|U.S. soldiers train in Pabrade, Lithuania on Nov. 29, 2016.|
Photo by Staff Sgt. Corinna Baltos.
The New York Times reported that U.S. troops now are a fixture in Baltic States.
“They’re scared to death of Russia,” Gen. Raymond T. Thomas, the head of the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command, who visited here recently, said of the tiny militaries of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. “They are very open about that. They’re desperate for our leadership.”
As a result, General Thomas said, American commandos now have a “persistent” presence here with Baltic special operations troops, after forging close ties with them over the past decade while fighting together in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Americans bring sophisticated surveillance technology and broad sources of intelligence. The Baltic partners have a deep understanding of conventional Russian military might as well as Moscow’s increasing use of cyberwarfare, information subterfuge and other means less than all-out war to weaken the Western-backed governments.
This might appear to be a scoop to the casual consumer of news, yet it is not. SCI reported on Russian aggression and U.S. reaction to it in Eastern Europe throughout 2016.
For instance, SCI reported on Feb. 13, 2016 that U.S. forces were training Ukrainians. The post noted that the U.S. was also “likely gaining valuable intelligence from the Ukrainians on what the Russians are doing in Ukraine and how they are fighting.”
SCI followed that post with one on Feb. 15, 2016, reporting that, “U.S. Soldiers Train in Latvia Amid Tensions with Russia,” while also writing that, “Russia held military drills near the border near Latvia last year. And on Feb. 3 the Telegraph reported that NATO would be unable to defend its eastern European members should Russia decide to attack.”
SCI published three posts on the U.S.-Russian war in Ukraine during July and August of 2016. The July 24, 2016 post featured “video of Special Forces soldiers (also operating as part of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine) engaging in sniper rifle training along with Ukrainians and other nationalities.” And the Aug. 5, 2016 post reported news of counterfire radars being delivered to Ukraine along with analysis that questioned Obama’s war effort in Ukraine.
Media should be heavily reporting on this war. That Russia can pose an existential threat to the U.S. is enough to warrant such attention. However, there is more to the story than just this.
What is the motivation and strategy for why the Obama regime is fighting the war the way it is? The U.S. currently is providing only defensive assets and training to the Ukrainians. Why? Is it to avoid escalation? Or is there another reason?
Obama is apparently imploring the Russians to cooperate with him in his war in Syria. Is that affecting the way the U.S. is fighting Russia in Ukraine?
Has the U.S. made any agreements with Russia about how it will fight the Russians in Ukraine in hopes of securing Russian help in Syria?
SCI reported on Aug. 4, 2016 that the U.S. was training in Estonia. Specifically, the post featured video of the U.S. training on “A-10s landing on highways.”
SCI also reported on other significant news related to growing U.S.-Russian tensions.
On April 4, 2016, SCI reported that the, “U.S. Deploys Air National Guard to Iceland and Netherlands to Counter Russia.” An April 5, 2016 follow-up post provided video of the units readying and moving troops, fighters, and equipment to Iceland for that deployment. And on Nov. 29, 2016, SCI reported on how U.S. Marines were training “with the Norwegian Army to conduct offensive and defensive operations at the battalion and brigade-level during Exercise Reindeer II.”
On Oct. 25, 2016, SCI noted that MEMRI posted a video clip of a Russian official mentioning that a “direct confrontation” between the U.S. and Russia was highly probable.
So while The New York Times and other media will now focus on Russia and U.S. efforts to counter it in Eastern Europe (and elsewhere), and while this coverage might seem like new information, SCI has been providing the same information for over year.
Keep reading SCI for more news and analyses on Russia, and to stay ahead of the news cycle in general.