Mês: julho 2018

NATO/OTAN

US Mulls Moving Forces from Germany to Poland   Alex Gorka Jul. 8, 2018   The US Defense Department is exploring the option of withdrawal or transfer of US forces from Germany to Poland. The Washington Post (WP) reported that the costs and implications are being analyzed. On July 5, the White House said it had no such plans but there is no smoke without fire, otherwise why should Poland make an offer to pay $2 billion for an American base on its soil and do it now? The US Air Force began flying unarmed MQ-9 Reaper drones from Miroslawiec Air Base, Poland, in May. “My statement on NATO being obsolete and disproportionately too expensive (and unfair) for the U.S. are now, finally, receiving plaudits,” Trump tweeted during his 2016 presidential campaign. He frequently expressed his frustration over the allies’ failure to abide by the unanimously agreed 2%-of-GDP defense-spending level. The WP report says President Donald Trump reportedly mulled the idea of full or partial withdrawal from Germany in early 2017. The president has recently sounded very critical of the German chancellor. He is frustrated with her position on a range of issues, including contribution into the NATO collective defense. Higher military spending is unpopular with German voters. The recent meeting of National Security Adviser John Bolton with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen was quite disappointing for the United States as it was made clear that no substantial increase of German defense expenditure is in sight. German...

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NATO wary with Trump days before he meets Putin   M. K. Bhadrakumar Jul. 9, 2018   The summit meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization this week – on Wednesday and Thursday – is a landmark event. It will be the first summit the alliance hosts in its new $1.2-billion headquarters in Haren district in Brussels. It ought to be a happy get-together. However, the event is becoming a somber occasion. The blame for this is being put squarely on the shoulders of President Donald Trump, who has questioned whether the US’ European allies spend 2% of their GDP on defense and making that a key issue of his security and defense agenda. The American think-tank German Marshall Fund of the United States said in a report last Thursday: “The big question is how the showdown will play out around the table when Trump raises the issue.” The think tank made an astonishing allegation: “Even greater damage could be done at the Trump-Putin meeting four days later [in Helsinki on July 16]. Among European Allies, but also in a staunchly Russia-critical U.S. Congress, suspicion about why the President wanted to meet with his [Russian] counterpart now is rampant. Observers are fearful that the notoriously unpredictable and diplomatically idiosyncratic Trump might sell out NATO security interests by agreeing to some deal with Putin … Should such fears prove justified, expect the European security...

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Poland Wants an American Garrison: Let Germany Do It!   Doug Bandow Jul. 9, 2018   For years American officials have variously demanded, urged, and begged European governments to increase military outlays. For years the Europeans have instead reduced their spending, manpower, and procurement. There has been a slight uptick in their defense efforts under President Donald Trump, but most NATO members, including large and important nations such as Germany, Italy, and Spain, aren’t coming close to meeting the official standard of spending 2 percent of their GDPs on defense. Now Poland, which fell just short of that level last year, is requesting that Washington establish a permanent base and garrison. Warsaw says it will kick in a couple billion dollars, while Washington can pick up the change on its way to confronting nuclear-armed Russia in a crisis. But instead of sticking America with yet another tab, it would make more sense for Poland to send its bill to Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for European leadership on defense. But her coalition partners won’t let the continent’s dominant nation and biggest economy meet its military obligations. The Germans should garrison their neighbor in return for the cash. The transatlantic alliance made sense when it was established in 1949. Western Europe was still recovering from World War II and Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union was a cautious predator. The...

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SI

Situação Internacional     Seg. 2 – CÚPULA TRUMP-PUTIN : QUEM TEM MEDO? : Ron Paul responde à pergunta quem tem medo da cúpula Trump-Putin: neoconservadores, a esquerda americana, Estados clientes da OTAN e a grande mídia (NYTimes, Reuters, WaPo…). O governo britânico está preocupado. O governo da Ucrânia também está. O presidente do think tank Atlantic Council, Peter Åslund, pensa que John Bolton já foi “capturado pelo Kremlin” só porque foi ao Kremlin para falar com Putin. Åslund é um “expert” sobre Rússia, assim como Zbigniew Brzezinski era um “expert” sobre Rússia. Brzezinski foi contra o encontro de Reagan com Gorbachev em 1985. Ainda que beligerante (warmonger), Reagan não o acatou. Presidentes não têm que acatar “experts”. Esses “experts” são contra os pacificadores. Sua expertise, ou seja, sua forma de vida, depende da existência de inimigos externos críveis e eles elegeram a Rússia o maior dos inimigos. Hillary Clinton fez sua campanha no front dos “experts“.  Trump fez sua campanha presidencial pelo engajamento com a Rússia e assim alvejou o cerne da razão de ser dos “experts”. Trump foi eleito. Ele tem, portanto, o mandato popular de promover a pacificação ainda que esteja rodeado de “experts”. Barack Obama também fez campanha pelo engajamento (reset) com a Rússia, foi eleito e até ganhou o Nobel por antecipação, mas seguiu na trincheira dos “experts“. E Trump, como será? . . .   Ter....

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Trump-Putin Summit

The Singapore-Helsinki Express   Israel Shamir Jul. 4, 2018   Helsinki after Singapore! The summit Trump-Putin will hopefully take place this month in the Finnish capital, after being delayed and delayed for ages. We had expected the two strong men to meet right away after Trump’s historic election, but the summit didn’t take place, for Trump had been besieged by Mueller’s Gestapo and accused of being a Russian agent. This frivolous accusation is still floated every time Trump is doing something sensible, but things changed with Trump-Kim summit, an event that grows in importance in perspective almost daily. Trump before Singapore and after Singapore are entirely different creatures, like a boy before and after his first kiss. Before, he was a Mr Big Mouth, a ruler of his own Twitter account and of preciously little beside it. After the summit, he became Prometheus Unbound, the regal President of the mighty US. By meeting Kim, he denied the wiseguys in the media and in the deep state; he refused to take their orders and did what he thought right. By meeting Putin he will turn his disobedience into full scale revolt. His adversaries, the Masters of Discourse, were alarmed by Kim summit and horrified by approaching Putin meet. Let us have a brief look at their reaction to Singapore. (Here you can find a lot more). The Senate Minority leader...

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