Two items from today’s newspapers, the first from the New York Times:
In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say.
The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have caused alarm and prompted new military planning in NATO capitals.
And, from the Wall Street Journal:
NATO defense ministers will gather Wednesday facing a challenge they have not confronted since the end of the Cold War: vocal nuclear threats from an assertive Kremlin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week he’s adding 40 inter-continental ballistic missiles to Russia’s arsenal. Moscow has incorporated nuclear components into its recent military exercises, and it has increased flights of nuclear-capable bombers. Russia’s leaders in recent months have repeatedly cited the country’s nuclear capabilities.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is struggling to respond without further stirring up the landscape.
Barack Obama to Mitt Romney, October 22, 2012, denying that Russia is a geopolitical threat: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because the Cold War has been over for twenty years.”