 1974 17 June 2020 10: 52 New
          +1
          I like Alkhatekins, and you? .......... me too. just a question ... but what is it and with what eat it?
  4. askort154
    askort154 17 June 2020 08: 22 New
    0
    By and large, this is a real gift to the Kremlin. (Hodges).

    First of all, this is a real gift from Germany and Poland. Germany will get rid of occupation, and Poland
    has long dreamed of becoming the "first beloved wife of the United States" in Europe.
    1. Pavel73
      Pavel73 17 June 2020 08: 24 New
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      Poland dreams of becoming a radioactive desert. For if a big war happens, then for Poland it will not end with anything else.
      1. askort154
        askort154 17 June 2020 08: 29 New
        +3
        Pavel73 Poland dreams of becoming a radioactive desert.

        A woman of "easy virtue" rarely thinks about the consequences. crying hi
        1. Pavel73
          Pavel73 17 June 2020 08: 32 New
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          We have a good, but outdated movie - "Letters of a Dead Man". It shows very well how a possible nuclear war will end for Europe. It would be nice to re-shoot a remake of this film, keeping its spirit. And so that at least one of the Poles saw him.
          1. Crimean partisan 1974
            Crimean partisan 1974 17 June 2020 10: 55 New
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            We have a good, but outdated movie - "Letters of a Dead Man". ... and I would prefer to pour them "Little Faith" and more seriously "My name is" Buratino "", pour it insolently
          2. Interlocutor
            Interlocutor 17 June 2020 12: 34 New
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            It would be nice to re-shoot the remake of this film, preserving its spirit. And so that at least one of the Poles saw him.


            Well, it will not fix the Poles, never. The guys always understood only with a stick on the back. Well, look back. History screams about it.
  5. rocket757
    rocket757 17 June 2020 08: 24 New
    +1
    American General: Withdrawal of US troops from Germany - a gift to the Kremlin

    Yes? And what is this expressed in? Shaw enemies around will be less ??? so there are plenty of them left. shorter pf-e.
  6. To be or not to be
    To be or not to be 17 June 2020 08: 25 New
    +2
    Meanwhile, on March 17, a two-day session of NATO defense ministers began
    Yesterday, the NATO Secretary General spoke on the issues of the event.
    “NATO Defense Ministers will take steps to ensure our security in a more uncertain world.

    We are facing global challenges. Therefore, we must use a global approach. Keep our Alliance militarily strong and strengthen it politically.

    This is my vision of thinking about NATO until 2030, which I expressed last week.

    At this meeting of defense ministers, we will make decisions on:

    1.Our preparations for a possible second wave of COVID-19;
    2. Updating national sustainability guidelines;
    3. Deterrence and protection, including our response to new Russian nuclear missiles;
    4. NATO missions and operations, especially in Afghanistan and Iraq. "

    To reduce US troops in Europe (answer to a question from Reuters :)
    ...... "ROBIN EMMOTT [Reuters]: Thank you very much. Thanks for the question. So President Trump publicly commented on his decision to withdraw some 10 troops from Germany. Can you now give us an idea of ​​what that means, and does this decision in any way weaken one of the pillars of the post-war security order? Thank you.

    JENS STOLTENBERG: President Trump and I discussed this issue during a phone call last week. And my message was that the US presence in Europe is good for Europe, but also for North America and the United States, because transatlantic ties are essential for the strength and success of the Alliance.

    This is good for Europe, because the presence of troops, military capabilities from the United States, as well as from Canada, connects the defense of Europe with forces and capabilities from North America. This is the core of the transatlantic alliance. But this is also good for the United States, because we must remember that peace and stability in Europe, of course, is important for North America.

    But also the fact that the US presence in Europe is associated not only with the protection of Europe, but also with the aim of spreading the power of the United States outside Europe. We have seen that bases such as the Ramstein base, the Landstool medical facility and many other American bases in Germany are important for what the United States has been doing for decades in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq and Africa. And, for example, the US African Command is not in Africa. The US African Command is located in Europe, in Stuttgart. And the command of the 6th fleet is in. , which actually patrols in southern Africa, is located in Italy.

    Thus, it simply shows that the US presence in Europe, yes, it is very important for the European allies, but it is also important for the security of the United States.

    Therefore, I welcome the fact that in the last pair. In recent years, we have seen an increase in the presence of both European and Canadian troops in Europe. We saw a new battle group led by the United States in Poland. We saw a more rotational presence of American troops in the Baltic region, in the Black Sea region. We saw, of course, a new missile defense facility in Romania, as well as new ships deployed in Rota, in Spain. In my own country, Norway, we have seen more US Marines than we have seen for a long time. And besides, we also, of course, see more finished equipment from the United States, more exercises, more deliberate deliveries. And then we see also an increase in air and sea presence, including, for the first time in a long time. A few decades later, we saw an American aircraft carrier take part in the Trident exercises. And just as we say, we have the BALTOPS exercises in the Baltic states, where about half of the troops are the United States.

    I say this because the overall picture is that in recent years we have seen an increase in the US presence. Then, of course, the United States and the president announced what they had announced. But that remains. , but it’s not yet decided how and when this solution will be implemented. And I expect this to be a matter that will be discussed at the upcoming meeting of defense ministers.

    And I spoke with the president, I spoke with other representatives of the US administration. And I also spoke with German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, so now there is a constant dialogue on this issue. And my message is and remains. .. was and remains the importance of the presence of North America, the United States and Canada in Europe, because it connects Europe and North America, and it is good for both Europe and North America "...
    To say is not to deduce ..
  7. Pavel73
    Pavel73 17 June 2020 08: 26 New
    0
    "The Kremlin has not changed its position"? And what is this position from the general's point of view? Well, that's interesting to listen to.
  8. ul_vitalii
    ul_vitalii 17 June 2020 08: 29 New
    +3
    Great gift, I agree yes But here is who will lick them this decision and other matters, in the part that satellites usually lick. yes
  9. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 17 June 2020 08: 34 New
    +1
    American troops in Europe in general, and in Germany in particular, are not entirely about security ... the remnants of the occupying forces (and in the FRG they were always located next to major key cities in terms of infrastructure) with reformatted tasks ... and these are tasks in the interests of the United States and for the United States (for example, the creation of conditions for the rapid deployment of US groupings, airfields, control centers, stocks, etc. on a European theater of military operations) ...
  10. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 17 June 2020 08: 40 New
    +1
    Let them withdraw ... does he (Trump) really think that the Germans will directly fall on their knees and beg to be protected from "terrible Russia"? Well, yes, he was "crammed" into his brain from a young age ...
    1. Mountain shooter
      Mountain shooter 17 June 2020 09: 14 New
      +1
      Oh, friends with "nezalezhnoy" showed up! They are straightforward when they show disrespect to the US president ... laughing
      1. tihonmarine
        tihonmarine 17 June 2020 09: 49 New
        +1
        Quote: Mountain Shooter
        Oh, friends with "nezalezhnoy" showed up!

        And where without them, you need to support the "beloved owner."
  11. Ham
    Ham 17 June 2020 08: 53 New
    +3
    they cannot understand the main thing - there is no money!
    when public debt grows by a trillion per month, it suddenly becomes not up to foreign contingents ....
    because Americans beg money from everyone - from Europe, from Koreans and Yap - and where they cannot pay or do not want to, they merge from there
    and trump has nothing to do with it - these are objective reasons independent of it
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 17 June 2020 09: 56 New
      0
      Quote: Ham
      they cannot understand the main thing - there is no money!

      The FRS will print how many "green tugriks" are needed that are not provided with anything, as France prints for the African colonies of the CFA, and the states print for the whole world of the CFA.
      1. Ham
        Ham 17 June 2020 10: 03 New
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        stop chewing this gum! "will print as much as needed" ...
        they already print in trillions and it doesn't get better! "the whole world" is not US colonies - even the EU is already shaking them insolently and threatening them with "counter-sanctions" ... if before they kept contingents of troops and also paid extra for it, now they demand not even half, but full payment for maintenance .. ...
        hence the drain from all sorts of Afghanistan - those beggars themselves must be kept ...
        Europe does not want to pay, and the withdrawal of troops has begun ... there is no hope for the Poles and other Romanians with the Balts - those are professional beatings
        so it’s been prepressed already ... all this rattling of arms is just agony
  12. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 17 June 2020 09: 41 New
    +1
    By and large, this is a real gift to the Kremlin.
    This is a gift to American taxpayers, but Russia is not warm from this. This sick general thinks that Russia will climb onto Germany. If I wanted to, there would still be a GDR, it was true it was expensive, but there were a lot of show-offs. So take Germany to yourself, or are you tired of a suitcase without a handle yourself?
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  14. vavilon
    vavilon 17 June 2020 09: 43 New
    +1
    The bourgeois world never just gives anything away, only our rulers sell and give it if you want Alaska, please want the withdrawal of our troops, please, want Ukraine, please
    In general, I believe that at the end of his term each president should report on his work done, compare election promises and the final result, and if there are facts of treason, bring to trial for treason
    This will be fair
  15. Junior Private
    Junior Private 17 June 2020 10: 28 New
    +1
    Ungrateful Germans cannot understand that the United States protects them from totalitarian and anti-democratic Russian polymers.
  16. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 17 June 2020 10: 52 New
    0
    How American generals react to any troop reduction wherever it has long been clear. But the Polish prostitute who receives money from the EU (stopped sponsoring or not?), But defending American interests and podsuetsya here.
  17. Boratsagdiev
    Boratsagdiev 17 June 2020 11: 05 New
    +1
    Withdrawal of troops ... hmm
    They can just rotate, but they can ...
    No one canceled the warehouses and transferring back is not a problem.
  18. iouris
    iouris 17 June 2020 11: 53 New
    +2
    I don’t understand one thing: what importance is attached to the fact that there remains “only” 25 thousand instead of 37 thousand? This does not change the status of the FRG as an occupied state under total external control. The USSR withdrew its troops (it ended the occupation of Germany unilaterally), therefore the FRG is threatened only by the "allies" in NATO. You cannot protect yourself from them.
  19. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 17 June 2020 12: 55 New
    -1
    Secondly, it will become a real gift to the Kremlin, because it has not changed its position.

    Where do such “ducks” come from? The Kremlin removed all troops from the former VD countries. Germany no longer has GHA. The borders of NATO in direct contact with the border of the Russian Federation ...
    Damn ... Crush on the bald crutch, so that enlightenment appears in the brain ... wassat
  20. Andobor
    Andobor 17 June 2020 13: 33 New
    0
    The Germans can’t get used to it - the occupation is a normal condition for them, for several generations the occupation has grown.
  21. NF68
    NF68 17 June 2020 15: 59 New
    0
    The Kremlin is neither hot nor cold from this.
  22. faterdom
    faterdom 17 June 2020 17: 00 New
    0
    US withdrawal from Germany - a gift to the Kremlin

    Light in the window - help the enemy!