The empire expands

By Nathan Barton

Back on the 7th of January, reported that American troops were rolling into Poland. I wasn’t even aware we were at war with them!

Seriously, it is a NATO “peacekeeping” deployment, to face down those nasty folks in Russia. This is a permanent “peacetime” deployment, 72 years after American troops were “temporarily” used to occupy 1/3 of Germany.

On the 16th of January, the news, again from, was that American Marines, for the first time since WW2, are being deployed for extended periods to Norway. And that Russia is upset. Again, didn’t know we were at war with the Norwegians. Especially not in the wintertime.

Again, seriously, Norway IS a member of NATO, and I did train with Norwegian soldiers several times back in the day. At the same time, I can understand why Russia is upset. The old regime in DC signaled time and time again that they wanted a war with Russia someplace, somehow. Or maybe many places all at once: Syria, Ukraine, Poland, Norway, and no doubt Vladivostok in Siberia!

But the point to note here is that the FedGov is INCREASING its military presence around the world. The troops that we (here at home) like to say are “protecting our freedoms” are instead being used to put pressure on foreign nations and populations and political groups, that are important only to an empire.

There are VERY few nations on earth today that do NOT have a recognized American military presence, and most of those are avowed enemies (or so it seems): North Korea, China, Russia, Cuba. And honestly, I suspect that DC has a clandestine presence in every one of them.

Mama’s Note: It will be interesting to see if the Trump administration pulls back on all or most of this soon. If not, it will give the lie to his intentions. Troops in all of these places will not be the least compatible with the “America First” rhetoric.

The rest of the countries without an American presence are meaningless: as far as I know the FedGov has not troops in Monaco or Andorra or Lichtenstein.

Perhaps Uncle Sam doesn’t have a military presence in Switzerland. But I would be surprised if there wasn’t SOME kind of illegal and hidden American military unit there.

The thugs currently in charge in DC seem to have worked very hard to make sure that as many nations as possible on the planet have an American troop presence. The modern Rome? No, Rome NEVER had such a situation.

A quick post-script. On Thursday (19th January) I got a panicked e-mail telling all about how the then-current squatter in DC was planning a last-minute invasion of Russia from Poland, and had sent the “massive” 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) of the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) of Fort Carson, Colorado, to spearhead the invasion with their 2,000 – yeah, TWO thousand!) 72-ton massive M1 tanks. As usual, that kind of panic, whether it comes from the left OR the right (and from too many Libertarians) is based on overactive imaginations and a Chicken Little mentality that just won’t quit. FYI, and to counter the panic of your family members or neighbors or the nearest anti-whatever protesters, the 3rd ABCT of the 4th ID only have 116 M1 tanks (and just 58 M2 Bradley fighting vehicles, which some people think are “tanks” (panzers)). Honestly, I don’t think the whole US Army and USMC all together HAVE 2,000 M1 tanks. But this kind of panic, overreaction, and exaggeration is sadly all too typical.

Yes, the empire expands, but we probably are NOT going to war against Russia this week or next week.

Who knows what Trump may do? Or the new Congress? Wait and see, but I think that the level of tension in the world, and especially in the military forces and their families, has gone down at least a wee bit.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (a christian), Pahasapan (resident of the Black Hills), Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer, Evangelist. Successor to Lady Susan (Mama Liberty) at TPOL.
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