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I am writing my series on the world’s regions that could be the next fire point and helping people understand just why it is so…….
When Russia started flexing its muscle in Ukraine…..the US ran to prop up the governments of Poland the Baltic as a counter to the Russian Bear…..US poured arms and cash into the region…..and even had some "war games" with the different governments in a show of strength……
The Russians moved some long range missiles into the region but on Russian soil….and the world panicked…….the US swiftly started pour resources and assets into the Baltic…….again……..as a counter.
And I wonder (hence the word used in the title) just what is so important about the Baltic region……the map reference will illustrate why……its proximity to Russia soil is the best answer…..
A further explanation from the World Affairs Journal…….
In their haste has anyone in Washington asked…….. why the panic?
I mean the movement of assets around the country is nothing new…..the Russians have been doing this since the 1960’s….and yes we moved assets around also….again as a counter (there is that word again)…..
This whole scenario is starting to look like a game of chess or worse……. a game of Risk………
A journalist notes that the area is being "increasingly squeezed by Russian hardware," from "thousands of Russian troops and advanced weapons" from the west in Kaliningrad, and from the east via a large Russian airbase in Belarus (which, it now appears, may not even be built).
Pointing ambiguously to "an increasingly assertive Russia making land grabs in Ukraine [where?] and on the Black Sea [what?]" and to "menacing overflights of the Baltic Sea," the journalist emphasizes that "for Western military planners, ensuring access to the three Baltic states inside NATO is fundamental to any forward response to Russian aggression."
I am sorry but all this sounds like a contest of who has the biggest wanker….instead of preparing for war why not wipe it out and throw it on a table and just compare the sizes?
This is starting to sound like a ploy to inflate the defense budget when the vote comes….you know…the more adversaries we have…the more cash we will need….then Obama did what he promised……
As promised by the White House, President Obama has vetoed the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the $612 billion annual military funding bill. The argument centers around the bill’s use of Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) budget to bypass spending caps on domestic programs.
The House passed the NDAA 270-156, well short of the two-thirds majority needed to override a veto, and while there is likely to be some heavily politicking over the vote there, the recent failed battle to override a veto on blocking the Iran nuclear deal may have lobbyists a bit more gun-shy than usual about the matter.
Republicans had been threatening retaliation for the veto as well, with Sen. John McCain (R – AZ) vowing to block all civilian defense appointments through the rest of his term in office to punish Obama for the veto. For now, efforts to revise the bill are probably on hold in favor of efforts to must an override support.
Is this a new game in town…..fighting over military spending?
Will be interesting to see who wins this political game……..
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