Op-Ed: The Exit Of 12,000 US Troops Is The Single Worst Event In German History

op-ed:-the-exit-of-12,000-us-troops-is-the-single-worst-event-in-german-history

30-07-20 09:53:00,

Today’s Caitlin Johnstone essay has been replaced with a National News Conglomerate op-ed by General Hank Hammerfist. NNC: Obey.

The Trump administration has begun slashing the US military presence in Germany from an almost satisfactory 36,000 troops to a practically microscopic 24,000. I think we can all agree that this is the single worst thing that has ever happened in the history of Germany, and arguably the universe.

While most Americans were until now unaware that their government had that many troops in a nation known predominantly for beer and bleak documentaries, pundits and politicians in the know have been rightly proclaiming their outrage at this catastrophic event which disrupts God’s natural plan of endless military expansionism until the entire planet is an undifferentiated sea of camouflage fatigues and tiny American flag patches.

“Trump’s decision to withdraw US Forces from Germany shows a broad lack of strategic understanding. It sends the wrong signal to our adversaries and leaves our allies vulnerable in the face of increasing global threats. It’s simply unacceptable,” tweeted former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who as we all know is always correct about military matters.

Trump’s decision to withdraw US Forces from Germany shows a broad lack of strategic understanding. It sends the wrong signal to our adversaries and leaves our allies vulnerable in the face of increasing global threats. It’s simply unacceptable https://t.co/5J0hyFnoMi

— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) July 29, 2020

“Did Trump give Putin a heads up on the removal of 12,000 US troops from Germany? Was there an implication it was a kind of down payment for election help, a taste of what could follow in a second term?” asks super smart foreign policy expert Bill Kristol.

“US to withdraw nearly 12,000 troops from Germany in move that will cost billions and take years,” warns a CNN headline that is both helpful and totally sane.

NPR’s national security correspondent David Welna informs us that the move is “a slap at a longtime ally frequently reviled by President Trump.”

“There’s no strategy behind the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Germany,” says Slate foreign policy pundit Fred Kaplan.

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Australia to send 1,000 troops to Melbourne after ‘only significant virus outbreak’

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25-06-20 05:11:00,

Australia’s military said on Thursday that it would deploy 1,000 troops to Melbourne in an effort to help contain the country’s only significant coronavirus outbreak.

The state of Victoria has seen a spike in Covid-19 cases, recording almost 150 new infections over the past week, with new clusters having emerged in Melbourne, the AFP news agency reported. At least 37 cases were recorded on Thursday – the highest national total since mid-April.

Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said 1,000 troops would be deployed to Victoria in the coming days. Up to 850 Australian Defence Force personnel will help monitor returned international travelers being held in hotel quarantine, while around 200 others will provide logistical and medical support to testing facilities.

Military personnel are manning the borders of all states that are closed to outside visitors, as well as providing planning support to the health and emergency services, in Victoria and elsewhere.

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U.S. Troops Out of Iraq – Global Research

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30-03-20 08:37:00,

A petition launched on March 19, 2020

The mass killing and destruction of Iraq that began 17 years ago today, assessed by the most scientifically respected measures available, killed over 1.4 million Iraqis, saw 4.2 million additional people injured, and 4.5 million made refugees.

The 1.4 million dead (and still rising) was 5% of the Iraqi population. That compares to 2.5% of the U.S. population lost in the U.S. Civil War, or 3.5% in Japan in World War II, 1% in France and Italy in World War II, 0.3% in the United States in World War II, and 0.001% in the United States in this war on Iraq.

The U.S. military has targeted civilians, journalists, hospitals, and ambulances. It has made use of cluster bombs, white phosphorous, depleted uranium, and a new kind of napalm in urban areas. Birth defects, cancer rates, and infant mortality are through the roof. Water supplies, sewage treatment plants, hospitals, bridges, and electricity supplies remain devastated. Healthcare, nutrition, and education are nothing like they were before the war. And we should remember that healthcare and nutrition had already deteriorated during years of economic warfare waged through the most comprehensive economic sanctions ever imposed in modern history, sanctions that were accompanied by bombs and which followed the destruction of the Gulf War.

For years, the occupying forces have broken the society of Iraq down, encouraging ethnic and sectarian division and violence, resulting in a segregated country and the repression of rights that Iraqis used to enjoy, even under Saddam Hussein’s brutal police state – which, of course, was itself supported by the U.S. government for years.

While U.S. troops have been reduced in Iraq, they have never been removed. In January, the Iraqi Parliament voted that all U.S. troops should leave. The U.S. government has refused to leave, and has instead proposed installing (“defensive”) missiles in Iraq targeting Iran. While Iran is depicted in U.S. media as an evil enemy, the U.S. military does not claim that Iran is a threat to the actual United States, only to U.S. troops near Iran and U.S. “interests.” The refusal to leave and the decision to install missiles endanger Iraq, Iran, the entire region, and a world at risk of nuclear escalation and climate collapse that cannot afford any more wars.

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UN Troops Featured in World Military Games in Wuhan China Weeks Before Coronavirus Outbreak – Activist Post

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19-02-20 10:13:00,

By Spiro Skouras

In this report we take a closer look inside the World Military Games opening ceremony held in Wuhan China weeks before the coronavirus outbreak.

Is it just a coincidence that a UN-themed pandemic simulation of a global coronavirus outbreak took place the same day as the UN-themed opening ceremonies in Wuhan, ground zero for the outbreak?

We also examine which nation will fill the vacuum now that the world’s biggest economy has been crippled by the outbreak.

Links

Dominoes Are Falling – China Shutdown To Crush India’s Already-Crumbling Economy
https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/dominos-are-falling-china-shutdown-disrupts-indias-economy

China destroys $600 million in cash to stop coronavirus spread on infected bank notes
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/china-destroys-600-million-cash-21520944

Did coronavirus originate in Chinese govt laboratory?
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/615052-did-coronavirus-originate-in-chinese-govt-laboratory?fbclid=IwAR00g8apH06I0NdgQAd1TUcX3wSClK3qOAGXfB7YsM6wysCOCQ098U5uBrE 

What is the Xiangshan Forum, and why is it important?
https://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-10-20/What-is-the-Xiangshan-Forum-and-why-is-it-important–KWbX9Xt0hW/index.html

Amid Coronavirus, the World Closes Its Doors to China: ‘I Feel So Isolated’
https://www.wsj.com/articles/amid-coronavirus-the-world-closes-its-doors-to-china-i-feel-so-isolated-11582060811

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, China is now also fighting deadly bird flu in chickens 
https://www.businessinsider.com/h5n1-deadly-bird-flu-emerged-near-center-coronavirus-outbreak-2020-2

China Approves Imports of Live Poultry From US
https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-approves-imports-of-live-poultry-from-us_3240571.html

Why the global battle over Huawei could prove more disruptive than Trump’s trade war with China
http://theconversation.com/why-the-global-battle-over-huawei-could-prove-more-disruptive-than-trumps-trade-war-with-china-131828

Which Supply Chains Are Most At Risk: The Answer In One Chart
https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/which-supply-chains-are-most-risk-answer-one-chart

Did coronavirus originate in Chinese government laboratory? Scientists believe killer disease may have begun in research facility 300 yards from Wuhan wet fish market
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8009669/Did-coronavirus-originate-Chinese-government-laboratory.html 

CHINA FILES 84 PATENTS FOR CENTRAL BANK DIGITAL CURRENCY
https://bitcoinist.com/china-files-84-patents-for-central-bank-digital-currency/

Rituals, Events & Military Meetings ~ UN Agenda~ Prior To ‘Reported’ Virus Outbreak
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgczmGOFXiA

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‘Can you imagine our troops coming to France without invitation?’ Bashar Assad blasts French ‘occupation’ of Syria

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28-11-19 01:59:00,

There’s no major difference between supporting terrorism on Syrian soil and sending troops there without formal approval from its government, Bashar Assad said as he lambasted France’s role in Syria’s civil war.

Syria has “come a long way” toward defeating much of the terrorist insurgency on its soil, but pockets of resistance still remain as jihadists are receiving support from Turkey and Western countries, Bashar Assad told Paris Match magazine, singling out the US, the UK and “especially France.”

France has joined the US-led anti-Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) coalition, providing air support and deploying special forces to Syria. But for Assad, the French intervention amounted to an “occupation,” as Paris – like its major NATO ally Washington – failed to secure Damascus’ authorization of the mission.

Do you frankly think that we can send Syrian forces to fight terrorism in France without being invited by the French government? International law governs the behavior of states in the world, not [their] intentions.

Now, when foreign forces came to Syria without being invited by the legitimate government, “it is [called] occupation,” the Syrian president insisted, adding, “there is not a big difference between supporting terrorism and deploying the military to occupy a country.”

Dubbed Operation Chammal, the French deployment was, officially, to carry out reconnaissance flights and aid Kurdish and Arab fighters in Syria. At peak times, France’s assets in the Middle East included a Charles de Gaulle carrier strike group, a fighter jet squadron as well as several marine units on the ground.

The interview came on the back of the Syrian army’s advances in the northern province of Idlib. The troops are now trying to fight their way toward the last militant-held towns along the strategic Damascus-Aleppo highway.

Also on rt.com
Britain and France will send forces to Syria …but Americans will pay for it, report suggests

As the fighting continues, Assad said Syria can handle the war without any backing from the West. “We can manage our own business … But we want to come back to a world order that is no longer respected,

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380,000 Soviet troops in East Germany were told not to interfere with bringing down the Berlin Wall – Gorbachev

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09-11-19 09:36:00,

The USSR had scores of soldiers deployed in East Germany in 1989 but all of them were ordered to stand down to allow for Berlin’s “wall of mistrust” to fall, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said.

Socialist East Germany, officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR), remained riddled with Soviet bases after the end of WWII.

“There were 380,000 Soviet soldiers stationed in the GDR at the time. They obeyed orders to refrain from intervening,” Gorbachev told Der Spiegel on Friday. “My main responsibility was to rule out the possibility of violence.”

Moscow’s ambassador in GDR, meanwhile, was instructed “not to make any demands” to German politicians on how to handle the situation on the ground.

The wall eventually fell on November 9, 1989, leading to the USSR greenlighting the reunification of Germany a year later. Gorbachev called this event “one of the most important things I’ve ever done.”

We didn’t need the Iron Curtain. We wanted to get rid of the wall of mistrust between East and West – and all other walls, for that matter, between states, groups of people and individuals.

Also on rt.com
West hijacked Cold War victory but never cared how Russians feel about it – Gorbachev

The Cold War ended but, as time went by, “new dividing lines were created and NATO’s eastward expansion shifted these lines to Russia’s border,” Gorbachev said.

Despite the current tensions between Moscow and the West, the former Soviet leader believes there is a better future ahead.

“There are signs that both the West and Russia understand that communication channels must be activated. The rhetoric is gradually changing. Perhaps this is the first step,” he said, adding that there is still “a long way to go” before trust is mutually restored.

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Bring the Troops Home, But Also Stop the Bombing: 291,880 Bombs Dropped by US and allies since 2001 – Global Research

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26-12-18 10:28:00,

As our nation debates the merits of President Trump’s call for withdrawing US troops from Syria and Afghanistan, absent from the debate is the more pernicious aspect of US military involvement overseas: its air wars. Trump’s announcement and General Mattis’ resignation should unleash a national discussion about US involvement in overseas conflicts, but no evaluation can be meaningful without a clear understanding of the violence that U.S air wars have unleashed on the rest of the world for the past 17 years.

By our calculations, in this “war on terror,” the U.S. and its allies have dropped a staggering 291,880 bombs and missiles on other countries—and that is just a minimum number of confirmed strikes.

As we contemplate that overwhelming number, let’s keep in mind that these strikes represent lives snuffed out, people maimed for life, families torn apart, homes and infrastructure demolished, taxpayer money squandered and resentment that only engenders more violence.

After the horrific crimes of September 11th, 2001, Congress was quick to pass a sweeping Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). While three presidents have claimed that the 2001 AUMF legally justifies these endless wars as a response to the crimes of 9/11, no serious reading of the Authorization could interpret it that way.  What it actually says is:

“That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.”

As former Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz told NPR a week after 9/11,

“It is never a legitimate response to punish people who are not responsible for the wrong done… We must make a distinction between punishing the guilty and punishing others. If you simply retaliate en masse by bombing Afghanistan, let us say, or the Taliban, you will kill many people who don’t believe in what has happened, who don’t approve of what has happened.”

And yet here we are, 17 years later, mired in wars in which we are bombing ever more “nations,

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NATO Sends 50,000 Troops To Largest Exercise Since Cold War

NATO Sends 50,000 Troops To Largest Exercise Since Cold War

24-10-18 05:30:00,

Authored by Jason Ditz via AntiWar.com,

US Marines are landing in Iceland and warplanes are flying overhead in Scandinavia, just days ahead of the kickoff of Trident Juncture. The annual exercise, focused on the Arctic Circle and Scandinavia, is set to be the largest operation since the Cold War.

31 countries are involved, 29 NATO members and Finland and Sweden. They will overall be sending 50,000 troops, 10,000 vehicles, 150 warplanes and 65 ships.

Starting Thursday, the exercise will last a month.

And while officials insist it’s not strictly along the Russian border, Russian military officials say it is close enough, and clearly targeted at growing Russian interests in the Arctic Circle, as warmer temperatures open up new route.

“All this talk from NATO about Russia not being the target of Trident Juncture doesn’t hold water,” Zaparenko said, according to RT, a Russian-government-funded TV station.

“Even if NATO says otherwise, Trident Juncture is really preparation for a large-scale armed conflict in regions bordering with the Russian Federation.”

NATO officials are being two-faced about this, however, on the one hand insisting this is just an annual exercise, and on the other hand presenting it as a “response to Russian aggression,” the same excuse for every massive exercise along the Russian frontier.

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View From Russia: US Troops in Poland Are Cannon Fodder for Nuclear War

View From Russia: US Troops in Poland Are Cannon Fodder for Nuclear War

06-06-18 08:35:00,

Recently, we learned that Poland is ready to pay up to $2 billion for a permanent US military base on its territory. The Pentagon has reportedly agreed to consider the deal.

International experts are divided as to whether or not it makes sense to deploy an American armored division to Poland, just 250km from the Russian border. The proposal by the Poles raises certain concerns, as not everybody agrees that it would be expedient or even advisable for the US. A recent Defense News publication speaks to that effect.

Poland is prepared to invest in the construction of the base, including its service buildings, housing, military equipment hangars, and warehouses to store everything that is needed for the deployment of a US division.

However, US experts say the Polish proposals raise more questions than they offer answers. The main question is whether or not Warsaw is ready to finance the base’s operations after the initial funds are tapped out. There is no clarity there yet. And this is not a secondary question for the US military command. A permanent base on Polish soil will cost quite a bit.

It is also not clear whether the Poles would be able to host the whole armored division as one camp, or if its units would be spread out through different military towns. It is an important question for the US military, because it will determine where the Americans will pull their forces from – continental America or western Germany.

Also, it took the US several decades to establish its base in Germany, and now they have wonderful, world-class training facilities there; whereas in Poland, they would have to start from scratch for the most part. They will basically be beginning construction in the middle of nowhere. It is unclear whether the Poles could find a location where the whole American division could conduct training exercises. Just to remind you, the US armored command has almost 300 tanks, 150 SPGs and mortars, 300 pieces of anti-tank equipment – a significant force. And every training field requires a certain capacity – it needs to fit a battalion, a regiment, or a division.

European Russia, for example, has only one military training field where a full division can carry out live-fire exercises.

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25% of Ukrainian troops under criminal investigation since April 2014

25% of Ukrainian troops under criminal investigation since April 2014

29-05-18 01:20:00,

The military prosecutor’s offices of Ukraine have opened more than 27,000 criminal cases against 43,000 Ukrainian servicemen since April 2014, which is about 25 percent of all soldiers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the chief military prosecutor, Anatolii Matios, said Tuesday, as reported by Sputnik.

“Since April 2014, the crime rate among military personnel has increased dramatically and remains consistently high … During the entire period, military prosecutor’s offices registered … 27,200 criminal offenses and crimes, which were committed by 43,000 military personnel. This is one-fourth of the army,” Matios said as broadcast by the 112 Ukraina TV channel.

He added that since the beginning of 2018, servicemen had committed a combined total of 5,179 crimes.

Since 2014, Ukrainian authorities have been carrying out a military operation against the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in the country’s east that refused to recognize the new government in Kiev, which came to power after what they considered to be a coup.


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