The Pentagon has decided to extend a troop deployment in southeast Romania, which is part of the US military buildup in Eastern Europe that was ordered around the time Russia invaded Ukraine.
The US currently has about 4,000 members of the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division based out of the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base near the Romanian city of Constanta on the Black Sea. The New York Times said the base is just “a seven-minute rocket flight across the Black Sea from where Russian forces have settled in Crimea.”
As part of the deployment, some of the 101st Airborne members have been simulating war with Russia, just miles from the Ukrainian border. The troops there have been conducting exercises with Romanian forces involving artillery, launching helicopter assaults, and digging trenches similar to those on the front lines in Ukraine.
According to the Times, the 101st Airborne troops will leave Romania in about two months but will be replaced with a different brigade from the 101st Division. The next deployment is expected to last about nine months and will be led by senior officers, including a two-star general.
In October, CBS News embedded a reporter with the 101st troops that were drilling in Romania just four miles from the Ukrainian border. Commanders told CBS that they were in Romania to protect NATO territory but said they were ready to “fight tonight” and said they could enter Ukraine if the war escalated.
The 101st presence in Romania marks the first time the division has been deployed to Europe since World War II. The buildup has brought US troops numbers in Europe to over 100,000 for the first time since 2005 and includes 12,000 US soldiers based in Poland.
17 thoughts on “US Extends 101st Airborne Deployment in Southeastern Romania”
Jesus H. Christ, I do not want to die for the capitalist class’ lack of imagination. The russians bent over backwards for the better part of two decades. The chinese were a stable and responsible partner, if not so comfortably subservient. The ruling class had a “good” thing going….and now this. If this goes south, our civilization will go out like chumps…too dumb to avoid the fate of every species that runs out of natural predators. Gah!
The USA has worked to find a way to destroy Russia, the moment the wall came down.
This Biden’s war as much as the Iraq war is W’s war. And Biden has the same people on board that where on board for Bush. Nothing indicates that Biden is willing to end the slaughter, as long as the Ukrainians and Europeans get slaughtered and even pay the USA for the slaughter if there is one man left to be slaughtered. The Biden people will keep it up, they are the butchers. Morally and intellectually totally bankrupt. They are greedy and power hungry.
They tell us how much better off the people in Ukraine, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Syria are now after the Western values like Freedom and Democracy were given to them. People in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, and other nations are waiting for the same blessings including all of European NATO nations.
I think a big part of the Trump hate was him fucking up the big Democratic war they had planned for 2017-2019. That’s why they rotated to massive Russiagating – they could keep escalating towards war even out of office.
And they did.
We will never know if Trump, had he been reelected, been able to prevent the war, winning the power struggle with the neocons. My guess, we will never know, Trump is not likely to write a book and if he did his credibility will always be a problem.
I think, he should stop the campaign nonsense and come clean with the nation and his one term presidency by writing an honest book . I know it will never happen, he does not have enough self-discipline to do it.
Isn’t it true that 4000 troops is closer to a joke & a sign of weakness, when 140,000 troops did not get NATO to even discuss the lid coming off the pressure cooker that Obama, Hillary, and Toria made with their coup in 2014..?? No, that number is a feckless jesture trying to “do something” that shows he’s doing something, anything!
It’s a trip-wire force. They can use it to escalate the conflict if necessary, knowing we have 60,000 troops right around the corner.
It’s a joke hoping that Russians won’t kill them on they way to destroying Washington. It will take you and your worthlessly trained drug zombie army months to get near Nova Rossiya. On the way your F-35s will distinguish themselves as crash wagons and hanger queens
Don’t accuse me of being a patriot or putting much stock in our war machine. If it comes to that, all those weapons will burn on the ground in a spasm of mutually assured destruction anyway.
The fuckwits that run this country will never get to test their amazing weapons in a full fledged war. That is a fool’s dream that only ends in total ruin.
They are human shields, but they have full NATO air cover so not to be trifled with
Full NUCLEAR support. Russia wiping a USA Brigade marks the point where we all have days to live.
Just like the USA wiping a Russian Brigade, or a column of NATO tanks rolling into Russia. It all ends with twitchy fingers initiating a first strike.
Vladimir Putin, July 7, 2022: “We hear today that they want us to be defeated on the battlefield. Well, what can I say? Let them try. We haven’t even really started anything yet.”
Die Yankee bigots so Russia can hold another victory parade. This time let it be past the White House and Pentagon ruins.
Winston Churchill: “Americans can always be trusted to do the right thing, once all other possibilities have been exhausted.”
Winston Churchill (1944): ”I have left the obvious, essential fact to this point, namely, that it is the Russian Armies who have done the main work in tearing the guts out of the [Nazi] army.”
“US Extends 101st Airborne Deployment in Southeastern Romania”
Question, why is there film of “Ukrainian” fighter in the Bakhmut area wearing the logo of the 101st airborne fighting against Russia?
Does the US have troops directly fighting in Ukraine on the side of the fascists?
Look at 8 minutes 44 seconds in this video and there is an American with the 101st Airborne screaming eagle logo prominently displayed on his uniform.
Right, and it is inconceivable, impossible really that you can’t order such a patch off Amazon? $6 and with free shipping https://www.amazon.com/101ST-AIRBORNE-DIVISION-SCREAMING-EAGLES/dp/B01N6T7OLD/ref=sr_1_2?crid=127CF06MLVI5F&keywords=screaming+eagles+patch&qid=1674540054&sprefix=screaming+eagles+patch%2Caps%2C227&sr=8-2
Wrong logo for the 101st Airborne. The one on “Ukrainian” who is really an American is put out by the 101st airborne. Take a look at the video and you will see the difference.
After market patches are not the same as insignias available in military units.
“After market patches are not the same as insignias available in military units.”
The Marine Corps wasn’t big on unit patches on uniforms, but when I bought my name tape, chevrons for dress uniforms, etc., out in town instead of at a PX, they had official army unit patches, etc. available as well. Real unit patches aren’t any kind of controlled item, and in fact anyone can make them, although if you’re wearing them on uniform they had better conform to mil spec.
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