US, Sweden, And Finland Boost Military Cooperation To Form New Alliance

Authored by Alex Gorka via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The US, Swedish, and Finnish defense ministers signed a trilateral Statement of Intent (SOI) to expand defense cooperation on all fronts. The signing ceremony took place in Washington on May 8. In 2016, the two Scandinavian nations finalized separate defense SOIs with America. Now they have signed a joint document to unify those previous agreements and enhance their interoperability.

The Scandinavian visitors claimed this was just a starting point for a more mature relationship. The agreement emphasizes the countries’ combined joint exercises and streamlines the procedures that have been established to manage them.

Other issues covered by the SOI include regular trilateral meetings at all levels, the exchange of information (including about weapons systems), increased practical interaction, cooperation in multinational operations, improved communications, and the promotion of the EU-NATO strategic partnership. The latter issue will transform the Scandinavians into a connecting link that will eliminate the chance of any European deterrent that could operate with any real independence from its North American “big brother.”  Washington wants to make sure that the PESCO agreement will not protect Europe’s defense industry from US companies.

Sweden hosted the Aurora military exercise in September 2017, the largest such event on its soil. The US supplied most of the visiting troops. The American military has also taken part in a number of drills in Finland recently. That country will host a large-scale NATO exercise as early as 2020 or 2021. The US has already been invited. The militarization of the Scandinavian Peninsula is moving full speed ahead.

The recently signed SOI actually transforms the bilateral agreements into enhanced trilateral cooperation.  For Stockholm and Helsinki, joining NATO is not an option for domestic political reasons. At least not for now. Instead, a new US-led defense alliance has emerged. 

The increased tempo of exercises anticipates a larger US presence. It has far-reaching implications. With American military personnel rotating in and out of Sweden and Finland, any offensive action against one of those states would officially be an attack on a NATO member.  It would trigger a response as envisaged by Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. Russia considers any American military presence there as provocative. The US is not a Scandinavian country. If an incident took place that resulted in a clash between Russian and US forces, the two Scandinavian nations would be pulled against their will into a conflict they may have nothing to do with. The American soldiers on their soil will never be under the control of their national commands. More US presence means less sovereignty and more risk.

Actually, since they are EU members they don’t even need Article 5, because Article 42.7 of the EU treaty also contains a binding mutual-assistance clause. France invoked it after the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

Last year Sweden and Finland joined the UK-led Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF).  All other participants in the nine-nation formation are NATO members. It means that in an emergency their armed forces will operate under NATO command, becoming parties to a conflict they could avoid if they were really neutral.   The two also cooperate with Washington through the Northern Group (NG), which consists of 12 countries, although Sweden and Finland are the only non-NATO participants. That organization holds its own dialog with the US. Another venue is the five-nation Nordic Countries group, that includes these two non-aligned members.

In reality, Sweden and Finland have already joined NATO through other groups and agreements.   They did so informally, avoiding referendums and the relevant parliamentary procedures at home. This should be viewed as part of a broader picture. In early April, the first-ever US-Baltic States summit took place in Washington. It was an unprecedented event that somehow was kept out of the media spotlight. 

The leaders of NATO’s “frontline states” called for a permanent US military presence in the region. They want that to be much larger than just American participation in multinational battalions. They are asking for a permanent presence on a much wider scale.  Washington, which already has forces deployed in Norway and Poland, is considering rotating American troops through the Baltic nations as well. Poland and the Baltic states are a focus of NATO’S bellicose preparations. One might as well forget about the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act (1997), which states that no substantial forces should be deployed in the proximity of the borders. That document has already been breached by NATO.

The US guests have provided advice on how to promote American influence (they call it “democracy”) in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, the members of a newly formed anti-Russian alliance. and it’s not just the defense sector. Last year, Lithuania began importing liquefied natural gas (LNG) from America. Poland has also built an LNG terminal to expand the shipments of American gas to Europe, which compete with Russia’s energy supplies.

The withdrawal from the Iran deal is not the only time a US position on an issue has been opposed by the leading European nations. There are many more points of disagreement. Old Europe is gradually creating an independent deterrent.  A rift between the EU and the US is deepening. But as one can see, Washington is building another pro-American alliance on the continent. It does not mean it will replace the North Atlantic alliance. Certainly not. On the contrary, it will strengthen the US position in the bloc.

But aside from NATO, Washington also leads an informal alliance of “frontline states” that are intimidated by a nonexistent threat. The idea of the Russia bogeyman is being exploited by the US in order to reach its foreign-policy goals. Northern Europe is being turned into a hornet’s nest, with its good-neighbor policy gradually being replaced with confrontation that benefits the US but makes the region less secure. 

Comments

Boris Alatovkrap Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:08 Permalink

In other news, fresh interest is make for biathlon*

(*that odd sport that is introduce just to poke eye of Soviet over 1939 humiliating winter battle loss to Finland).

giovanni_f Boris Alatovkrap Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:15 Permalink

"US-led defence alliance".

Two lies in three words: There is neither "defence" nor is there an "alliance". 

Correct version: Aggressor-bully nation US bribes swedish failed state oligarchs and perma-Russia-haters in Finland to take on even more debt to the detriment of their respective national health to buy lousy US military gear to enrich US-based MIC oligarchs.

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finlandstation chiburashka Tue, 05/15/2018 - 08:53 Permalink

Thanks, as a non-Jew.  What's not ok is being a Jew hating non-Jew like you.  Just wondering why so much inferiority?  Most non-Jews are perfectly ok with Jewish success.  First thing you just be asking is why are you such an abject failure; and why do you celebrate failed political cultures and ideologies.  

You represent the real enemy within in.  And always have.  

The future belongs to the creative not reactionaries.  

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Ace006 finlandstation Tue, 05/15/2018 - 12:13 Permalink

“The non-Europeanization of America is heartening news of an almost transcendental quality” -- Ben Wattenberg.

https://www.theoccidentalobserver.net/2014/12/09/ashkenazi-jews-are-not-white/

 

"Europe is not going to be the monolithic [i.e., white] societies they once were in the last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It’s a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode and Jews will be resented because of our leading role." -- Barbara Lerner Specter.

 

"It’s pointless to ask what 'anti-Semitic' means. It means trouble. It’s an attack signal. The practical function of the word is not to define or distinguish things, but to conflate them indiscriminately — to equate the soberest criticism of Israel or Jewish power with the murderous hatred of Jews. And it works. Oh, how it works."  – Joe Sobran.

 

"I can tell you from personal experience that, at least in the Congress, the support Israel has in that body is based completely on political fear–fear of defeat by anyone who does not do what Israel wants done. I can also tell you that very few members of Congress–at least when I served there–have any affection for Israel or for its Lobby. What they have is contempt, but it is silenced by fear of being found out exactly how they feel. I’ve heard too many cloakroom conversations in which members of the Senate would voice their bitter feelings about how they’re pushed around by the Lobby to think otherwise. In private one hears the dislike of Israel and the tactics of the Lobby, but not one of them is willing to risk the Lobby’s animosity by making their feelings public." -- Former U.S. Senator James Abourezk.

https://worldpeace365.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/jim-abourezk-former-us-senator-on-chomsky/

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fleur de lis Clogheen Tue, 05/15/2018 - 03:57 Permalink

Sweden has a growing population of violent, unassimilable Islamics that pose a clear threat to internal order.

So why are they focusing on enemies that do not exist as opposed to the newcomers who attack their womenfolk without fear of consequence?

There is something really wrong with them.

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Also very interesting that they have restarted the IEF, which almost mirrors the AEF.

During the Bolshevik takedown, American forces were sent to Russia, traveling as far as Vladivostok.

They were recruited from the cold Midwestern states, thinking that they would be more acclimated to the harsh Russian winter.

They were called the AEF -- American Expeditionary Forces.

As if.

They were also nicknamed "the Polar Bears."

During the violent chaos between the Bolsheviks and the surviving patriotic Russians, some of these American servicemen fell and were buried in Russia. 

Remember that the Federal Parasite Reserve had invested heavily in the destruction of Russia so they needed strong American servicemen to make sure all that loot did not slip away.

For their service and sacrifices, the AEF veterans are all but forgotten.

However the Finns would be well advised to research the fate of the AEF before trying to relive their orders and walk into the same trap.

Forget the Swedes, they are a lost cause.

 

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fleur de lis SoDamnMad Tue, 05/15/2018 - 10:29 Permalink

That is a very good question.

Remember that she let the cat out of the bag by accident, so her handlers have her someplace where she cannot do any more harm to their plans.

She is probably holding down an obscure desk job in one of their organizations, pulling a massive paycheck thanks to grants and other taxpayer ripoffs. 

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XanII Brazen Heist Tue, 05/15/2018 - 08:49 Permalink

Wrong. Finland distrusts everyone.  Proof? We are still not in NATO despite having a hyper aggressive neighbor who constantly attacks us in various ways in the political, media and cyberspace area. 

 

Go ahead and look up how many in Finland want to join NATO. Just compare the numbers post-crimea and before that. Not that much of a change. Why? Because NATO is no solution. 

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gespiri Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:19 Permalink

Maybe they should also use this alliance to "neutralize" all these islamic migrants destroying their countries and raping their women....

new game mc888 Tue, 05/15/2018 - 04:49 Permalink

this will play out as it always does, bloodshed. moar religious killing for their gods...

moar human sacrifice for the gods. you gonna send your childern to the front line to fight these holy wars?

huh, answer up you DUMB MOTHERFUKING brainwashed idiot waving that flag. huh?

that really is what this charade is. an east vs west epic battle with religious ideals as the root cause.

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DosZap gespiri Tue, 05/15/2018 - 13:19 Permalink

Have to overthrow the PC Governments first.Sooner of later the citizens will GET a gut full.

Any Nation that does not allow it's OWN natural born citizens the right to self defense even to the point of killing, doesn't deserve the same air.They UK is a POS when it comes to this, the Thieves/Rapists, Muggers are the victims, retaliate?, your ass is in BIG Caca.No wonder so many level head Brits are relocating to the US.

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I am Groot Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:31 Permalink

Sweden ??? Sweden is fucking gone. The Muslim invasion has destroyed it and their entire culture. Exploded and blown away like the Death Star. Anything Swedish you want now better be in a fucking Ikea.

moon_unit Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:36 Permalink

Excellent, truth and democracy will prevail (somewhere else).

Swedish TV peddles fake news on Syria: 'Russia' instead of 'US'

"The attack did not get enough effect, so we want to see more. We want them to avenge us. Russia, Iran and the regime must back off from here because they have stolen our country and our land," a woman living in Douma was quoted as saying on TV4. In reality, however, she didn't mention "Russia" at all, not even once, which was eagerly pointed out on TV4's Facebook page by Arab-speaking Swedish viewers.

"Why do you cheat your viewers by means of translating errors? The lady said the United States, you wrote 'Russia, Iran and the regime,'" Katja Jakoub, an Arabic-speaking woman from Gothenburg pointed out in her post.

https://www.sott.net/article/383326-Swedish-TV-peddles-fake-news-on-Syr…

uhland62 Tue, 05/15/2018 - 02:52 Permalink

It takes them an awful long time to carve out WWIII.

Germany is at the front! Merkel prefers tanks to kindergartens (Spiegel headline). 

Mike Rotsch Tue, 05/15/2018 - 03:04 Permalink

"If an incident took place that resulted in a clash between Russian and US forces, the two Scandinavian nations would be pulled against their will into a conflict they may have nothing to do with."

Someone needs to remind the author that defense pacts are two-way streets.  I know with the US assuming the role of defense for the entire European continent since 1945, it might seem like if we're not acting selflessly, then we're pure evil.  Consider this a step toward a return to sanity.