The US has a “slightly schizophrenic policy”. Evidence was the Pentagon’s statement that the U.S. will strengthen its presence in Europe with three strategic B-1 Lancer bombers. Today, September 21, the first of them have already taken off from its base in Alaska, writes in the Swedish SVT Nyheter officer of the Swedish Defense Research Institute Robert Dalsjö.
He argues that despite the fact that U.S. President Donald Trump has only recently decided to withdraw troops from Germany and Norway, the Pentagon is still seeking to strengthen its presence in Europe.
“This all looks somewhat strange and probably reflects the Trump administration’s dual, almost schizophrenic attitude toward Europe/NATO and Russia, as Trump is extremely Putin- and NATO-friendly. It’s the other way around with the Pentagon,” he explained.
In late August, the U.S. re-deployed six B-52 strategic bombers in the United Kingdom, capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear weapons. At the same time, they defiantly walked over the territory of European NATO members, accompanied by allied fighter jets.
Meanwhile, Robert Dalje believes the Pentagon can send strategic bombers to Europe in such a way that Trump wouldn’t notice anything at all.
“Lack of Trump’s ability to keep attention on various issues for a long time will give the Pentagon the opportunity to turn such things unnoticed from the White House,” the expert said.
Dalhe also believes that sending bombers may be necessary to compensate for the large U.S. military exercises that were to take place in the summer of 2020. It was supposed to be the most significant strengthening of the military contingent in Europe since the end of the Cold War. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the maneuvers had to be canceled. Now the Pentagon wants to prove it supports Article 5 of NATO’s Charter, according to which an attack on one member of the alliance is tantamount to an attack on the entire block.
“Trump’s tirades against naTo and his expressed contempt for article 5 have cast doubt on the allies, so strategic aviation can be a signal and a way to say that u.s. Is still able and willing to defend Europe,” dalje hopes.