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Biden Considering Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe

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By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams

U.S. President Joe Biden is reportedly weighing a Pentagon proposal to deploy thousands of American troops to the Baltics and Eastern Europe as progressive anti-war analysts and activists warn such a move would further inflame tensions in the region—and risk a full-blown war with Russia.

The New York Times reported Sunday that top U.S. Defense Department officials have “presented Mr. Biden with several options that would shift American military assets much closer to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s doorstep” after talks between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov failed to produce a diplomatic breakthrough.

“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,” the Times noted. “Mr. Biden is expected to make a decision as early as this week.”

Reports of the plan came amid news that both the U.S. and United Kingdom are withdrawing diplomats’ families from Ukraine, citing potential “military action” against the country by Russia.

Russia has denied U.S. allegations that it is plotting an imminent invasion of Ukraine, a NATO ally that hopes to join the alliance—an ambition Russia sees as a major security threat. The U.S. has been pumping weapons into Ukraine for years, and in 2014 supported the violent overthrow of the country’s elected government. Currently, the U.S. has more than 150 “military advisers” in Ukraine, including Special Operations forces.

Ukraine Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov announced via Twitter over the weekend that the nation had received a fresh batch of “more than 80 tons of weapons” from the U.S. and expects additional arms in the near future.

“This is not the end,” Reznikov wrote.

On Sunday, Russia dismissed an accusation—this time from the United Kingdom—that it intends to invade Ukraine and install a “puppet government” there.

“Stop spreading nonsense,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, accusing NATO countries of “escalating tensions around Ukraine.”

The Times reported Sunday that the Biden administration is “now moving away from its do-not-provoke strategy” after previously “taking a restrained stance on Ukraine, out of fear of provoking Russia into invading.”

William Hartung, senior research fellow of the Quincy Institute, warned Monday that “even indirect intervention could cost billions, while increasing the risks of escalation in ways that could put U.S. personnel—and U.S. interests—in danger.”

“Perhaps the biggest risk is posed by the likely deployment of additional U.S. troops and contractors to help to train Ukrainian forces on using U.S.-origin systems, and to assist in maintaining them,” Hartung observed. “If any U.S. personnel end up on the front lines and are killed in the event of a Russian invasion, the stakes—and the prospects for escalation—will rise dramatically.”

Katrina vanden Heuvel, president of the American Committee for the U.S.-Russia Accord and publisher of The Nation, similarly argued that “if U.S. troops are there training Ukrainians, we may see American casualties.”

“That could lead to even more U.S. involvement and a potential and exceedingly dangerous quagmire,” she continued. “Ukraine demands a diplomatic and political resolution. A positive outcome would be the expansion of a new and demilitarized international security architecture in the region, and a moratorium on NATO expansion, along with international guarantees for Ukraine’s independence. May it be a bridge between East and West.”

“Any intervention now,” vanden Heuvel wrote, “would squander U.S. attention and resources on challenges posed by the pandemic, economic inequality, racial divisions, and catastrophic climate change.”

35 comments

  1. Yep, gotta spend that huge military budget on something and some of us knew he’d come up with another war for all his buddies in the house and senate, etc. Those thousands aren’t cheap cause he pays rent on them from Black Rock and the like. A great number are not enlisted men these days, and if they are, they are killing the innocents sitting behind computers and playing some serious and quite ugly, war-games with drones. How else you gonna jump start a war economy without a war?

    1. THE BASIC CON
      Those who can’t find anything to live for,
      always invent something to die for.
      Then they want the rest of us to die for it, too.

      Lewis Welch, Beat Poet

  2. The United State will not be happy until the human race is extinct. Let’s get on with it.

  3. Oh yeah, we have a pandemic, Omega-cron, all those safety nets frayed for the sick, day care users, foster homes, care homes, students, poverty, food deserts. Oh yeah, 2022, a great time with gas at $4 a GALLON and billionaires and millionaires hurting so badly.

    These people — the Israel-Firsters, then neo-cons, the neo-liberals, oh, that Cheney class, and that general who calls Russia the Soviet Union, what a brave bunch of worthless, well, Go Team Biden. When did Trump leave office?

    How many MOAB’s are being deployed. Yep, pandemic over, and now the war drums getting lathered up.

  4. I thought Trump was an inept right-wing tyrant as president. But Biden never met a war he didn’t support in his years as senator. At this moment, I think Trump would give us a better chance of avoiding a world war than does Biden.

  5. Biden proving to be just another pawn of the military industrial complex.
    Pathetic.
    He had a chance to make real change. Failed.

  6. Googling it, the US already has 74,000 troops in Europe (not counting the UK troop buildup in E. Europe), “near the Russian border,” and Biden is considering sending at least another 5,000 (as of the evening news). In response to this provocation, Russian began sending defensive troops to their own border, in their own country. The Biden administration calls “proof that Russia plans to invade Ukraine.” How can this insanity be stopped before millions are killed?

  7. And so it continues — the military/industrial complex that increasingly rules America.

  8. The democrats and deep state have been trying to start a war with Russia for many years. This is all to stop people from seeing the disaster the dems are doing in the states

  9. Russia had deployed tens of thousands soldiers to the Russia-Ukraine border, and had been preparing an invasion for weeks, and had rejected any and all NATO attempts to diffuse the tensions through a dialog.

    The idea that it is the deployment of US forces that would cause an escalation, or that the Russian official statements are more believable than the the ones coming from the US military, while in line with the left-ish Neo Progressive habitual demagogic propaganda nonsense, is simply beyond incredulous!

    It does explain, however, why Neo Progressive ‘alternative facts’ outlets remain marginal and insignificant.

    1. Trump sent weapons to Ukraine for years. He also cancelled a nuclear treaty. Obama refused to send weapons but modernized the nuclear arsenal. Biden follows Trump and neo-con, neo-liberal policy, which never changes. The U.S. / NATO coup in 2014 was an escalation. The weapons delivery was an escalation. The breaking of the pledge not to move east by NATO was an escalation. The cancellation of nuclear treaties was an escalation. Now the U.S. wants to ship U.S. natural gas to Europe so that Russia is iced out of the European market for natural gas. That is an escalation. The U.S. wants to get a hold of Russian oil, gas and minerals. That is the real point of all this.

      1. Red Frog,
        Great comment. Also, the US must remain supreme in all the world, don’t you know?

    2. “the men Americans most admire dare to tell them the most extravagant lies; the men they most despise try to tell them the truth”
      HL Menkhen

    3. @Democracy Gone Astray
      First and foremost, the U.S. has no business in that part of the world, simple as that. This is nothing but U.S. imperialist aggression, and your comments are nothing but those of a self-entitled Ugly American.

      Second, the U.S. lied to Russia that it would not expand NATO “one inch” further east after the Soviet Union broke up and the Berlin Wall came down. The U.S. excuse for breaking its word? It wasn’t in writing. As a Native here once said, white people have to put all their agreements in writing because they can’t be trusted. Contemplate this for a bit.

      Third, the U.S. fomented or was a major part of the coup that removed the democratically elected leader of Ukraine, and the U.S. installed its man to replace him. This was all about a pipeline and gas. Please explain how this is in any way legitimate, moral, or ethical.

  10. World War I Redux! One wonders if the warmongers ever studied history to learn its most important lessons! Perhaps Biden, Blinken and company will get it if American soil is scorched in the inevitable nuclear strike that this will escalate to through their blatant hubris and stupidity. Amerika is a disgrace!

  11. Oh, let’s talk the masters of MIC, Pharma, the world, pulling the strings — these felons with Vanguard and, well, Israel First, Larry Fink. So, these two outfits, to include Blackstone and State Street Bank, ya think they deserve the light of day, or a few MOABs into their boardrooms, or is that not allowable here at Woke Central? Not green enough, those mother of all bombs? Let’s get Liz Warren working on the greening of the military. Repurposed bullets. Depleted uranium. That’s the woke ticket.

    https://youtu.be/CxAEi42U3gU

    And, then, Yahoo idiotic news:

    BRIAN SOZZI: Blackrock CEO Larry Fink says stakeholder capitalism isn’t woke in his annual CEO letter. Let’s talk more about this Yahoo Finance Editor in Chief, Andy Serwer. Andy, good to see you this morning. Not surprising, right? Fink has been a long time champion of stakeholder capitalism.

    ANDY SERWER: Yeah. That’s correct, Brian. The $10 trillion man, that’s how much BlackRock has under management these days. And you know, I’m sorry to date myself, but I remember when Larry was just starting that company out. And it has really becomes such a behemoth as an asset manager and a force on Wall Street and a force in our economy and in fact, society, which gets us back to this stakeholder capitalism notion that you talked about, Brian.

    And basically, what he was saying in his letter was that you can have capitalism and have appreciation for other stakeholders besides shareholders. That’s what stakeholder capitalism is, which is to say employees, communities, customers, the environment, those are the different constituents that he was speaking to.

    And I think the point was, a lot of people think that it’s an or situation that you either care about the environment or you make profits. That you either care about society and employees and diversity and inclusion or you have profitability. And Larry’s big point in this letter is that you can have both. And he sort of went through that, and it was sort of a longer term thing. In other words, to have a sustainable business, you do need to pay attention to those other factors.

  12. Lunatics — The head of the German navy, Vice-Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach, has resigned in the wake of a scandal in which he faced accusations of being too pro-Moscow. Speaking at the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, India, Schönbach had argued that Russia, under its president Vladimir Putin, was fundamentally not interested in taking Ukrainian territory, but, rather, wanted respect from the West and, in particular, to be treated as equals.

    In his view, the West should offer that respect, for three reasons: because it would be easy, because Russia and its leader deserve it, and because Europe needs Moscow as an ally against China. Schönbach also appealed in the name of religion, describing himself as a committed Roman Catholic and maintaining that Russia’s Christian identity points to the need for partnership between the country and other mostly Christian nations. As for Crimea, he was frank about his conviction that it would not return to Ukrainian control.

    The talk was recorded and uploaded to YouTube, which may have been fatal for his career. If his statements had not been so readily available, perhaps they would have passed unnoticed.

    Instead, they caused great consternation, both internationally and at home in Germany. Schönbach, being virtually certain he would be dismissed, acted first and handed in his resignation, which was immediately accepted.

  13. This provocative madness needs to stop. Luckily, European “allies “are waking up to the US∕UK lies. Let us hope they can return to their senses, if they ever had any.The Media deserve condemnation.

  14. Looking for any reason or critical thinking behind US foreign policy is a fruitless exercise. Unless of course you follow the money and those who seek to profit from death…..

  15. This is a PR move. What are added ‘ground’ troops useful for outside of Ukraine? The U.S. already has 10s of thousands in Europe. Unless he’s actually planning to send ground troops into Ukraine, which would be the height of insanity. But then, the U.S. already has 150 ‘advisors’ in Ukraine to help their military, a military which has now integrated with straight-out fascist legions. So, like Richard Nixon, the U.S. is playing the crazy card. Nothing will stop these war-mongers until someone removes them from power.

    1. Regrettably, no mechanism exists for removing these war-mongers from office until well after the damage they cause, only to be replaced by fools who engage in the same insanity. One wishes that more can be done but they do not, will not, and utterly refuse to listen to ordinary people who want to live their lives in peace.

      1. @Jeremiah
        1. War is a disease and necessity of civilization. Too many people living too densely cannot survive on their own resources, so they have to steal those of other people by using war. Derrick Jensen has done excellent work on this, I suggest reading some of his writings if you’re interested.

        To be clear, Jensen and I oppose war, but as radical environmentalists we realize that the only real solution to it is to stop living with so many people in a given area that they can’t live off the local resources. Of course that would require a massive population reduction, which in turn would take hundreds of years even if we were to begin a very strong global one-child-family policy immediately, but it’s the only real solution.

        2. There are political parties that are far less war-mongering than the 2 gangs that masquerade as the only allowable political parties in this country. The problem is that the U.S. doesn’t have proportional representation and allows buying of elections by the rich (aka campaign contributions), so it’s virtually impossible for anyone but a Democrat or Republican to get elected. Every democracy in the world beside the U.S. and U.K. (two of the worst countries in the world, BTW) has proportional representation, so this is not some pie-in-the-sky fantasy, it’s reality outside of the U.S.

      2. I think a reduction in population would be very helpful, and I think glyphosate and other chemical poisons will take care of fertility and the over population problem in the near future. You should take a look at the spikes in chronic disease since glyphosate was introduced into our food systems. Also, I think regenerative agriculture holds some promises for a different and better world.

      3. @Paula
        Major reductions in human population and consumption are necessary to fix many problems, starting with environmental and ecological ones. Human overpopulation causes or exacerbates almost every problem on the planet. But we are so grossly overpopulated that it will take hundreds of years of a GLOBAL one-child-family policy to get human population down to a level where it’s not wrecking the Earth and killing most if not all other life here. We have our work cut out for us!

  16. Does Biden consider anything, or just do as he’s told? Sounds like we’re all being told it’s time again for another (not so) splendid little war. It’s all for the health of the state, you know, that if the war on/of bioterror on the home front is failing to keep us sufficiently preoccupied with invisible viral enemies, there’s always some same old foreign threat on standby to wag the dog.

  17. Jesus Christ Biden – get a fucking clue! We have enough on our collective plate with Covid – we don’t need a god damned war!

  18. “americans have always been genocidal, enjoying killing from afar”. Philip Slater
    “the american soul is hard isolate, a killer”. DH Lawrence
    “americans have lost the capacity for spontaneous feeling”. Erich Fromm
    “of all peoples in an advanced stage of economic civilization Americans are least accessible to long views always and everywhere in a hurry to get rich they give no thought to remote consequences, they see only present advantages…americans do not remember, they do not feel: americans live in a materialist dream”. Moisede ostrogorski
    “americans are not at all happy–they feel themselves lacking in something. all the sensitiveness has dried up in americans…the crystallization of love is impossible in america…I admire their kind of happiness but I do not envy it; it is the happiness of a different and inferior species”. Stendhal
    “love has been reduced to romance in USA”. Horkheimer/Adorno
    “in america love is money and success…the double symbolism assigned to money by americans is considered paradoxical to Europeans”. Geoffrey Gorer

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