US BASE CLOSURES IN EUROPE: SOME HIGH OCTANE SPECULATIONS
The USA is scheduled to close a number of minor bases in western Europe, according to an article in RT, including Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Germany. And this provokes some high octane speculation:
Pentagon to shutdown over 20 facilities across Europe
Here are the portions that concern today's installment of "high octane speculation":
"The US military announced Friday it was closing down 21 military facilities in half a dozen countries across Europe, a move the Pentagon said would trim $60 million in fat annually.
"The closures, however, will not affect US troop strength on the continent because they are comprised mostly of recreational and housing facilities at American and NATO military bases across Europe.
"According to the Defense Department, the facilities heading for closure include 'a skeet shooting range, a hotel and a golf course,' as well as 'some munitions storage facilities.'
"'This is about making sure we have the right footprint, the right posture, and frankly that we're spending taxpayer dollars the right way in Europe,' Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said at a press briefing Friday.
"The shutdowns are scheduled to occur in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Greece, the United Kingdom, and Belgium, Kirby said, adding that 'more would follow.'"(Emphases in the original)
Now, a mere $60,000,000 in a defense budget of $640,000,000,000 is mere pocket change:
"In 2013, the United States spent on its global military machine $640 billion, which surpasses that of the next eight military powers (China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, India)."
So why all the fuss over closures of minor bases?
What I suspect may be taking place is this: there is serious popular blowback in Europe not only against American heavy-handedness in the Ukraine, but against the EU itself. And given the fact that both France and the UK are thermonuclear powers (and probably Germany too, in a quiet covert sort of way, as I have indicated in previous blogs), there really is no real defense need for those US bases in those countries. But with US reassurances to the nations of Eastern Europe - Romania, the Baltic States, and Poland - and the effort to mount pressure against Russia, we may be looking at the first phases of an American "pivot" to Eastern Europe. Already Poland has requested the presence of American troops in that country, and the USA has complied. In other words, we may be looking at the reemergence of an American version of the post-Versailles cordon sanitaire in Eastern Europe, with the opening of actual American military bases in those countries.
To put it in a nutshell, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, are perfectly capably of defending themselves. Watch for those bases to be gradually downgraded if not completely closed, while US military commitments to Eastern Europe increase.
See you on the flip side....
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Seems some others are getting on your high octane bandwagon:
so where does the “CIA” base (as referred to by the locals) on the outskirts of Calw in the northern Black Forest fit into this concept?-
let me guess: it’s too close to Switzerland (as in “banking system”) so I bet this base (probably with underground tentacles into Basel/Zürich) will be one of last bases (if ever) closed-
“To put it in a nutshell, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, are perfectly capably of defending themselves”. Well against WHO?
The MSM have been beating the “Russia will invade” meme and it’s those nasty Ruskies at it again. Anyone with half a brain knows that Russia has no intention to invade anybody, why, no need.
Russia is perfectly happy to sit on it’s hands and do nothing but make it’s country economically sound and extend trading links with more countries who want the same. It’s no wonder, behind closed doors, that the EU must be smarting about having to “go along” with the sanctions the US has announced. Well time will tell and closing some toilet blocks and other minor “fun things” to do will put a dent in the US military budget. It’s astounds me that senior US military officials get on the soap box and blert out these “we are the greatest”, echoing politicians rhetoric.
The USA has become Chaos r Us, loan sharks r us, merchants of death, bad seed murders genocide is its biggest sexual turn on. Damn the world I what to kill everybody America nation of the damned how the mighty have fallen.
Quite right Joseph. This military west east move has been going on gradually in Europe the last 20 years.
Gee, if it wasn’t for NATO. Europe could not have had the Social Welfare / Health Care system they’ve enjoyed. We fit the bill and they reaped the rewards.. So, Joe 6-Pack has paid for the MIC and Europe’s medical system too. The enmity that our 150 + bases across the World brings us is quite significant.. This is just the beginning. The AngloSphere is the new Axis. If we didn’t invade a place, we sold it bogus debt based equities and destroyed them financially.