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The Pentagon is not going to leave Europe

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The Pentagon is not going to leave EuropeGeneral Philip Breedlove, commander-in-chief of the united armed forces of NATO in Europe and commander of the US Armed Forces in this region, said last week that funding for maintaining American troops in Europe would be reduced by 20% next year. According to the general, this is the last signal about the White House’s attitude to the presence of US troops in Europe after President Barack Obama ordered the redeployment of two brigades of US ground forces (Army) from Europe to America. It shows that Washington is no longer considering Europe as an important element in ensuring its national security.


According to many high-ranking Pentagon leaders, the presence of US troops in Europe keeps US opponents from aggressive actions, strengthens the combat capability of the Allied forces and protects America’s national interests. Regardless of US intentions to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and resolve the humanitarian crisis in this region, the basing of US military units in Europe allows the Pentagon to plan its operations and respond to unexpected crisis situations arising in various regions of the world. The estimated reduction of the US Armed Forces in Europe, according to some military experts, will only lead to a weakening of Washington’s position on the world stage and significantly weaken NATO.

Currently, the general is trying to find approaches to taking measures to ensure the growing responsibility of the US military for maintaining the security of NATO allies at the required level, despite a significant reduction in the funds allocated to the MoD. These include the upcoming withdrawal of US military contingents from Afghanistan, the settlement of the extremely complex, brutal and bloody civil conflict in Syria, the search for diplomatic ways of resolving the problem with the Iranian nuclear program, and the resolution of the issue of resolving the recurring inter-religious conflict in North Africa.

According to the commander, the presence of a significant contingent of the US Armed Forces in Europe is extremely important for Washington in the light of the effective resolution of all these issues and countering the many other emerging threats to America’s national security. According to many military experts, one of the forms of maintaining confidence in the United States and ensuring flexibility in conducting foreign policy activities is the continued preservation of advanced military bases in the countries of the European region.

The US DoD is able to take all necessary measures to maintain the required level of combat capability and effectiveness of its European military contingents. However, according to some experts, the withdrawal of US military units from Europe will allow the Pentagon to cut the budget by less than 1%.

Preserving US military bases in Europe protects America’s national interests and allows politicians to quickly respond to crises in various parts of the world. The latest example of such a reaction was the action when 550 Marines were transferred from one of the military bases in Spain to a military base in Italy, so that the necessary measures could be taken to resolve the crisis that erupted in Egypt as soon as possible. Another example of such actions is the redeployment of US Navy ships on duty in the Mediterranean Sea to the shores of Syria and bringing them to combat readiness due to the increasing complexity of the situation in this country, where the civil war that destabilized the situation in the Greater Middle East abruptly gained momentum.

General Breedlove announced that by the end of the Cold War, the US European Command had already reduced the number of infrastructure facilities of its troops on this continent by almost 75%. Today there is practically nothing left that could be reduced in the military contingents deployed in this region. “We have reduced troops and objects to the size that, in my opinion, is necessary to solve the tasks before us, in accordance with the wishes of our allies,” the general said. He also added that the further reduction of the American ground forces in Europe would create certain problems with the fulfillment of the White House’s obligations to its allies and partners.

The ability of US ruling structures and political circles to respond promptly and actively to rapidly changing and dangerous situations in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe largely depends on the flexibility and combat capabilities of the Pentagon military contingents deployed in the advanced military bases of the allied European countries. The national security of the United States and NATO countries today, more than ever before, are considered by many American military experts to depend on military contingents stationed on the European continent.

According to plans to reduce the US military presence in Europe, significant changes will affect primarily the grouping of US troops in Germany. Currently in Germany, US military units are deployed with a total of 52 thousand troops. In a secret document of the US State Department, which became the property of the American and world community, America’s plans for the FRG are detailed. There it is indicated that by the beginning of 2015, a little less than 10,5 thousand troops should be sent from Germany to the continent, which are currently stationed at 23 military facilities located mainly in the federal states of Hesse and Baden-Württemberg. These objects will be transferred to the Ministry of Defense of Germany.

There is no question now about the complete withdrawal of the American contingent. In accordance with the plans of the Pentagon, the military base in Ramstein, where the European missile defense command center is located, will continue to function. Of the thousands of US troops remaining in Germany over 40, by the end of 2025, about 15 thousand are planned to be transferred to military bases in Poland and the Baltic countries.
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  1. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. 2 December 2013 12: 00
    +2
    Until the end of 2025, about 15 thousand are planned to be transferred to military bases in Poland and the Baltic countries.

    Probably cheaper. Well, about the conclusion, NATO was created against Russia and it is still in its place and relatively independent.
    1. ShturmKGB
      ShturmKGB 2 December 2013 12: 23
      +6
      These are the occupying forces, they need to be squeezed out of Europe ... anti-American movements must be encouraged, politicians, media should be bought, in the end, they should work in this direction, and not sit and whine that Russia has a bad opinion in Europe and the world!
      1. Babon
        Babon 2 December 2013 15: 39
        +2
        Yes, for sure, in Germany and Japan are precisely the occupying forces, precisely following the results of the Second World War. As far as I heard, their bases are there for free. There was a broad gesture from us, by withdrawing the Western group of forces. Something from the United States of these gestures is not observed, although it is high time for them to withdraw.
        1. Cherdak
          Cherdak 2 December 2013 16: 08
          +4
          Quote: Babon
          There was a broad gesture from us, by withdrawing the Western group of forces


          For this gesture you need one honorary citizen of Berlin, he is also Brokeback, he is Tagged and so on. it would be necessary to throw into the bare steppe ... words, damn it, no. Judas is a holy man before him.
        2. Onyx
          Onyx 2 December 2013 17: 15
          0
          Quote: Babon
          Yes, exactly, in Germany and Japan it is the occupying forces

          In Italy, too, and in the Baltic states. yes a lot where
        3. alone
          alone 2 December 2013 21: 59
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          Quote: Babon
          Yes, for sure, in Germany and Japan are precisely the occupying forces, precisely following the results of the Second World War. As far as I heard, their bases are there for free. There was a broad gesture from us, by withdrawing the Western group of forces. Something from the United States of such gestures is not observed, although it is high time they also deduced


          and don’t wait! unlike the hunchback-like ones, they have the most common state interests! they do not sell their interests for 30 pieces of silver like our pseudo-Soviet Judas.
      2. yurii p
        yurii p 2 December 2013 16: 20
        0
        Everything seems to be correctly said, but in order to solve such problems, you must first get rid of the fifth column in your country, which is much more difficult to do.
    2. Cherdak
      Cherdak 2 December 2013 16: 05
      0
      Quote: Yuri Ya.
      NATO was created against Russia


      Against the USSR
      1. Yuri Y.
        Yuri Y. 2 December 2013 22: 28
        0
        Formally, yes. But in terms of the geopolitics of the USSR, this is only Soviet Russia (even almost within the borders of the empire). Even in their Soviet documentaries, they often called Russians. And now the actions are almost the same (well, maybe a degree lower), to recall at least a buffer from countries from us, without anti-communist rhetoric.
  2. MolGro
    MolGro 2 December 2013 12: 02
    0
    Europe must be driven into the neck of these adherents before it is too late!
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    2. Ihrek
      Ihrek 2 December 2013 12: 38
      +3
      A good idea. However, it will not be so simple, since the Europeans themselves are interested in their presence. This is primarily an instrument of pressure on Russia in some political issues.
  3. q_556
    q_556 2 December 2013 12: 25
    +1
    Yankee go home!
    1. Kibalchish
      Kibalchish 2 December 2013 12: 54
      +2
      You can get the fuck out !!! SO more understandable.
  4. Stinger
    Stinger 2 December 2013 12: 30
    +2
    Like that Odessa joke. I used to keep 23 brothels and everyone worked as if for themselves. And now I keep one institution, and then only for reputation. Because the daughter is growing up.
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  6. askort154
    askort154 2 December 2013 12: 35
    +4
    The occupied EU and Japan consider themselves independent. At the same time, they teach others what democracy should be for the sake of their masters.
    1. Kibalchish
      Kibalchish 2 December 2013 12: 50
      +1
      America protects them, because during the Cold War they could not protect themselves from the USSR.
      1. 222222
        222222 2 December 2013 13: 41
        0
        Kibalchish (3) SU Today, 12:50 ↑ New
        America protects them, because during the Cold War they could not protect themselves from the USSR. "
        ..This is how Defense Minister McNamara leaped out the window shouting: "Russian tanks are coming."
        Browse the internet for Able Archer 1983 declassified exercises in Europe and NATO's peace-loving nuclear strikes
        By the way, on November 7, 2013, the West celebrated the 30th anniversary of these exercises "
        "Today (November 7) marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of Able Archer 83, a NATO exercise that utilized“ new nuclear weapons release procedures ”to simulate the transition from conventional to nuclear war with the Soviet Union. (Today. November 7. The 30th anniversary of the beginning of the "Skillful Shooter-83" - NATO training, which worked out new procedures for the use of nuclear weapons in the training of issues of the development of a conventional war into a nuclear war with the Soviet Union .. ")
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  8. x.andvlad
    x.andvlad 2 December 2013 13: 49
    +3
    The Pentagon is not going to leave Europe
    Who would doubt it! And then the Balts with the Poles completely fear each other out of fear.
    1. Cherdak
      Cherdak 2 December 2013 16: 13
      -1
      Quote: x.andvlad
      And then the Balts with the Poles completely fear each other out of fear.


      It is then necessary to paste more stickers in Europe. And new jobs will be opened for Poles and Balts
  9. WIN969
    WIN969 2 December 2013 14: 00
    0
    They’re not going, but we will force them.
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  11. wanderer_032
    wanderer_032 2 December 2013 14: 12
    +1
    Desa from Amerov’s and others like them flourishes like mushrooms after rain, sometime someday, after ... when the cancer on the mountain hangs down ... when the niggas turn white and the blacks turn black ... then maybe we will collect our little ones and junk, and let’s get knocked down to our states from everywhere.
    Fresh tradition, but hard to believe.
    Why then should they climb all over the world to where they were not called, but they themselves asked for it?
    Why in the world where there is no war, are there Americans and others like them?
    Yes, all because other people's money and resources do not let people sleep at night calmly, to all Amer’s bourgeoisie and others like them.
    A civilization that was created to devour everything in its path, eats and plans to devour everything and everything in its path further. A dead end branch of evolution.
    Like children I swear. It’s not even funny to listen to them.
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  13. Ahmed Osmanov
    Ahmed Osmanov 2 December 2013 14: 57
    0
    "The Pentagon is not going to leave Europe" And anyone doubted it ?!
  14. propolsky
    propolsky 2 December 2013 15: 19
    0
    Americans in Europe are like a New Year tree, not everyone will remember why they needed it, but they seemed to put it before us, let it stay with us! But on the whole we need to keep our gunpowder dry, build a smart financial policy, and not keep the money of the villains, as a guarantee of one’s own happiness. The laws of the economy have not been canceled, the higher the cost of the game in peacekeepers, the faster the loan day will come!
    1. Cherdak
      Cherdak 2 December 2013 16: 17
      -1
      Quote: propolsky
      the higher the cost of playing peacekeepers



      Yes, there’s still one warrior in the field.
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  16. Victor-M
    Victor-M 2 December 2013 19: 30
    0
    Who knows what the Pentagon has in mind, they have a good option to exchange Europe, or it is easier to withdraw troops from its territory, and then push it against Russia. Then sitting back to the side to help with point strikes and weapons to one side or another. Bottom line: Western Europe, completely broken up (there is no doubt about it) and Russia, battered by a new war, in need of economic and financial assistance, and the US economy is on the rise again (pah, pah, pah).
  17. mountain
    mountain 2 December 2013 22: 05
    0
    The easiest option is to remove the Americans, place their missiles under their nose and regularly launch them to work off targets somewhere in Europe, on an empty landfill. And on weekends, you can have fireworks, let their kids, and adults will be happy.