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There Is No Need for a U.S. Military Base in Poland

Trump is floating [1] the possibility of establishing a permanent U.S. military base in Poland:

President Donald Trump said the U.S. is looking “very seriously” at establishing a permanent military base in Poland.

Trump said at an Oval Office meeting Tuesday with Polish President Andrzej Duda that the two would discuss the possibility and “we’re looking at it very seriously.”

“Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to the United States to come in and have a presence in Poland,” Trump added. “If they’re willing to do that, it’s something we will certainly talk about.”

Putting a U.S. base in Poland isn’t necessary for European security, and it would very likely create a rift within NATO. It would further antagonize Russia, and it would create one more overseas military installation that the U.S. doesn’t need to have. Trump is often accused of wanting to “retreat” from the world, but his willingness to entertain this proposal shows that he doesn’t care about stationing U.S. forces abroad so long as someone else is footing most of the bill.

Ben Hodges wrote [2] about a possible U.S. base in Poland earlier this year:

Second, a base in Eastern Europe is unnecessary. The current exercise and deployment program and other important measures — including the placement of equipment needed for armored brigades in pre-positioned stocks — are part of a robust effort to ensure an adequate deterrent against a possible Russian attack.

Putting a new base in Poland doesn’t make sense for the U.S., it adds nothing to NATO’s security, and it would be yet another irritant in an already troubled relationship with Moscow. It’s unnecessary and ill-advised, so it is more likely than not that the president will end up supporting it.

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13 Comments To "There Is No Need for a U.S. Military Base in Poland"

#1 Comment By One Guy On September 18, 2018 @ 3:09 pm

But talking about it means people are talking about Trump, the “Me, Me, Me” president. And if we’re talking about this, we’re not simultaneously talking about payoffs to porn stars, or people stealing papers off his desk, or the many lawsuits against him, or the North Korea failures, or the revolving door at the White House, or the Blue Wave, or…

#2 Comment By Timothy Wood On September 18, 2018 @ 3:21 pm

But we must, absolutely, have a base in Niger. It’s critical to the U.S.Army and of immense strategic, and business, interest to the United States of America. Also vital to have a base in Poland. Come to think of it, we need bases in Latvia and Monaco. Perhaps Canada as well.

#3 Comment By The Anti-Gnostic On September 18, 2018 @ 4:33 pm

To hell with Poland. And the rest of Europe. And the Middle East. I’m tired of Empire.

Where’s. That. Wall.

#4 Comment By Whine Merchant On September 18, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

…just put it over there, next to the new Trump Tower.

#5 Comment By George Hoffman On September 18, 2018 @ 6:35 pm

Historian Chalmers Johnson warned us just one year before the 9/11 attacks in “Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of Empire” about being an out-of-control military empire. These war hawks remind me of Captain Ahab chasing his nemesis, that white whale Moby Dick, in their maniac quest for global hegemony without limits. Even though “Blowback” tanked during its initial release, it became a best seller after the attacks. Johnson expanded that book with two other ones into what has been termed “the Blowback Trilogy.” He observed the endgame in military empires occurs during a series of wars which describes the Orwellian era we are living through since the attacks. It’s like that filament in a light bulb which burns brightest just before it dies out. That’s how I view this posssible expansion of our military empire into Poland. It is yet another sign our military empire is headed for collapse and it will probably also bring financial ruin for the country. But for war profiteers it means “Ka Ching!” for their cash registers.

#6 Comment By jk On September 18, 2018 @ 9:22 pm

Since when did the US become a mercenary or outsourcing force for other nations sovereignty and security? Isn’t being Israel’s and Al Qaeda in Syria’s security force bad enough?

I’m guessing the $2B will not include long term operations and maintenance costs which are always the crux of the costs of basing a large military unit.

I hope NATO disputes this and this will finally spell the end of NATO.

#7 Comment By SheetRock On September 18, 2018 @ 9:55 pm

A base in POLAND???

What happened to infrastructure for America? All this guy is doing is favors for foreign interests.

How many campaign promises can he break? How many more 2016 Trump voters can he betray?

#8 Comment By JR On September 19, 2018 @ 12:45 am

No need for a US ‘Aegis on Shore’ ABM system in Poland too.
No Need for US ABM capable Aegis frigates in the Black Sea too.
When you start with such list it is depressing because it tends to go on and on and still the US will waste ever more funding on such military spending while having a crumbling infrastructure at home and forcing ever more students into indenture.

#9 Comment By Christian Chuba On September 19, 2018 @ 6:46 am

FOX was crowing about it this morning, how it would be called ‘Fort Trump’. I wonder how this would be covered if Mexico was building ‘Fort Putin’ in Tijuana.

Doesn’t this violate a NATO treaty with Russia, something about not having a permanent NATO force on Russia’s borders? I know we weaseled out of this with our armored brigades by having them rotate but a fort is certainly permanent. This would violate the ‘spirit’ of that agreement in a much more tangible manner than the Administration accuses Iran of doing regarding the JCPOA.

#10 Comment By Patricus On September 19, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

Why would the Poles trust security agreements with the west?
That didn’t wotk so well in WW II or the cold war.

#11 Comment By JeffK On September 19, 2018 @ 4:46 pm

We will have a base in Poland because the Neocons and the Military Industrial Complex say we need a base in Poland. Simple as that.

I said it before, and I will say it again. If the MIC built roads, bridges, airports, electrical grids, etc, the US would have the best infrastructure in the world.

On second thought, it does. Just in other countries.

#12 Comment By Gus On September 20, 2018 @ 3:06 pm

Poland’s president did the thing most likely to make this happen: he suggested that it be named after Trump.

#13 Comment By Trumpski Nation On September 21, 2018 @ 4:51 am

“Poland’s president did the thing most likely to make this happen: he suggested that it be named after Trump.”

He’s no fool, is he? Read him like a book.