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Obsolete Weapons for Obsolete NATO

Written by Gary North on November 26, 2014

Not many Americans know that NATO was the first defense treaty the United States entered after the annulment of the 1778 treaty with France back in 1800. NATO is part of the post-war New World Order.

NATO has no military function today. It has an “annoy the Russians” function, which keeps Putin in power.

At the center of NATO is an obsolete technology, the tank. The tank was invented a century ago. It was designed to break through World War I’s trenches. It was an anti-machine gun weapon.

The last strategist to rely on tanks was Saddam Hussein. American fighter planes destroyed most of them. American tanks destroyed the rest. The war was won in the air. Here, American strategy is dominant.

All that Putin needs to do to win a war in Europe is to turn off the flow of natural gas in January. The European economy would collapse.

The USA has 29,000 troops in Germany, Italy, and Belgium. Why? To justify the production of tanks.

In order to support the defense industry’s continued production of an obsolete weapon, we need tanks. We need to use up tanks. We need to replace used-up tanks.

With this as background, we read this.

The US Army plans to deploy about 150 tanks and armoured vehicles to NATO countries next year and some of the heavy armour may be stationed in Eastern Europe, a top American general said on Tuesday.

The move is part of a US effort dubbed Operation Atlantic Resolve in the Baltic states and Poland to reassure allies anxious about a resurgent Russia, with American troops deploying for several months at a time to conduct joint exercises.

Nearly 50 armoured vehicles are already in place and another 100 M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles will be “pre-positioned” in Germany and possibly elsewhere for the US troops conducting drills with NATO partners, Lieutenant General Ben Hodges said in a phone interview from Estonia.

“The troops will come over and train, and they’ll go back. The equipment will stay behind,” Hodges said.

The arrangement was “a lot cheaper” than transporting tanks across the Atlantic and more efficient for the training mission, the general said.

Hodges said he would soon make a recommendation on whether to store some of the tanks and armoured vehicles among NATO’s eastern members.

“I’m going to look at options that would include distributing this equipment in smaller sets, company-size or battalion-size, perhaps in the Baltics, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, places like that,” he said.

The United States has about 29,000 forces permanently stationed in Germany, Italy and Belgium but has stepped up temporary deployments of troops for training and exercises designed to send a signal to Russia and NATO partners.

The exercises are meant “to provide assurance to those allies that are closest to the threat”, the general said.

The military-industrial complex is alive and well.

The federal budget deficit is, too.

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