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by Stephen Lendman
No nations threaten America, not Russia, North Korea or any others. Claims otherwise are Big Lies – a pretext for increased military spending along with fear-mongering to enlist public support.
On Tuesday, NATO commander US General Curtis Scaparrotti said he needs more funding for an increased longterm military buildup in Europe.
He wants an additional combat brigade and support troops to counter a Russian threat – despite none existing, he failed to explain.
In March, he said he needs more ground forces, combat air squadrons and carrier strike groups in areas he commands.
Citing a “heavy (Russian) force” in Europe, he failed to explain it’s almost entirely within it own borders – unlike America’s military provocatively deployed worldwide, including near Russian, Chinese and North Korean borders.
The Pentagon’s European Reassurance Initiative was established to deter the nonexistent threat of Russian aggression.
Scaparrotti wants what he calls “stable, predictable” multiyear funding for more troops, more weapons and munitions – despite no justifiable need.
Years earlier, “we weren’t concerned about being ready” for combat, he claimed – ignoring US direct and proxy wars waged every year in memory against invented enemies, long before things got completely out-of-hand post-9/11.
America needs more peace and less war, more social services funding and less for militarism, more mutual cooperation with all nations, less adversarial ones with sovereign independent states.
America needs responsible leadership and governance entirely absent throughout most of its sordid history – notably under the Clintons, Bush/Cheney, Obama and Trump.
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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.