The Pentagon leadership suggested to a Senate panel on Tuesday that US ground troops may directly join Iraqi forces in combat against the Islamic State (Isis), despite US president Barack Obama’s repeated public assurances against US ground combat in the latest Middle Eastern war.
A day after US warplanes expanded the war south-west of Baghdad, Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate armed services committee that he could see himself recommending the use of some US military forces now in Iraq to embed within Iraqi and Kurdish units to take territory away from Isis.
“If we reach the point where I believe our advisers should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific [Isis] targets, I will recommend that to the president,” Dempsey said, preferring the term “close combat advising”.
The real reason for the new influx of military hardware into Norway is for NATO “defense” and war games. I just think the whole thing is ridiculous. Norway gives up its national sovereignty to the UN and NATO, providing no national defense of its own. A great example of the waste the military-industrial complex creates on the American dime. Some of the equipment there is over 30 years old. The decommissioned vehicles will surely go to domestic policy departments or rebel groups in oil rich countries.
“In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment.
The Marine Corps is overseeing the effort, which expands the existing Marine Corps Prepositioning Program. It stashes weapons, vehicle and armor in several locations across the world, including Norway, which first signed an agreement with the United States to do so in 1981, Marine officials said.
The equipment is kept in climate-controlled caves in central Norway, giving the Marines equipment that is closer than the East Coast to use in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Much of what stored in the caves was pulled out and sent to the Middle East ahead of the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.”
The US will send 600 ground troops to four eastern European nations. The troops will be split between Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to help the nations deal with the threat of “Russian aggression” in the region. The NATO allies seem to be upset over the small amount of troops sent. For example, Poland wants up to 10,000 troops from NATO. I’m sure most of those will be American.
Of course no state officials from any country have asked everyday Americans if we want our men and women sent to Poland after just getting home from the Middle East. But fuck us right? This is NATO we’re talking about though. An out of date treaty that trumps the sovereignty of each individual within its member states. The foreign policy hawks within the Washington establishment in both parties loves to use NATO as it’s tool of empire building.
I find this movement of troops without Congressional approval distasteful, but I find the arrogance of the allied European nations asking for MORE of our troops even more so. This is nature of states. Criminal cartels using free individuals as pawns in their game. Just ask the Ukrainians.