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      soryang
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      23 JAN, 21:01 Tass
      US considers deploying American troops in Baltics, Eastern Europe – NY Times daily

      NEW YORK, January 24. /TASS/. US President Joe Biden considers deploying ‘several thousand’ of American troops in the Baltic States and in the east of Europe, New York Times daily reported citing its unnamed sources in the US administration.

      “President Biden is considering deploying several thousand US troops, as well as warships and aircraft, to NATO allies in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, an expansion of American military involvement amid mounting fears of a Russian incursion into Ukraine, according to administration officials,” the daily reported.

      The New York Times daily cited its source, who spoke on conditions of anonymity as saying that “In a meeting on Saturday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, senior Pentagon officials presented Mr. Biden with several options that would shift American military assets much closer to Mr. Putin’s doorstep… The options include sending 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Eastern European countries, with the potential to increase that number tenfold if things deteriorate.”

      https://tass.com/world/1392069

      The Times article is behind a paywall. It looks like an elaboration of an earlier FOX article to give it more weight. Who’s in charge of this cluster F…?

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      jbnw
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      In practice, probably the old gang from the Obama days – Blinken, Nuland, and the military-industrial complex.

      I’m still waiting for the reactions in Ukraine, Russia and Europe that the State Department has advised all Americans to leave Ukraine – but even in Moscow it’s only a bit after 7 AM.

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        This is a very bizarre kind of “diplomacy.” To me this sort of story is an indication that there are interests at the highest levels attempting to sabotage any possibility of avoiding conflict. There is some sort of deranged thinking that “playing hardball” in a situation like this is going to work out. Biden had already telegraphed he would avoid direct US military intervention and rely on sanctions and other non-kinetic punitive responses if Russia did invade Ukraine. So why threaten military movements on Russia’s borders elsewhere with what are actually small numbers of troops? The initial Fox article had to be amplified when someone realized the weakness of the US threatened military movements in Eastern Europe- only one to five thousand troops and make it sound as if a major mobilization is also being contemplated. So you have the worst of both worlds, you provoke the Russians more, with what is in essence a nominal or symbolic threat (a tripwire to reassure allies ostensibly). In terms of conventional warfare, I don’t consider the tonnage numbers or the financial amounts on the military support for Ukrainian forces as likely to affect the foreseeable outcome of any conflict between Ukraine and Russia. This is sleepwalking to a major war. I’m reminded of the UKs alliance with Poland before WWII.

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      So, in other words, posturing. An invasion threat, if it exists, is to Ukraine. Sending troops to other countries does not really do much to help Ukraine. It may even reinforce the idea that ‘Ukraine, you are on your own. We will protect Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia but not you. Figure out what this means for you.’

      Latvia is not about to invade Russia, nor is Russia about to invade Latvia.

      When you think you have no choice but to start a war, think again. Wars promise to be quick, clean and decisive. Wars lie. They cause more problems than they solve, they just won't tell you that beforehand.

      "If we are to have peace on earth, ... our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective."

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