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I Started It ... You Own It

by Oui Thu Jun 27th, 2024 at 06:47:37 AM EST

Handing the hot potato to Europe and the European Union ... LOSERS ‼️

The Joe Biden years 2013-2024


US set to hand off direction of Ukraine defense campaign to NATO | American Legion - June 2024 |

The U.S. and its allies in Europe will agree this week to a plan to put NATO in charge of efforts to arm and train the Ukrainian military, marking a shift away from what so far has been an American-led endeavor.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking before the start Thursday of a two-day ministerial conference, said defense chiefs are gathered in Brussels to put the finishing touches on a concept expected to be met with final approval at NATO's July summit in Washington.

"What I can say today is that we now have very broad agreement ... that NATO takes a leading role in the coordination of security assistance and training," Stoltenberg said.

In recent months, there has been a push at NATO headquarters to take control of the initiative, which was launched by the Pentagon in the aftermath of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

It's not clear whether the NATO-led effort will mean the dissolution of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's Ukraine Defense Contact Group, also known as the Ramstein Group, which is meeting at NATO headquarters this week. However, the NATO plan will have implications for the U.S.-led initiative at the Army's Europe headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany, which has been the focal point of efforts to equip Ukraine.

The Security Assistance Group for Ukraine, known as the SAG-U, has been under American command since it was launched in 2022 at U.S. European Command headquarters in Stuttgart. It later moved to Wiesbaden, remaining under the leadership of EUCOM's Gen. Christopher Cavoli.

While Cavoli would still be in charge, it would be in his capacity as NATO's top military commander rather than his EUCOM role, Stoltenberg said. Using NATO's command structure will generate "a more robust, more predictable framework" for supporting Ukraine, Stoltenberg said.

The idea of putting NATO in charge emerged in April when Stoltenberg floated the idea at an alliance ministerial meeting. At the time, Washington was at a partisan impasse on defense spending, with lawmakers at odds about future support for arming Ukraine. The situation raised concerns about the reliability of American backing for Ukraine and also sparked interest inside NATO about taking on a larger role.

"We of course appreciate what the United States and other allies have done. It's unprecedented," Stoltenberg said. "At the same time, we saw that the United States spent six months agreeing (on) a supplemental for Ukraine."
Likewise, allies in Europe have made promises on weapons shipments that have not been delivered, he said. "If we turn this into not voluntary contributions but NATO commitments, of course it will become more robust, it will become more reliable," Stoltenberg said.

Joe Biden and the Pentagon renege on said commitment for the long term ... the EU an ideal proxy group from 2024 going forward ...

M I S S I O N     A C C O M P L I S H E D

We all remember and know its meaning.

Press Release - US Department of Defense establishes Security Assistance Group-Ukraine in Wiesbaden | Nov. 16, 2022 |

The U.S. Department of Defense announced, November 4, the establishment of a new organization here to ensure America is postured to continue supporting Ukraine over the long term.

"The United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine's near-term needs on the battlefield and its long-term requirements to deter and defend against future Russian aggression," said Sabrina Singh, Pentagon deputy press secretary. "To maintain the historic level of our ongoing security assistance support for Ukraine, I'm pleased to announce that the department will establish the Security Assistance Group-Ukraine, what we will call SAG-U, which is a dedicated headquarters element in Wiesbaden, Germany and under  U.S. European Command (a pretty face selling US bull$hit) to coordinate our efforts."

The headquarters will build on the work of the 18th Airborne Corps, who originally deployed to Europe to reinforce NATO's eastern flank and whose mission latter evolved to include coordinating the training and equipping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

More U.S. troops from the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg boarded flights to Poland on Monday. They're being deployed under the looming threat of Russia invading Ukraine.

Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced it was sending about 1,700 paratroopers from the 82nd to Europe. Another 300 soldiers from Fort Bragg's 18th Airborne Corps went to Germany.

Then last week, as tensions continued, they said they were sending more 82nd troops to Poland. A lot more -- 3,000 troops.

Singh said the SAG-U "will be similarly-scaled in scope" to the U.S. Army's 18th Airborne Corps. The Fort Bragg, North Carolina-based unit deployed 300 personnel to the continent in February.

"The new 300 will ultimately come from the United States, and include individuals from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps," said U.S. Army Col. Martin L. O'Donnell, U.S. Army Europe and Africa public affairs director and the command's principal spokesperson. "They, along with Allies and partners, will coordinate the training and equipping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and also help to increase their situational awareness."

Until the new American service members arrive in the next few months, personnel from U.S. Army Europe and Africa will oversee the mission.

No training or equipping of the Armed Forces of Ukraine will occur at any of the U.S. military installations in Wiesbaden or in the German State of Hessen. Additionally, the U.S. military will not use the airfield on Lucius D. Clay Kaserne to transfer security assistance to Ukraine.

"None of that will occur here," said O'Donnell. "SAG-U is simply a dedicated headquarters element that will coordinate security force assistance to Ukraine."

Florida National Guard troops ordered out of Ukraine by SECDEF | 12 Feb 2022 |

The 160 soldiers of the Florida National Guard deployed to Ukraine since November have been ordered by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to leave Ukraine amid increasing concern of a Russian attack, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.

The soldiers, assigned to the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, have been ordered to reposition elsewhere in Europe, according to Kirby in a media release. They have been advising and mentoring Ukrainian forces as part of Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.

Illinois Army National Guard's 33rd IBCT welcomed to JMTG-U | YAVORIV, Ukraine - 15 July 2020 |

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Russian missiles hit Yavoriv military base (NATO military training center) in western Ukraine near Polish border

A decade of building the proxy war to expand NATO in Ukraine ... unacceptable for the sovereignty and national security of the Russia Federation. Ultimately leading to M.A.D.

My early analysis ...

Biden's Blitzkrieg Across Europe Shames Peace

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