By Michael S. Rozeff
It took a year, and now it’s a fact: American troops are in Poland in rather large numbers. The rotating deployment of 4,000 American soldiers and forces in Poland was budgeted at $3.4 billion. It costs roughly $1 million a year to keep a single soldier overseas in a place like Poland. (In Afghanistan, the cost is well over $2 million a year for a single soldier.)
This is said to deter Russia, but it’s totally unrealistic to think that Russia intends to attack Poland. Materially, the military-industrial complex benefits from keeping Russian-American tensions alive. Peace and disarmament are not in its interest; they mean much lower power and profits. Philosophically, the guiding concept that vivifies the military-industrial complex is to show the Russians and the world that the U.S. is a superpower and that it intends to spread its ways worldwide, with Russia included as a target for coming under American influence and domination.
What would the U.S. do if Russia stationed 4,000 of its troops in Matamoros, Mexico? What would the U.S. do if Mexico had an F-16 air force as Poland does and if it equipped them with new stealthy Russian-supplied cruise missiles that had a range of 620 miles? What feelings would be aroused in people who live in the American states within that range to know that Russian forces were at their doorstep?
Yes, you would not hear the end of the protests from Washington. Washington would respond with enormous demands and pressures. So is it any wonder that Russia protests these moves and takes steps to counter them by moving its nuclear forces closer to Poland?
This article was originally published at LewRockwell.com.