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  1. Trump floats possible defense treaty days ahead of Israeli elections by Reuters Saturday, 14 September 2019 17:42 GMT By Alexandra Alper WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty between the two nations, a move that could bolster Netanyahu's re-election bid just days before Israelis go to the polls. "I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel,
  2. https://www.dw.com/en/us-threatens-to-withdraw-troops-from-germany/a-49959555I've said it before - something like relocating 2nd Cavalry Regiment to Poland would actually make military and political sense if you presumed that the NATO-Russia Founding Act has been invalided by Russian action, and probably affordable by Poland if they are supposed to pay for it. The same is not true for the huge logistics and C4ISR infrastructure and its sunk cost, which benefits global US interests at least as much as German security. You could do it of course, but it would be a multi-term process with exceedin
  3. Who would've thunk that Russian officials are cooking the numbers to please Putin?
  4. I foresee many useful applications of this idea in Russia. For example, before elections the government scientists can test (completely impartially) all the contenders and then provide results as to who is best suited to be an MP, governor, maybe even President.
  5. Shooter(s?) is apparently a white supremacist, aiming to kick of a race/culture war. Horrible, horrible.
  6. Fair enough - let's lease base space in SK and Poland, sufficient to host an ABM radar facility. I figure it's something like 300 men, tops? Or if we can't come to terms, I figure a rotating Aegis cruiser presence in the area will provide the same functionality at around ~$50 million/year (each). In the past, US has been fairly ruthless about closing down bases (both in US and oCONUS) which do not support ongoing force posture. With US getting out of Middle East (and probably not returning in the next decade or two), the question is - what exactly are those bases supporting? A few bat
  7. Personally, I think it's pretty fucking brilliant. It really puts the question to laggard NATO members - you can either pay for defense yourself, pay for Americans to protect you or say you don't need American assistance with defense. By a fortunate coincidence (or is it? hmmm) , most US bases are located in countries which fall well below the 2% threshold - Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy (UK being the largest exception). It also widens the question of EU defense from individual spending by each member to one where each members dereliction impacts everybody's security. After all the
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