New NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg boasted, “Next year, at the ministerial meeting, we’ll take decisions regarding the so-called spearhead but, even before we establish it, NATO has a strong army after all. These capabilities already exist. We have them, and we can deploy them in individual regions. This is only an add-on to what the alliance already has”. Sounds impressive, huh… don’t get excited… it’s only a matter of several thousand troops, equal to a single brigade. Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian Prime Minister (a rather bellicose rightwing Labour Party member… an equal of Chilly Hilly in the USA) is blowing smoke out of his ass, no doubt to please the American neocon bosses of NATO. Reuters trumpeted last month that the USA transferred 20 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks and about 700 soldiers (with Bradley MICVs and Stryker light AFVs… the latter are lightly-armoured POS jokes that one can cut to pieces with a light autocannon or even an old WW-II-vintage anti-tank rifle) to the Baltic States. Again, this is bullshit. 20 tanks is only 2 tank companies (10 tanks per company, 3 per platoon)… although Bradleys are fully capable MICVs, Strykers are lightly-armoured crapola AFVs only fit to fight in low-level COIN operations in the Third World. This is a force equal to an understrength battalion task force (there was no talk of artillery or helicopter support units). Russia’s supposed to be scared of such a deployment?!? It’s nothing but a tripwire force… if the Russians attacked, the USA would respond with tactical nukes. NATO admits that it’s an aggressor… it no longer serves a defensive purpose (if it ever did), a notional purpose that lapsed with the fall of the USSR in 1991. Remember what US Secretary of State James Baker said to Gorbachyov… that if the Soviets allowed the DDR and BRD to unify as a single state, NATO wouldn’t move “one inch” further east. Furthermore, Jack Matlock, the US ambassador to the USSR at the time, went on record as stating that the USA gave Moscow a “clear commitment” on NATO’s pledge not to expand further in Russia’s direction.
There are liars afoot… they’re NOT in Moscow…