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While fossilized critics apparently stuck in the 1980s bash Trump for withdrawing troops from Germany, the president has shaken up the moribund NATO Alliance, forcing it to increase defense spending and realign forces to better face the Russia threat.

As part of his strategic relocation of U.S. forces throughout Europe earlier this year, President Trump withdrew nearly 10,000 U.S. personnel from ‘delinquent’ Germany (no longer on the front lines with Russia) and redeployed several thousand troops to NATO ally – Poland on the Russian border.

This has included increased rotations of U.S. forces to Poland, but now that U.S. presence will become permanent. As Defense News notes, Poland’s conservative president, Andrzej Duda, has now signed the deal that enhances U.S. military presence in the central European country. Duda has had close ties with the Trump administration, signing defense and energy deals.

In this instance, Defense News reports:

The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement that he ratified raises the number of U.S. troops in Poland to some 5,500 and moves from Germany the U.S. Army V Corps overseas headquarters. It strengthens the U.S. defense presence in central and Eastern Europe at a time of increased Russian military activity.

Duda added that the new agreement should be a symbol of a partnership that continues regardless of political developments, implying possible political changes in the U.S. due to the elections. “I believe that our partnership is above political divisions,” Duda said during the signing ceremony.

“We are waiting for the new U.S. president to take office,” Duda concluded, according to Defense News.

Regardless of who is finally certified as the winner in the U.S. presidential race, Trump must be credited with enhancing European security by forcing NATO to increase its collective defense spending by $50 billion annually since 2016, and placing U.S. forces where they are most needed – on the front lines with Russia.

Whoever the next U.S. president is should continue President Trump’s solid approach to enhancing the Alliance and deterring Russia.


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Susan
Susan
10 months ago

Good move.

50RWF
50RWF
10 months ago
Reply to  Susan

Excellent move!

Paul Martin
Paul Martin
10 months ago

Our President never gets credit for anything in this country. Even for his stellar foreign policy of which Americans have been told virtually nothing. Of course, the rest of the world is not so blind, honoring him with parades and several Nobel Peace Prize nominations, the irony being, that corrupted as the award has become, the nominations are actually worth more than the prize itself. When seen through the lens of history, if the current election fraud is successful, and Biden takes office, Trump’s foreign policy will look like a rose between the two thorns of Obama and Biden, if only temporarily, as the new Democratic Socialist party revises history to reflect its own “new” truth.

American
American
10 months ago
Reply to  Paul Martin

1 of the Bigest Problems is communist China has been pushing trash into schools for 30 years or More about how wonderful Socialist life is to are young children AND NEVER TOLD THE ABOUT THE BAD PART OF SOCIAIST LIFE !!! WITCH IS IT’S ONLY GOOD LIFE DOR THE RICHEST OF THE RICH . ALL THE REST HAVE NO FREEDOM NO RIGHTS YOU ARE NOT IMPORTANT TO THEM!!! IF YOU DON’T OBEY WHAT THEY TELL YOU TO DO , YOU CAN AND WILL BE ARRESTED OR SHOT AND MOST TIMES BOTH. THEY CAN TAKE “ANYTHING” READ “ANYTHING” YOU OWN ANYTHING . home cars money your family kids and make the sex slaves if they choose !!! You Are NOTHING TO THEM . sounds like a great life style ???NOPE NOT TO ANYONE WITH A BRAIN THAT FUNCTIONS !!! socialist SOCIALISM , MARXISM, COMMUNISM IS ALL THE SAME THING . AND NOW TJEY WILL BE TAKING OUR HISTORY AND ERASEING IT SO THE EVEN YOUNGER CHILDREN will not know anything ABOUT IT OVER TIME . THEY WILL BE PLUMB STUPID TO THE FACT THAT OUR GOVERNMENT THAT IS AND WAS SUPPOSED TO PREVENT COMMUNIST IN OUR COUNTRY MUCH LESS LETTING THEM BE IN OUR POLITICAL OFFICE’S BECOMEING DICTATORS OF OUR FREE WORLD.!!!- AND OUR MEDIA IS OWED BY COMMUNIST BOUGH AND PAID FOR!! SO RHAT IS WHY ALL THE LYING FROM THE SOCIALIST DAMOCRAPS WAS ALL ABOUT. AND MEDIA BLOCKING EVERYTHING ABOUT BIDENS CROOKED PAST. OBAMA HILLARY JOINED FORXCES WITH BIDEN TO HELP KEEP EACH OTHER OUT OF PRISON !!! BIDEN AND OBAMA SELLING US OUT TO THE COMMUNIST WHILE BIDEN WAS VP. IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. AND ALL 3 IF NOT MORE WERE INVOLVED AND THESE PERICULER 3 ARE INVOLVED IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING. FBI BOUGHT AND PAID FOR WAS COVERING IT ALL UP !!- Oscar El Blue will tell you about them being involved on youtube if you are smart enough to care. Dan BONGINO has more about Biden and his sons corrupt deals with China and Ukraine. If YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO CARE. JUST HOW CROOKED THESE PEOPLE ARE-!!!!!!!!

American
American
10 months ago

According to the bible a enemy from the north will launch a attack on our country with middle named HAMMER and it will devastate the whole country. . saying we are close to the end of time. Ok this is me. But how many times have we heard this . I have no doubt it will eventually happen . it has to look how stupid things have gotten over greed and power. All these ass wholes want to do is start trouble!!! Like our own government all racist shit always shows up around a election time. I don’t know about the most of you but I have had real good friends of all colors. AND I even took the time to find someone to help understand languages I could not understand translater . I have helped , worked, and invited them to cook out ‘s I have always to get along with everyone. Hell the worst one I found to get along with was my own brother after he only had cans of beer. Then it was just like flipping a light switch. From the best person to be around to the worst . I TRULY think the world would have been a better place without the filthy rich. AND money the ROOT OF ALL EVIL and I do truly believe that. If America would have stayed with a barter system that would make everyone at the same level unless you were to lazy to get off YOUR butts and work for something to trade with. But NOPE HERE COMES GREED the same kind of people that started politicking in the way old day the greedy started taking what ever they could take and steal . the bad part they still do it today. Take for theirselves to fuel their WANTS AND DON’T GIVE A CRAP ABOUT THE CITIZENS. NEEDS. NEEDS NOT WANTS. WE THE LABORERS ARE THE ONES THAT BUSTED OR BUTTS BUILDING AMERICA. AND politics take the claim for that . just because they sit on their butts and say I financed that yep with OUR MONEY THEY stole from the public with always higher taxes. So they can have parties and lavish things and give kick backs to their contributions ALL AT OUR EXPENSE. WHY DO WE EVEN NEED POLITICIANS they do nothing but start problems not only with Americans but all the way around the world . they can’t KEEP THEIR NOSES OUT OF PEOPLES BUISSNESS AND ALWAYS WANT SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. OUR MOMEY FOR THEIR TAX FOR THEIR ONW USE . That is the real problem in every country around RHIS planet. Is GOVERNMENT’s. Give that a good think’N and not at a pol9 level we know what THEY WANT AND WE KNOW WE NEED BETTER. SEE WANTS AND NEEDS 2 VERY DIFFERENT THINGS . AND POLITICIANS don’t give a crap about us we are ALL A NUMBER to them. AND lie lie lie . point fingers tell and dream they WANT to raise taxes and price everything higher . AND those politicians never seen to grow up because of never have been out and working labor job and that should be a least a 10 year minimum before being able to become a politician . so REALLY KNOW WHAT THE HELL ITS LIKE OUT HERE IN THE REAL WORLD.!!!!
Good Day And Everyone Stay Safe.