Not since 1941 has a potential adversary posted troops along Russia's western border but that's exactly what NATO is planning for later this summer. This dramatic escalation of The New Cold War is an extremely dangerous development. Please be sure to listen to this week's update from Batchelor and Cohen.
Here are the notes from Mr. Batchelor's site on this provocative new move by NATO:
“…We will agree to deploy by rotation four robust multinational battalions in the Baltic states and in #Poland,” said the Secretary General. He underlined that these battalions are part of a much bigger shift in NATO’s defence and deterrence posture, including a larger #NATO Response Force, a new Spearhead Force and 8 new small headquarters in the eastern part of the Alliance. “All together this strikes the right balance between a greater ability to reinforce, and boost our forward presence,” he added.
NATO has also taken action to ensure that Allied troops can move faster across Europe, for exercises or reinforcements, if needed. “Last month, the Spearhead Force conducted an exercise which showed how far we have come. One thousand troops and four hundred military vehicles moved from #Spain to #Poland within four days,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. He stressed that NATO will continue to work to improve freedom of movement for Allied troops and equipment, because speed can make the difference when a crisis emerges.
The Secretary General underscored that Allies must spend more on defence to sustain this shift in NATO’s defence posture. He highlighted that, following a long decline in defence spending, 2015 was the first year after many when the Alliance registered a small increase in defence spending. “Our estimates for 2016 show a further increase,” said Mr. Stoltenberg. The annual real change stands at around 1.5 percent, an increase of over 3 billion dollars, with twenty Allies planning to spend more on defence in real terms this year. “So this is real progress. After many years of going in the wrong direction, we are starting to go into the right direction,” he said.
See more here: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_132275.htm
We are all indebted to John and Steve for their tireless commitment to sharing this information. They've been at it for 30 months now...diligently chronicling the escalating New Cold War each and every Tuesday and, without their efforts, we'd all be deep in the dark regarding the true nature of the situation.
Pray for peace, de-escalation and that one day cooler heads may prevail.