The US "Defender" of Europe arrives

NATO maneuvers in Belgium
NATO maneuvers in Belgium

Manlio Dinucci (Il Manifesto, 30 March 2021)

Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by anti-Covid lockdowns: the mammoth annual exercise of the US Army has in fact been set in motion, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilizes on European territory, and beyond that, tens of thousands of soldiers with thousands of tanks and other means. La Defender-Europe 21 not only resumes the program of that of the 2020, downsized due to Covid, but it amplifies it.

Because the "Defender of Europe" comes from the other side of the Atlantic?  They explained it i 30 NATO foreign ministers (for Italy Luigi Di Maio), physically gathered in Brussels on 23-24 March: "The Russia, with his aggressive behavior, undermines and destabilizes the neighbors, and tries to interfere in the Balkan region ". Scenario built with the technique of overturning reality: for example by accusing Russia of trying to interfere in the Balkan region, where NATO has "interfered" in 1999 releasing on Yugoslavia, with 1.100 planes, 23.000 bombs and missiles.

Faced with the cry for help from the allies, the US Army arrives to "defend Europe". La Defender-Europe 21, in command of the US Army in Europe and Africa, mobility 28.000 United States military and 25 NATO allies and partners: they will conduct operations in addition 30 training areas in 12 countries, including fire and missile exercises. The US Air Force and Navy will also participate.

In March, the transfer of thousands of soldiers and soldiers from the United States to Europe began 1.200 armored vehicles and other heavy equipment. They are coming in 13 airports and 4 European ports, including the Italian ones. In April, from three prepositioned US Army depots - in Italy (probably Camp Darby), Germany and Holland - will be relocated to various training areas in Europe as well 1.000 heavy equipment, which will be transported by trucks, trains and ships. In May, in 12 countries, including Italy, There will be four major exercises. In one of these, beyond 5 thousand soldiers of 11 countries will spread across Europe for fire drills.

While Italian and European citizens will still be forbidden to move freely, for security reasons", this prohibition will not apply to the thousands of soldiers who will move freely from one European country to another. They will have the "Covid passport", supplied not by the EU but by the US Army, which guarantees that they are subjected to "strict Covid prevention and mitigation measures".

  The United States does not come only to "defend Europe". The large exercise - explains the US Army in Europe and Africa in its statement - "demonstrates the ability of the United States to be a strategic partner for security in the Balkan and Black Sea regions, as we support our capabilities in Northern Europe, in the Caucasus, in Ukraine and Africa ". For this Defender-Europe 21 «Uses the fundamental land and sea routes that connect Europe, Asia e Africa».

The generous "Defender" does not forget Africa. In June, always within the framework of Defender-Europe 21, will go to "defend" Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal with a vast military operation from North Africa to West Africa, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. It will be directed by the US Army through the Southern Europe Task Force with headquarters in Vicenza. We must counter - explains the official statement - "the evil activity in North Africa and Southern Europe and the enemy military aggression". It does not specify who the "evil" are, but the reference to Russia and China is evident.

The "Defender of Europe" is not passing through here. Take part in Defender-Europe 21 the V Corps of the US Army which, after being reactivated at Fort Knox in Kentuky, set up its forward headquarters in Poznan in Poland, from where he will command operations along NATO's eastern flank. The new assistance brigades of the security forces participate in the exercise, special units of the US Army that train and lead the forces of NATO partner countries in military operations (how are Ukraine and Georgia).

Although it is not known how much Defender-Europe will cost 21, we know that we will pay, with public money, we citizens of participating countries, while the resources to face the crisis are scarce. Italian military spending rose this year to 27,5 billion euros, that is to 75 millions of euros a day. However, Italy has the satisfaction of participating in Defender-Europe 21 not only with their own armed forces, but which host country. He will then have the honor, in June, to host the final exercise of the US Command, with the participation of the V Corps of the US Army from Fort Knox.

Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by anti-Covid lockdowns: the mammoth annual exercise of the US Army has in fact been set in motion, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilizes on European territory, and beyond that, tens of thousands of soldiers with thousands of tanks and other means. La Defender-Europe 21 not only resumes the program of that of the 2020, downsized due to Covid, but it amplifies it.

Because the "Defender of Europe" comes from the other side of the Atlantic?  They explained it i 30 NATO foreign ministers (for Italy Luigi Di Maio), physically gathered in Brussels on 23-24 March: "The Russia, with his aggressive behavior, undermines and destabilizes the neighbors, and tries to interfere in the Balkan region ". Scenario built with the technique of overturning reality: for example by accusing Russia of trying to interfere in the Balkan region, where NATO has "interfered" in 1999 releasing on Yugoslavia, with 1.100 planes, 23.000 bombs and missiles.

Faced with the cry for help from the allies, the US Army arrives to "defend Europe". La Defender-Europe 21, in command of the US Army in Europe and Africa, mobility 28.000 United States military and 25 NATO allies and partners: they will conduct operations in addition 30 training areas in 12 countries, including fire and missile exercises. The US Air Force and Navy will also participate.

In March, the transfer of thousands of soldiers and soldiers from the United States to Europe began 1.200 armored vehicles and other heavy equipment. They are coming in 13 airports and 4 European ports, including the Italian ones. In April, from three prepositioned US Army depots - in Italy (probably Camp Darby), Germany and Holland - will be relocated to various training areas in Europe as well 1.000 heavy equipment, which will be transported by trucks, trains and ships. In May, in 12 countries, including Italy, There will be four major exercises. In one of these, beyond 5 thousand soldiers of 11 countries will spread across Europe for fire drills.

While Italian and European citizens will still be forbidden to move freely, for security reasons", this prohibition will not apply to the thousands of soldiers who will move freely from one European country to another. They will have the "Covid passport", supplied not by the EU but by the US Army, which guarantees that they are subjected to "strict Covid prevention and mitigation measures".

  The United States does not come only to "defend Europe". The large exercise - explains the US Army in Europe and Africa in its statement - "demonstrates the ability of the United States to be a strategic partner for security in the Balkan and Black Sea regions, as we support our capabilities in Northern Europe, in the Caucasus, in Ukraine and Africa ". For this Defender-Europe 21 «Uses the fundamental land and sea routes that connect Europe, Asia e Africa».

The generous "Defender" does not forget Africa. In June, always within the framework of Defender-Europe 21, will go to "defend" Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal with a vast military operation from North Africa to West Africa, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. It will be directed by the US Army through the Southern Europe Task Force with headquarters in Vicenza. We must counter - explains the official statement - "the evil activity in North Africa and Southern Europe and the enemy military aggression". It does not specify who the "evil" are, but the reference to Russia and China is evident.

The "Defender of Europe" is not passing through here. Take part in Defender-Europe 21 the V Corps of the US Army which, after being reactivated at Fort Knox in Kentuky, set up its forward headquarters in Poznan in Poland, from where he will command operations along NATO's eastern flank. The new assistance brigades of the security forces participate in the exercise, special units of the US Army that train and lead the forces of NATO partner countries in military operations (how are Ukraine and Georgia).

Although it is not known how much Defender-Europe will cost 21, we know that we will pay, with public money, we citizens of participating countries, while the resources to face the crisis are scarce. Italian military spending rose this year to 27,5 billion euros, that is to 75 millions of euros a day. However, Italy has the satisfaction of participating in Defender-Europe 21 not only with their own armed forces, but which host country. He will then have the honor, in June, to host the final exercise of the US Command, with the participation of the V Corps of the US Army from Fort Knox.

(Il Manifesto, 30 March 2021)

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