US Troops Are Heading To Ukraine

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While only 'humanitarian adviser' boots on the ground are present in Iraq (and Syria), Reuters reports that preparations are under way near Ukraine's western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies. As Obama told reporters last week, "that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," it seems a little odd 'strategically' to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine, entailing the first significant deployment of U.S. and other personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted.

As Reuters reports,

As fighting between the army and Russian-backed rebels rages in eastern Ukraine, preparations are under way near its western border for a joint military exercise this month with more than 1,000 troops from the United States and its allies.


The decision to go ahead with the Rapid Trident exercise Sept. 16-26 is seen as a sign of the commitment of NATO states to support non-NATO member Ukraine while stopping well short of military intervention in the conflict.




"At the moment, we are still planning for (the exercise) to go ahead," U.S. Navy Captain Gregory Hicks, spokesman for the U.S. Army's European Command said on Tuesday.




But Rapid Trident will entail the first significant deployment of U.S. and other personnel to Ukraine since the crisis erupted.




"It is very important to understand that a military solution to this problem is not going to be forthcoming," Obama told reporters at the White House last week.




The United States European Command (EUCOM) says the exercise this month will involve about 200 U.S. personnel as well as 1,100 others from Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Britain, Canada, Georgia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania and Spain.  


Focused on peacekeeping, it will include command post drills, patrolling and dealing with improvised explosive devices.

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Sounds like de-escalation to us... buy moar stocks.

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Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:01 | 5172302 Winston Churchill
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Better be quick, at the current rate,nazi Ukraine may not exist by then.

Still waiting on the Uke army to take on Kiev,has to be less dangerous than going east.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:06 | 5172330 Pinto Currency
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Repost: Because these players would rather have a war with Russia than deal with their issues.


This is an extraordinarily difficult time with the BRICS and rest-of-world moving back toward a more stable gold currency exchange system after the West has rigged gold and interest rates for a couple of decades creating worldwide bubbles and economic instability.


Forcing Russia out of SWIFT as proposed by David Cameron last Friday will de facto push Russia onto gold currency exchange just as Iran did in 2012/13 when excluded from SWIFT. At that time Iran traded oil for gold with India with India transferring Rupia to Turkey and Turkey then sending gold back to Iran. Obama did a u-turn on his policy to Iran in 2013 when his advisors figured out it had reignited petrogold.


Cameron's collapsing LBMA gold rig, the West''s monetary failure, and scandals such as exposure of Obama's ISIS creation result in both UK and US and now EU lackey Barroso baiting Russia into a conflict as a distraction when what we really need is monetary reform and bond market restructuring.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:14 | 5172380 Headbanger
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Just 1000 troops?


Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:16 | 5172384 JRobby
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x 20

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:20 | 5172409 nope-1004
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1,000 troops?  To thwart the threat of another nation?  What kind of bullshit is this?  Sounds more like 1,000 more troops will deliver military arms and training to ISIS.


Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:26 | 5172434 BaBaBouy
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Putin's Got About 2 Weeks To Get There First, And Warmly GREET Them...

That Should Be A Party...

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:31 | 5172477 0b1knob
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< Boot on the ground.

< Bodies IN the ground.



How it will end.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:39 | 5172505 Lewshine
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Today, I go full retard - Short Spy with 6 month leap puts, and ordered up a 25% allocation of my net cash to some physical. I might be a month early, but I don't believe much more than that. Shit B Spiraling!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:59 | 5172625 SAT 800
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Good for you; well, I'm in the short bus along with you. Although I only have a modest commitment to the coming reality check for the SPY. four contracts of ES Short. As for the Physical; been there since 1998.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:47 | 5172870 Anusocracy
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Uh-oh. The Russians will be squaring off against a couple battalions of Conchita Wursts.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:01 | 5172927 john39
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at this point, all it will take is one criminally insane person, in the right position, to set the entire planet on fire...

time for golf barry?

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:34 | 5173060 SoberOne
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Boots on the ground, boots on the ground, lookin' like a fool with the boots on the ground.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:13 | 5173229 gmrpeabody
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Obama should have stuck to the original plan...,

The "we have no plan" plan.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:16 | 5173241 Jonesy
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Kosher Krazy:

At first the Jewish media said the attacker was Catholic. LMAO

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:49 | 5173361 eclectic syncretist
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MOTHERF*&$%ER!!!! More boots on the ground!!!!  What's next??!  Boots on the face?!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:58 | 5174006 bunzbunzbunz
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Blah blah. This was news in March:

All of this has been going on for years. We are all fighting energy wars. Russia's gov depends on energy. Rich fatties in the U.S. depend on energy. BLAH BLAH. Nuclear fusion ftw.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:58 | 5174145 Calmyourself
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Well let us know when you get cold fusion going in your basement, I'll write yo a  large check, ground floor and all...

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 23:50 | 5174299 Elvis the Pelvis
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This is more Hedge hyperbole.  Nobody is going to war over the Ukraine.  And nobody is dumb enough to shed blood for Estonia.  Stop worrying so much.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:56 | 5174445 MontgomeryScott
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What the FUCK does the hyperbole 'BOOTS ON THE GROUND' really mean, in the minds of the handlers of your lamestream CIA 'informants'?

"Nobody is 'going to war' in the UKRAINE." REALLY? SERIOUSLY? YOU are fucking KIDDING, RIGHT? I didn't see the obligatory 'sarc' tag along with this statement.


Calm down and take your pill. Your government is in control once again.

Take the bag off your head, and pull your head out of your ASS.

HEY! Kim Kardashian has a big fucking ass (as well as nothing that equates to anything resembling 'talent' besides the willingness to sell her body for 15 minutes of fame), and some openly gay negro football player is being blacklisted because he wants to take showeres with the 'roid players! NO. KEEP YOUR HEAD up your ass. It probably smells as good as your so-called 'opinion' does.


Fucking douche paid schill PLANT...


Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:20 | 5174465 gallistic
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Well said Monty.

And Elvis, fuck your stupid "angry sinner blog".

Pay some cash and buy adspace, jackass...

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:20 | 5174525 conscious being
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Interesting all the usual suspects want to downplay what's happenning. "This is not the escalation you were looking for."

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 04:36 | 5174652 Manthong
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Don’t wear camo over there.   

Put on a black suit with an NSA, swastika and Chevron, Monsanto and Cargill emblems below.. because that’s who is making your check.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 23:05 | 5174163 nidaar
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"A Western European army fighting in Russia is faced with conditions entirely different from those to which it is accustomed, conditions rooted in the peculiarities of Russia and its people. The most unusual characteristic of the country is the climate, which affects terrain and vegetation and determines living conditions in general. The climate leaves its mark upon the Russian and his land, and he who steps for the first time on Russian soil is immediately conscious of the new, the strange, the primitive.
The German soldier who crossed into Russian territory felt that he entered a different world, where he was opposed not only by the forces of the enemy but also by the forces of nature. Nature is the ally of the Russian Army, and the struggle against this alliance was a severe test for the Wehrmacht, exacting great sacrifices. To conquer the raging elements of nature was the more difficult because their fury and effect were not fully recognized by the Germans, who were neither trained nor equipped to withstand them. The German command had been under the impression that the Red Army could be destroyed west of the. Dnepr, and that there would be no need for conducting operations in cold, snow, and mud."

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:15 | 5174520 conscious being
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Jonesy - re. GEORGE GALLOWAY attack.  Let's see what Niel Masterson looks like.

British Media Professional. Somebody with a LinkedIn id??

British Media Professional with a waspy sounding name is in reality another tribesman. Who could 've guessed??


Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:54 | 5173558 Not Too Important
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Why we have no plan:

“Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.” - Henry Kissinger

"As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger, filtered down through Generaal (sic) Brent Scowcroft and Sandy Berger, who is also here."

"Mr. Jones is basically telling us the National Security Council is run by Henry Kissinger. The NSC is the principal forum used by Obama for considering national security and foreign policy matters."

I think the NWO has lost the narrative, and is flailing for a solution. Centuries of planning lost.

And inbred psychopaths are always sore losers, with their fingers on the nukes.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 21:43 | 5173963 HardAssets
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"And inbred psychopaths are always sore losers, with their fingers on the nukes."

Well, that's the thing - - - - the inbred psychopaths do Not have their fingers on the nukes. The question is . . . . will those in the military who physically carry out the orders of the criminally insane (that includes those who actually would push the nuclear buttons or fire their rifles at the American people) will wake up, or will they 'just follow orders'?  A small group of these psychopaths cannot destroy humanity; but brainwashed members of this society can destroy us all by blindly going along.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:53 | 5174134 Anusocracy
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I guess you are not familiar with the Milgram Experiments.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:29 | 5174538 conscious being
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ICBMs are easy to launch if you get access to the launch room, which someone(s) acting on behalf of a kissenger could easily do. There's a button on one wall and a copy on the opposite. When both are pressed at the same time, (note - requires two people to agree, one on each button) and the bird is flown.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:00 | 5174456 Freddie
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Good f**kin luck to them.   The US Military is filled with faries, hispanic gang bangers, homies and those poor dumb white kids with thick black glasses and crew cuts who fill the stands of Texas A&M games.  Gomer Pyle cannon fodder.

You don't fly 4,000 miles away from home and F with the Russian and NovoRoyissian Bears.

I watched more than a few videos with these DPR/rebels/militias.  They are hard core battle hardend bad asses.  This "ain't" Tour of Duty. These guys fought in Chechnya and other places. I bet these poor Ukie kids conscripted by the criminal junta were pissing in their pants.  The NovoRoyissians are serious people and serious men.  They will not f**k around.

You are not **king around with Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan where you control the air.  These guys have destroyed the Ukie's with no air support and almost no armor. 

Good luck with any M1's tanks if they decided to move those in, which is highly doubtful.  They will be up against Russian Kornet anti-tank missiles which turned Merkava's into swiss cheese in Lebanon.

The only thing more psychotic and evil then the oligarch dual citizens in Kiev is the ones in Washington, DC, Foggy Bottom, Langley, et al.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:09 | 5174510 FreedomGuy
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I'll take that bet.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:35 | 5174545 conscious being
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That's retarded FG.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 03:11 | 5174587 FreedomGuy
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No. I actually know quite well what I am betting on. Besides, the main thing I am objecting to is the whole idea that the U.S. military is fairies and essentially weak individuals. While Russians are hardened by Chechnya. Maybe someone has missed recent history. The U.S. is the most experienced military in the world now thanks to the last 13 years.

I'll double down on the bet.

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 00:10 | 5178518 FreedomGuy
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There is a small chance we will get to see who is right. I will expect apologies from all the down arrows if I am right. I will do the same.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:38 | 5174551 gizmotron
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Putin is ultimately controlled by his own cadre of oligarchs. As things get worse, he'll be told to back off by the russian 0.01% aristocracy, and Ukraine will get back to its bipolaric nazism, plutocracy, crony payolism, energy homonculust, and cold-war angst. Business as usual -- nothing here to upset to global Dow charade. That's comes later, when the western 1% wealth inequalities reach 45% -- in the 2020's.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 22:30 | 5174082 Greenskeeper_Carl
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ya im on the short bus too, been on it for a couple weeks, and that position has lost something like 9% or so (SPXS). Im beginning to think its just going to keep going up unless a literal atomic bomb goes off somewhere. The money printing has slowed dramatically, the economy has been in a depression for 6 or 7 years, the middle east is on fire, threatening an oil disruption anytime, and we are trying to push the russians into a war over a completely inconsequential country where we ourelves started the trouble, and we are still seeing all time highs. Bizzaro world doesnt even begin to describe it

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:05 | 5172645 Lore
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I won't bet against the Print N Ramp.  It's just a number.  There is always a higher number.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:35 | 5172809 Herd Redirectio...
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Devaluation of the currency is priced in.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:30 | 5173037 crazytechnician
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Yeah , to Zero , BTChez.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 15:50 | 5172563 Oracle 911
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WWIII anyone? Because the US gov crossed the Russian red line.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 16:34 | 5172810 chunga
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If the Russians really have *hard* evidence on MH17 showing foul play by somebody, now might be a good time to throw it out there.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:20 | 5172994 crazytechnician
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Why ? To anybody with half a brain cell it was foul play . Why would Russia play any of it's trump cards so early on in the game ? There is a big shitload of Cannon Fodder to get rid of first. Muppetry depopulation comes first , BTChez....

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 17:38 | 5173085 pop goes the weasel
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Anything they show will be sold as bullshit, pretty much everything is bullshit now

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:51 | 5173365 eclectic syncretist
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The world is still waiting to hear what's on the black boxes recovered from flight MH17.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 00:47 | 5174431 GrandPaFred
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what's on the black boxes?  why the sign "Top Secret - do not open till 2214 CIA/USA"

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 18:12 | 5173221 chunga
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It would be refreshing to see some genuine outrage from people around the world if it is learned with certainty that MH17 was shot down as a false flag to demonize Russia and their "aggression" to keep the banker ponzi going. I'd like to see Americans and Europeans scream bloody murder and demand the arrogant war-mongering US Govt to fuck the fuck off.

Wishful thinking? Yeah, probably. Seems to me this is all very likely scripted.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:18 | 5173496 lovemesomeZH
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An open letter from the Netherlands to Putin… We are sorry!
Tue, 09/02/2014 - 19:36 | 5173562 Not Too Important
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The Scots aren't stupid, and they're about to vote out of the Western Axis.

Good luck rigging that election.

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 23:03 | 5174162 BlindMonkey
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Come on Texas. You can do it.

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 02:42 | 5174557 conscious being
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Go Scotland 100%

This just in. English media reports Scotland can not join the EU if free of England as Scotland does not have a central bank!

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