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○ Poland's new tactic for getting a U.S. military base? Pitch it as Fort Trump | Chicago Tribune |
US considering building 'Fort Trump' in Poland | Politico EU |
Poland's proposal for a permanent American base on its soil is controversial at NATO. Some allies view the idea as overly provocative toward Russia, and a potential violation of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, an agreement intended to ease tensions that seems to prohibit the "permanent stationing of substantial combat forces" in Central and Eastern European countries. Poland has urged the U.S. to regard that provision as "moot" in light of Russia's recent military aggression in Ukraine.
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Poland's idea also has detractors in the Pentagon and among Congressional defense hawks, some of whom have noted that the $2 billion Poland offered would represent just a tiny fraction of the long-term personnel costs of maintaining a sizeable permanent military presence. They have also questioned the overall strategic value of such a base in addressing modern hybrid and asymmetrical threats.
○ Donald Trump welcomes Poland's request for permanent US military base | DW |
○ 'Fort Trump': Donald Trump considers request for US military base in Poland | The Guardian |
Washington Think Tank Calls For Permanent U.S. Military Presence In Balkans | RFERL - Nov. 29, 2017 |
The United States should establish a permanent military presence in the Southeastern Europe to help stabilize the Western Balkans and prevent further inroads by Russia, a Washington-based think tank says.
A new report published by the Atlantic Council ahead of a November 29 conference on Southeastern Europe in Washington said that such a move "would demonstrate an enduring U.S. commitment to security in the region and anchor the United States' long-term ability to influence developments."
The report titled Balkans Forward - A New U.S. Strategy For The Region called the Western Balkans a "region in flux" and cautioned over Russia's aggressive moves in the area.
It cited "notable progress" and movement toward the West among Southeastern European countries, but stated that the "final outcome" was no longer assured.
"The Western Balkans remain the unfinished business of a Europe whole and free," it said. "As the United States and Europe focus on internal concerns, Russia and other countries are reshaping the geopolitical landscape across the region."
It said a U.S. military presence could be modeled on the current Camp Bondsteel facility in Kosovo. Camp Bondsteel, established in the late 1990s, is the main U.S. Army base in Kosovo and is used by NATO forces.
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