US Military Shuffle from Germany to Poland is Imminent

Mish

Trump is relocating 9500 US troop and lots of fighter planes from Germany to Poland.

Troop Movements on the German-Polish Border

In a tongue-in-cheek headline Eurointelligence reports Troop Movements on the German-Polish Border.

We couldn't quite resist this headline, but it looks that a relocation of 9500 US troops from Germany to Poland is imminent. 

Polish Media Details

  • a new contingent of US troops, some from Germany and some from the US;
  • a relocation of 30 F-16 US fighter planes from Germany to Poland;
  • the headquarters of the V corps of the US army to be moved from Fort Knox to Poland;
  • adding 5 C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, not clear whether this is a purchase or a relocation;
  • a deal on attack helicopters;
  • a bilateral defence co-operation act between the US and Poland.

Robert O’Brien, the White House national security adviser admits openly that this decision is linked to Germany's failure to meet the promise of raising defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2024, which is a Nato commitment. He writes that Germany is the world's fourth largest economy, yet spends only 1.4% of its GDP on defence. 

O'Brien also makes a link to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, and to Berlin's choice of 5G telecoms provider. If this goes to Huawei, as we expect it might, the relationship with the US is set to deteriorate further.

Trump Pulls Troops From Germany, It's a Good Start

On June 7 I commented Trump Pulls Troops From Germany, It's a Good Start.

No Start at All

I was mistaken. This is not a start, no troops are coming home. 

I am in favor of moving the troops, not from Germany to Poland, but from anywhere and everywhere back to the US. 

If the EU is concerned about Russia enough to have troops, let the EU fund the troops.

Trump Shuffleboard

Instead, of bringing the troops home, Trump is playing troop shuffleboard. 

The US cannot afford to be the world's policeman and should not try.

Phooey.

Mish

Comments (46)
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Tengen
Tengen

I hope people realize by now that the troops will never be ordered home, at least not willingly. If governments try to push us out the maximum we're willing to do is shift them to neighboring regions or countries, like we've done in Iraq, Syria, and now Germany.

The MIC is far too set in its ways to change, only collapse will alter this course of American empire. Neither Trump nor Biden will even attempt a change, let alone succeed.

njbr
njbr

More stories for low-info voters...

tokidoki
tokidoki

Supposedly a new Trump Tower will be built there.

Realist
Realist

After Trump fires Pompeo, he will release his book which will explain what personal quid pro quo Trump got in exchange.

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

Mish you are going to have to choose between the the rise of communist China and Russian Oligarchs or US trying to keep democratic institutions and countries safe. While I agree no system is perfect it is obvious Trump has been an abject failure in foreign policy and ceded way too much control by Russia and China. This is why the GOP from previous administrations is now lining up behind Biden. They know things are so bad right now even they are scared 4 more years of Trump will leave the US military more like that of the Russian or Chinese militaries who are political tools of the powers that be in those countries. The general that admitted he shouldn't have stood next to Trump in Lafayatte park was the first domino to fall. Now they are openly supporting Biden. Trump will call it a deep state conspiracy but the only thing separating us from China or Russia are our values, ideas and institutions.

sebmurray
sebmurray

Germany “only spends” 1.4% of GDP on defense - maybe that’s why they have nice things like good infrastructure and social services.

FromBrussels
FromBrussels

it is actually the US that drove Russia into China's arms after the failed, US' orchestrated coup in Ukraine and the subsequent unjustified sanctions when Russia merely defended its regional interests. ....and the spineless EU was armtwisted in playing along, reluctantly so....

Sechel
Sechel

Trump wants to destroy NATO. The Military, Senate and Congress do not. I think the policy is unwise. NATO has led to a more stable not less stable world. Very clear Russia will flex its muscle more. And ironically the closer you move troops toward Russia the more you alarm Moscow. Trump is making the world less safe and not more safe with such actions. And u.s. troops stationed in Germany have enabled the U.S. to respond globally faster. Lastly Poland concerns me. They're not proving the most stable Democracy.

We have an infrastructure in Germany. Splitting troops between two countries probably adds to costs as well.

1KoolKat
1KoolKat

The US must be involved around the world

  1. Article 6 clause 2 the US Constitution, Treaties are Supreme Law (Super Law)
    The US has treaty commitments with numerous countries around the world.

  2. The US is the only nuclear power that provides extended deterrence to over 20 nations (aka nuclear umbrella) in order to prevent nuclear proliferation.

Perhaps, there are other reasons like reserve currency status or some I don't know about. At any rate, unless things radically change (very possible) the US will not (or cannot) redraw from the world.

Webej
Webej

What's the point of having troops in Germany now that they can be moved closer to the front lines just off the borders of Russia? We've got to teach those Russians that Americans don't believe in borders.

njbr
njbr

As a lover of autocratic government, Trump is all in with Poland!

....this all radically changed in 2015 when a populist party PiS (Polish acronym for Law and Justice) won both the presidential and parliamentary elections. After its double victory the party began to dismantle all major checks and balances characteristic of the separation of powers in a democratic state. Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal, its regular courts including the Supreme Court, its National Council of the Judiciary, as well as its electoral commissions, civil service and public media have all been subordinated to the executive – single-handedly controlled by the party’s leader. In the process, political rights such as the freedom of assembly have been restricted, and the party has captured the entire state apparatus. The speed and depth of anti-democratic changes took many observers by surprise....

...Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.

Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia....

awc13
awc13

actually, if the goal is to leave troops in europe, moving them to poland makes a lot of sense and is a good move

dr smock
dr smock

Don't worry, we've got China to help us if anything happens. They have a standing army of 100 million. Ours is just 1 million.

Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

The cooperation between Germany and Russia is too close for comfort. World War 2 did not extinguish the desire by either one to take over Europe. By removing US troop from Germany on America's terms, the troops can remain in Europe to discourage another continental takeover.

Sechel
Sechel

what has Trump's solution? False cures( Hydroxy), less testing, claim the cure was worse than the disease and push the opening of bars, churches, nail salons , beauty parlors and beaches. Basically Trump's a snake oil salesman and large parts of the country bought what he was selling

1KoolKat
1KoolKat

Sorry about the grammatical errors I need to proof read what I write before pressing <SUBMIT>. Correction: the US will not (or cannot) withdraw from the world.


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