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Posted: 3/16/2014 12:50:00 AM EST
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Posted: 3/16/2014 1:00:07 AM EST


Yeah, they've been asking. We've been hemming and hawing.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 1:10:11 AM EST
If Russia attacked they would just be speed bumps and a trip wire.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 1:13:42 AM EST
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Posted: 3/16/2014 1:31:05 AM EST
Shouldn't be a big deal other than for convenience. Did training with polish soldiers in hohenfels for pre-deployment training .
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Posted: 3/16/2014 1:34:21 AM EST
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Posted: 3/16/2014 1:35:09 AM EST
We should give them nukes and anti ballistic missile defenses. Well they had the defenses until Obama stripped them from Eastern Europe because they were provocative and unnecessary.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 1:36:00 AM EST
Ok.

I'm inclined to let them... also that missile defense system.... they can have that too...
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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:31:47 AM EST
I'm curious to know what steps they've taken to beef up their own forces and how much they have paid us for weaponry to be better prepared prior to asking us to put forces on the line. That should be at least part of the litmus test.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:37:34 AM EST
Once Putin has secured the Ukraine. Romania and Poland are next.


Don't worry though, our POTUS will be right on it right after his next round of golf.

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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:42:11 AM EST
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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:50:20 AM EST
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Once Putin has secured the Ukraine. The baltic states are next.


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There's major tension between them and Russia since their independence.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:52:48 AM EST
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I'm curious to know what steps they've taken to beef up their own forces and how much they have paid us for weaponry to be better prepared prior to asking us to put forces on the line. That should be at least part of the litmus test.


If only you had access to a world of information at your fingertips, in some kind of interconnected communications network. Wouldn't that be cool? Oh, the things you could learn!


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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:53:14 AM EST
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Just heard on Fox News radio that some of Putin's troops have moved into another town..............
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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:53:55 AM EST
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Posted: 3/16/2014 2:57:35 AM EST
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I'm curious to know what steps they've taken to beef up their own forces and how much they have paid us for weaponry to be better prepared prior to asking us to put forces on the line. That should be at least part of the litmus test.


If only you had access to a world of information at your fingertips, in some kind of interconnected communications network. Wouldn't that be cool? Oh, the things you could learn!


Bonjour.


If you haven't learned the difference between random blogs or "news" sites pandering to derpers, and Ministry of Defense Websites, NATO websites (not available now, I admit), established and respected journalism websites - including many devoted to defense topics, etc., then why would you think you could asses the value of a random post in GD?

But, FWIW, Poland pulls its weight, has been upping its budget,and has in serious talks about developing a domestic Ballistic Missile Defense system (got tired of depending on the US) for some time.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:11:48 AM EST
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If you haven't learned the difference between random blogs or "news" sites pandering to derpers, and Ministry of Defense Websites, NATO websites (not available now, I admit), established and respected journalism websites - including many devoted to defense topics, etc., then why would you think you could asses the value of a random post in GD?

But, FWIW, Poland pulls its weight, has been upping its budget,and has in serious talks about developing a domestic Ballistic Missile Defense system (got tired of depending on the US) for some time.
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I'm curious to know what steps they've taken to beef up their own forces and how much they have paid us for weaponry to be better prepared prior to asking us to put forces on the line. That should be at least part of the litmus test.


If only you had access to a world of information at your fingertips, in some kind of interconnected communications network. Wouldn't that be cool? Oh, the things you could learn!


Bonjour.


If you haven't learned the difference between random blogs or "news" sites pandering to derpers, and Ministry of Defense Websites, NATO websites (not available now, I admit), established and respected journalism websites - including many devoted to defense topics, etc., then why would you think you could asses the value of a random post in GD?

But, FWIW, Poland pulls its weight, has been upping its budget,and has in serious talks about developing a domestic Ballistic Missile Defense system (got tired of depending on the US) for some time.


Poland also sent troops to US led ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Poles are strong US allies.
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Much like the troops in South Korea, they're not there to turn the tide (only 1 Brigade there for example), they are there so that before a shooting war starts the enemy has to decide "is it worth it to engage US troops..will they flash-fry my country ?
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:14:26 AM EST
yeah, because Obama is totally going to put troops in Poland after he pussied out and cancelled the missile defense we promised them. "Reset", anyone?
He still thinks he can talk to Putin and make him our buddy who wants to do the "right thing".

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Poland also sent troops to US led ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Poles are strong US allies.
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I'm curious to know what steps they've taken to beef up their own forces and how much they have paid us for weaponry to be better prepared prior to asking us to put forces on the line. That should be at least part of the litmus test.


If only you had access to a world of information at your fingertips, in some kind of interconnected communications network. Wouldn't that be cool? Oh, the things you could learn!


Bonjour.


If you haven't learned the difference between random blogs or "news" sites pandering to derpers, and Ministry of Defense Websites, NATO websites (not available now, I admit), established and respected journalism websites - including many devoted to defense topics, etc., then why would you think you could asses the value of a random post in GD?

But, FWIW, Poland pulls its weight, has been upping its budget,and has in serious talks about developing a domestic Ballistic Missile Defense system (got tired of depending on the US) for some time.


Poland also sent troops to US led ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Poles are strong US allies.


This. I'd much rather actively take the side of nations that have sacrificed for us. By most accounts the eastern european troops fight in places like Afghanistan. They don't just warm a cot and consume 3 hots.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:19:45 AM EST
no.
they want a strong US expeditionary capability that will come in and eject the Russians after they invade and build up their A2/AD capabilities.

and, fortunately for them, thats exactly what we will be prepared to do in 2025.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:20:55 AM EST
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Treaties, how do they work?



Russia knows, they had a non-aggression treaty with Nazi Germany back in the day. How did that work?
They made one with the Brits too.
Treaties are worth jack if one side thinks the other is a pushover.
Like how Barry is making us look on the world stage.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:24:00 AM EST
Losses in Iraq in descending order:

USA, UK, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Spain, Denmark, Georgia, El Salvador, Slovakia, Romania, Latvia, Estonia, Australia, Netherlands, Thailand, Hungary, Czech Republic, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Fiji.

Obviously Georgia and Kazackhstan were also under the Soviet/Russian thumb...
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:28:14 AM EST
They can pay for the bill too. Maybe that's how we should fund the military, I feel like it's worked before.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:29:27 AM EST
I think we're broke. No foreign entanglements.
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This. Want us to station troops to help your defense? Help with the bill.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:32:07 AM EST
I have ZERO faith in NATO or the United States. Treaties really don't mean anything,there are always weasel words and realpolitik.

Ukrainians thought that giving up their nukes would guarantee their soverignty Remember how the UN is supposed to react to genocide but doesn't have to do anything about "acts of genocide"? Same deal, Article V will be ignored if/when Putin needs to protect the Russians in Latvia or Estonia. Poland won't roll over and is taking their defense seriously. It'd be nice if the US would fork over some boneyard F-16s and/or F-18s to replace the old Sukhois but what they really need are AGM-158/Taurus/Storm Shadow missiles. Poland's main defense issue is that Russian and Belarusian S-400s have a range way into Polish territory and they need a way to snuff them. Another big issue is that the Russian reaction to withdrawing the idea of ballistic defense in Poland was to deploy Iskanders to Kaliningrad.They need missile defense themselves.





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This. Want us to station troops to help your defense? Help with the bill.



You do know Poles fought in Iraq and Afghanistan when the threat to Poland from Saddam or Al Qaeda was zero?

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Poland fought alongside us in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are one of the few countries we should support with troops, because they supported us.
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you know, if we deter war instead of fighting it, we could save money in other areas.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 3:45:55 AM EST
I guarantee you Poland is on Putins list. I would ask for help too.
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He is such an embarrassment. How we end up with a community organizer from Chicago as President?........Oh, that's right ......Free Shit.
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This has got to be a joke, right?
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This. Want us to station troops to help your defense? Help with the bill.



You do know Poles fought in Iraq and Afghanistan when the threat to Poland from Saddam or Al Qaeda was zero?



Yes, but I see that as more as rendering aide to an ally in a time of war rather than peacetime defense assistance and deterrence.
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They can pay for the bill too. Maybe that's how we should fund the military, I feel like it's worked before.


This. Want us to station troops to help your defense? Help with the bill.



You do know Poles fought in Iraq and Afghanistan when the threat to Poland from Saddam or Al Qaeda was zero?



Yes, but I see that as more as rendering aide to an ally in a time of war rather than peacetime defense assistance and deterrence.


If we don't start doing a better job with the latter, we just might find us stuck in a very expensive version of the former.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 4:31:16 AM EST
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If we don't start doing a better job with the latter, we just might find us stuck in a very expensive version of the former.
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Isn't that the plan?
Be a shame to buy all those F22s and F35s and just replace them 40 years from now unused.

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Posted: 3/16/2014 4:31:20 AM EST
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This should help speed the decision up:

http://euro2012girls.com/pictures/best-polish-girls-euro08.jpg
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Yeah, they've been asking. We've been hemming and hawing.



This should help speed the decision up:

http://euro2012girls.com/pictures/best-polish-girls-euro08.jpg




Do you think they would take a 45 yo guy with no previous military experience?
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Posted: 3/16/2014 4:31:34 AM EST
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Originally Posted By governmentman:


Yes, but I see that as more as rendering aide to an ally in a time of war rather than peacetime defense assistance and deterrence.
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Originally Posted By CAsoldier:
They can pay for the bill too. Maybe that's how we should fund the military, I feel like it's worked before.


This. Want us to station troops to help your defense? Help with the bill.



You do know Poles fought in Iraq and Afghanistan when the threat to Poland from Saddam or Al Qaeda was zero?



Yes, but I see that as more as rendering aide to an ally in a time of war rather than peacetime defense assistance and deterrence.


And when Russian armor is crossing the Vistula, GD will say "it's too late for us to do anything, so no."
I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 5:19:17 AM EST
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Treaties, how do they work?
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Pretty girls not withstanding.......No.

Treaties, how do they work?

Please provide reference material indicating an absolute obligation to send people and other support just because they ask. Who is it that has attacked them again?


I'll be waiting patiently to see what you turn up.
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you know, if we deter war instead of fighting it, we could save money in other areas.
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They can pay for the bill too. Maybe that's how we should fund the military, I feel like it's worked before.


you know, if we deter war instead of fighting it, we could save money in other areas.

Fuck that. I need more ribbons for my ASUs.
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Poland also sent troops to US led ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Poles are strong US allies.
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I'm curious to know what steps they've taken to beef up their own forces and how much they have paid us for weaponry to be better prepared prior to asking us to put forces on the line. That should be at least part of the litmus test.


If only you had access to a world of information at your fingertips, in some kind of interconnected communications network. Wouldn't that be cool? Oh, the things you could learn!


Bonjour.


If you haven't learned the difference between random blogs or "news" sites pandering to derpers, and Ministry of Defense Websites, NATO websites (not available now, I admit), established and respected journalism websites - including many devoted to defense topics, etc., then why would you think you could asses the value of a random post in GD?

But, FWIW, Poland pulls its weight, has been upping its budget,and has in serious talks about developing a domestic Ballistic Missile Defense system (got tired of depending on the US) for some time.


Poland also sent troops to US led ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Poles are strong US allies.


Out of the European countries we have relations with, Poles are one of the better countries to help out. The Polish SOF guys I worked with in AFG were good guys and not afraid to run and gun. They also hate Russia and had good "Polish Water"" to share. I'm all for putting troops there, they would appreciate it more than the other NATO countries.
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And Obama will continue to not support key allies and further alienate them.

Making it impossible to conduct business on a global scale, just like it very nearly is now.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 5:35:13 AM EST
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Pretty girls not withstanding.......No.

Treaties, how do they work?


Maybe we should ask some of our former allies like Poland.
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Poland also sent troops to US led ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Poles are strong US allies.
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Originally Posted By Bohr_Adam:
Originally Posted By DDalton:
I'm curious to know what steps they've taken to beef up their own forces and how much they have paid us for weaponry to be better prepared prior to asking us to put forces on the line. That should be at least part of the litmus test.


If only you had access to a world of information at your fingertips, in some kind of interconnected communications network. Wouldn't that be cool? Oh, the things you could learn!


Bonjour.


If you haven't learned the difference between random blogs or "news" sites pandering to derpers, and Ministry of Defense Websites, NATO websites (not available now, I admit), established and respected journalism websites - including many devoted to defense topics, etc., then why would you think you could asses the value of a random post in GD?

But, FWIW, Poland pulls its weight, has been upping its budget,and has in serious talks about developing a domestic Ballistic Missile Defense system (got tired of depending on the US) for some time.


Poland also sent troops to US led ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Poles are strong US allies.
Couldn't agree more. They made the decision to join NATO and its a great country. Poland would make a great basing location, give us access to a new training area, and make Russia angry too. We could also help them out and give them a few more F-16s, older Perry class FFGs, and maybe help them get some more Leo IIs from Germany.
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you know, if we deter war instead of fighting it, we could save money in other areas.
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They can pay for the bill too. Maybe that's how we should fund the military, I feel like it's worked before.


you know, if we deter war instead of fighting it, we could save money in other areas.

Cutting things to save money. Only ends up costing a lot more down the road to over come those strengths we allowed to become weaknesses.

So yeah. Spot on.
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Please provide reference material indicating an absolute obligation to send people and other support just because they ask.


I'll be waiting patiently to see what you turn up.
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Pretty girls not withstanding.......No.

Treaties, how do they work?

Please provide reference material indicating an absolute obligation to send people and other support just because they ask.


I'll be waiting patiently to see what you turn up.


Article 5 of the NATO treaty...but I don't trust the US.

Eastern Europeans dying for America's goals of ??? in Afghanistan are one thing but I have absolutely no faith that the US would protect the Baltics or Romania in event of a Russian invasion.
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Posted: 3/16/2014 5:40:17 AM EST
Brits have been moving their forces out of German training areas for years and using Poland more and more due to the Polish government not putting all sorts of green regulations on the training areas. Pull out of Germany, shift those force to Poland where the women a re hotter and the people would better appreciate us being there while maintaining the same European presence.
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