Earlier this week, the US Army’s 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team was seen massing near Berlin and then departing in convoy headed toward Poland. The 3rd Armored Brigade, which is composed of over 3,500 troops and 2,500 vehicles, is likely engaged in a mission purposed to deter any preponderance of Russian aggression in the region, but may simply be the Obama administration “pan-flashing” its muscles one last time before burning out; purportedly as a response to the left’s allegations of Russia interference in the US presidential election.
While this brigade is nothing to shake a stick at, the US command almost certainly doesn’t expect an actual attack by the Russians (who have over 15,000 battle tanks at their disposal not to mention thousand of nuclear weapons), so the move is likely nothing more than global political posturing — a gesture to NATO allies that the US won’t let Russia annex them like they did Crimea in 2014. Is it possible, though, that US intelligence knows something about Russian territorial aspiration that the general populace doesn’t? Russia arguably has the 2nd most powerful military in the world — comprised of over 40,000 tanks and armored fighting vehicles, an air force and navy second only to the US, and over 3.1 million trained soldiers ready for battle. With a recent history of past aggression to go with that kind of a force, it might be prudent to have a hardy door stop like the 3rd Armored to jam up the Russian door until the bulk of US forces can arrive to assist.
What do you think? Is the Obama administration simply brandishing its weapons for the last time, or is this a credible threat that should be tended to? Let us know your thoughts on Facebook or in the comments below.