Dave Hodges April 3, 2014 The Common Sense Show A very clear picture is emerging over the crisis in Ukraine. Each side has taken on definitive moves in order to bring its military forces into the coming conflict. In short, each side is mobilizing for war. The world may have as little as 30 to 60 days of relative peace left before all hell breaks loose. The world is familiar on how the Russian military has postured its forces to take over Ukraine and begin the process of a Putin economic war against the West once Ukraine is secured. The US and NATO are responding in kind and by this summer, NATO will be ready to challenge the Russians.
The Russian invasion of Crimea has become the impetus for the US to increase its military presence in any location near Ukraine. Subsequently, it was announced that the US is sending hundreds of ground troops to eastern Romania. There presently exists 1,000 US troops in the country. President Traian Basescu says the US has requested permission to add 600 more troops for specific missions in the Black Sea. Additionally, Romania’s parliament also reported the US plans an unspecified increase in the number of aircraft at the base, part of the US effort to increase its military might in the Black Sea region. Increasing aircraft is the real motivation on why the US seeks to increase its military presence in Romania. This will allow the US to strike at the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. Many view this as a huge deal because there is absolutely no reasonable expectation that Romania would possibly be the target for a Russian invasion because Romania does not border them. Subsequently, this is an aggressive and provocative move by these two NATO allies.
Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Armenia Announces Military Maneuvers with the US
Ukraine’s parliament approved a series of joint military exercises with NATO countries that would put US (NATO) troops in direct proximity to Russian forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula. Ukraine and the US will conduct two sets of military exercises this summer which are labeled Rapid Trident and Sea Breeze. Ukraine is also planning two additional maneuvers with NATO member Poland as well as joint ground operations with Moldova and Romania. The Sea Breeze exercises have threatened Moscow because they are to be carried out in Crimea which plays home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. This gives rise to the principle of “Snap” in which a military force engages in an announced “war game” and the exercise goes live and an intended target is attacked under the previous guise of only practicing to attack. These military maneuvers have in more recent years, been carried out in the Black Sea port of Odessa where Ukraine also has a naval base. Ukraine’s neighbor, Moldova will soon receive a NATO liaison office. Armenia will be participating in full-fledged military exercises with the US this summer and Azerbaijan is shoring up its defensive capabilities with the intention of guarding its offshore oil and gas fields in the Caspian Sea from Russian invasion. These events make it look likely that NATO is planning military action against Russian forces in Crimea this summer.