Our heads are spinning as our pockets are picked.
[SecDef] Ash Carter said he would ask for spending on US military forces in Europe to be quadrupled in the light of “Russian aggression”. The allocation for combating Islamic State, in contrast, is to be increased by 50%. The message is unambiguous: as viewed from the Pentagon, the threat from Russia has become more alarming, suddenly, even than the menace that is Isis.
The additional funds for Europe’s defence are earmarked for new bases and weapons stores in Poland and the Baltic states. There will be more training for local Nato troops, more state-of-the-art hardware and more manoeuvres….By planning to increase spending in this way, the US is sending hostile signals to Russia at the very time when there is less reason to do so than for a long time.
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Original post: The Pentagon has fired the first shot in a new arms race, Mary Dejevsky. The Guardian, February 9, 2016.