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Thursday, January 12, 2017

U.S. troops arrive in Poland, Russia feels threatened

Thousands of U.S. troops diddy-bopped into Poland, closer to Russia than Sarah Palin's potted plants, causing Russia to deem our presence a threat. 

Now that Obama's leaving office, he can pretend he's grown a pair and leave the mess he continues to create to President-elect Donald Trump. What's going to happen to the region, is anybody's guess.

This marks the first armored brigade combat team deployment to Europe after a long period of a long drawdown.

Poland has been asking for help to keep Russia at arm's length and now President-elect Trump seems to be saying that he plans to have a friendlier relationship with Putin than we've had in the past. However, he said that nothing is 'off the table.' 

"I don't know that I'm going to get along with Vladimir Putin. I hope I do. But there's a good chance I won't."

Hey, ya never know.

However, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said of the U.S. military deployment, "We perceive it as a threat." He went on, "These actions threaten our interests, our security, especially as it concerns a third party building up its military presence near our borders."

Moscow had said that it deployed anti-aircraft missile systems around the city. 

Tanks and other vehicles crossed into Poland Thursday from Germany, heading for Zagan, their planned base. The Polish PM and defense minister will attend ceremonies on Saturday, hailing our arrival.

Many in Poland felt betrayed by Obama's "reset" with Russia when he was initially screwing up the military along with the country. In fact, Obama gave up plans for a major U.S. missile defense system for Poland and replaced it with equipment as effective a paintball guns.

Let's just hope this stays manageable and contained.