Sinclair Lewis: General: State of peace far worse than war

September 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Sinclair Lewis: For the first time in all history, a great nation must go on arming itself more and more…for peace!

Sinclair Lewis: Get us into war just to grease their insane vanity and show the world that we’re the huskiest nation going

Sinclair Lewis: It Can(‘t) Happen Here

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Sinclair Lewis
From It Can’t Happen Here (1935)

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The General was short and globular, and his red face was smooth as a baby’s bottom and adorned with white-gold-framed spectacles. But he had the military snort and a virile chuckle.

“Well, sir!” he guffawed, on his feet, shaking a chummy forefinger at Mrs. Gimmitch, “since you folks are bound and determined to drag the secrets out of a poor soldier, I better confess that while I do abhor war, yet there are worse things. Ah, my friends, far worse! A state of so-called peace, in which labor organizations are riddled, as by plague germs, with insane notions out of anarchistic Red Russia! A state in which college professors, newspapermen, and notorious authors are secretly promulgating these same seditious attacks on the grand old Constitution! A state in which, as a result of being fed with these mental drugs, the People are flabby, cowardly, grasping, and lacking in the fierce pride of the warrior! No, such a state is far worse than war at its most monstrous!

“I guess maybe some of the things I said in my former speech were kind of a little bit obvious and what we used to call ‘old hat’ when my brigade was quartered in England. About the United States only wanting peace, and freedom from all foreign entanglements. No! What I’d really like us to do would be to come out and tell the whole world: ‘Now you boys never mind about the moral side of this. We have power, and power is its own excuse!’

“I don’t altogether admire everything Germany and Italy have done, but you’ve got to hand it to ‘em, they’ve been honest enough and realistic enough to say to the other nations, ‘Just tend to your own business, will you? We’ve got strength and will, and for whomever has those divine qualities it’s not only a right, it’s a duty, to use ‘em!’ Nobody in God’s world ever loved a weakling – including that weakling himself!

“And I’ve got good news for you! This gospel of clean and aggressive strength is spreading everywhere in this country among the finest type of youth. Why today, in 1936, there’s less than 7 per cent of collegiate institutions that do not have military-training units under discipline as rigorous as the Nazis, and where once it was forced upon them by the authorities, now it is the strong young men and women who themselves demand the right to be trained in warlike virtues and skill – for, mark you, the girls, with their instruction in nursing and the manufacture of gas masks and the like, are becoming every whit as zealous as their brothers. And all the really thinking type of professors are right with ‘em!

“Why, here, as recently as three years ago, a sickeningly big percentage of students were blatant pacifists, wanting to knife their own native land in the dark. But now, when the shameless fools and the advocates of Communism try to hold pacifist meetings – why, my friends, in the past five months, since January first, no less than seventy-six such exhibitionistic orgies have been raided by their fellow students, and no less than fifty-nine disloyal Red students have received their just deserts by being beaten up so severely that never again will they raise in this free country the bloodstained banner of anarchism! That, my friends, is NEWS!”

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Two Days In Tbilisi: Pentagon Immediately Implements New NATO Program

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
September 8, 2014

Official Visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Come to End

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Two-day long official visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense to Georgia has come to an end today. Chuck Hagel has already left Georgia. Deputy Defense Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland and Defense Attaché, Colonel Mathew Dimmick saw U.S. Defense Secretary off.

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania hosted the U.S. counterpart. Pentagon Chief held meetings at Georgian MoD, with Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili and President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

At the meeting held at the Georgian MoD, Secretary of Defense reiterated importance of the US-Georgia partnership and expressed willingness to continue enhanced cooperation with Georgia in the defense area. He gave a positive appreciation of the Substantial Package and pledged support in its implementation.

U.S. Secretary of Defense also visited National Training Center “Krtsanisi” and delivered speech to the Georgian military and U.S. Marines. He thanked the Georgian people for their contributions and sacrifices over the last decade.

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Ministry of Defence of Georgia
September 7, 2014

The US Secretary of Defense at the Heroes` Memorial

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In the framework of an official visit to Georgia, the United States Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel went to see the memorial of heroes who had fallen in the fight for the unity and territorial integrity of Georgia. Secretary Chuck Hagel held a minute of silence to pay tribute to the memory of the Georgian heroes and those ones who died in action in international missions and laid wreath on the memorial.

The US Defense Chief also talked with the military servicemen who had been wounded in 2008 August War and in international missions.

Among the memorial visitors were Minister of Defense Irakli Alasania, Deputy Minister Mikheil Darchiashvili, Chief of the General Staff of GAF Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze, other MoD and GS officials as well as the US Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland and the US delegation members. They also paid tribute to the remembers of the Georgian heroes.

The MoD military brass band performed Georgian and American state anthems.

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Latvia: NATO Rehearsal For War With Russia

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum

September 8, 2014

EXERCISE STEADFAST JAVELIN-II AIRBORNE ASSAULT VISITED BY COMMANDER JFC BRUNSSUM

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General Hans-Lothar Domröse, Commander Joint Forces Command Brunssum (JFCB), visited Latvia last Friday 5 September 2014 to attend to the exercise ‘Steadfast Javelin-II’ distinguished visitors day. He met with the senior officials and observed a number of exercise serials first hand. This included a night-time parachute jump by more than 400 NATO paratroopers onto Lielvārde Air Base that was followed by the seizure of the airfield and the landing of Stryker armoured vehicles.

In an interview General Domröse stressed the importance of exercises such as ‘Steadfast Javelin-II’ as platforms that enhance and maintain military interoperability – critically, amongst NATO member and partner nations under the framework of what the Alliance calls the ‘Connected Forces Initiative.’

Underlining NATO’s rock solid commitment to collective defence the General said: “With this exercise NATO sends the clear message that it is committed and ready to protect member nations’ territory at any time.” With specific reference to the Baltic States and Poland he added: “The Alliance is capable and willing to defend the countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland should the need arise.”

Exercise ‘Steadfast Javelin-II’ is a NATO exercise involving over 2,000 troops from 10 nations. It is being conducted simultaneously in Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The exercise focuses on increasing interoperability and synchronizing complex operations between allied air and ground forces through airborne and air assault missions.

Story by: JFCB Public Affairs Office.

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Black Sea: NATO Warships Join U.S.-Ukraine Exercise

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Maritime Command

September 8, 2014

NATO SHIPS TAKE PART IN MULTINATIONAL SEA BREEZE EXERCISE

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Three ships from Standing NATO Maritime Group TWO Task Unit 02 (SNMG2 TU.02) arrived in the Black Sea Saturday to take part in the multinational ‘Sea Breeze 2014’ military exercise, which started Monday 8 September. The aim of NATO’s participation in the exercise is to demonstrate Allied commitment to collective defence and to strengthen NATO’s ability to work with partner navies.

The event will test maritime interdiction operations, communications, search and rescue, force protection and navigation. The United States and Ukraine are organizing the annual exercise ‘Sea Breeze’ which will run from 8-10 September 2014. This year’s participants include Ukraine, Georgia, Romania, Turkey, and the United States. NATO is represented by the Canadian frigate HMCS Toronto, the Spanish frigate SPS Almirante Juan de Borbon and the Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand. The three ships are under the command of Standing NATO Maritime Group Two Rear Admiral Brad Williamson. SNMG2 is part of NATO’s four Standing Maritime Forces.

In response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine, NATO has increased its air patrols over the Baltic countries and increased naval patrols in the Baltic Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. The NATO Summit in Wales last week (4-5 September) agreed to form a new rapid reaction force and to further step up exercises in Eastern Europe to enhance the collective defence of Allies.

Story by: MARCOM Public Affairs Office.

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Ukraine: U.S., NATO Allies Start Black Sea Military Exercise

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Interfax-Ukraine
September 8, 2014

Ukraine, U.S. to hold Sea Breeze exercise in Black Sea on Sept 8-10

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Ukraine and the United States are to hold the Sea Breeze exercise in the northwestern sector of the Black Sea on September 8 to 10, the Ukrainian Navy’s press center announced.

The exercise will focus on techniques of conducting an international operation to maintain safe navigation in a crisis-ridden region.

Besides Ukraine and the U.S., the exercise will involve Spain, Canada, Romania and Turkey. Twelve warships and logistics vessels will take part in the maneuvers, including five Ukrainian warships and two Ukrainian coastguard boats. The Ukrainian Navy will also provide aircraft and helicopters.

Georgia, Norway, Sweden and France will send observers to the naval maneuvers.

The crews will practice skills in overseeing merchant navigation in selected zones, searching for and spotting trespasser ships, as well as checking and rescuing skills.

The drill will proceed under the supervision of the Ukrainian Navy’s acting Deputy Commander for Combat Training, Captain First Rank Oleksiy Neizhpapa, and U.S. Navy Capt. James Aiken, who is deputy director of the exercise.

The Ukrainian Navy’s press service said that the drill would not have a land phase. Visits to the ports of Odesa or other Ukrainian ports are not envisioned.

The drill is part of the program for bilateral cooperation between the Ukrainian and U.S. military and complies with the Ukrainian president’s decree of March 25 2014. The naval maneuvers will be held in the spirit of the Partnership for Peace program. Eleven Sea Breeze exercises were held between 1997 and 2013.

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Pentagon Chief Backs Georgia’s New NATO Status

September 8, 2014 1 comment

U.S. Department of Defense
September 7, 2014

Hagel: U.S. Backs Georgia’s New NATO Standing, Boosts Defense Support
By Cheryl Pellerin

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WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made his first official visit to Georgia today following his participation at the NATO Summit in Wales, meeting with government and military leaders and congratulating the U.S. military partner on its new status as an enhanced NATO partner.

Hagel began his 16th international trip Sept. 3; a six-day visit that included participation in the NATO Summit in Wales last week and meetings with government and military leaders in Georgia and Turkey.

Meeting with the defense minister

This morning, after an official welcoming ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Tbilisi, Hagel met with Defense Minister Irakli Alasania. During a press conference that followed the meeting, both reaffirmed their nations’ close defense partnership and the shared goal to build even stronger military ties.

“I also expressed the gratitude of the American people for the … significant contributions Georgia has made to operations in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Over more than a decade of fighting together, our two militaries have forged a deep and enduring friendship and a strong and vibrant partnership,” Hagel said.

In 2012, the U.S. and Georgian presidents agreed to an enhanced defense cooperation program to accelerate Georgia’s defense reforms and modernization, increase Georgia’s level of NATO interoperability and improve the nation’s defense capabilities.

As a result of the agreement, the United States and Georgia have increased cooperative training events and dialogues among subject matter experts.

Because Georgia is a committed and dependable U.S. partner, the defense secretary said, the Defense Department fully supports Georgia’s defense modernization efforts and will continue to help the nation fulfill its Euro-Atlantic aspirations — including membership in NATO.

New NATO status

Hagel and Alasania discussed how the substantial package of measures for Georgia that NATO leaders endorsed at the Wales summit will strengthen the country’s relationship with NATO, Hagel added. These include expanded defense capacity-building efforts, more joint training exercises and enhanced interoperability capabilities.

Georgia was one of five nations to achieve the new elevated status of NATO enhanced-opportunities partners, and Hagel said the United States would make a substantial contribution to the new alliance effort and to continuing bilateral U.S.-Georgia capacity-building efforts.

Today the minister and I discussed the necessary steps for Georgia to acquire the U.S. military helicopters that they have requested,” Hagel said, adding that Georgia’s new status would help the nation advance its preparations toward NATO membership.

Russia

Hagel said the deepening ties between NATO and Georgia are especially important given the “dangerous and irresponsible actions of President [Vladimir] Putin toward Ukraine.”

Putin’s illegal annexation of Crimea, which the United States does not recognize, the secretary noted, “and the ongoing military campaign that Russia is mounting in eastern Ukraine, pose grave threats to regional stability, as had its actions inside Georgia’s internationally recognized borders.”

The United States continues to call on Russia to fully withdraw its forces from Georgia’s borders, Hagel said, adding that the United States welcomes the restraint Georgia has shown in this situation.

“Russia’s actions here and in Ukraine pose a long-term challenge that the United States and our allies take very seriously. But President Putin’s actions have also brought the United States and our friends in Europe, including Georgia, closer together,” Hagel said.

Battling terrorism

“We will need a close partnership to counter another key security challenge – the growing threat of violent extremism,” the secretary added.

Hagel said he and Alasania discussed ways Georgia could play an important role in a partnership with the United States, Iraq and coalition partners to destroy the ISIL threat.

“This is a galvanizing moment for NATO and our partners,” Hagel added. “I believe that the summit in Wales put us on the right path to respond to President Putin’s challenge over the long term, as well as the threat of ISIL.”

After the press conference, Hagel made his way to a meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili, stopping first at Heroes Square to lay a wreath.

Heroes Square

Heroes Square, built in 2009, honors those who died protecting Georgia’s territory. Etched into the main monument, a tall pillar of marble and methacrylate, are the names — about 4,000 in total — of Georgian military cadets who died fighting the Red Army in 1921, the leaders of an anti-Soviet revolt in 1924, and those who died during military actions in Abkhazia in 1992-1993 and in the five-day war in South Ossetia in August 2008.

Across the street, facing the obelisk, an eternal flame is flanked by an honor guard of two soldiers.
Afterward, Hagel met with the prime minister at the State Chancellery and later in the day at the President’s Palace with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby provided readouts of the meetings.
In his meeting with the Georgian president, Hagel thanked Margvelashvili for his leadership and for the contributions Georgia continues to make in Afghanistan and other peacekeeping missions.

Georgia in Afghanistan

Georgian armed forces members have served in Afghanistan since 2004. The first full Georgian unit deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Georgia is the largest non-NATO troop contributor to the International Security Assistance Force, with more than 10,000 soldiers having operated with Marines in Helmand Province.

To date, 29 Georgian soldiers have died and 276 have been wounded during their service in Afghanistan. Beyond 2014, Georgia has agreed to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces and has pledged financial assistance.

Meeting with the defense minister

Kirby said Hagel also praised the efforts of Defense Minister Alasania in helping the two militaries maintain a strong defense relationship, and reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to working with Georgia on a range of bilateral and alliance initiatives.

The two leaders discussed a host of regional security issues, the admiral said, including Russia’s continued aggression inside Ukraine and the threat its actions pose to the regional and international order, and the threat posed by ISIL in the Middle East.

Common concern

One concern was common to Hagel’s meeting with Margvelashvili, and earlier in the day with the prime minister, Kirby said; the problem of foreign fighters flowing into Syria to join extremist groups and the threat those fighters represent to their homelands.

Hagel updated Margvelashvili and Gharibashvili on U.S. efforts to build a coalition of nations willing to contribute to continued operations inside Iraq and against ISIL, Kirby added. And the secretary thanked the Georgian leaders for their willingness to consider ways to support that initiative.

“In both his meetings this afternoon,” the admiral said, “Secretary Hagel pledged to continue the close dialogue and cooperation between our two countries.”

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James Whitcomb Riley: Sang! sang on! sang hate – sang war -

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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James Whitcomb Riley
Song of the Bullet

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It whizzed and whistled along the blurred
And red-blent ranks; and it nicked the star
Of an epaulette, as it snarled the word -
War!

On it sped – and the lifted wrist
Of the ensign-bearer stung, and straight
Dropped at his side as the word was hissed -
Hate!

On went the missile – smoothed the blue
Of a jaunty cap and the curls thereof,
Cooing, as a dove might do -
Love!

Sang! sang on! sang hate – sang war -
Sang love, in sooth, till it needs must cease,
Hushed in the heart it was questing for -
Peace!

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From Who Bides His Time (1883)

Who bides his time, and fevers not
In the hot race that none achieves,
Shall wear cool-wreathen laurel, wrought
With crimson berries in the leaves;
And he shall reign a goodly king,
And sway his hand o’er every clime
With peace writ on his signet-ring,
Who bides his time.

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Georgia: Pentagon Opens Southern Front

September 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
September 7, 2014

Meeting with Georgian Military and U.S. Marines

Within two-day official visit to Georgia, U.S. Secretary of Defense visited National Training Center “Krtsanisi”. Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania, Chief of General Staff of GAF, Major-General Vakhtang Kapanadze and the top brass of MoD hosted the honorable guest at the Center.

Georgian Defence Minister introduced his U.S. counterpart to the soldiers and expressed gratitude to Chuck Hagel for visiting Georgia: “We are especially proud that our guest – United States Secretary of Defense was a military man himself and was wounded in a combat operation. I’d like again to warmly welcome the Secretary of Defense of United States and would like to reiterate that he should be feeling himself as he is at home being here in Georgia”.

U.S. Secretary of Defense delivered speech to the Georgian military and U.S. Marines. He thanked the Georgian people for their contributions and sacrifices over the last decade.

While addressing Chuck Hagel emphasized three main priorities for the U.S. as a state: “Minister, thank you very much. Georgian hosts and fellow soldiers – thank you for what you do and for your friendship and partnership. Thank you our marines – we are very proud of you, we are very proud of what you do and what you represent and how you do your job. You are important ambassadors for our country, of out alive and you do as much as any group of people to build bridges all over the world with other nations, with another people. I want you to know that President Obama asked me to do – tell you hello, but also wanted me to express deep gratitude for what you do. Particularly, I am pleased to be here with my friend – the Georgian Defence Minister but actually met him many years ago when I was here as a representative of the United States Senate. I know that he is commitment to his country and people of Georgia. I know that he is commitment to American people friendship and partnership. I think mostly you know Minister and I have just arrived from the NATO Summit in Wales. I believe a great deal was accomplished. I think a great deal was accomplished to enhance and expand the relationship among the NATO countries with Georgia. I want to share couple of thoughts with you and then we will take up questions. The primary priorities that President Obama places on our country, I place on Department of Defense are these: First – people, every institution is only as good as people – to take care of your people capabilities. Second – we can ask our marines and Georgian Soldiers to go and come back without capabilities at the edge that you must have. Third – an enhancement and an enlargement and focus on partner building, partner capability building. I know Georgian friends share the same priorities – people, capabilities and partners. I believe if there was every time in the world that partnership is going to be very important. Important not just for the threats we face today but future unknown threats. That is importance of today’s partnerships. Well, I came to Georgia right after the NATO Summit for many reasons. But a primary reason was to emphasize to our Georgian partners, to people of Georgia how the United States values your relationship. So I very much appreciate my day here that I have spent time this morning with the Defence Minister. This afternoon I will meet with the President and Prime Minister to have opportunities that President Obama wants to share – we share our thinking and take continued the reassurance commitments of our partnership and the expansion of that partnership. I feel much better to be around with U.S. marines”.

Following his speech, U.S. Secretary of Defense answered the questions asked by Georgian and U.S. military. At the end of the event, the U.S. honorable guest presented the Georgian military and U.S. marines with the coins of U.S. Secretary of Defense.

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Ukraine, Syria: Hagel Vows Even Stronger Military Ties With Georgia

September 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Civil Georgia
September 7, 2014

Hagel Pledges ‘Even Stronger Military Ties’ with Georgia

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Tbilisi: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Sunday in Tbilisi that “shared goal to build even stronger military ties in the future, particularly in the light of Russia’s blatant aggression in Ukraine,” was reaffirmed during talks with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Alasania.

Hagel, who arrived in Tbilisi right after the NATO summit in Wales, said how to go forward with Georgia’s expanding partnership with NATO in the light of Wales summit decisions, Georgia’s possible role in U.S. coalition against Islamic State, regional security in the context of situation in Ukraine, as well as U.S. bilateral efforts to bolster Georgia’s defense capabilities were discussed during his meeting with the Georgian Defense Minister.

Hagel, who is the first U.S. Defense Secretary to visit Georgia since December, 2003, arrived in Tbilisi on Saturday evening. After the meeting with the Georgian Defense Minister, Hagel laid a wreath at the Heroes Square to commemorate the fallen Georgian soldiers and then visited together with Alasania Krtsanisi national training center outside Tbilisi, where U.S. marines are providing training to the Georgian troops for over a decade already.

Also on Sunday the U.S. Secretary of Defense met Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and PM Irakli Garibashvili.

‘NATO Summit Results Significant Victory for Georgia’

Speaking at a news conference after meeting with the Georgian Defense Minister, Hagel praised Georgia as “a committed and dependable partner” and pledged that the U.S. will continue supporting Georgia’s “ongoing defense modernization efforts”, as well as its drive to become NATO member.

He said that the NATO summit in Wales produced “an important milestone in Georgia’s efforts to join” the alliance. At the summit NATO adopted package of measures, including expanded defense capacity building efforts, more joint trainings and exercises, strengthened liaison and enhanced interoperability capabilities, which the Alliance said, will help Georgia to prepare for eventual membership.

“The minister [Alasania] and I discussed how to move forward with all these efforts by leveraging the substantial package of measures with Georgia that NATO leaders just endorsed at the Wales summit,” the U.S. Defense Secretary said.

He said that Georgia became one of those five nations, which achieved “new elevated status” and “very significant amount of new standing” of enhanced opportunities with NATO; four others are Australia, Finland, Jordan, and Sweden.

This “special partnership” with NATO, Hagel said, gives Georgia “new options, new expandability, new possibilities working within NATO.”

“The eventual membership for Georgia in NATO is something that we are committed to and the process to get there is important. I think Georgia has to see results of the summit as significant victory for them and significant addition to what will be their capabilities,” the U.S. Secretary of Defense said.

Discussions on Georgia’s Request to Acquire U.S. Military Helicopters

Hagel said that the U.S. intends to make a “substantial contribution” to the package that was endorsed by NATO leaders in Wales, and at the same time, he said, the U.S. will also continue its bilateral capacity building efforts with Georgia.

“The minister [Alasania] and I discussed necessary steps for Georgia to acquire U.S. military helicopters that they have requested,” Hagel said.

He also said that “pricing and availability” and other details of this request by Georgia was discussed and added that the U.S. is “constantly focused on how we can do more” in terms of increasing Georgia’s defense capacity. “We’ll do more,” Hagel said.

Georgia and U.S. Coalition Against Islamic State

Hagel, who will be visiting Turkey after talks in Tbilisi, said that Georgia’s possible role in U.S. coalition to fight Islamic State was also discussed.

“The minister and I had a very good discussion on potential ways that Georgia could play an important role in this partnership with the United States and our coalition partners to destroy the ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] threat,” Hagel said.

Asked what Georgia contribution in fight against Islamic State might be, Defense Minister Alasania responded that as “a strategic partner and trusted ally of the United States, we fully support what the United States is doing to eradicate these barbarians.”

“We have developed quite an institutional building experience that will help probably Iraqis to put together their own armed forces. Trainings, exercises – these are the things that come to our mind, but as the Secretary [Hagel] mentioned in our discussions I think Georgia can play a supportive role in what they [the coalition] are trying to achieve,” Alasania said and added that discussions would continue further on this issue.

‘Putin’s Irresponsible Actions Pose Long-Term Challenge’

The U.S. Defense Secretary said that deepening ties between NATO and Georgia “are especially important given the dangerous and irresponsible actions” of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

“Russia’s actions here [in Georgia] and in Ukraine pose a long-term challenge that the United States and our allies take very seriously,” Hagel said. “President Putin’s actions have also brought the United States and our friends in Europe, including Georgia, closer together.”

He called on Russia to “fully withdraw its forces from Georgia’s borders” and welcomed “the restraint Georgia has shown.”

Speaking about Ukraine, Georgian Defense Minister Alasania condemned “Russia’s aggression” and annexation of Crimea.

“Let me remind you that this is an extension of what we Georgians have lived through past twenty years, especially the aggressive war against Georgia in 2008. It is more painful for us to see that the world was not able to put checks on the aggressive behavior of Russia [in case of Georgia] and now we are paying another price,” Alasania said, adding that NATO decision to create rapid response force was “the right move.”

“Of course the confrontation should be avoided and we hope the ceasefire [in Ukraine] will hold, but we have a bitter experience in Georgia with trusting Russian ceasefire, so we’d better prepare for the contingencies,” Alasania said.

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Highest Level In Several Decades: More NATO Warships Enter Black Sea For Tomorrow’s War Games

September 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Cihan News Agency/Trend News Agency
September 6, 2014

Four NATO ships due in Black Sea ahead of maritime exercise

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WASHINGTON: Guided missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71) was scheduled to transit the Bosphorus Strait today – the U.S. 6th Fleet announced – as well as the French frigate Commandant Birot (F796).

“Ross’ presence in the Black Sea serves to demonstrate the United States’ commitment to strengthening the collective security of NATO allies and partners in the region,” according to a release from U.S. 6th Fleet.

“The ship is scheduled to work alongside NATO allies and partners in the region during its time in the Black Sea, enhancing interoperability and improving regional security.”

The Canadian Navy’s Halifax-class frigate HMCS Toronto (FFH-333) and the Spanish guided missile frigate Almirante Juan de Borbón (F-102) are due in the Black Sea in by Sept. 7, according to a Wednesday report by the Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

Guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) departed the Black Sea on Aug. 26.

The ships are scheduled to support the latest iteration of exercise Sea Breeze, which will kick off on Sept. 8 and run until Sept. 10, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters on Wednesday.

The exercise will focus on basic naval skills including maritime interdiction operations, force protection, navigation and humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) missions, a defense official told USNI News.

A separate land-based exercise – Rapid Trident – has been scheduled in the next weeks in Ukraine at at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center located in Yavoriv, Warren said on Wednesday.

A multi-national exercise focused on mine-counter measure training, Exercise Breeze, concluded in July.
French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lôme (A759), is reported in the Black Sea, as part of an ongoing presence mission following the Russian seizure of the Crimea region of Ukraine in March.

All warship from countries without a coast on the Black Sea operate under the 1936 Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits.

Montreux rules call for foreign warships to depart the Black Sea after 21 days.

With a steady rotation of assets, the number of NATO ships in the Black Sea has been up to nine – the highest level in several decades.

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NATO, Ukrainian Junta Plan Full Military Interoperability

September 7, 2014 2 comments

National Radio Company of Ukraine
September 5, 2014

Ukraine, NATO agree on intensive cooperation – Poroshenko

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President Petro Poroshenko attended a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of heads of state and government of the member countries and partners of NATO, as part of the Alliance’s summit in Newport Wales.

Poroshenko thanked NATO and individual allies for the practical help and assistance provided to Ukraine in recent months – humanitarian assistance to the civilian population affected by the armed conflict, advisory support, as well as medical treatment of injured Ukrainian servicemen. He said that many allies had declared additional practical support for Ukraine to be provided on a bilateral basis, including commitments to contribute to newly established defence capacity building trust funds and what is especially important: “rehabilitation of wounded servicemen, bilateral military cooperation in the provision of lethal and non-lethal equipment,” including precision guidance arms, to Ukraine.

“A completely new security situation created by this aggression calls for our joint actions to counter the emerged security challenges including hybrid warfare threats and, thus, to shape a new strategic framework of NATO-Ukraine cooperation,” Poroshenko said. He noted that in the course of meetings with the leaders of other states they agreed that further cooperation would be focused on achieving full interoperability between Ukraine and NATO and developing joint capabilities in military, defence and security sectors. Agreement was also reached at the meeting to strengthen Ukraine’s intensive cooperation with NATO in defence and security sector through development and capacity building programs, focusing on reform of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and other security structures.

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Interview: U.S. Needs ISIS To Advance Its Agenda In Iraq And Syria

September 7, 2014 1 comment

Press TV
September 7, 2014

US needs ISIL threat to advance its agenda in Iraq and Syria: Rick Rozoff

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An American peace activist says the United States probably wants to maintain the threat of the ISIL terrorist group both in Iraq and Syria to advance its interventionist agenda in the Middle East.

“At the two-day NATO summit in Newport, which concluded yesterday, US President Barack Obama reversed course effectively,” Rick Rozoff, manager of the Stop NATO International Network, told Press TV on Saturday.

“And whereas a few days earlier he stated that in fact the US doesn’t have an effective strategy for combating the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now [he] stated that he was working with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies to develop just such a strategy. So it appears on the surface to be a 180-degree reversal of what he has said earlier,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the terrorist group.

Rozoff said Obama was probably telling the truth when he said that “he has no practical strategy for fighting ISIS.

“I think that was probably an honest assessment.”

“We have reasons to believe, however, that ending the ISIS threat may not be entirely the US’s strategy either; that the extremist effort in Iraq and Syria seems to serve US purposes quite effectively,” he stated. “It’s already been the effective cause of the downfall of the Maliki government in Iraq which we know that the US wanted to replace [and] has now succeeded in effecting.”

“It’s also a pretext that the US is going to exploit for its continued effort with its NATO allies incidentally to overthrow the legitimate government in Syria. And who knows whichever other geopolitical objectives the US maybe pursuing in the greater Middle East, in the Levant, particularly, and even exploiting ISIS to that purpose,” the activist noted.

On Friday, the United States said it was forming a broad international coalition to battle the terrorist group, which is operating in Iraq and Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told foreign and defense ministers participating in a NATO summit in Wales that there were many ways they could help.

The ISIL terrorists, who were reportedly trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012, control large parts of Syria’s northern territory. ISIL sent its fighters into neighboring Iraq in June, quickly seizing large swaths of land straddling the border between the two countries.

Ministers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark met in Wales to hammer out a strategy for battling ISIL.

According to the White House, the terrorist group recently beheaded American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff in Syria. Foley was reportedly killed last month, and Sotloff was executed early this month.

Former US intelligence official Scott Rickard says Washington is using the “beheadings” of the “journalists” by ISIL to “sway public opinion” in favor of another war in the Middle East.

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Upton Sinclair: New Lysistratas: Women must refuse to have babies until men stop killing

September 7, 2014 Leave a comment

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Upton Sinclair: How wars start, how they can be prevented

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Upton Sinclair: World war as a business enterprise

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Upton Sinclair
From Boston (1928)

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“Maybe the ‘antis’ were right, Grannie – women are not meant to meddle in politics! Maybe we ought to stay home and look after the babies, like Aunt Clara. And when we get the babies raised, the old men step in and send them off to the battle-field, so what’s the use? I go over and over it in my mind, and the only conclusion is that this generation of girls must go on strike, and refuse to have babies until the men stop killing…”

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Lies! Lies! It was the autumn of the year 1920, and a great political campaign was at its climax; America had ceased to be a republic, it was an absolute monarchy, its ruler the Prince of Lies!

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Captain John Quincy Thornwell, Jr., Cornelia’s grand-nephew, oldest son of the president of the First National Bank of Boston, had been an officer in Battery A, the fashionable militia organization, in which the young blue-bloods dashed about expensively. Tall, golden-haired, haughty, he had looked so “fetching” in his fancy uniform that he had fetched a wife who would some day own ten per cent of the electric light industry of New England. “Captain John” was a director in his father’s bank, a builder of airplanes, and of anything else which had to do with killing – so sure of his own superiority he was.

Never would Cornelia forget the day when he and his unit had departed for France. She had gone with the heart-broken young wife to see them off; a dreadful experience – all the Boston blue-bloods there in their expensive limousines, many of them stuck in a swampy field alongside the Ipswich River, caught by a sudden deluge of rain, and an ear-splitting thunderstorm; all social influence, all family connections set at nought by the irreverent elements – it was quite like being at war – blue-bloods actually struck by lightning and killed! And these refined and delicately nurtured young Harvard men, dressed in water-soaked khaki plastered with mud, standing at attention for the “Star-Spangled Banner”; then struggling with exasperated horses, to get very real and bloodthirsty cannon dragged out of mudholes.

“Captain John” had ridden off, like many others, forever; in the desperate fighting in the Argonne Forest he had disappeared from human ken…

When Cornelia argued that “John did give his life for his country,” the new generation answered, “Don’t talk like a legionnaire! He gave his life for Father’s bonds. I didn’t want them and I’m not going to get them, so I can’t see that I owe any reverence to my military cousin.”

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After Eleven-Year Hiatus: Pentagon Chief Arrives In Georgia

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Civil Georgia
September 6, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Defense Hagel Visits Georgia

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Tbilisi: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel arrived in Tbilisi on Saturday, where he will hold talks with the Georgian leadership on Sunday before heading to Turkey.

Hagel will meet President Giorgi Margvelashvili, PM Irakli Garibashvili, as well as his Georgian counterpart Irakli Alasania.

He will also visit Krtsanisi national training center outside Tbilisi, where U.S. marines have been providing training to the Georgian troops for over a decade already.

It is the first visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense to Georgia in last eleven years. Donald Rumsfeld, then Defense Secretary visited Georgia in December, 2003 and prior to that he was in Tbilisi in 2001, which was followed by the launch of major U.S. training program for Georgian troops.

Hagel’s visit comes after the NATO summit in Wales, where the alliance has pledged to enhance its cooperation with Georgia through number of measures to help the country prepare for NATO membership.

The White House said on September 5 that the U.S. is “developing plans” to support Moldova and Georgia and reiterated that, if funded by the Congress, President Barack Obama’s European Reassurance Initiative will include provisions for increased assistance to build capacity in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to “provide for their own defense and increase interoperability with Western forces.

“In addition to high-level engagements, we plan to intensify security assistance over the longer term,” the White House said.

Georgian Defense Minister, Irakli Alasania, said in an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the NATO summit on September 5 that the U.S. Defense Secretary’s visit demonstrates U.S. support to Georgia and expressed hope for deepening defence ties with Washington, citing past discussions about bolstering Georgia’s defence capabilities, including air defence systems.

Alasania also told Reuters that Georgia’s possible role in U.S.-led international coalition against Islamic State militants will be one of the issues to be discussed in talks with the U.S. Secretary of Defense in Tbilisi.

“We’re awaiting requirements that the United States and the allies are putting out for partners,” the Georgian Defense Minister said.

When announcing on August 29 about Hagel’s planned trip to Georgia, the Pentagon said that the Secretary of Defense will thank Georgia, “one of the United States’ and NATO’s most important and capable partners”, for its contribution to the mission in Afghanistan and before that in Iraq.

“Obviously, Georgia shares our concerns about Russia’s actions in Ukraine, and that will, of course, be at the top of his [Hagel’s] agenda during that visit,” the Pentagon spokesperson said on August 29.

Hagel met Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania twice at the Pentagon since August, 2013.

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Obama At NATO Summit: Prologue To War With Russia

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

U.S. Department of Defense
September 5, 2014

NATO Summit Steels Alliance Members for Future
By Jim Garamone

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WASHINGTON: The NATO Summit in Wales came at a time of transition and testing for the alliance, President Barack Obama said at the conclusion of the meeting today.

As NATO ends combat in Afghanistan, the 28-member alliance finds itself facing challenges ranging from Russian actions against Ukraine to the terrorist threats in the Middle East and Africa.

“At this summit, our alliance has summoned the will, the resources, and the capabilities to meet all of these challenges,” the president said.

The allies reaffirmed the central tenet of NATO enshrined in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in 1949 — that an attack on one ally is an attack on all.

“This is a binding treaty obligation. It is non-negotiable,” Obama said. “And here in Wales, we’ve left absolutely no doubt we will defend every ally.”

Resolute reassurance

The allies agreed “to be resolute in reassuring our allies in Eastern Europe,” Obama said. Increased NATO air patrols over the Baltic republics will continue, as will rotations of NATO forces throughout Eastern Europe for training and exercises. Ship deployments to the Black Sea also will continue. “All 28 NATO nations agree to contribute to all of these measures for as long as necessary,” the president said.

The alliance must have forces able to deploy quickly, and which can operate effectively for any contingency, Obama said, and the allies agreed to a new readiness action plan, which will update defense planning. “We will create a new highly ready rapid response force that can be deployed on a very short notice,” he added. “We will increase NATO’s presence in central and eastern Europe with additional equipment, training, exercises and troop rotations.

The president said the $1 billion program he announced in June in Warsaw will be the start of the strong and continuing U.S. contribution to this plan.

All NATO nations pledged to increase investments in defense. The alliance has long had a goal of each nation spending 2 percent of gross domestic on defense. The United States is one of only four alliance nations that actually meets that goal. “These resources will help NATO invest in critical capabilities, including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and missile defense,” the president said.

Fully united in support of Ukraine

Finally, NATO nations are fully united in support of Ukraine’s “sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and its right to defend itself,” Obama said. All NATO allies agreed to provide security assistance to Ukraine. This aid includes nonlethal support like body armor, fuel, and medical care for wounded Ukrainian troops. It also includes assistance to help modernize Ukrainian forces, including logistics and command and control.

All this sends the message to Russia and its leaders that their actions have consequences. “Today the United States and Europe are finalizing measures to deepen and broaden our sanctions across Russia’s financial, energy, and defense sectors,” the president said.

Still, alliance members strongly support Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s efforts to pursue a peaceful resolution to the conflict, the president said.

“The cease-fire announced today can advance that goal, but only if there is follow-through on the ground,” he added. “Pro-Russian separatists must keep their commitments, and Russia must stop its violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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As Summit Ends, NATO Trains For War In Northeast Europe

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

U.S. Army Europe
September 5, 2014

NATO airborne exercise follows on heels of Wales summit
By Spc. Michael Crawford ( USARC)

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LIELVARDE, Latvia: Generals and ambassadors from NATO nations, troops and media gathered to watch U.S., Canadian and Italian paratroopers conduct a night-time joint forcible-entry exercise as part of Steadfast Javelin II late Sept. 5.

Steadfast Javelin II is a NATO exercise involving over 2,000 troops from 10 nations, and takes place across Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The exercise focuses on increasing interoperability and synchronizing complex operations between allied air and ground forces through airborne and air assault missions.

“By definition, if you are in an alliance you need to train as an alliance with all the members of the alliance, because if you don’t do that you’re not going to be interoperable, you’re not going to be effective and you’re not going to be able to deliver your mission,” said British Lt. General Ed Davis, deputy commander of NATO’s Allied Land Command. “Exercises such as Steadfast Javelin II are absolutely essential to the operational readiness of NATO and all the nation forces in it.”

Earlier in the week, air and ground forces gathered at Ramstein Airbase in Germany to begin days of planning, rehearsals and the loading of equipment and paratroopers necessary to complete the mission.

We don’t know where we’re going to go to next – what operation, what mission or what crisis is going to pop up around the world. We do know that we’re not going to deploy there alone; we’re going to deploy with our allies, and if we’re going to deploy together then we’ve got to train together,” said Maj. Gen. Walter Piatt, deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe, a native of Somerset, Pennsylvania. “We train very hard, because when we’re needed, our nations aren’t going to ask us if we’re ready; they’re going to expect it. We’re ready.”

Approximately 500 paratroopers dropped from U.S. Air Force C-130 aircraft over Lielvarde Airbase, quickly consolidating and clearing the airfield of enemy air defense and forces. Once the allied ground-force commander, Col. Michael Foster, brigade commander of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, declared the runway open, additional C-17 aircraft brought in Stryker armored vehicles from the U.S. 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

Simultaneously in Lithuania, approximately 160 paratroopers from the allied force conducted a similar airborne operation, dropping paratroopers and heavy equipment such as 105mm Howitzer artillery to seize secondary objectives. Combined with air-assault raids taking place across Poland, Latvia and Lithuania, the exercise showcased a combined effort by NATO air and ground troops.

“Interoperability means … we can work together, that we understand each other, that we have the same procedures and tactics and we practice it together,” said German Gen. Hans-Lothar Domroese, commander of NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum. “This exercise is so important to maintain the high standard of interoperability. Tonight, we have seen Soldiers from 10 nations working together, and the results were perfect. Tonight, it would not have been possible without those elements from Italy, Latvia, Germany, Poland and all the other nations to be successful. I’m convinced, as a NATO officer, together we can achieve great things; NATO is an alliance of 28 nations, and they guarantee the protection and integrity of the territory. Steadfast Javelin II shows we have the capability to train and exercise and also ensure the alliance is prepared to defend its territory and their people. That’s a strong signal; you can rely on NATO.”

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“The alliance is very strong, as it has demonstrated this evening with this exercise,” said Piatt. “These Soldiers have been up here, built relationships with Latvian forces … for months. We live here … to build these relationships, to build strong friendships, so when we have to deploy we’re not meeting each other for the first time.”

In addition to participating in Steadfast Javelin II, approximately 600 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy, are spread throughout Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland for Operation Atlantic Resolve to demonstrate commitment to NATO obligations and sustain interoperability with allied forces.

Over the course of several days, paratroopers will use the airfield at Lielvarde to launch air-assault raids and offload equipment, demonstrating the capability of NATO troops to gain strategic access and rapidly build and project combat power.

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Canada To Contribute To NATO’s Support Of Ukraine War Effort

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Interfax-Ukraine
September 6, 2014

Canada will issue $1 mln to Ukraine towards NATO army modernization efforts

Canadian authorities will render $1 million to Ukraine through the NATO Trust Funds, a Canadian government reported on its Web site.

“Aid of $1 million will be transferred to the NATO trust funds to Ukraine build up its command, control, communications, and computers capabilities, as well as to implement NATO standards throughout the Armed Forces,” the document said.

Moreover, the three NATO Centres of Excellence in the Baltic States – Cooperative Cyber Defense, Energy Security and Strategic Communications – will each receive support valued at up to $1 million (a total of $3 million) from the government of Canada to help strengthen the regional framework for addressing the crisis situation.

According to the statement, these measures meant to help to address security challenges in the Eastern Europe posed by Russia’s actions.

Previously NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said that NATO member countries will provide EUR 15 million in assistance to Ukraine.

The allies will assist Ukraine with around 15 million euros through NATO, and in addition to that, we have heard several announcements of bilateral assistance – financially and in other ways,” he said following a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission in Newport (Wales) on Thursday.

Rasmussen said that a comprehensive and tailored package of measures had been established so that Ukraine can better provide for its own security.

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GUAM: Pentagon To Use Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova For War With Russia

September 6, 2014 2 comments

Interfax-Ukraine
September 6, 2014

US will help Ukraine develop defense strategy, strengthen National Guard – White House

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The United States is preparing measures to assist Ukraine in the development of a new defense strategy and the strengthening of the National Guard, reads a statement posted on the Web site of the White House on Friday.

“We also have launched initiatives to assist Ukraine in reforming its defense institutions. This support consists of multi-level engagements to provide advice to the Defense Ministry leadership in areas such as defense institution building, cyber defense, logistics, and standardization. Additionally, we are working to help Ukraine develop a new defense strategy and further develop its National Guard,” reads the posting.

We are also developing plans to support other states on Russia’s periphery, particularly Moldova and Georgia. In addition to high-level engagements, we plan to intensify security assistance over the longer term,” according to the document.

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NATO, Pentagon To Arm Ukraine Even If Truce Arranged

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Ukrinform
September 5, 2014

Ukraine to get assistance from NATO even if truce is achieved – NSDC

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KYIV: NATO member states will supply armament to Ukraine even if a truce is achieved after today’s talks in Minsk.

National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko said this at a briefing on Friday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.

“The establishment of a truce that would help assess what is happening in eastern Ukraine in no way stops possible arms supplies to Ukraine,” he said.

He said that over the last 20 years, Ukraine has virtually received no advanced armaments, so even in a truce it needs the upgrading of the Armed Forces and other military formations.

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Interfax-Ukraine
September 6, 2014

US to issue $60 mln for Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, Border Guard Service, National Guard – White House

The United States has announced the issue of $60 million in support for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the State Border Guard Service, and the National Guard.

“As of mid-August, we have announced $60 million in support for the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense, the State Border Guard Service, and the National Guard,” reads a posting on the Web site of the White House dated September 5.

Deliveries so far have included meals ready-to-eat, body armor, radios, vehicles, thermal vision devices, medical supplies, explosive ordinance disposal robots, uniforms, and individual tactical gear, reads the report.

Shipments are planned through late 2014 and will include night vision devices, additional communications equipment, and more helmets, according to the document.

Additionally, two significant events with the Ukrainian military are planned for September 2014: SEA BREEZE and RAPID TRIDENT. The first is an annual multilateral naval exercise, which will occur in international waters. The second exercise is focused on ground forces and involves 15 countries at a training center in Western Ukraine.

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Interfax-Ukraine
September 6, 2014

US will help Ukraine develop defense strategy, strengthen National Guard – White House

The United States is preparing measures to assist Ukraine in the development of a new defense strategy and the strengthening of the National Guard, reads a statement posted on the Web site of the White House on Friday.

“We also have launched initiatives to assist Ukraine in reforming its defense institutions. This support consists of multi-level engagements to provide advice to the Defense Ministry leadership in areas such as defense institution building, cyber defense, logistics, and standardization. Additionally, we are working to help Ukraine develop a new defense strategy and further develop its National Guard,” reads the posting.

“We are also developing plans to support other states on Russia’s periphery, particularly Moldova and Georgia. In addition to high-level engagements, we plan to intensify security assistance over the longer term,” according to the document.

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Interfax-Ukraine
September 6, 2014

Italy could supply 90 Iveco armored vehicles to Ukraine

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has said his country is ready to supply 90 Iveco armored vehicles to Ukraine, reads a posting on the Web site of the La Stampa newspaper.

According to the posting, he said this at the NATO summit in Wales on September 4.

“NATO can facilitate the achievement of a political solution [sic]. This should be done through the provision of specific support for Kyiv,” the Italian prime minister said.

As reported, Renzi expressed support for new sanctions against Russia.

“We are ready to expand the list of restrictive measures in the field of finance, defense, a number of technologies and dual-use goods,” he said before the summit.

The prime minister urged Russia “in deed and not in name” to demonstrate readiness for the peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.

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Wales: Poroshenko Says NATO States To Provide Lethal Weapons

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Ukrinform
September 5, 2014

Some NATO countries to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons – Poroshenko

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KYIV: Some NATO countries have agreed to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons, including precision guidance weapons.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said this as part of the NATO summit after bilateral meetings with the leaders of the alliance’s member states in Wales on Thursday, a Ukrinform correspondent reported.

“As a result of our bilateral consultations almost every country stated its assistance to Ukraine. First and foremost, this concerns military and technical cooperation, both non-lethal and lethal weapons, including precision guidance weapons,” he said.

He also said that agreement had been reached on the treatment in the alliance’s member states of wounded Ukrainian troops and on the supplies of the necessary medical equipment and medicines.

Poroshenko also thanked NATO member states who expressed strong support, including financial support, which was declared at the summit in the format of commitment to replenish four trust funds.

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Ukrinform
September 5, 2014

NATO supports international sanctions against Russia – summit decision

KYIV: NATO countries have expressed support for the international efforts to introduce restrictive measures against Russia due to its military aggression with regard to Ukraine.

This is stated in a joint declaration of the NATO summit, which ended in Wales on Friday, Ukrinform’s correspondent reported.

“While Russia continues to intervene militarily, arm separatists, and foment instability in Ukraine, we support the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU), the G7, and others, which are an essential part of the overall international effort to address the destabilizing behavior of Russia,” said the results of the summit heads of state governments and countries.

NATO said that effective EU sanctions included limited access to capital markets for Russian state-owned financial institutions, restricted trade in arms, the establishment of restrictions for export of dual use goods for military end uses, and the curtailment of Russian access to sensitive defense and energy sector technologies.

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Georgia: French Warship Joins NATO Naval Buildup In Black Sea

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

Civil Georgia
September 6, 2014

French Navy Ship Makes Port Visit in Batumi

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Tbilisi: French navy ship, Commandant Birot (F 796), is visiting Georgia’s Black Sea port of Batumi on September 6-8.

Joint diver training exercises with the Georgian coast guard officers will be held, according to the Georgian officials.

This is the third French navy ship making a port visit in Georgia this year.

Light stealth frigate FS Surcouf visited Batumi in mid-July and intelligence-gathering ship Dupuy de Lôme made a port visit also in Batumi in late April.

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Permanent Mediterranean Naval Operation: NATO Ships In Morocco

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Maritime Command

September 5, 2014

NATO MINE COUNTER-MEASURES GROUP VISITS MOROCCO

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CASABLANCA, Morocco: This morning Friday 5 September 2014, seven NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) arrived in Casablanca for a scheduled port visit, during the Group’s deployment to the Mediterranean to enhance maritime security and readiness, and in support of NATO counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR.

Led by Captain Giovanni Piegaja, (ITA N), SNMCMG2 is currently composed of the flagship Italian frigate ITS AVIERE and the minehunters FGS HOMBURG (Germany), TCG ERDEK (Turkey), HS EVROPI (Greece), ESPS DUERO (Spain), HMS GRIMSBY (UK), and BNS GODETIA (Belgium).

Since Italy assumed command of SNMCMG2 in June, the Group has patrolled in the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea, conducting mine counter-measures activities and contributing to maritime situational awareness with regard to counter-terrorism operations.

In order to build upon the operational framework offered by the port visit, Chief of Staff, NATO Allied Maritime Command, Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio is meeting with Moroccan leadership, to include Vice Admiral Mohamed Laghmari, Inspector of the Royal Moroccan Navy, to discuss numerous issues of shared importance with the privileged partner of NATO, to include operation Active Endeavour, mutually beneficial training opportunities, and partnership within the Mediterranean Dialogue framework.

During the port visit, the Group will share its experiences in mine warfare operations with Royal Moroccan Navy officers and cadets and participate in activities designed to enhance understanding and friendship between the Royal Moroccan Navy and NATO Sailors. Captain Piegaja will also meet with the Mayor of Casablanca.

Upon conclusion of the port visit, SNMCMG2 will participate in a passing exercise and tactical navigation exercise with Royal Moroccan Navy ships, while embarking Sailors to observe the exercises from aboard the NATO ships. These activities at sea are designed to enhance interoperability and familiarity between naval partners. “We greatly value our partnership with the Royal Moroccan Navy, and we look forward to establishing new opportunities for cooperation at sea and ashore,” said Captain Piegaja. “Ihope this visit can help to further strengthen NATO’s relationship with this key player inregional maritime security.”

Story by: MARCOM Public Affairs Office.

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NATO Secures Finland, Sweden As Forward Operating Bases

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North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Allied Command Operations

September 5, 2014

FINLAND AND SWEDEN SIGNING A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH NATO FOR OPERATIONAL AND LOGISTIC SUPPORT

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Gen. Jarmo Lindberg (left), Finnish Chief of Defense, Gen. Phil Breedlove (center), Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and Gen. Sverker Göranson, Swedish Chief of Defense, sign a Host Nation Support Agreement during the NATO Summit 2014 at Newport, Wales, United Kingdom.
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Newport, United Kingdom: General Jarmo Lindberg, Finnish Chief of Defense; General Sverker Göranson, Swedish Chief of Defense; and Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, each signed a Host Nation Support Agreement between their respective country and NATO at the 2014 NATO Summit yesterday.

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to establish policy and procedures for operational, and logistic support sites. The provision of Host Nation Support is aimed to sustain NATO-led forces in, or supported from, Host Nations during operations.

“I welcome the decision of Finland and Sweden to sign the standing Memorandum of Understanding for Exercises, Operations and Disaster Relief Operations. This initiative will leave NATO and its Partners in a better situation for developing the Readiness Action Plan, and allow the development of intermediate and long-term assurance measures”, said General Breedlove.

This Memorandum of Understanding is intended to serve as a basis for planning by appropriate Host Nation authorities and by NATO Commanders anticipating support arrangements for a variety of operations. This Memorandum of Understanding applies equally to all operations in which deploying forces have been identified and those for which forces are yet to be identified.

Story by: SHAPE Public Affairs Office.

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NATO Summit: Georgian, Ukrainian Defense Chiefs Discuss War

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Ministry of Defence of Georgia
September 6, 2014

Meeting between Georgian and Ukrainian ministers of defence

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Within the frames of the NATO Summit in Wales, Minister of Defence of Georgia Irakli Alasania met with his Ukrainian counterpart Colonel-General Valeriy Geletey. One of the key topics of discussion was the armed conflict ongoing in Ukraine. The Georgian side condemned the Russian aggression in East Ukraine and annexation of Crimea.

Minister of Defence of Georgia reaffirmed his firm support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine and outlined importance of engagement by the Euro-Atlantic Community in the process of cease fire and providing peace and stability in the region. Irakli Alasania pledged humanitarian support to the Ukrainian side. The need of enhanced defence cooperation between Georgia and Ukraine and the future perspectives were highlighted during the meeting.

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Ministry of Defence of Georgia
September 6, 2014

Meeting with the United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Within the framework of the ongoing NATO Summit in Wales, Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia held a meeting with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet.

The main topic of discussion was the visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel scheduled in Georgia and its importance for the country. The sides also agreed upon the issues to be discussed during the visit.

The results of the Summit and importance of NATO-Georgia Substantial Package was highlighted during the meeting. Mikheil Darchaishvili also underscored significance of the United States` engagement in the implementation of the package.

The sides touched upon regional security issues, current US-Georgia cooperation in the field of defence and future plans.

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NATO’s New “Enhanced Partners”: Australia, Finland, Georgia, Jordan, Sweden

September 6, 2014 1 comment

Civil Georgia
September 5, 2014

Rasmussen: Substantive Package to Prepare Georgia for NATO Membership

Tbilisi: NATO has agreed on “substantive package” for Georgia that will help the country to prepare for membership in the Alliance, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on the second day of NATO leaders’ summit in Wales on September 5.

“There is one group of partner countries, who hold special relationship with NATO, the countries, which aspire to join the Alliance once they fulfill the criteria…NATO’s door remains open. Each country will be continued to be judged on its merits and no third country has a veto over NATO enlargement,” he said at a news conference.

“Each aspirant has work to do in different areas and we will give them support they need,” Rasmussen said. “We agreed on substantive package of measures for Georgia…that will help Georgia advance in its preparations towards membership of NATO.”

He said that NATO leaders have also decided to “a defence capacity building initiative” for partners, among them Georgia, that will help the Alliance “project stability without deploying large combat forces.”

“This builds on our extensive expertise in supporting, advising and assisting nations with defence and security reforms,” Rasmussen said. “Building on our close cooperation, and following their requests, we have agreed to extend this initiative to Georgia, Moldova and Jordan.”

He also said that Georgia is among the group of five nations, who seek “enhanced opportunities” of cooperation with NATO. Four others are Australia, Finland, Jordan and Sweden.

“Georgia’s participation in that group represents an acknowledgment of progress Georgia has made in its relationship with NATO. Georgia wants to further improve its ability to work and operate with NATO forces,” Rasmussen said.

“Georgia has already made remarkable steps in that direction, but more could be done and I am pleased that Georgia accepted invitation to participate in that selected group of nations that want particular close relationship with NATO. So there is clearly a political demonstration, acknowledgement of the progress Georgia has made, but of course there is also a very concrete dimension that Georgia’s participation in that group will step up Georgia’s practical cooperation with NATO,” Rasmussen said.

At a meeting in June NATO foreign ministers decided that membership action plan (MAP) would not be extended to Georgia at the summit in Wales; instead, NATO foreign ministers agreed to develop a “substantive” package to help the country move further closer to the Alliance.

According to Georgian and NATO officials, the package for Georgia will also include launching of NATO training center in Georgia, as well as “occasionally” holding of NATO exercises in Georgia.

Speaking at the Atlantic Council’s Future Leaders Summit on the sideline of NATO summit in Wales on September 4, Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said that proposed training center will be “a military training facility, where NATO members and partners will train.”

“There are lot of suggestions – we already have a Krtsanisi training base, which has already been used for years by the U.S. marines for training of the Georgian troops; almost 12,000 Georgian troops were trained in pre-deployment to Afghanistan and other missions in that place [Krtsanisi training facility]. We will invest more in this [training base],” Alasania said.

He also said that after the package is finalized it would then be followed by its “implementation plan”. Alasania also said that NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow would be overseeing its implementation.

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NATO Chief, Georgian President Discuss Enhanced Military Integration

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

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September 5, 2014

President of Georgia meets NATO Sec. General in Wales

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Wales is hosting the largest gathering of international leaders ever to take place in Britain at the NATO summit. One of the topical issues on the agenda is the crisis in Ukraine.

In its turn, the government of Georgia is preparing to be granted a new Substantive Package, in which, as authorities hope, Georgias achievements will be adequately responded.

The delegation of Georgia in Wales is headed by President Giorgi Margvelashvili, who held his first meeting with the Secretary General, who began his greeting by congratulating the President on his birthday and wishing him success in future endeavors.

President Margvelashvili thanked the Secretary General for his steadfast support for Georgia on its path to the North Atlantic integration and said that the Alliance was adequately assessing the progress of Georgia.

The sides expressed their hope that the summit would be a new push for Georgia`s NATO membership.

Giorgi Margvelashvili and Anders Fogh Rasmussen have focused on the Substantive Package, a document, which Georgia is expected to be granted in Wales. According to the Secretary General, it will be a new impetus for preparing Georgia`s integration into NATO and for more effective conduct of the process.

Giorgi Margvelashvili expressed his hope that the result of this summit would further increase Georgia`s security and defensibility.

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Civil Georgia
September 5, 2014

Georgia in NATO Wales Summit Declaration

Tbilisi: Left without long-sought membership action plan (MAP), Georgia was instead offered at a two-day summit of NATO leaders in Wales, which was concluded on September 5, with “substantial package” which, the Alliance said, will help Tbilisi advance its preparations towards NATO membership.

Repeating wording of previous summit declarations, the new one again reiterates 2008 NATO Bucharest summit decision that Georgia will become a member of the Alliance and also reaffirms “all elements” of that decision in 2008, as well as subsequent decisions.

Among “elements” of the 2008 Bucharest decision was that MAP should be the next step for Georgia on its “direct way to membership”; references to the need of going through MAP phase before joining the alliance are also made in NATO’s subsequent decisions in respect of Georgia and the same reference was again made at this recent summit by declaring that NATO reaffirms all elements of the 2008 summit decisions over Georgia.

Georgia-related extracts from the Wales summit declaration

The Wales summit declaration of NATO leaders says that since Bucharest summit in 2008, “Georgia has made significant progress and has come closer to NATO by implementing ambitious reforms and making good use of the NATO-Georgia Commission and Annual National Programme.”

“We note that Georgia’s relationship with the Alliance contains the tools necessary to continue moving Georgia forward towards eventual membership,” it reads.

“Today we have endorsed a substantial package for Georgia that includes defence capacity building, training, exercises, strengthened liaison, and enhanced interoperability opportunities. These measures aim to strengthen Georgia’s defence and interoperability capabilities with the Alliance, which will help Georgia advance in its preparations towards membership in the Alliance,” reads the declaration.

According to Georgian and NATO officials, the package for Georgia also include launching of NATO training center in Georgia, as well as “occasionally” holding of NATO exercises in Georgia. According to Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania after the package would then be followed by its “implementation plan”.

At the summit in Wales, NATO leaders have also decided to launch, what they called a Defence and Related Security Capacity Building Initiative aimed at reinforcing NATO’s “commitment to partner nations” and to help the Alliance “to project stability without deploying large combat forces.”

The initiative, which will be extended to Georgia, Jordan and Moldova, involves providing expertise, advice and assistance in defence and security capacity building.

In the Wales summit declaration NATO leaders also said that they recognize “Georgia’s significant efforts to strengthen its democracy and to modernise its military forces and defence institutions.”

“We welcome the democratic development of Georgia, including through the peaceful transfer of power following parliamentary and presidential elections in 2012 and 2013, respectively. We encourage Georgia to continue implementation of reforms, including consolidating democratic institutions, taking forward judicial reforms, and ensuring full respect for the rule of law,” reads the declaration.

It also reiterates Alliances appreciation for Georgia’s “sizeable contribution” to the Afghan operation and says that together with Georgia’s offer to participate in the NATO Response Force from 2015, “these contributions demonstrate Georgia’s role as a contributor to our shared security.”

The declaration reiterates NATO’s “continued support to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia”, welcomes Georgia’s “full compliance” with the EU-mediated 2008 cease-fire agreement, as well as its commitment not to use force and calls on Russia to reciprocate.

“We continue to call on Russia to reverse its recognition of the South Ossetia and Abkhazia regions of Georgia as independent states and to withdraw its forces from Georgia,” reads the declaration.

At a news conference on September 5 outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Georgia is also among the group of five nations, who seek “enhanced opportunities” of cooperation with NATO. Four others are Australia, Finland, Jordan and Sweden.

“Georgia’s participation in that group represents an acknowledgment of progress Georgia has made in its relationship with NATO. Georgia wants to further improve its ability to work and operate with NATO forces,” Rasmussen said.

On the sideline of the summit, NATO foreign ministers met their counterparts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Montenegro, and Macedonia – countries, which aspire to join the Alliance.

“Ministers discussed the progress made by these countries, the Euro-Atlantic integration process, and other key Summit issues, including the international security situation. NATO is grateful to these partners for the significant contributions that they continue to make to NATO’s objectives and to international security and stability,” reads the summit declaration.

President Giorgi Margvelashvili, who led the Georgian delegation, held bilateral meetings with his French, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian and Latvian counterparts on the sideline of the summit.

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September 5, 2014

PM says Georgia performing worthily at Wales Summit

The Prime Minister of Georgia has praised the performance of the Georgian delegation at the NATO summit in Wales as worthy and successful. Irakli Gharibashvili expressed his hope at the meeting of the Cabinet today that the reforms carried out by the government and the progress achieved would be appropriately responded by the allies in the conclusive document of the Summit.

`Our delegation, which we sent to the NATO Summit in Wales, is performing very worthily and successfully. Today, we`ll be waiting for the final reports. I believe that our progress will be responded and this summit will bring Georgia closer to the Alliance; it will bring new opportunities for further development of the country and finally, our government works hard to promote our country and provide better security,` the Prime Minister said.

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Alfred Neumann: Empire destroys peace, converts liberalism into harvest of blood

September 6, 2014 Leave a comment

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Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Alfred Neumann: Selections on war

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Alfred Neumann
From Another Caesar (1934)
Translated by Eden and Cedar Paul

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“Louis, genuine Bonapartism was the destiny of the first half of the century, and not for France alone. Spurious Bonapartism, taking its rise at the middle of this nineteenth century, will be the destiny of the second half of that century; and the Third Republic, which in due time will be its unhappy heir, will suffer from it – as, unquestionably, will Europe at large…You are liberal-minded, and will destroy liberalism; for, as a professedly liberal emperor, smiling and amiable, you will establish yourself as a tyrant, in order to keep yourself firmly seated in the saddle – as an avowed or masked tyrant. And your corrupted liberalism will have further evil effects, for it has shown itself to be manageable and practical, and will perhaps make even the twentieth century unhappy; you desire peace, you even love peace; your nature is unwarlike, and your heart, your good heart, is something your promptings may perhaps resist, yet it will never grow hard. You have coined the lying, the blasphemous formula that the empire is peace; but therewith you corrupt and destroy peace, for therewith you breed a pretentious nationalism, which soon, Louis, very soon, will be swept away by your traditional uniform and the longing for glory which should have been kept in the Napoleonic museum. The compromise which you have undertaken will be wrecked upon the dreadful desire for glory, for the glory which, sooner or later, the populace will demand from you as your dowry to France. With your relics of the War God, you will be forced to adopt a warlike policy, in order to divert the storm of disappointment from home affairs to foreign affairs…You, a man who hates bloodshed, will sow the seeds of bloodshed and will reap the harvest of blood; you will open the dreadful, the hateful drama of victor and vanquished, the interminable interchange of triumph and revenge, which will endure for generation after generation, and will annihilate them, or save remnants for the ensuing annihilation…”

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NATO Holds Multinational War Games On Russia’s Northwest Border

September 5, 2014 2 comments

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September 4, 2014

NATO Allies stand side-by-side for Steadfast Javelin II

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1st 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade paratroopers begin their walk to a loading zone during operations as part of Steadfast Javelin II on Rhein Ordnance Barracks, Germany, Sep. 3, 2014.

This NATO exercise involves over 2,000 troops from nine nations, and takes place across Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The exercise focuses on increasing interoperability and synchronizing complex operations between allied air and ground forces through airborne and air assault missions.

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September 4, 2014

Paratroopers partcipate in static-line training during Steadfast Javelin II

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U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Hunter Goodan, 165th Airlift Squadron loadmaster, demonstrates how an oxygen masks works in case of an inflight emergency for U.S. Army, Royal Canadian Regiment and Italian Esercito soldiers on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2014. The U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard support Steadfast Javelin II by providing personnel air drop and air landings in support of forcible entry and force projection, reinforcing the joint commitment to Operation Atlantic Resolve, and a demonstrated commitment to our NATO allies and security in Eastern Europe.

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U.S. To Lead 15-Nation NATO Interoperability Exercise In Ukraine

September 5, 2014 1 comment

United States European Command
September 4, 2014

Media invited to cover Exercise Rapid Trident 2014 in Ukraine
By U.S. European Command Media Operations

Stuttgart, Germany: Exercise Rapid Trident 2014 is set to be held Sept. 15-26 in Yavoriv, Ukraine.

Rapid Trident, an annual (pre-planned) exercise that is part of the U.S. European Command’s joint exercise program, is designed to help boost interoperability between Ukrainian, US and other allied forces. This year’s exercise will involve command post exercises, patrolling, counter-IED training and a field training exercise. Approximately 1,300 military personnel from 15 nations including Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the U.S., as well as representatives from NATO, will participate in the exercise.

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Erckmann-Chatrian: In a century the war gods will be recognized as barbarians

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

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Erckmann-Chatrian: In war belligerents conspire against their own citizens

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Erckmann-Chatrian
The Story of the Plebiscite
Told By One of the Seven Million Who Voted “Yes”
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And the Germans ran, some laughing, others astonished, gazing at the walls which they had won without a fight; for they have taken almost every place without fighting; they have shelled the poor inhabitants instead of storming the walls; they have starved the people. They may boast of having burnt more towns and villages, and killed more women and children in this one campaign, than all the other nations in all the wars of Europe since the Revolution.

But, to be sure, they are a religious people, much attached to the doctrines of the Gospel, and who sing hymns with much feeling. Their Emperor especially, after every successive bombardment, and every massacre – whilst women, children and old men are weeping around their houses destroyed by the enemy’s shells, and from the battle-fields strewn with heaps of dead are rising the groans and cries of thousands and thousands of sufferers whose lives are crushed, whose flesh is torn, whose bodies are rent and bleeding! – their Emperor, the venerable man, lifts his bloodstained hands to heaven and thanks God for having permitted him to commit these abominable deeds! Does he look upon God as his accomplice in crime?

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They have won! That is to say, the survivors; for those who are buried, or who have lost their limbs, have no great gain to boast of, and can hardly rejoice over the success of the enterprise. They have gained – what ? The hatred of people who had loved them; they have gained that they will be obliged to fight every time their lords and masters give the order…they have gained the envy of a vast number of people, and the distrust of a vast many more, who will end by agreeing together to fall upon them in a body, and treat them to fire and slaughter and bombardment, of which they have set us the example.

This is what the peasants, the artisans and the bourgeois have gained; as for the chiefs they have won some a title, some a pension or an epaulette; others have the satisfaction of saying, “I am the great So-and-So! I am William, Emperor of Germany; a crown was set on my head at Versailles, whilst thousands of my subjects were biting the dust!”

Alas! notwithstanding all this, these people will die, and in a hundred years will be recognized as barbarians; their names will be inscribed on the roll of the plagues of the human race, and there they will remain to the end of time.

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Humane Germans, fathers of families, pious men, seated quietly by their counters at Hamburg, Cologne, or Berlin, in every town and village of Germany, eating and drinking heartily, warming their fat legs before the fire during this winter of unexampled severity, cried to their king at Christmas time to bombard Paris, and set fire to the houses – to kill and burn fathers and mothers of families like themselves, but reduced to famine in their own dwellings!

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NATO Pledges Support To Kiev’s 143-Day War

September 5, 2014 Leave a comment

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September 4, 2014

NATO leaders pledge support to Ukraine at Wales Summit

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NATO leaders at the Wales Summit on Thursday (4 September 2014) pledged to provide strong support to help Ukraine improve its own security at a meeting with Ukraine President Poroshenko. “Our support is concrete and tangible,” said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. “We highly value Ukraine’s contributions to our operations and the NATO Response Force. Ukraine has stood by NATO. Now in these difficult times, NATO stands by Ukraine.”

The Secretary General said that Allies have established “a comprehensive and tailored package of measures” to help Ukraine. The focus of NATO support will be on four areas; rehabilitation for injured troops, cyber defence, logistics, and command and control and communications. NATO’s assistance to Ukraine to boost cooperation will amount to around 15 million euros.

Thursday’s NATO-Ukraine Commission strongly condemned Russia’s violations of international law. “Russia must stop its aggressive actions against Ukraine, withdraw its thousands of troops from Ukraine and the border regions, and stop supporting the separatists in Ukraine,” said the Secretary General. He also called on Russia to reverse its illegal and illegitimate self-declared “annexation” of Crimea, which Allies do not recognise. Mr. Fogh Rasmussen added that an independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law “is key to Euro-Atlantic security.”

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NATO Summit: Pentagon Chief Praises Ukrainian Military For 142-Day War

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

U.S. Department of Defense
September 4, 2014

Hagel Lauds Ukraine’s Forces in Meeting With Defense Minister

WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today praised the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces in their current engagements in eastern Ukraine and pledged continued U.S. support for their efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

Hagel made the comments during a meeting with Col. Gen. Valeriy Heletey, Ukraine’s defense minister, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales, Kirby said in a statement summarizing the meeting.

Heletey thanked Secretary Hagel for that support, which includes millions of dollars of nonlethal material and assistance, the press secretary said.

“Secretary Hagel underscored calls by the United States, NATO and the European Union for Russia to immediately withdraw its forces from Ukraine, halt support for Russian separatists and honor its international obligations,” Kirby added…

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U.S. Leads Eastern European NATO Adjuncts In Airborne, Warfare Training

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

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September 3, 2014

Ramstein welcomes partners for NATO exercise
By Staff Sgt. Travis Edwards
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

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RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany: The 86th Airlift Wing opened its flightline to Air National Guard C-130 Hercules’ from six states and U.S. Transportation Command C-17 Globemaster IIIs Aug. 31, to support an international, Allied exercise.

Exercise Steadfast Javelin II features a number of dynamic events designed to challenge multi-national forces in airborne operations, conventional warfare scenarios as well stability and defensive operations, and support of civil authorities operations.

A few of Ramstein’s own C-130J Super Hercules’ aircraft will take part in the exercise by facilitating personnel and equipment air drops in support of airfield seizure to reinforce the U.S. commitment to the peace and security of Europe.

“We’re really excited to be working with our Army brothers and Allied partners during this exercise,” said Capt. Scott Vander Ploeg, 37th Airlift Squadron flight commander and C-130J instructor pilot. “It is also important to recognize our gracious German hosts; it is because of their support that we are able to practice our multi-national, strategic airlift capabilities here at Ramstein.”

The exercise features participation from 16 different nations, with more than 5,800 personnel. Steadfast Javelin II is designed to prepare U.S. and multi-national service members for decisive and sustainable land operations through simultaneous combination of offensive, defensive and stability operations and on interoperability with partner nations.

Multinational partners participating in this exercise include the following NATO allies: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, United Kingdom, and the United States; and the following NATO Partnership for Peace nations: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Sweden.

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Dr. Breedlove: Top Commander Says NATO Must Prepare For War With Russia

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

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September 4, 2014

SACEUR: Allies must prepare for Russia ‘hybrid war’
By John Vandiver

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NATO must help allies in the east bolster first-line defenses to counter any aggression from Russia, whose unconventional tactics in Ukraine could pose special challenges if deployed on alliance turf, Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO’s top military commander, said Thursday.

Before the incursion of what Western officials say are regular Russian troops into Ukraine, Moscow stirred unrest in other ways during the early stages of the crisis, Breedlove said during an Atlantic Council event that coincided with the start of NATO’s two-day summit in Wales.

Russia’s utilization of troops without national uniforms — the so-called “little green men” — and perhaps “the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare [???!]” were part of the first Russian push in Ukraine, Breedlove said.

NATO members, especially the Baltic states that border Russia, must take into account such tactics as allies prepare for future threats, he said. That means steps should be taken to help build the capacity of other arms of government, such as interior ministries and police forces, to counter unconventional attacks, including propaganda campaigns, cyberassaults or homegrown separatist militias.

“What we see in Russia now, in this hybrid approach to war, is to use all the tools they have…to stir up problems they can then begin to exploit through their military tool,” said Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander.

By building up pre-crisis capabilities to deal with such tactics, nations will be better able to assign responsibility to an aggressor nation, which is key to triggering NATO involvement in a crisis, Breedlove said.

“When you cannot attribute (to an aggressor), this causes problems,” Breedlove said. “But the moment we attribute these actions to an aggressor nation, now this is Article 5. So we need to build the nations’ ability to fight through that first onslaught, attribute to an aggressor nation, and then NATO Article 5 kicks in.”

Article 5 is the NATO principle that an attack on one member requires a collective response from all.

Russia continues to deny it has forces in Ukraine, an assertion Breedlove described as absurd.

In Wales, NATO is expected to act on plans to establish a more visible presence in eastern Europe with a focus on maintaining a troop presence at a series of bases in the region. NATO also needs a forward-stationed headquarters in the region that is focused on Article 5 preparedness, Breedlove said.

An increased presence, along with a NATO Response Force reshaped to better handle rapid-reaction missions, is needed in answer to Russian aggression in Ukraine, Breedlove said. With an operational presence in the east, NATO will also have the ability to surge forces if needed.

“If we need to, we can rapidly respond with much larger and more capable forces if we see an act of aggression,” Breedlove said.

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Ample Strike 2014: NATO Holds Multinational Air Exercises In Czech Republic

September 4, 2014 1 comment

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Allied Air Command

September 4, 2014

CZECH AIR FORCE HOSTS INTERNATIONAL FORWARD AIR CONTROLLER EXERCISE

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From 3 to 13 September 2014 the International Tactical Exercise ‘Ample Strike 2014’ takes place in the Czech Republic. Almost 1,400 participants and some 30 aircraft from 12 NATO Nations will contribute to the exercise that is organized and conducted by the Czech Republic and assisted by NATO’s HQ AIRCOM located at Ramstein, Germany.

This joint exercise provides training opportunities for Forward Air Controllers (FACs) from NATO nations that go through challenging scenarios to hone their skills of coordinating tactical air operations with NATO pilots. The FACs are trained in procedures of direct air support, standardization and interoperability with aircraft from several NATO nations.

Exercise ‘Ample Strike 2014′ also offers the Czech Republic an opportunity to further develop host nation skills and 14 will take place primarily at 22nd Helicopter Base, Namest nad Oslavou, at 21st Tactical Air Force Base, Caslav, and in military training areas Boletice and Libava. Ground forces elements support operations will take place at the 15th Engineer Regiment, Bechyne.

“The life exercise including flying activities will take place from 8 to 12 September every day from 9 am until 11 pm, mainly in the areas of Namest, Libava, Boletice and Bechyne. Night flights will be limited to the minimum required number,” says exercise commanding officer Colonel Miroslav Svoboda, who is the deputy commander of 22nd Helicopter Base.

Twelve NATO member states (Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, United Kingdom, USA) are scheduled to participate in the exercise; they will either contribute with aircraft or with FACs and instructors.

The aircraft supporting Exercise Ample Strike 2014 are Czech, Lithuanian and Slovak L-39 Albatros, Czech L-159 Alca, Czech JAS 39 Gripen, US Air Force F-16s, German PC-9 and LearJet as well as Czech Mi-35, Czech and Slovak Mi-17 and Mi-171 helicopters and US Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. A Czech C-295 Casa transport aircraft will support the exercise this year.

Exercise ‘Ample Strike 2014′ is a continuation of exercise series such as ‘Flying Rhino’ and ‘Ramstein Rover’ that provided training for the FAC capability for international operations like the one NATO has conducted in Afghanistan.

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NATO Summit To Enhance Military Integration Of Ukraine

September 4, 2014 1 comment

Interfax-Ukraine
September 4, 2014

NATO to address issues of enhancing partnership with Ukraine at summit in Wales – Rasmussen

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NATO and Ukraine, during the alliance’s summit in Newport (Wales), will discuss steps towards the strengthening of their partnership, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

“We will have a meeting with [Ukrainian] President [Petro] Poroshenko today, and we will be able to outline concrete steps to enhance our partnership,” he told reporters before the opening of the NATO summit in Newport, when asked whether the possibility of Ukraine’s membership of NATO will be discussed at the summit.

Rasmussen also said that Russian aggression against Ukraine would be one of the main issues on the agenda of the summit.

“We continue to call on Russia to pull back its troops from Ukraine’s borders, stop the flow of weapons and fighters into Ukraine, stop the support for armed militants in Ukraine and engage in a constructive political process,” he said.

As reported, Poroshenko will attend the NATO summit in Wales.

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Interfax-Ukraine
September 4, 2014

Poroshenko to speak at NATO summit, attend NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting – press service

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will attend the NATO summit in Britain on September 4-5, the press service of the head of state has reported.

“The president is expected to speak at a meeting of the heads of state and government of the alliance, attend a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, as well as hold a number of meetings,” reads the report.

According to the report, in Newport, Wales, Poroshenko will meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, and French President Francois Hollande.

He will also have bilateral meetings with the presidents of France, Poland and Turkey, as well as the prime ministers of Britain, Canada, the U.S. secretary of state and the secretary general of the alliance.

The NATO summit involves the heads of state and government of the alliance’s 28 member countries. According to a statement released on the NATO Web site, the key themes of the event will be Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine, and the situations in the Middle East and North Africa.

The summit will begin with an official meeting on Afghanistan, which will also be attended by Ukraine as a contributor country.

It will be followed by a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, which is to be attended by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

On September 5, NATO leaders will discuss the alliance’s ability to respond to current security risks and future challenges.

The alliance’s defense and foreign ministers will hold parallel meetings. These will include talks with the four countries that aspire to join NATO and a meeting with other international organizations to discuss security challenges.

According to the statement, the summit will be one of the largest NATO has ever organized. Leaders and ministers from around 60 countries in total will attend, including senior representatives from 33 partner countries and international organizations (the United Nations, the OSCE and the EU).

The defense and foreign ministers of the NATO countries will also hold parallel negotiations.

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Ukraine, Georgia: Another U.S. Warship Enters Black Sea

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

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September 4, 2014

US destroyer Ross enters the Black Sea

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KYIV: U.S. Navy missile destroyer Ross entered the Black Sea.

This is reported by Krym Realii with reference to the website of the U.S. Sixth Fleet command.

The guided-missile destroyer USS Ross entered the Black Sea. It will work with partners and NATO allies to enhance interoperability and improve the security situation in the region, a statement reads.

Thus the United States demonstrates its commitment to strengthening the collective security of NATO countries and partners in the region.

The ship should work with allies and partners in the region during its stay in the Black Sea to enhance synergies and improve regional security.

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Brussels: Ukraine’s Poroshenko Meets NATO Quint Heads Of State

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September 4, 2014

Poroshenko meets with leaders of United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy

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KYIV: President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko within the NATO summit holds a joint meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and French President Francois Hollande, according to Poroshenko’s Twitter page.

“I started participating in the NATO Summit by meeting with Obama, Cameron, Merkel, Renzi and Hollande,” he wrote.

The President stressed that the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy support the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

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NATO Ready To Intervene In Iraq: Rasmussen

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Trend News Agency
September 4, 2014

NATO would consider Iraq request for ISIS help, says chief

NATO would “seriously” consider any request from Iraq for assistance in a war against insurgents from the radical ISIS, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday.

“We will discuss what individual allies and what NATO can do to counter the threat from the terrorist organization, so-called ISIS,” he said before the start of a two-day summit of leaders from the Western military alliance in Newport, Wales, AFP reported.

“We haven’t received any request for NATO engagement. I’m sure that if the Iraqi government were to forward a request for NATO assistance, that would be considered seriously by NATO allies,” the secretary general said.

“I do believe that the international community as a whole has an obligation to stop ISIS from advancing further,” he said, after two U.S. journalists were shown being beheaded in videos by extremists as retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

One of the videos also said a British hostage would be killed next if bombing continued.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama said in an op-ed in the Times newspaper Thursday that their countries would not be “cowed” by the threats.

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Ahead Of Hagel Trip, U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Visits Georgia

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Civil Georgia
September 4, 2014

U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Visits Georgia

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Tbilisi: General James F. Amos, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, arrived in Georgia on Thursday for a two-day visit.

He met Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and will also meet officials from the Georgian Ministry of Defense.

The visit of the U.S. Marine Corps’ top officer to Georgia comes ahead of planned trip to Tbilisi by U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, who is expected to arrive in Georgia after two-day NATO summit, which opened in Wales on Thursday.

Georgian PM’s office said that “deepening of defense cooperation”, as well as regional security in the context of crisis in Ukraine were discussed. It also said that the PM and the U.S. Marine Corps’ top officer expressed hope that at the ongoing summit in Wales, NATO will offer Georgia “enhanced cooperation package” to help increase Georgia’s defense capabilities.

The U.S. embassy in Tbilisi said that General James F. Amos is visiting Tbilisi “to thank Georgian officials for Georgia’s longstanding support of international security operations and to recognize the lasting partnership between the Marine Corps and the Georgian Armed Forces.”

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Ukraine: Georgian Troops To Participate In Two-Week NATO Military Exercise

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Ministry of Defence of Georgia
September 4, 2014

Georgian Platoon to engage in the Exercise “Rapid Trident”

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On 13-27 September annual international exercise “Rapid Trident” will be conducted in Ukraine, at the training ground Yavoriv in the vicinity of Lviv. NATO member nations and the countries represented in the “Partnership for Peace (PFP) format will engage in the training.

I Infantry Brigade Platoon of GAF will take part in the training too. Along with the Georgian military, around 1000 servicemen from 15 countries will participate in the international exercise, including the military (200 servicemen) from the United States, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, UK, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Rumania and Spain.

According to the training scenario, multi-national brigade will have to operate against unlawful armed formations with combine forces.

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George Gissing: The imposition of military servitude

September 4, 2014 Leave a comment

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George Gissing: Lord of Slaughter commands curse of universal soldiering

George Gissing: When the next great war comes, newspapers will be the chief cause of it

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George Gissing
From The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft (1903)

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A lettered German, speaking to me once of his year of military service, told me that, had it lasted but a month or two longer, he must have sought release in suicide. I know very well that my own courage would not have borne me to the end of the twelvemonth; humiliation, resentment, loathing, would have goaded me to madness. At school we used to be “drilled” in the playground once a week; I have but to think of it, even after forty years, and there comes back upon me that tremor of passionate misery which, at the time, often made me ill. The senseless routine of mechanic exercise was in itself all but unendurable to me; I hated the standing in line, the thrusting-out of arms and legs at a signal, the thud of feet stamping in constrained unison. The loss of individuality seemed to me sheer disgrace. And when, as often happened, the drill-sergeant rebuked me for some inefficiency as I stood in line, when he addressed me as “Number Seven!” I burned with shame and rage. I was no longer a human being; I had become part of a machine, and my name was “Number Seven.” It used to astonish me when I had a neighbour who went through the drill with amusement, with zealous energy; I would gaze at the boy, and ask myself how it was possible that he and I should feel so differently. To be sure, nearly all my schoolfellows either enjoyed the thing, or at all events went through it with indifference; they made friends with the sergeant, and some were proud of walking with him “out of bounds.” Left, right! Left, right! For my own part, I think I have never hated man as I hated that broad-shouldered, hard-visaged, brassy-voiced fellow. Every word he spoke to me, I felt as an insult. Seeing him in the distance, I have turned and fled, to escape the necessity of saluting, and, still more, a quiver of the nerves which affected me so painfully. If ever a man did me harm, it was he; harm physical and moral. In all seriousness I believe that something of the nervous instability from which I have suffered since boyhood is traceable to those accursed hours of drill, and I am very sure that I can date from the same wretched moments a fierceness of personal pride which has been one of my most troublesome characteristics. The disposition, of course, was there; it should have been modified, not exacerbated.

In younger manhood it would have flattered me to think that I alone on the school drill-ground had sensibility enough to suffer acutely. Now I had much rather feel assured that many of my schoolfellows were in the same mind of subdued revolt. Even of those who, boylike, enjoyed their drill, scarce one or two, I trust, would have welcomed in their prime of life the imposition of military servitude upon them and their countrymen. From a certain point of view, it would be better far that England should bleed under conquest than that she should be saved by eager, or careless, acceptance of Conscription. That view will not be held by the English people; but it would be a sorry thing for England if the day came when no one of those who love her harboured such a thought.

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Pentagon Chief To Endorse New NATO Strike Force At Summit

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

U.S. Department of Defense
September 2, 2014

Spokesman: Hagel to Discuss Russia During NATO Summit
By Terri Moon Cronk

WASHINGTON: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is “mindful” of how the NATO alliance would have to prove strong enough to send the correct message to Moscow as Russia’s aggression toward the Ukraine grows, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today.

In a Pentagon news conference, Kirby said the United States would “certainly participate” in any discussion at this week’s NATO summit in Wales concerning the NATO secretary general’s plan for a NATO rapid reaction force that would put about 14,000 troops on the eastern borders of NATO nations, Kirby said.

“Secretary Hagel looks forward to having those discussions,” Kirby said, adding it’s too early to speculate on how the Defense Department would assist in resourcing that force.

The U.S. military has contributed to the Baltic air policing mission, has performed ground exercises in the Baltics and has exercised aggressively in the Black Sea, Kirby said. “So we’re constantly looking for new ways,” he added. “We welcome the secretary general’s suggestion.”

Hagel has said many times that Russia has galvanized the alliance, Kirby added, and brought into “sharp relief” the need for all NATO partners and allies to continue sufficient and adequate defense spending for their own defense and for the defense of their allies and to look for new ways to combat threats on the continent.

Amid seeing Russian support for separatists in addition to Russian conventional and special operations forces inside Ukraine, the U.S. military has not has changed its position that the military activity must stop, Kirby said.

“Those troops need to leave, the support for the separatists needs to stop, and we want those troops pulled away from the border with Ukraine,” he said. “We continue to see action by Moscow that does nothing but increase tensions inside Ukraine and spur additional violence.”

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NATO To Launch 15-Nation War Games In Ukraine

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

United States European Command
September 3, 2014

Statement on Exercise Rapid Trident 2014
U.S. European Command Media Operations

Stuttgart, Germany: U.S. European Command spokesman Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, director of Communication and Engagement, provided the following statement:

Exercise Rapid Trident is scheduled to occur Sept. 15-26, 2014. Approximately 1,300 military personnel from 15 nations including Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the U.S., as well as representatives from NATO, will participate in the exercise.

The exercise will be conducted near Yavoriv at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center (IPSC), approximately 60 kilometers from the city of L’viv in northwestern Ukraine. The IPSC is a regional center of excellence designed to support multi-national training and exercises with regional and bilateral partners.

Rapid Trident 2014 will consist of a multinational field training exercise (FTX). In preparation for the FTX, units will undergo one week of situational training exercises that focus on FTX key tasks such as countering improvised explosive device(s), convoy operations and patrolling. There are no live fire exercises scheduled for Rapid Trident 14.

Rapid Trident is an annual exercise, and was planned well before the current situation in Ukraine. The last Rapid Trident exercise was held in July 2013.

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Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane

September 3, 2014 1 comment

Paul Craig Roberts
Institute for Political Economy

September 2, 2014

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane
Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have “ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.” http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/how_to_solve_the_putin_problem.html

As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint. Jose Manual Barroso, installed as Washington’s puppet as European Commission President, misrepresented his recent confidential telephone conversation with Russia’s President Putin by telling the media that Putin issued a threat: “If I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks.”

Clearly, Putin did not issue a threat. A threat would be inconsistent with Putin’s entire unprovocative approach to the strategic threat that Washington and its NATO puppets have brought to Russia in Ukraine. Russia’s permanent representative to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, said that if Barroso’s lie stands, Russia will make public the full recording of the conversation

Anyone familiar with the disparity between the Ukrainian and Russian militaries knows full well that it would take the Russian military 14 hours, not 14 days, to take all of Ukraine. Just remember what happened to the American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian Army when Washington set its stupid Georgian puppets on South Ossetia. The American and Israeli trained and equipped Georgian army collapsed under Russian counterattack in 5 hours.

The lie that Washington’s puppet Barroso told was not worthy of a serious person. But where in Europe is there a serious person in power? Nowhere. The few serious people are all out of power. Consider the NATO Secretary General, Anders Rasmussen. He was a prime minister of Denmark who saw he could rise beyond Denmark by serving as Washington’s puppet. As prime minister he strongly supported Washington’s illegal invasion of Iraq, declaring that “we know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.” Of course, the fool didn’t know any such thing, and why would it matter if Iraq did have such weapons. Many countries have weapons of mass destruction.

According to the rule that anyone who serves Washington is elevated, the cipher Rasmussen was elevated.

The problem with elevating unprincipled fools is that they risk the world for their career. Rasmussen has now put the entirety of Eastern and Western Europe at risk of annihilation. Rasmussen has announced the creation of a blitzkrieg spearhead force capable of blitzkrieg attack on Russia. What Washington’s puppet calls “the Readiness Action Plan” is justified as a response to “Russia’s aggressive behavior in Ukraine.”

Rasmussen’s “lightening spearhead force” would be wiped out along with every European capital. What kind of idiot provokes a nuclear superpower in this way?

Rasmussen asserts “Russia’s aggressive behavior” but has no evidence of it. Russia has stood on the sidelines while Washington’s puppet government in Kiev has shelled and bombed civilian housing, hospitals, schools and issued a constant stream of lies against Russia. Russia denied the requests of the now independent eastern and southern provinces of Ukraine, former Russian territories, to be reunited with Russia. As readers know, I regard Putin’s decision as a mistake, but events might prove me wrong and that is OK with me. For now, the fact is that every act of aggressive behavior is the result of the US and EU support of the Kiev nazis. It is the Ukrainian nazi militias that are attacking civilians in the former Russian territories of eastern and southern Ukraine. A number of regular Ukrainian military units have defected to the independent republics.

Yes, nazis. Western Ukraine is the home of the Ukrainian SS division that fought for Hitler. Today the militias organized by the Right Sector and other right-wing political organizations wear the nazi insignia of the Ukrainian SS divisions. These are the people that Washington and the EU support. If the Ukrainian nazis could win against Russia, which they cannot, they would turn on the West, just as has the Washington-funded ISIS that Washington unleashed on Libya and Syria. Now ISIS is remaking the Middle East, and Washington appears helpless.

William Binney, a former high level official in the US National Security Agency, and colleagues from the CIA and military intelligence services have written to German chancellor Merkel advising her to beware of Obama’s lies at the upcoming NATO summit in Wales. The US intelligence officials advise Merkel to remember Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” and don’t again be deceived, this time into conflict with Russia. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-01/ex-nsa-director-us-intelligence-veterans-write-open-letter-merkel-avoid-all-out-ukra

The question is: who does Merkel represent? Washington or Germany? So far Merkel has represented Washington, not German business interests, not the German people, and not Germany’s interests as a country. Here is a protest in Dresden where a crowd prevents Merkel’s speech with shouts of “kriegstreiber” (warmonger), “liar, liar,” and “no war with Russia.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wSMhGE_Mpk

My Ph.D. dissertation chairman, who became a high Pentagon official assigned to wind down the Vietnam war, in answer to my question about how Washington gets Europeans to always do what Washington wants replied: “Money, we give them money.” “Foreign aid?” I asked. “No, we give the European political leaders bagfuls of money. They are for sale, We bought them. They report to us.” Perhaps this explains Tony Blair’s $50 million fortune one year out of office.

The Western media, the largest brothel on earth, is desperate for war. The editorial board of the Washington Post, now a trophy newspaper in the hands of Amazon.com’s billionaire owner, ran an editorial on August 31 that projected all of Washington’s (and the Post’s) lies upon Putin.

Amazon.com’s owner might know how to market products on the Internet, but he is hopeless when it comes to running a newspaper. His editors at the Washington Post have made his trophy a worldwide laughing stock.

Here are the mindless accusations against Putin from the editors that the billionaire put in charge of his trophy newspaper:

Putin, bitterly resentful at the loss of power from the Soviet collapse, has “resurrected the tyranny of the Big Lie” in order to reconstitute the Russian Empire.

“Russian sponsored militias in Ukraine” are responsible for the “shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner in July.” The “Russian state-controlled media” lied and misrepresented to the Russian people the party responsible for downing the airliner.

“In the absence of independent and free reporting, few Russians realize that Russian soldiers and armaments are in action in eastern Ukraine, albeit (as in Crimea) in uniforms and vehicles stripped of their identifying insignia and license plates. With no free media, Russians are left to fend for themselves against a firestorm of falsehoods.”

“Mr. Putin’s Big Lie shows why it is important to support a free press where it still exists and outlets like Radio Free Europe that bring the truth to people who need it.”

As a former Wall Street Journal editor, I can say with complete confidence that such extraordinary propaganda posing as an editorial would have resulted in the immediate firing of all concerned. In my days on the Congressional staff, the Washington Post was regarded as a CIA asset. Today the Post has sunk far below this status.

I have seen much media propaganda in my day, but this Washington Post editorial takes the cake. The editorial shows that either the editorial writers are completely ignorant or they are completely corrupt and also assume that their readers are completely ignorant. If Russian military units were in action in eastern Ukraine, the situation would be precisely as Alexander Zakharchenko http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/30/west-greatest-cause-war-human-history-stands-stripped-legitimacy-paul-craig-roberts/ and Dmitry Orlov describe. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/09/01/can-tell-whether-russia-invaded-ukraine/ Ukraine would no longer exist. Ukraine would again be part of Russia where it was for centuries prior to Washington taking advantage of the Soviet collapse to tear Ukraine away from Russia.

The question before us is: how long will Russia’s patience last with the West’s enormous lies and provocations? No matter how restrained Russia is, Russia is accused of the worst. Therefore, Russia might as well inflict the worst.

At what point will the Russian government decide that Washington’s mendacity, and that of its European puppets and corrupt Western media, render hopeless Russia’s efforts to resolve the situation with diplomacy and unprovocative behavior? As Russia is constantly accused falsely of invading Ukraine, when will the Russian government decide that as Western propaganda has established that Russia has invaded Ukraine and has imposed sanctions and new military bases on Russia’s borders because of the alleged invasion, Russia might as well go ahead and rid themselves of the problem Washington has brought to Russia and invade Ukraine?

There is nothing that NATO could do about it if Russia decides that Ukraine in Washington’s hands is too much of a strategic threat to Russia and reincorporates Ukraine again into Russia where it has resided for centuries. Any NATO force sent would start a war that NATO can’t win. The German population, remembering the consequences of war with Russia, would overthrow Washington’s puppet government. NATO and the EU would collapse as Germany departed the absurd construct that serves Washington’s interest at the expense of Europe.

Once this happens, the world will have peace. But not until.

For those who care to understand how the land of lies works, Washington’s puppet government in Kiev attributes the defeat of its military forces by the Donetsk Republic to the presence in the Donetsk army of Russian military units. This is the propaganda that has gone out to western Ukraine and to the presstitute western media, a collection of whores that echo the propaganda without any investigation whatsoever. However, Kiev has a different story for the IMF. Kiev cannot receive IMF money with which to pay off its Western creditors if Ukraine is at war. Therefore, Ukraine tells the IMF the opposite story: Russia has not attacked Ukraine. http://vineyardsaker.blogspot.com/2014/08/ukie-doubleplusgooddoublethink.html

The Western media remains uninterested in any facts. Just the lies. Only the lies.

The Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, Fox “news,” Die Welt, the French press, the British press all plead: “please Washington give us more sensational lies that we can trumpet. Our circulation needs it. Who cares about war and the human race if only we can regain financial stability.”

Justin Raimondo warns that Washington is planting the seeds of World War III: http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/09/02/our-cold-war-with-russia-could-turn-hot/

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NATO To Make Ukraine Special Partner Soon, Membership To Follow

September 3, 2014 1 comment

Interfax-Ukraine
September 3, 2014

Ukraine plans to become NATO special partner this year

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine is hoping to receive special partner status and become a key ally of NATO before the end of this year.

This goal is stated in the Cabinet of Ministers’ action plan entitled “Rebuilding the Country” in the section “Overcoming Russian Aggression,” which was posted on the Ukrainian government Web site on Wednesday.

The Ukrainian government is also hoping to receive military-technical assistance from the G7, the European Union, and NATO before the end of this year.

The plan also foresees the completion within six months of the Wall project: “the construction and development of a reliable reinforced border between Ukraine and Russia.”

The Cabinet of Ministers hopes that a government bill canceling Ukraine’s non-aligned status and resuming the course towards Euro-Atlantic integration will be adopted in September 2014.

The plan also foresees that the participating countries of the Budapest Memorandum will provide practical assistance to ensure Ukraine’s security by the end of September.

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Interfax-Ukraine
September 2, 2014

Ukraine may get non-NATO ally status by end of this year – justice minister

Ukraine may get the status of a major non-NATO ally of the United States before the end of this year, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko has said.

“In view of the conditions in which our country is now, we have the prospect of getting the status of a U.S. ally rather quickly. I think it will happen this year,” he said at events marking Notary Day on Tuesday.

Petrenko said that a non-NATO ally status would help Ukraine expand cooperation in the defense sector, as well as get the mechanism under which it will be possible to procure the necessary weapons.

“The procedure for granting a U.S. ally status has been launched. But I personally believe that it is an intermediate stage for granting Ukraine full membership of the North Atlantic Alliance,” he said.

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Obama: NATO Ready To Go To War With Russia Over Baltic Apartheid Statelets

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Voice of America
September 3, 2014

Obama Stresses NATO Commitment to Baltics
Luis Ramirez

TALLINN, ESTONIA: President Barack Obama condemned Russia’s intervention in Ukraine Wednesday as a “brazen assault” on the country’s integrity and assured three former Soviet satellite states that NATO would defend them against any aggression by Moscow.

Obama said that Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia had lost their independence before to Moscow, but that “with NATO, you will never lose it again.”

Speaking to a crowd of about 2,000 at the Nordea Concert Hall, Obama praised Estonia as a model NATO member and said, “There is no doubt the Baltics have made our alliance stronger.”

Obama said that the Baltic states, which joined the alliance in 2004, share NATO’s vision of a free and peaceful Europe, and that peace is now threatened by Russia’s aggressions [sic] against Ukraine, calling it “a brazen assault upon a sovereign and independent nation.”

The U.S. president urged NATO to send an “unmistakable message of support” to Ukraine and said the alliance would continue to help the country build democratic institutions, train its military and diversify its energy sources.

Obama declared that NATO would be resolute in defending the three Baltic states on Russia’s western border.

“We will defend our NATO allies, and that means every ally,” he stressed. “In this alliance, there are no old members or new members, no junior partners or senior partners. They’re just allies, pure and simple.”

Earlier Wednesday, Obama announced plans to send more aircraft to the Baltics, as he seeks to reassure Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, which are on edge about possible Russian threats.

…Similar to Ukraine, the three have sizeable Russian minorities..

In 1997, NATO agreed to not position its troops on Russia’s border, but Obama said that declaration will be open to discussion at Thursday’s NATO summit in Wales because “circumstances clearly have changed” with Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine.

Air Force increase

Obama made his earlier remarks at a news conference Wednesday with Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves in the Estonian capital, Tallinn, one day before the start of a key NATO summit in Wales.

Obama announced the U.S. would send more Air Force units and aircraft to the Baltics, and called Estonia’s Amari Air Base an ideal location to base those forces.

Standing with Ilves, Obama ticked through a list of U.S. military resources already at work in the region, and said the U.S. has a duty under the NATO charter to the alliance’s collective defense.

“It is unbreakable, it is unwavering, it is eternal. And Estonia will never stand alone,” Obama said in Tallinn, Estonia’s port capital.

The president also said all NATO members must do their fair share of defense spending in order to bolster the alliance.

Obama held up Estonia as an example of how all 28 NATO members must fulfill their pledges to contribute 2 percent of their gross domestic product to the alliance.

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Latvia: Canada Joins NATO War Games Near Russian Border

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Xinhua News Agency
September 3, 2014

Canada joins NATO war game in Latvia

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OTTAWA: Canada is participating in NATO’s Steadfast Javelin II war game in Latvia as part of the country’s Operation Reassurance to ease eastern European countries’ “anxiety over security,” the Canadian Department of National Defense said Tuesday.

According to the department, the Operation Reassurance refers to military activities conducted by the Canadian Armed Forces to support NATO reassurance measures including army training, exercises, demonstrations and assigned alliance tasks.

During the war game, Canadian soldiers from the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment will conduct a parachute jump together with about 200 paratroopers from Italy.

Steadfast Javelin II is a multinational exercise going on from Tuesday to Sept.8 in five European countries — Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, designed to develop and enhance their interoperability, readiness, joint operation capabilities and multinational responses to potential crises. More than 2,000 allied army soldiers are taking part in the exercise.

The United States is also a participant country. More NATO exercises are already planned for the coming months, including in Ukraine.

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U.S. Vice President Affirms Commitment To NATO War Clause

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Xinhua News Agency
September 3, 2014

Biden reiterates U.S. commitment to NATO collective defense

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WASHINGTON: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed steadfast American commitment to NATO’s collective defense amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House said.

In a phone call with Slovak President Andrej Kiska, Biden noted the strong bilateral relationship between Slovakia and the United States, and welcomed Kiska’s support for strengthening the transatlantic relationship and for Slovakia’s contributions to NATO, the White House said in a statement.

The two leaders also discussed the need to continue to impose sanctions on Russia for its “aggressive acts” in Ukraine, said the a statement.

In the telephone talk, Kiska noted that the reverse flow of gas began Tuesday between Slovakia and Ukraine, which can help Ukraine meet some of its energy needs. Gas flows from Slovakia to Ukraine will be delivered through the Vojany-Uzhgorod pipeline at a rate of 10 billion cubic meters per year.

In April, Ukrtransgaz, the transport arm of Naftogaz, the national oil and gas company of Ukraine, and Slovak pipeline operator Eustream signed an agreement on gas deliveries, which is aimed at diversifying energy supplies to Ukraine.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama left for Estonia for a visit aimed at reaffirming U.S. commitment to its Baltic allies amid the crisis in Ukraine. After visiting Estonia, he will proceed to Britain to attend a NATO summit scheduled to be held in Wales this week.

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Georgian Armed Forces On Constant Alert For New War With Russia

September 3, 2014 Leave a comment

Trend News Agency
September 3, 2014

Georgian armed forces are on constant alert
Irakli Alasania

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Tbilisi: Georgian armed forces are prepared for defense in case of escalation of the situation, Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said to Imedi TV Sept.3, commenting on the statement by the Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Mikhail Popov’s intention to make changes in military doctrine due to the emergence of new threats by NATO and Ukraine.

“Russia has repeatedly revised its military doctrine, especially in 2008,” the minister stressed.

He noted that all these years after the war in 2008, Georgia did not lose time in vain and studied the mistakes made in the course of hostilities.

“In addition, the upcoming NATO summit will contribute to the strengthening of the defense of our country. Georgian armed forces are on constant alert and always ready to repel the enemy’s attack,” Alasaniya stressed.

At the same time, he noted that all the issues and problems should be solved by peaceful means, through negotiations.

On the night of August 8, 2008, military actions were launched on the territory of South Ossetia, Georgia. Later the Russian troops occupied the city and drove back the Georgian military. In late August, Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced two unrecognized republics as occupied territories.

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