[Editor’s note: For those of us who were “cold warriors,” the buildup of US forces, perhaps needlessly, is always a source of nostalgia. In this case, deploying B52s at RAF Fairford, where I spent some time (not with the USAF…not to explain) is something I support.
Over the years, those of us in the UK as expats used Fairford as home a great little town in the Cotswalds, a wonderful 12th century church, a fair pub but a great BOQ and Air Force Inn, Sterling House, on RAF Fairford.
We watched all that close down over the years as the US drew back its commitments and for some of us, jobs lost for our friends. If we are going to be throwing money around, I would like Sterling House reopened, the commissary restocked and some of the life to return to the region.
We see the same thing in Germany but the German government is extremely hostile to the US military, continual taxes and restrictions of every kind. Britain is far better as is Italy.
Quite frankly, it is time we left Germany altogether, if it has to be Poland, then let it happen.
As for the policy driving it, Trump is right, Europe needs to defend itself but, moreover, Europe needs a balanced policy with Russia and the US needs to stop spending money subsidizing European socialism. Well, that’s my right wing rant for today. Sorry. g]
Sputnik/Moscow: Within the last 24 hours, Russian fighter jets reacted twice to air manoeuvres of American military aircraft – the measures were taken to prevent the US bombers from flying close to the Russian state border.
The Russian Ministry of Defence has released a video showing a Su-27 fighter jet escort B-52H strategic bombers of the US Air Force over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea.
The footage follows a statement released by Russian MoD earlier in the day stating that the Russian fighters had spotted two US planes flying at “a considerable distance from the Russian state border.” After that, the aircraft were escorted by Russian Su-27 fighter jets.
Since 2014, US and NATO planes have been frequently spotted flying close to Russia’s borders, according to a report by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to NATO.