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USAF TO CLOSE THREE AIRBASES IN THE U.K. “SO WHAT?” YOU ...

This article comes from a regular reader here,Mr. K.L., and it's a little gem of confirmation of one of my "high octane speculations" from last year, though I didn't expect to see such early confirmation of it. The United States Air Force is shutting down three of its airbases in the United Kingdom. You might be inclined to say, "so what? This isn't big news..." Or is it? Here's the story from the BBC, along with a subtle indicator of what it might all be about:

USAF to pull out of airbases at Mildenhall, Alconbury and Molesworth,

Now, this story we blogged about last year. Ostensibly, the United States began to shut down smaller bases in western Europe in an effort to "save money":

"US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Americans will leave RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and RAF Alconbury and RAF Molesworth in Cambridgeshire."

"The move is part of a programme to save £320m ($500m) a year across Europe. The USAF lease the RAF bases."

Now, for those of you who remember then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's appearance at a press conference one day before 9/11, complaining that the Pentagon couldn't find a mere $2,000,000,000,000 and that this was all a dangerous sign of Pentagon waste and mismanagement, closing three bases to save a mere $500,000,000 is pocket change. Last year, I blogged about a similar story as the US military was shutting down a few smaller bases in the Netherlands and Germany, again to save amounts of money that are mere pocket change. That's the cover story.

So what might really be going on?

Well, here comes my high octane speculation, courtesy of a few subtle statements in the BBC article(and the BBC is, as we know, if not anything else, always subtle):

"The USAF KC-135 tanker fleet based at Mildenhall will be moved to Germany.

"RAF Lakenheath, with two squadrons of new F-35 jets (48 of them) arriving by 2020, will be the aircraft's only European base.

"The Pentagon said the loss of about 2,000 US military and civilian personnel is due to relocation away from Mildenhall, but will be offset by the addition of about 1,200 people stationed permanently at Lakenheath."

What caught my eye here was the mention of the shifting eastwards of the USAF's mid-air refueling tankers to Germany. This to my mind confirms a pattern that I thought might emerge in coming years, though I certainly didn't suspect that it would come so quickly, namely, that the US military would close many bases in western Europe,  in the name of "cost cutting", and shift bases to eastern Europe, in response to Eastern European calls for protection in the face of the "threat" posed by Mr. Putin's "aggressive" Russia.  The strategy here seems simple enough, if risky. By pulling out of western Europe, and transferring functions and bases eastward, the US can play to those always-present European sentiments and popular opinion that resents the US military presence, and the quiet but nonetheless quite real vassal status that it creates. By basing eastward in Eastern Europe, the US appears to be taking up the mantle of the France of the interwar period, guaranteeing a cordon sanitaire between western Europe and Russia. By doing so, it places military assets in areas that can quickly deploy, if necessary, even further eastward in support of military operations, and that can also interdict any trade, or energy, flows between western Europe and Russia. In other words, it is an even more effective method of keeping western Europe firmly under the American thumb while forward basing to "deal" with Russia. But it is, obviously a risky strategy as well, for it places American military bases and assets between the sizable European militaries, and Russia.

And the key, here as always in European geopolitics, is Germany. It is, to my mind anyway, clear that the US means to continue a military presence in Germany if for no other reason than to secure that nation's continuing "compliance" to Washington's wishes, and hence the continuation of military bases there. Without Germany, that old Versailles-era of a cordon sanitaire is unworkable and untenable. The real game here, in other words, has nothing whatsoever to do with cost cutting, and everything to do with geopolitics, and it's also a sign, for those willing to read the tea leaves a bit, that the US is increasingly worried about the direction western Europe might take.

As if to underscore this analysis, consider the following statements of the German Vice-Chancellor and Economy and Energy Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, that you probably didn't see on SeeBS, Faux News, the BBC, CBC, or whatever local propaganda organ you may be subject to:

More Russia sanctions to provoke ‘dangerous situation’ in Europe – German vice-chancellor

Watch this one, for it's a subtle story, and one that, I suspect, now that the process is under way in a major way, that we'll be seeing more of this year.

See you on the flip side...

(My thanks to Mr. E.O. for finding and sharing the RT article about the German Vice-Chancellor.)

26 thoughts on “ USAF TO CLOSE THREE AIRBASES IN THE U.K. “SO WHAT?” YOU ...”

  1. Nato now changes traditional posture from defensive to offensive and moves military assets eastward,,, surprise , surprise, surprise as Polachchenko runs towards Russia screaming “citizens arreast, citizens arreast, citizens arreast.

  2. In my (always humble) opinion, Josepf Farrel is quite correct.
    What USA is forgetting or does not want to know is that Eastern Europe might one day be as fed up with the US’ occupation of their lands as they were of the same by USSR… and then what? As for Germany, Frau Merkel is in a very non-enviable position… but with her doctor in quantum chemistry and years upbringing in Eastern Germany and now years in politics in Western Germany.. she has it probably all figured out… how to get what she wants for Germany – one thing is to pay lib service and say “Yes Sir” to the USA… another one is what is actually DONE.

  3. So is there a party in Germany or leader who will adopt the “Troops OUT, Gold BACK” slogan for the next election?

    Bismark was right. If Germany and Russia are allies there is no war possible in central Europe.

    So are the Germans going to allow themselves to be used once again in a “liberation” of eastern Europe so the USA can rule and exploit it?

    1. It’s likely that Russia in fact wants some limited US troop presence in east Europe.

      And for overlapping reasons so do Poland and the Czechs.

      Not one of those three states wants to see an unrestrained Germany in the middle of Europe.

  4. U.S. BUSH/ROTTEN-CHILD CABAL REARRANGING DECK CHAIRS ON THE ‘USS DONALD COOKED’

    Closing three USAF bases in UK is part of a larger program. See “US Military to Close 15 Bases in Europe” at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-30731926. China & others will no longer fund U.S. fun. Benny & penny pinched.

    The U.S. Bush/Rotten-Child cabal is losing in Ukraine & is losing World War 3 (begun 9/11/01). BRICS & 150+ quasi-covertly-aligned nations are winning & will soon roll out new global banking & monetary systems to fully develop cheap energy, now-abundant resources & more-than-adequate infrastructure. Then: Game, Set, Match.

    Two days before the Paris Terror Ploy (“PTP”), French Prez Hollande announced: ‘Sanctions against Russia must end.’ So, the cabal PTB rolled out “PTP” — a False-Flag French Fiasco. Payback is a pitch (a PsyOp pitch).

    Three days before AirAsia 8501, during golf, U.S. Prez O’Boy asked the Malay PM to borrow money & to cede power to Bush/Rotten-Child lackey Anwar. After PM’s “Nay,” Malays flooded lay & Malay AA waylaid. Cabal payback was a triple pitch (370, 17 & 8501). Winning now easy — PsyOp pitches now often too easy to thump & trump.

    One day before MH17 downed in Ukraine, BRICS summiteers announced new BRICS Development Bank. Screw-the-EU Neo-Con/Cheney bitchy ‘Vichy Newland’ then coordinated an Azerbaijan-based AWACS jet to do targeting for a Romania-based Ukraine-AF-painted MiG or SU to fillet Malay malaise again – MH370 Malaysia-view all over. Most know that Russia & rebels played no role. Blaming Ukraine is a limited hang-out ploy – to stir the Ruskie/Ukie pot.

    Days after Malays waylaid Trans-Pacific Partnership, MH370 was e-hacked, e-stealthed & e-piloted past D-Garcia & Sri Lanka (below most radars), then disappeared — by Bush/RC-loyal, old-Maoist military — not the U.S.(?)

    Rats’ cabal is desperate. Cornered rats do stupid stuff. Thus 370, 17, 8501, “PTP” etc. Germany next? To show the rats that Russia can out-play the ploy-full cabal, Putin ‘Cooked’ the Aegis-class USS ‘Donald Duck.’

    We’re seeing final sails & sales of the cabal. Cabal-initiated Communism is sunk. Cannibal-style Capitalism is sinking. PsyOp pitches & deck-chair-rearranging bitches won’t float a boat. There’s a new kid on deck. Salud!

    1. T.J., I like your “Rant-News” article. I just want to say that it’s funny how the whole world is dancing around the campfire of a fiat-monetary system(based on nothing but paper) and your ‘article’ of sorts here brings this to mind. The madness going on from the folks who print the money? It’s just simply incredible! It’s a Black-Comedy with 99% of the stagecrew being forced at gunpoint to keep reciting their lines. What a farce, ain’t it?

  5. But the USAF are relocating these closed base assets to another base in the UK and to Germany, not the eastern european banana republics.

  6. What I’d like to know is, how much does the US “pay” the UK, and Germany, for the privilege to have thousands of troops and jet fighters and bombers on their soil? I’m sure the US tax payer would like to know tooooo. So moving the deck chairs on the Titanic will save Germany and most of Europe from those naughty Russians from invading. What is it that politicians don’t understand about wars? the politicians start the war, then they ask the guy in the street to go and fight it. It’s the same old game plan, the same ol’ kill the bad guy, I guess they have forgotten WW1 & WW2. What they should do is sit some of these world leaders down and show them some footage from these two blood creating wars, but alas, they would shrug ask for cartoons.

    1. Having watched the Sibel Edmonds Gladio (A and B) discussions (thanks to this website), I can not help but agree COMPLETELY. It is time for the collective us to put our taxes in an escrow account and insist that the USSA doesn’t get a dime until they stop the charade. We aren’t falling for the false flags and we aren’t sending our best into “battle” (to die) for their ruse… and then I woke up. Whoever “they” really are, I am afraid we are surrounded.

      According to Sibel, even the Russian threat is part of the theatre… not that it isn’t a deadly program, but then, who counts those bodies anyway?

      1. I agree that we’re surrounded, but I’m always hoping there are a few who question the voices of their ‘superiors.’
        The poor French felt the same way, but then they found themselves being liberated during the French Revolution.
        I only hope we don’t have another American Revolution or Civil War, with the high-price of our own blood being spilled. Especially to continue the benefit of the Bankster-Gangters or some other Corporatocracy.
        Only through the hopeful (but farfetched) lenses of the quiet revolution happening in the on-going (but never reported-on) “Occupy Free Energy” movements, can I perceive a sort of turn-around. Gandhi took his pacifist stance from Leo Tolstoy’s book, “The Kingdom Of Heaven Is Within You” and was also a friend of Leo’s. This scenario of India rejecting Imperial Britain could happen again in much the same way…and the Free Energy Movement (in it’s various street-level forms) gives me something to look forward to, with that in mind.
        Call me overly-optimistic, but there has to be these other “hidden agendas” (of the people who are in the know) in a society. Dr. Farrell’s books have helped promote a good deal of that healthy outlook, despite the dystopian nature of the geopolitics he has to address.

        1. I meant to say ‘these other “hidden agendas” (of the STREET People, who are in the know.
          Sorry about that.
          It almost sounded like I was rooting for the
          Bad Guys.

  7. So it appears MIC@FedGov.Inc has decided to point it’s overt forces at Russia and it’s covert forces at France. This has been going on for a long time. The wave of terror that went thru Europe in the late Cold War period had CIA finger prints on it as well. Western Europe will now suffer ever increasing loss of personal freedom in the name of security. Watch for the same to come to the US.. or should I say, it will attempt to come to the US.

  8. If the CSA was truthful about saving money they would start by dismantling their military bases around the World. Instead they moving their European garrisons closer to the Russian borders and trying to intimate China in the east as well more destabilization spreading instead no thought of the consequences of these actions to the World peace just lining their pockets war profiting.

  9. Robert Barricklow

    Germany’s got to be going insane to have been kept for so long under Sam’s thumb. She’s got to be dog-tired of dancing with the devil & doing his bidding; no matter what kind of charades are masking their tortuous mask.

  10. “Those who are seeking to even more destabilize Russia from the economic and political point of view are pursuing quite different goals.”

    Why yes they are: they’re still attempting to play both sides against the middle, as they have for 150 years or more. Germany sees that it, and the rest of Europe, are being kept busy worrying about a fight between the ‘superpowers’ so that, while they’re walking that tightrope, no one can amass more power than the US. At what point will Germany decide it has had enough of being a catspaw and take action?

    1. I think as soon as it can ensure some catastrophe won’t befall it’s country Germany will make a move. All these countries that want to pull away from NATO are also going to need serious infrastructure in place for both public services such as food, water, and resources in addition to a covert intelligence apparatus that are all inaccessible and unknown to the US.

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