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Our military is now so pathetic I doubt they could fight their way out of a paper bag.
originally posted by: Crumbles
a reply to: 123143
Possibly the most ignorant comment I've seen today. Our military is one of the only first would Armys with combat experience, but nice try on getting a few stars for a weak statment.
originally posted by: Profusion
Norway is to break a decades-old commitment not to host foreign troops on its soil by accommodating 330 US Marines next year. Russia, the apparent target of the buildup, said it was puzzled by the move.
The Marines will be stationed at the Vaernes military base in central Norway from January, the Norwegian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The agreement for the deployment will be reviewed in the course of the year, it added.
I was one of the few posters on this forum who expressed that Norway's decision to have Marines deployed on its home soil was significant. Part of the reason I believe it is significant is Russia's reaction to the move.
Our opinions mean nothing in this matter. If Russia considers the move to be significant then it's significant. I wonder if posters will be able to put aside their egos for this thread and not focus on their view of this issue but focus on Russia's view.
Quoting from the article linked above:
"The deployment appears to be in line with NATO's strategy to boost its military presence close to Russia’s borders. The alliance decided to send four 1,000-strong battalions each to Poland and the Baltic states, claiming it was needed to deter Russia."
Please put it all in context from Russia's point of view.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
a reply to: Profusion
330 servicemen is not a 'build up'.
build-up, noun [ C usually singular ]
UK /ˈbɪld.ʌp/ US /ˈbɪld.ʌp/
build-up noun [ C usually singular] (INCREASE)
originally posted by: tommyjo
a reply to: Profusion
Your own link states
Other NATO members have sent troops for training in Norway, with as many as 15,000 visitors arriving for an exercise in 2000. The new deployment of US Marines technically follows the same procedure, allowing US military personnel in Norway on provisional rotation rather than permanently.
What is the problem? There is no problem. The problem is why didn't you quote the above? It is just routine training.
Norway will allow U.S. troops to be stationed on its soil for a limited period from next year, the defense ministry said on Monday, the first time foreign troops have been posted on its territory since the end of World War Two.
Norway is a founding member of the U.S.-led NATO alliance and a close U.S. political ally. NATO troops have long come to the Nordic country to take part in military exercise but have not been stationed on Norwegian territory.
originally posted by: djz3ro
Time for some education...