American forces are preparing to deploy to foreign beaches for the second time in as many months, mere months after a humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan that sent shockwaves through the nation’s capital. US Vice President Joe Biden approved the deployment of approximately 3,000 additional American troops to Eastern Europe on Wednesday, amid a never-ending standoff with Russia over Ukraine, where the Pentagon claims Moscow has amassed 100,000 troops ready to invade the former Soviet territory on the country’s borders.
Officials from the United States have stressed that American soldiers would not be stationed in Ukraine, but will instead be sent to Poland and Romania to secure NATO’s eastern border. Approximately 1000 military troops located in Germany will relocate to Romania, while another 2000 people based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina will go in the near future. One thousand seven hundred and fifty-five troops of the 82nd Airborne Division will be sent to Poland, while three hundred and thirty men of the 18th Airborne Corps will be sent to Germany.
Despite the officials’ insistence that the actions are temporary and defensive in character, and that Washington is just reacting to “present circumstances,” the officials said the United States is attempting to reassure NATO partners and fulfill its pledges to defend them. However, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, the newly deployed soldiers will be operating under bilateral agreements with Germany, Poland, and Romania, and they will continue to be under US command and control.
It’s important to understand that these are not long-term arrangements… Furthermore, these soldiers have said that they would not fight in Ukraine. “They are going to guarantee that our NATO partners are well-defended,” Kirby said.
On a more general policy level, there is concern in the Biden administration that if the United States does not show up militarily, it will embolden Russia to turn its attention to other former Soviet republics in an attempt to recreate USSR 2.0, which American analysts believe is Moscow’s ultimate goal. Smaller NATO deployments are also envisaged in the Baltic Republics, which were once a part of the Soviet Union and are anticipating a retaliatory response from Moscow after the Ukraine crisis.
The US deployment followed a series of heated discussions between both sides about who is the aggressor in Eastern Europe, which served as a theatre for ideological battles throughout the Cold War.
After Russia accused the United States of being provocative by attempting to bring Ukraine into NATO, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki reacted by using metaphors to debunk the charge, while claiming that Russian President Vladimir Putin has “invaded multiple countries” over the course of a number of years.
It is not published as reality when the fox screams from the top of the henhouse that he is afraid of the chickens, which is precisely what they are doing. It is reported as a declaration of fear.” According to Psaki, “we know who the fox is in this situation.”
Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, retorted that it was the United States’ interventions that had brought the world “nothing but chaos, instability, and the loss of lives,” while denouncing Washington’s “bloody experiments” in bringing democracy to the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, respectively.
In Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Pescov rolled out counter-metaphors, likening Russia not to a fox but to a bear- “an animal that, even if it wanted to, would be unable to climb onto the top of a chicken coop. ” It is just too large and powerful to do so.”
With the bear making his way out to meet the panda over the weekend, there will be more analogies than words in the future. President Putin is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on Friday, and he will hold a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the event. This comes amid growing skepticism and apprehension in Washington about a Russia-China alliance.
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