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Cold War II?
Strengthening “Atlantic Resolve”

With Russia holding massive military drills as shows of force in sensitive places like Crimea and South Ossetia, and with Moscow’s bombers getting in the way of civilian airliners in Irish-controlled airspace, the West has decided to step up its response. Operation Atlantic Resolve, a mission to place NATO troops in countries on Europe’s eastern front as a way to deter further Russian aggression, looks to be ramping up. Defense News reports:

The US military’s plans to send troops into Romania and Bulgaria as a deterrence to Russian aggression could expand to include Hungary, the Czech Republic and Russia’s southern neighbor, Georgia, according to a US Army official spearheading the effort.

Exercises between US troops with Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, which began last April, will expand through the summer, said Col. Michael Foster, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vincenza, Italy. The exercises are part of the US Army Europe-led land force assurance training mission, known as Operation Atlantic Resolve — now expanded into “north” and “south” components.

“So by the end of the summer, you could very well see an operation that stretches from the Baltics all the way down to the Black Sea,” Foster said, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies here on Monday. “As you connect countries, there is almost a line of US troops.”

NATO is also expanding its naval presence in the Black Sea.

This is a welcome development, as far as it goes (though it might be nice if “NATO troops” didn’t simply mean “U.S. troops”), but it’s also an indicator of how sharply things have deteriorated because of Russia’s actions. It wasn’t so long ago that a candidate for President of the United States was roundly mocked by the press for calling Russia “our number one geopolitical foe.”

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  • wigwag

    “…though it might be nice if “NATO troops” didn’t simply mean U.S. troops…” (Via Meadia)

    Yep, thats the problem isn’t it?

    • Pete

      The is diminishing support in America for the U.S. military to be Europe’s defender.

      • Andrew Allison

        Except among the US military, which is happy to defend Europe at US taxpayer expense.

  • Corlyss

    What? We’re sending 2 contingents of human rights groups and humanitarian workers to wag fingers at the LGMs? These guys will end up like UN “observers” who sit around playing poker while the brazen continue their rampages because the ROEs prohibit them taking their one bullet out of their pockets.

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