Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The truth is in the numbers.....


Defence blog reports:

The world’s preeminent defensive alliance is readying to demonstrate its capabilities in its largest exercise since 2002, said Navy Adm. James Foggo, the commander of NATO’s Allied Joint Force Command in Italy.

Foggo, who held a Pentagon news conference Friday, will command Exercise Trident Juncture, which will run from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7 in Norway and surrounding sea and air spaces. [All along Russia's borders.]

The exercise brings together 45,000 personnel from the 29 NATO allies, and partner nations Sweden and Finland. “Allies are contributing about 150 aircraft over 60 ships and 10,000 rolling or tracked vehicles,” Foggo said.

The purpose of the exercise is to test alliance readiness and responsiveness. “Let me emphasize that this is an exercise,” he said. “This is for training, but it is real because the lessons we learned are very real and they’ll benefit us in our desire to become more resilient and stronger together as an alliance.”

Simply holding the exercise and demonstrating the capabilities of NATO has a deterrent effect, the admiral said.
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Add the various NATO members numbers to the 35% of the US and you get well over 50% of the world total of military spending.

The US-NATO claims that Russia is intent on reestablishing the former Soviet empire and wants to invade Europe - all on 3.8% of the global total?  Nonsense.

In fact Russia has cut their military spending the last two years to deal with economic disparity in its country.

These numbers come from SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute).

Bruce

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