Monday, November 14, 2016

Slow walking into the Ukrainian conflict thru multinational training groups...

Pics via US Army Europe Flickr Page.

Units involved- US Army 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division & Ukrainian Army  1st Battalion, 80th Airmobile Brigade

so now we're riding side saddle on BTR's?  maybe a better idea would be to have allies that actually operate the host countries equipment do the training instead of the trainers being trained by the people that are suppose to be trained?!!?!?!?!?!

Two things.  First.  Will someone tell me the threat that Russia's Army poses to Europe?  Something stupid happened in Ukraine and we all got a glimpse of the games being played by the US State Dept and Russians.  No one is without dirty hands in that affair.  But even with the Russians annexing a portion of the basket case that is Ukraine I don't see a wider conflict being inevitable.  Additionally even if you could properly make a case for why we should be willing to spend lives and treasure defending Ukraine, I could easily make the case that the time for action has long passed.

Second.  Is it just me or do we use the excuse of training missions to slow walk ourselves into either wars or major commitments that cost us more than they're worth.  Do you remember when the "training mission" meme was first used in the modern era?  Yeah.  It was used in Vietnam.  Fast forward to the end of 2016 and they're still rolling out that old chestnut.

I would pay good money for a decisive foreign policy that makes a decision and acts promptly on it.  We're seeing too many half measures and its costing us what remains of our prestige globally.

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