Things your government is doing to antagonize other countries:
Some of us here stateside don’t know that our government is a provocative bully and trouble-maker, on the world scene, engaged in things that I would consider to be insidious saber-rattling.
- Doing close surveillance of China. From RT News, the following:
The latest dispute between the China and the US began last week when a Chinese fighter jet intercepted a US Navy P-8 Poseidon anti-submarine reconnaissance plane. US military officials said the Chinese aircraft made several close passes, coming at one point within 10 meters of its plane, Reuters reported.
It said the Chinese jet performed a “barrel roll” maneuver above the Poseidon — a modified Boeing 737 — and flying across the front of the US aircraft apparently to demonstrate that it was armed.
China believes the US should take measures to avoid such incidences in the future.
“If the United States really hopes to avoid impacting bilateral relations, the best course of action is to reduce or halt close surveillance of China,” Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in a statement on the ministry’s website.
[Ashez] So, we are antagonizing China. What if Chinese planes were doing surveillance, very close to our air space here in the USA? It would be big news. In our media, nothing about this, (unless I am mistaken). But I do not think it was widely reported.
- While continually accusing Russia of a military buildup along the Russia-Ukraine border, our Pentagon has admitted that NATO and the US are actually building up military presence along Russia’s Border. The following is from RT News:
The Pentagon has confirmed the military buildup along Russia’s borders to ensure long-term “peace and stability” in the region. Earlier Moscow accused NATO of a sharp increase in air activity and intelligence flights in the border zone.
Link to article:
USA military tanks, APCs and Humvees, a large arsenal, have been seen traversing Latvia, less than 300 km from Russia’s border.
Armored vehicles are being shipped to Latvia, Estonia, and Poland, former Soviet states, all on Russia’s border. Over 150 US troops accompanied these, to remain there for some time to train their forces to use them.
[From RT:] Out of about 600 US Army troops of the 1st Cavalry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas, some 150 soldiers along with five M1A2 Abrams tanks, as well as 11 Bradley Fighting Vehicles were deployed in Adazi, not far from the Latvian capital, Riga. The rest of hardware and personnel went to Poland.
Until recently, the US had some 29,000 personnel permanently deployed in Germany, Italy and Belgium. Now their number is set to grow, as NATO member states have asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia.
The North Atlantic bloc has asked the Pentagon to send more troops to Eastern Europe to counter the perceived threat of Russia. There are currently 750 US soldiers in Poland and the Baltic states, but the organization believes that this is not enough.
[my note,(Ashez):] To say that “NATO is asking the Pentagon to do something” is like saying the USA asked the USA to do something, since NATO is nothing but an arm of the USA.
More from RT News:
Iron Sword 2014: NATO stages massive military drill in Lithuania
A very important article from late in 2014. Some exerpts:
2,500 servicemen from Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania, Luxemburg, the UK and the US are taking part in the Iron Sword 2014 military drill in Lithuania, November 2-14.
With NATO military exercises being conducted in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States on a regular basis, the US-led alliance continues to boost its military presence near Russian borders.
In March, the US deployed a dozen F-16 fighter jets and nearly 300 service personnel to Poland. The Polish defense ministry explained that this move was part of a training exercise in response to the crisis in neighboring Ukraine.
Simultaneously, four American F-15 fighter jets were deployed to Lithuania in response to “Russian aggression in Ukraine and increased military activity in Kaliningrad,” the Lithuanian Defense Ministry said.
In June, US European Command (EUCOM) announced that about 100 instructors are set to train spec ops teams in former Soviet bloc states to ‘message’ Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine.
In early September, following a NATO conference in Wales, the alliance shared plans to create a new rapid reaction force of at least 4,000 troops. It would be established in Eastern Europe, ready to be deployed within 48 hours.
Ashez: In an astonishingly provocative move, the USA recently paraded military vehicles through the streets of Europe, surprising and upsetting the population. The last time my friends, in The Czech Republic where I used to live, saw tanks in the street, it was during the failed revolution that was put down by Russia. At that time, these tanks terrorized the population, firing indiscriminately upon civilians. This move has been met with derision. It was a ridiculous show of force, obviously meant to threaten Russia.
US military convoy parades through Eastern Europe
Published time: March 22, 2015 05:18
A convoy of US military vehicles, mostly IAV Stryker APCs, is touring through Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic to Germany in a symbolic show of force and solidarity with Eastern European allies “that live closest to the Bear.”
US Stryker vehicles are typically transported by rail, but the decision to convoy them to Germany in the broad light of day for everyone to see is meant to demonstrate the presence of American and NATO force in the region.
Czech communists speaking out against the ride say it will only cause traffic jams and annoy locals. “We are facing questions about the extent to which our roads will be damaged,” the country’s Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky admitted on Czech television.
From RT News Mar.29:
Several hundred protesters gathered for an anti-NATO rally on Saturday in Prague, protesting against a US military convoy set to parade through the Czech Republic. The rally clashed with a pro-NATO demonstration held nearby.
US National Guard sends 12 F-15 interceptor jets to Europe to guard against Russia
Florida Air Guard is to deploy 12 F-15C jets and about 200 airmen to Europe as part of Washington’s military build-up, which it claims is necessary to protect European NATO members from ‘Russian aggression.’
On the ground, the US saber rattling comes in the form of dozens Stryker armored vehicles rolling across Europe and stopping at a new capital every night.
Ashez: These moves in Eastern Europe are meant to antagonize Russia, and, perhaps to prepare for the United State’s actual involvement in a war with Russia. Along with others, I have been warning of the possibility of a full-scale war breaking out between Russia and the USA, which could quickly escalate into a nuclear war. This is what our foolish Congressmen are playing with, trying to look ‘macho’, and tough, in foreign policy. The hidden motive is to make President Obama appear as being weak in foreign policy. And so the President will probably be pushed into supplying arms to the Ukrainians, against the wiser advice of all of the European leaders, who have much more experience at living with Russia in peace.
The supply of arms to Ukraine would make the USA an aggressor, and assume the responsibility for whatever is done with these arms, and how much control has anyone got over the Ukrainian troops? They are continually breaching the cease-fire even now. (The other side is as well, admittedly).
Consider how the USA would react, if Russia were parading military troops and heavy armory across our border with Canada, only miles from our border? Imagine them amassing on our border in Mexico, and then having the nerve to criticize the USA, if our troops moved in response? Then they could threaten us and accuse us of causing the problem, as we have done to the Russians in Ukraine.