Jill Biden: We’re Bringing Love From America’

 

This should cheer the cockles of Putin’s heart. Good to set the tone for Biden’s European debut on the world’s stage for the first time as President. Letting the NATO folks slide on their “fair share” dues because we feel the love again, as well as pushing the Climate change nonsense will be on the docket. But if we wondered who was wearing the pants and pulling Joe’s strings wonder no more.

The first lady said she wanted people to “feel a sense of unity for all the countries and feel a sense of hope after this year of the pandemic.” So she went for the classy look with the oh so chichi look. Rock on Jill. That’s Dr. Jill to us.

 

 

Setting the stage for the priorities for the big meeting. No kidding!! The Pentagon told him.

Biden: “global warming” is the greatest threat to America

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Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., asked Milley about Biden’s comments about global warming being America’s greatest threat.

Milley replied that climate change has had a significant effect on military operations that must be considered.

“Climate change is going to impact natural resources, for example,” he said. “It’s going to impact increased instability in various parts of the world. It’s going to impact migrations, and so on.”

He said there is no difference of opinion between himself and Biden when it comes to taking climate change as a serious threat.

“The president is looking at [potential threats] at a much broader angle than I am,” Milley said. “I’m looking at it from a strictly military standpoint and, from a strictly military standpoint, I’m putting China and Russia up there. That is not, however, in conflict with the acknowledgment that climate change, or infrastructure, or education systems — national security has a broad angle to it.”  Read more

Milley just trying to clean up a bit of Joe’s mess. Why yes, China and Russia are up there. Whew!

How about our VP? Still trying to figure out that visit the Mexico border thingy-

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NATO: Not Worth the Cost

NATO: Not Worth the Cost

by Mustang
 
President Trump has made an issue of the fact that the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) does not pay its fair share for what it takes to maintain the alliance, and never has.  It is obvious that Mr. Trump is correct in his assessment, but I wonder if there isn’t a greater issue that he hasn’t addressed.
 

Recently built $1.3 Billion headquarters

NATO is an alliance involving 29 North American and European countries; it is a system of collective defense whereby its independent member states agree to mutually defend one another in the event of an attack by any other external party. 

The effort began in 1947 as the Treaty of Dunkirk, a mutual assistance arrangement between the United Kingdom and France.

In 1948, the alliance was expanded to include the Benelux countries and was then known as the Western Union or the Brussels Treaty Organization.  The alliance was expanded again in 1949 to include the United States, Canada, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland.  NATO was a paper tiger until the Korean War, which by the mid-1950s provided an impetus for member nations to develop contingency plans and “standardize” military armaments/equipment.

There were no NATO operations during the Cold War, but excluding the United States, there were always doubts about the ability of member states to contribute a viable military force structure in defense of Europe.  There was always a question about the probability that member states would hold up their end of the Article Five agreement, particularly in response to aggression by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).

The Warsaw Pact arrangement collapsed in 1991 —along with the Soviet Union, which was the entire reason for the existence of NATO.  And, that being the case, one must question why NATO continues to exist.  Rather than disbanding NATO, which is what should have happened, NATO members began a strategic re-evaluation of NATO’s purpose —which I view as any combination of contingencies to justify maintaining that which has never justified its costs.

This, then, is the question: since NATO has never been a good deal for any of its member states, particularly for the United States in terms of its costs, why do we continue to fund it?

In terms of weaponry, which is the essential element in defeating an enemy, European members of NATO insisted that the United States change its armaments, at a tremendous cost to the American taxpayer. 

These were decisions that placed US combat troops in peril.  Of particular note, NATO standardization required that the United States to replace its time-proven .45 caliber pistol with 9 mm handguns —a weapon that was so ineffective that US infantry training schools began teaching their students that in order to have its greatest effect, they must shoot an enemy target twice.

Similarly, the United States was forced to replace its .30 caliber, M-1 and 7.62 mm M-14 rifles with 5.56 mm (.22 caliber) M-16s.  In Iraq, US and coalition forces using 5.56 mm rifles were overwhelmed by the enemy’s 7.62 mm AK-47’s.  This is not an issue about battlefield toys; it is about the survivability of US combat troops in a lethal environment.  But NATO did more than cost the United States more money in armaments.  NATO also caused conflict where none had previously existed.

Beyond the foregoing, Article 5 (mutual defense) is not worth the paper it is written on.  No member state is obligated to render aid to another because no state commit its national treasury to war simply because of some obscure agreement signed in 1949 that most members states avoid paying for.

NATO is a cold war relic —one that the United States should scrap.  The world may have changed since 1949, but NATO hasn’t.  It was at the beginning, and continues now, as an unnecessary drain on the US treasury and the American taxpayer.

 

NATO Defense Expenditure – click to enlarge.
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Trump takes Macron to task over NATO- NATO Defense Expenditure chart

Despite all of the chaos and controversy, Trump’s demands have resulted in more countries sharing NATO’s financial burden. In 2017, five countries met the goal of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense and that has now increased to nine according to the alliance’s latest budgetary data.

The U.S. is set to spend over $730 billion on its military this year and it’s joined above the 2 percent threshold by Bulgaria (3.25 percent), Greece (2.28 percent), the United Kingdom (2.14 percent), Estonia (2.14 percent), Romania (2.04 percent), Lithuania (2.03 percent), Latvia (2.01 percent) and Poland (2 percent).

Despite the improvement, Trump still isn’t happy with spending levels and before he left for London, he reiterated his views that the U.S. is contributing too much, calling other alliance members “delinquent”. America’s allies fear the president’s stance could pose a threat to NATO’s survival and in September, then National Security Advisor John Bolton said that Trump could take America “full isolationist” if he wins a second term next November.

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The time has come for others to do the heavy lifting in Europe and elsewhere. As if that is not enough, Europe refuses to take back their ISIS fighters retained in Syria. No doubt they figure we will take care of that as well. Good for Trump. His reward is to have the Democrats run their impeachment circus today.

For full size chart go to Statista

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Trump And Macron Hold Tense Meeting At NATO Summit 2019: ‘Let’s Be Serious’

This is a short clip of the Macron meeting. The full twenty minutes or so video is out there and well worth it. First time probably ever we see how the sausage is made in real time. Trump does not spare Macron.

Other than that all is well in the swamp.

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Joe Biden goes to Europe and blasts America – Calls the U.S. an ’embarrassment’

 

Joe Biden makes the requisite European “Trash America First” trump speech, in Europe of course, before he makes if official. Yes, Joe is running.

Joe Biden spoke at the NATO Munich Security Conference on Saturday and called the United States an “embarrassment.”

Yes. Thats the headline.

He spouts a litany of American offenses. He thinks that the U.S. can compete without any restrictions. Sure. Better yet, his full-throated support of NATO in all its glory, no doubt while America is footing the bill here there and everywhere for defense sparing Europeans defense expense so they can enjoy their month of August off of work and on vacation.

Throughout the speech plenty of Russia Russia Russia danger to keep the narrative going that we have an illegitimate President who is putty in the hands of Putin.

The best of course is the encouragement of massive emigration of the world to the U.S.

The full video is close to thirty minutes thus will be viewed in full by few. It is chilling in its detail of what will be Obama 2.0.

Speaking to European allies, Biden trashed America with an open hostility.

“The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right,” Biden asserted.

“The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment. The American people know, overwhelmingly, that it is not right. That it is not who we are.”

“While I cannot speak today as an elected government official who is able to set policy, I can speak as a citizen. I can offer insight into my country. I know we’ve heard a lot today about leadership, but in my experience, leadership only exists if somebody — and others — are with you. Leadership in the absence of people who are with you is not leadership,” Biden continued.

The 76-year-old added that it is wrong “to disagree with your brothers and sisters in public. Today because of, I think, a lack of leadership coming from the other side of the Atlantic, we find ourselves in a different place, and it’s uncomfortable.”Biden, 76, speaking at the annual gathering of foreign policy leaders, didn’t mention Trump by name.

But, despite a longstanding tradition of politics “stopping at the water’s edge” and refraining from criticizing a commander-in-chief while on foreign soil, Biden took the opportunity to blast him, even veering into criticism of domestic policy as he launched into what sounded like a stump speech.

“I can assure you, that the American people, the ultimate wellspring of power in the United States of America, remain committed to engaging the world with decency and respect,” Biden said.

Just a few of the low points. Of course little of this will make the MSM. For the cliff note edition go to about the 4 minute mark when Biden makes the pronouncement that he can speak for the America he knows and sees, what the “vast number of American people believe.”

Speak for yourself Joe.

Maybe Joe’s problem with Russia and his references to the Ukraine?

Joe Biden’s son takes a position with Ukrainian Gas Company as ‘Private Citizen 

 

NATO Jet Accidentally Launches Secret Missile Near Russian Border – ‘Serious incidence’

 

 

Oh yea, let’s poke the bear…  indeed have lost their minds….

“Serious Incident” Unfolds As NATO Jet Accidentally Launches Secret Missile Near Russian Border.

Estonia’s defense minister has halted a NATO war exercise in Estonia pending an investigation after a fighter jet deployed in northeast Europe accidentally fired a secret missile during training. Authorities are now searching for the rocket, which was shot over the Baltic country’s airspace by a Spanish fighter jet this week near the Russian border.

Minister of Defense Juri Luik said Thursday during a press conference in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, the air-to-air missile was mistakenly launched Tuesday over southern Estonia has not been found nor did it injure any civilians.

 

Oh yea….

 

Obama refuses to meet with NATO head

One can only wonder at the absurd behavior of Obama. Why in the world would he not meet with these folks? NATO, the last stand when the Russian bear rises again, and he is rising. One gets the feeling is that he really doesn’t want to be bothered. Is it just that simple? Or has he lost his wheels. Here we go:

It is hard for me to believe that the president of the United States has not found the time to meet with the current secretary general of NATO given the magnitude of what this implies, and the responsibilities of his office,” Volker said. President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days.  Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.

The leaders of almost all the other 28 NATO member countries have made time for Stoltenberg since he took over the world’s largest military alliance in October. Stoltenberg, twice the prime minister of Norway, met Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa to discuss the threat of the Islamic State and the crisis in Ukraine, two issues near the top of Obama’s agenda.

Kurt Volker, who served as the U.S. permanent representative to NATO under both President George W. Bush and Obama, said the president broke a long tradition.  “The Bush administration held a firm line that if the NATO secretary general came to town, he would be seen by the president … so as not to diminish his stature or authority,” he told me.

America’s commitment to defend its NATO allies is its biggest treaty obligation, said Volker, adding that European security is at its most perilous moment since the Cold War. Russia has moved troops and weapons into eastern Ukraine, annexed Crimea, placed nuclear-capable missiles in striking distance of NATO allies, flown strategic-bomber mock runs in the North Atlantic, practiced attack approaches on the U.K. and Sweden, and this week threatened to aim nuclear missiles at Denmark’s warships.

Read more Bloomberg

Will the U.S. defend Europe once again?

If anyone thinks that Putin will stop with Crimea, good luck with that. If I were living in Europe I would be sweating bullets. But no doubt most think we will be around to save their sorry you know what. With the feckless policies of Hillary Clinton, Obama and no doubt the Rasputin like Valerie Jarrett who is pulling most of the strings, just how prepared is Nato? Let us go down memory lane. Of course, the memory lane would not be complete without a clip of Chamberlain and his excitement over his appeasement with Hitler.

Back in October, 2011, I posted this U.S. is concerned by UK and Europe Defense Cuts

With the defence negotiations in near deadlock over about £1bn of cuts, the heads of all three armed services met the prime minister in Downing Street on Thursday to raise the alarm over the dangers of such a tight settlement.

Their warnings were amplified by Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, and Robert Gates, US defence secretary, who made public their worries over cuts across Nato.

Members of the organization are asked to spend 2 per cent of national income on defence.

Mr Gates expressed his fear that the US would be called upon more often to cover Nato capability gaps. “As nations deal with their economic problems, we must guard against the hollowing out of alliance military capability by spending reductions that cut too far into muscle,” he said.How psychic was that! More at CNBC

Simply amazing as I look back on my post on October 2011. Both Clinton and Gates knew that the NATO members were slashing budgets, yet as well knew that a $1.38 Billion headquarters was about to begin construction. Read the whole thing over at the Spectator if you have the stomach for all of this weird stuff.

“It is somewhat ironic that NATO breaks ground on its new headquarters at the same time the fundamental sinews binding the alliance together are coming apart,” says Marko Papic, a senior analyst at Stratfor, a global intelligence analysis firm based in Austin.

New $1.3 Billion headquarters just beginning construction

With policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic slashing public spending and searching for ways to reduce military budgets, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has just begun construction of a splendiferous new $1.38 billion headquarters on a 100-acre site in Brussels. Designed by Chicago architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, renowned for luxurious commercial buildings including the tallest in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the futuristic new NATO offices will feature eight sweeping wings covering 2.7 million square feet. Glass-walled elevators overlooking cavernous atriums showering natural light. Ecologically correct grass growing on the roof. Seventeen conference rooms. A range of amenities from cafeterias, restaurants, and banks, to shopping, sport, and leisure facilities. Pentagon staffers, eat your hearts out.

How did this all go down with Hitler? Sound familiar?

 

Obama cites International Permission rather than Congress re: Syria

The Republican Mother found these chestnuts that are worth taking a look at since the Middle East is getting hotter by the day, and our Congress is getting more impotent by the day. It is clearly stated that Obama and Panetta believe they have the right to engage in Syria without Congressional approval. But why be surprised. Isn’t that how Libya and Egypt got mucked up big time? Jeff Sessions does a wonderful smack down. Then a clip of Lou Dobbs and the Judge’s reaction  follows.

 Secretary of Defense Panetta saying “our goal would be to seek international permission and we would come to the Congress to inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress….”

Notice at the end, Panetta retorts that the President has the ultimate authority to deploy the military if the US is threatened.

WASHINGTON, March 7—Under question from Sen. Sessions at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey indicated that “international permission,” rather than Congressional approval, provided a ‘legal basis’ for military action by the United States.

 

And now we have the Judge and Lou Dobbs reaction

WASHINGTON, March 9—On “Lou Dobbs Tonight”, Lou Dobbs and Judge Andrew Napolitano addressed an exchange on Wednesday between Sen. Sessions and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta regarding the Obama Administration’s apparent belief that “international permission,” but not congressional approval, is a necessary precondition for any military action by the United States.

 

NATO kicks butt: Asks Gaddafi to please give up – we want to go home

Is anyone interested in news regarding Libya? I mean with the debt crisis or whatever it is, news regarding our wars has all but disappeared. But hey, I am game. So let me give it a whirl. Our fearless Zero leader is nowhere to be heard on his one of many foreign screw ups. Now he asks Russia to help bail his sorry a** out on this one. So much for leading from behind. A real game changer.

Months earlier reports fromAl Jazeera were quoting Mike Mullen as follows:

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, has said the military operation in Libya called for by the UN Security Council is not aimed at regime change – adding that a “stalemate” could well exist, leaving Muammar Gaddafi in power.

They continue to report that a stalemate appears, so it makes it worthy to continue searching for more info concerning this one of our many wars. Here we go:

New NATO Ultimatum to Gaddafi: Give up, ‘Cause We Want to Leave

NATO is seeking an urgent exit strategy from Libya that will end the fighting and decide the future of embattled leader Moammar Gadhafi, even if that means letting him stay in the country though out of power, it emerged Tuesday after British and French foreign ministers met in London.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague and French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said NATO and even members of the opposition Transitional National Council wouldn’t oppose Gadhafi staying in Libya as long as he gave up power.

In the only Libyan voice of dissent reported so far, activist Soliman Albrassi, living in London, said allowing Gadhafi to stay in Libya would be a recipe for civil war, the BBC said.

Hague and Juppe received support for the proposal from former British Foreign Secretary Malcolm Rifkind, who said it would be important to avoid a “blood bath in Tripoli” — seen as a likely outcome if a final military push to the Libyan capital triggered close combat.

Hague said: “What happens to Gadhafi is ultimately a question for the Libyans … What is absolutely clear, as Alain (Juppe) has said, is that whatever happens, Gadhafi must leave power. He must never again be able to threaten the lives of Libyan civilians nor to destabilize Libya once he has left power.” More at SGT Report

Russia to help us out with our screw up in Libya:

The Hindu:

Russia played host to Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi’s top diplomat in Moscow, highlighting its role as an honest broker in the Libya crisis.

During an hour-long meeting with Libya’s Foreign Minister Abdelati al-Obeidi late on Wednesday Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stressed “the topmost task” was to stop bloodshed and embark on a political solution that must be steered by the United Nations and the African Union, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Libya’s top diplomat said Tripoli would welcome “any Russian role in the peaceful settlement of the Libyan conflict” that should be “equally acceptable for all Libyans, including the opposition in Benghazi”.

Mr. Al-Obeidi is the highest-ranking Tripoli official to visit Moscow since the conflict began. Representatives of the Libyan opposition also came to Moscow two months ago. In recent weeks President Dmitry Medvedev’s envoy for Africa has met both rebels in Benghazi and top officials in Tripoli. Mr. Medvedev said earlier this week that compromise between the warring sides was “attainable”.

Ground attack against Libya soon? says a Russian Envoy

 
Our fogotton war? So many now, it is hard to keep up. Obama of course, will need a distraction. So why not?  Will he ask Congress? What Congress? Here tis:
RIA Novosti
MOSCOW, July 1 (RIA Novosti)

NATO is likely be preparing a ground operation in Libya, the Russian envoy to the alliance, Dmitry Rogozin, said on Friday.

“I think that now we are witnessing the preparation stage of a ground operation which NATO, or at least some of its members… are ready to begin,” Rogozin said.

He also said Russia and France should “clarify” the issue of weapons supplies to Berber tribes in Libya, which France says were for “self-defense” and in line with the UN resolution.

“If direct weapons supplies to rebels indeed take place, they can only be referred to as a serious breach of the UN Security Council resolution,” the Russian envoy said. More at  RIA Novosti

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