According to reports in the Daily Express, the Independent and RT among others, the US has just landed the biggest shipment of military equipment since the Cold War at Bremerhaven in Germany as part of a NATO build-up.
The Express said hundreds of tanks had been off-loaded at the port and are now trundling across Europe to Poland.
The Indy ventured: ‘Some 3,500 troops from the 4th Infantry Division in Fort Carson, Colorado, will join up with the equipment, which includes 87 tanks and 144 Bradley fighting vehicles, over the next two weeks.’
NATO exercise on Russian border
The military build-up is part of a NATO sabre-rattling exercise to be held later this month on the Russian border.
The MainStreamMedia line is typified by what has been written in the Daily Express: The exercise ‘comes amid growing fears that war-hungry Russian president Vladimir Putin could trigger an all-out global conflict’.
In reality, the President of the Russian Federation is far too pragmatic to fall into the trap. Witness his refusal to respond when President Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats in the row over ‘the hack that never was‘. Western diplomats are well aware that Russia is only interested in defending its own people, spheres of influence, bases and allies. They must know Mr Putin has little ambition to recover old Soviet Union assets.
What is the real reason?
So what might be the real reason for the military build-up? These ideas may not be mutually-exclusive:
1 President Obama, in the short time he has left, is trying to ‘poison the well’ of relations between President Putin and President-elect Trump. He gambles that Trump will not wish to appear ‘weak’ by bringing all the kit back home and that therefore Putin will remain in a cross mood.
2 The myth of a ‘war-hungry’ President Putin is useful for NATO chiefs and their pals in the armaments industry in order to keep up defence spending.
3 Some military people have not yet adjusted to the end of the Cold War.
4 George Orwell’s prediction that governments would use wars and rumours of wars in order to distract the population from focusing on domestic problems is coming true in our lifetime.
5 President Obama is incandescent at the Syrian Government’s recovery of eastern Aleppo, the strengthening of President Assad’s position and the vanishing likelihood of ‘regime change’ in Syria.
John Kerry still irritated by UK vote
To bolster the last idea, outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry last week expressed irritation at the vote in the House of Commons in 2013 against military action in Syria. He blamed it for President Obama’s lack of action against President Assad and the latter’s subsequent military successes.
Mr Kerry said: “Now, we were marching towards that time when, lo and behold… Prime Minister David Cameron went to the parliament… and he sought a vote for approval for him to join in the action that we were going to engage in. And guess what, the parliament voted no, they shot him down.”
Mr Kerry described how MPs’ 285 to 272 vote against joining American-led airstrikes led to the demands from the US Congress for its own vote on action. It is good to be reminded of how great an answer to prayer was that historic vote in August 2013. The link above shows how your MP voted.
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