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99.9 Percent of U.S. Citizens Unaware of Largest U.S. War Game in Europe in 25 Years

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'Defender 2020' is one of the biggest war maneuvers since the end of the Cold War
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99.9 percent of citizens of the United States have no clue that the new "Cold War" against Russia is manifesting in the largest U.S. military war practice in Europe than in more than 25 years.

They have not heard that the U.S. military is sending 20,000 soldiers from the U.S. to Europe to join 9,000 U.S. troops already in Europe and 8,000 soldiers from 10 European countries to practice waging a war against Russia. 37,000 military from the U.S. and Europe will be a part of the war maneuvers named Defender 2020.

The U.S. political environment is so confused that many in the U.S. will question why the U.S. is having provocative actions against Russia such as these big war games on the border of Russia when U.S. President Donald Trump seems to be such a good friend with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It's a valid question that brings into the focus of the need of the U.S. bureaucracy to have an enemy in order to justify its huge $680 billion military budget. With war games against North Korea suspended in South Korea over the past year and reduced military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, confrontation in Europe is the next best location for attempting to keep the military-industrial complex, with all of its major election donors, in business during the 2020 U.S. Presidential election year.

In an effort to generate U.S. national support and publicity for the revival of the Cold War, U.S. military units will come from 15 U.S. states, including important electoral states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

In an effort to spend all the money allocated to the U.S. military -- over $680 billion for 2020 -- 20,000 pieces of equipment will be sent to Europe for the division-size mobilization. The equipment will depart from seaports in politically important electoral states of South Carolina, Georgia and Texas.

While Europeans will know of these military events because U.S. soldiers will disrupt civilian transportation routes across the 4,000 kilometers of convoy routes as they travel by bus throughout Europe, most Americans will have little knowledge of the massive, provocative military preparations for a war with Russia.

 

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
 
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And what a great use of taxpayer money! Schools, universal health care, infrastructure repair, student debt relief, food for the hungry, heating oil for the cold, sustainable energy development, elimination of urban blight, all can wait. We got guns to shoot, soldiers to march, tanks to roll, planes to dive and dogfight, nuclear-tipped missiles to test. Go Team America!

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Got it! The rich and their quislings e.g. Chris Matthews loath "wasting" money on the deplorables. It would be like the surrender of France to Nazis. Think twice before calling an ambulance. They really despise us.

This is how they talk to each other when we are not listening:

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Oh my freakin' gawd! Wish this could be sent to every computer in the country.

Some people are going to vote for this imitation human.

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Ambulances are completely free here in Japan. When I tell people here that they charge for ambulance service in the U.S., they look at me like I'm crazy.

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What Ms. Wright says about exorbitant spending to 'justify the military budget' is completely accurate.

Working for my State's Employment Dept., I learned how, toward the end of each fiscal year, each division chief was frantic to spend every single State and Federal dollar allocated for the year. If the money wasn't spent, the next year's allotment was reduced by that unspent dollar amount. If we underspent, the Dept. would be hard pressed to request more funding, no matter what emergencies cropped up. (Far different than household budgeting. No such thing as saving for a rainy day)

You'd be surprised (I was) how they got that money out the door according to whatever amount was in each budgetary column. Rearranged cubicle walls, new carpets, out-of town training, new Mgmt. positions to justify new staff.

We all signed an oath to serve the people, but essentially we served the current politicians and internal departmental empire building. We spent that money every which way but less!

There is a flip side to this matter (staff and private partners throughout the state who provided job training for people). But when it comes to the War Machine, I don't have a flip side to offer.

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An ex-military pilot told me probably 30 years ago that at domestic military bases at the end of the fiscal year, they filled up airplane after airplane with fuel and the pilots would take off and climb up and hit the "dump" switch to proceed to dump all the fuel out the dump nozzle on the back of the wing leaving just enough to land and taxi back in to have the plane filled with fuel again to be dumped again. They wanted to make sure their next year's allotment for gas was not cut back. Use it or lose it.

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I knew I was deplorable years ago, now even worse at 91.

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Impossible, Nels.

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