US Army commander says we face a REAL threat from Russia

Y’all remember the last 2012 presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on national security/foreign policy? There was a moment when CBS moderator Bob Schieffer asked Obama and Romney, what was the greatest geopolitical threat to the world, and Romney responded Russia. Barack Obama then launched into one of his petulant rants asserting to Governor Romney that “the 1980s are calling, they want their foreign policy back.”

Obama’s unfunny response demonstrated — well, to those with a functioning understanding of global threats — was a lack of any intellectual rigor on the critical matter. And as a matter of fact, it was President Obama who had confided in former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that after his reelection he would have “more flexibility.”

Now we know what Vladimir’s response was to that flexibility — and courtesy of Lieutenant General Frederick “Ben” Hodges, commander of USAREUR (US Army Europe), we now know how wrong President Obama was.

As reported by the UK Telegraph, “The commander of the U.S. Army in Europe has warned that Nato must remain united in the face of a “real threat” from Russia. “It’s not an assumption. There is a Russian threat,” Lt-Gen Frederick “Ben” Hodges said. “You’ve got the Russian ambassador threatening that Denmark will be a nuclear target if it participates in any missile defense program. And when you look at the unsafe way Russian aircraft are flying without transponders in proximity to civilian aircraft, that’s not professional conduct.”

“Gen Hodges spoke to the Telegraph on the sidelines of a military debriefing after an exercise to move live Patriot missiles 750 miles across Europe by road and deploy them on the outskirts of Warsaw. The sight of a U.S. military convoy crossing the German-Polish border more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War made international headlines and brought traffic to a standstill as people posed for selfies beside the troops.”

So it seems Governor Mitt Romney was correct in his assertion of Russia being the greatest geopolitical threat. Just to explain, militant Islam — terrorism and jihadism — is a global threat, but not a geopolitical threat because it is not a viable nation-state…perhaps, not yet. But Russia is, and has the ability to project traditional military power, as well as other aspects of national power — just check out the move to arm Iran with the S-300 missile system.

President Obama recently stated in Panama that the “cold war was over” before he unilaterally decided to drop Cuba from the terror list — after all, Cuba has been good for six months!

The Soviet Union may have been defeated but the thing known as the Cold War has just rebranded itself. For Putin, he clearly articulated his sentiments when he called the defeat of the Soviet Union one of the tragic moments of the 20th century. And so it is that LTG Hodges has ordered something that has perhaps not been seen in Europe for some time — a large U.S. military convoy.

I was in the last major Army European exercise, REFORGER (Return of Forces to Germany). I deployed my entire MLRS Battery from Ft. Riley, 1st Infantry Division to Germany where we exercised our battle plan for the defense of Europe against Soviet incursion. Now today we are convoying military capability into the “new Europe” that was freed when President Reagan’s words, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” came to fruition.

Don’t forget though – it was President Obama who decided to cancel the missile defense shield for our Eastern European brethren — a sign of weakness that Putin sought to exploit.

“Gen Hodges pointed to recent Russian decisions to move Iskandar ballistic missiles to its Kaliningrad enclave, between Lithuania and Poland, and long-range nuclear-capable bombers to Crimea. “I don’t think a military confrontation is inevitable. But you have to be militarily ready in order to enable effective diplomacy,” he said. “The best insurance we have against a showdown is that Nato stands together.” Since taking over command of the U.S. Army in Europe last year, Gen Hodges has found himself on the front line of an increasingly nervous stand-off with Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Eastern European countries are looking to Nato, and the U.S. in particular, for reassurance that they will not be left to face Russian aggression alone.

I know LTG Ben Hodges and he is a warrior and not someone who will cower away from a confrontation. He is also an astute leader who understands the strategic chess match of foreign policy. The one thing our Eastern European allies need to know is that LTG Hodges is a solid man of his word. Now, if all of a sudden he ends up being relieved of command, we’ll know something is amiss.

We find ourselves in this precarious situation because of that moment back in 2012 at that debate. It was obvious that President Obama did not comprehend geopolitics — but he was good at debasing and denigrating Governor Romney.

America voted for cool and what we got was a resurgence of the Cold War.

What should we do? Exactly what LTG Hodges is doing and show resolve in the face of a bully dictator — not flexibility.

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Independent Voter
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Obama is a traitor. The sooner the people recognize that fact the grater the chance of survival of the republic. The homosexual controlled media lies daily about the clear and present danger of Obama and his Muslim regime.Over six years of media lies have kept the homosexual Muslim tyrant in office.

Earl Lee
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more MYTHS!!!

13citizen13
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I don’t know about the homosexual ideas, but he was born to a muslim father. You don’t just quit the religion.

Earl Lee
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Un huh….more LOON MYTHS!!!

13citizen13
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Name-calling. You must be a progressive.

Earl Lee
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And when I’m called a COON, NIGGER, MONKEY on a conservative’s site…then you must be a REPUBLICAN

Katielee4211
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Cool? Incompetent? No, I’d say sympathtic. Or is the politically correct term ‘deliberate negligence’?

Dora flores
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Both parties want us in a perpetual state of war. One through incompetence, one through aggression. Both willing to do the bidding of the central bankers.

cinda anderson
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Dora flores,
Sounds like you regret voting for the king twice, and won’t admit it.

Dora flores
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Are you crazy? I would have cast a vote for my dog before I would have voted for the current usurper and traitor!

cinda anderson
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Dora,
Love your comment, we’re on the same page.

bikerdogred1
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Amazing who would ever think a community organizer could bring the world to war.

97E
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It’s amazing that anyone thought that a community organizer could ever make it into the White House.

Wyatt
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How do you eliminate 21 Trillion in debt. Start a World War which will crash the world economy.

13citizen13
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The only problem is that this WW would be nuclear. The economy, any economy, would be a moot point.

Klaus Fischer
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follow the money, right Wyatt?

Anthony Worthington
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Yay, an intelligent being!

SaddenSally
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It is hard for me to believe that obama is still in office. I can not understand why he has not been impeached or even tried for treason. The only thing I can come up with is he is black and our elected won’t act to remove him because they fear being called a racist. God help our weak men and women in our government. This is what we get for electing an incompetent, no, a muslim, because so many only wanted to see a black as president and did not look into his beliefs and his background. Every white… Read more »
Uncle Ruckus
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Are you that stupid to believe someone was elected to get the president out of office???

Russell Neefe
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Obama has ‘An Ace in the Hole’ to say. It is called Joe Biden. You impeach Obama then Biden becomes President. Then there is another little problem call the Senate. The Senate must convict Obama on the ‘Impeachment Charge’, and it is not very likely you can get enough Democrats to cross over for a conviction. Then you still have the real threat of a “Racial War” from the ‘Black Community’ that has been stirred up by Obama and his dear friend Sharpton over the last six years. Then you have the ‘Very Liberal MSM’ that supports Obama 150% and… Read more »
Jawcapabra
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Oh stop it, Putin could be the natural ally of US. Why do you people want war with Putin? Any explanation? US should follow the example of Swiss and be neutral, not this war-mongering.

13citizen13
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The world isn’t that warm, fuzzy place where everybody gets along. 0bama has taken the adult (USA) out of the room and everybody is scrambling to take that spot.

Jawcapabra
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Your idea? Go bomb Russia? How different are you then from Obama who ‘parades’ in Eastern Europe with tanks and joint exercises? So you agree with Obama?

13citizen13
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Go bomb Russia? Wow, you really jumped on that idea.

Paul Sheridan
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Because he’s one white cat short of being a Bond villain maybe? I don’t want war with Russia but Putin is NOBODY’S ally.

Rainer Kraft
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Dear Allen West, usually I can second your opinion but in this case I have to disagree. Russia has it’s sphere of influence just like the US has it’s sphere of influence. The US would not tolerate just a fraction of what you suggest Russia should tolerate. If the legal ukrainian government would not have been toggled with US money and the help of the US led european lackeys there would be no conflict in the Ukraine. Unfortunately conflict breeds money – so US taxpayers dollars have been invested to create income for some corporations (mercenaries, weapon dealers etc.) and… Read more »
cjleete
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I’m putting on my amateur foreign policy hat and postulating that maybe, just maybe, the current events are Russia’s answer to US meddling in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria. If Russia were to work on actively destabilizing Mexico and Canada in order to draw them into their sphere of influence, the president would accuse Russia of acts tantamount to declaring war. Russia has shown far more restraint than our congress and executive branch, IMHO.

Nathaniel Simpson
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Are you kidding me! Restraint? That’s funny I guess you haven’t heard of Criema. Anyways you were right when you said amateur foreign policy. Get a life or go live with the Russians. But when they hurt the U.S. then maybe you will finally say wow they are a threat. Look at facts and things happening that tells the truth not fluff that you speak.

hadenough57
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Nathaniel, did you expect anything less from an apologist like cjleete?

Cjleete’s thinking, or the lack thereof, is either the result of our public education indoctrination system, or cjleete is a transplant from an unfriendly foreign country. In any case, cjleete is irrelevant, and a waste of time.

Paul Sheridan
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The cold war isn’t over? You think Putin’s Russia is comparable in power and threat to the Soviet Union? Why, because they both wear furry hats? The Soviet Army used to have 210 Divisions. The Russian Army has fewer than 30. The Soviet Navy used to have 6 aircraft carriers and over 200 submarines plus cruisers, destroyers and logistics vessels. The Russian Navy has 1 aircraft carrier and 50 submarines with a proportionate decrease in other vessels. The Cold War was a twilight struggle for the future of the world against the most determined and powerful enemy we have ever… Read more »
97E
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Russia has something that the Soviet Union had a lot of: Nuclear weapons. I don’t trust Putin enough to think that he wouldn’t be crazy enough to use them.

Paul Sheridan
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I don’t think so. Putin’s evil, not crazy. Nuclear war isn’t winnable and he plays to win.

hadenough57
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Putin has the backing of China Paul. So, big brother China, along with Iran has Putin’s back.

Before WW2 broke out, Roosevelt preferred to
keep America out of the war by remaining neutral. Franklin Roosevelt obviously did not see a threat. The result of his apathy and arrogance are history.

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Paul Sheridan
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China is backing Russia over Ukraine for practical reasons not ideological ones. Think about it in terms of Tibet and Taiwan. They don’t like any criticism of countries that have invaded their neighbors. However, they’re not looking to get into WW3 so that Putin can reconquer the Soviet empire. The story of our entry into WW2 is a complicated mixture of domestic and international poliitics. Entire books have been written about the neutrality acts, domestic opposition, cash and carry, and lend-lease. Simplifying it to “Roosevelt was apathetic and arrogant” is about as useful as conflating modern Russia with the Soviet… Read more »
brutal truth
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you hit the nail on the head most idiots today dont understand putins mindset he never wanted peace he wants the influence the ussr had back and will fight for it and our dear leader is helping him by his Chamberlain style diplomacy ” head in sand”

Guest
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Eastern Europe should be receiving an avalanche of ATGM, Stingers and Copper Heads. Russians best asset the tank and APC are obsolete. For every S300 that shows in Iran 3 Patriot batteries will show up in each Eastern European nation who wants one. Putin can’t afford casualties, it’s all a big bluster for sale at home. Ignore the rhetoric and send sophistication e defensive systems out of the li9me light.

97E
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We really should be buying information from the Israelis. Their Iron Dome is embarrassingly more effective than the aging Patriot missile system.

Paul Sheridan
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They should give us the technology. We already paid for most of it.
Not sure if it’s better than the Patriot or just suited for a different role, though. The current generation Patriots are tasked for ballistic missile interception at high altitude while the Iron Dome is for shooting down mortars and rockets.

William Frawley
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PRESIDENT FREDO IS WEAK AND STUPID.