Political Insanity: Outgoing President Obama’s “Operation Atlantic Resolve” against Russia: US Sends 3,600 Tanks Against Russia – Massive NATO Deployment Underway
Author Michel Chossudovsky speculated in a January 9th article in Liberty Beacon that the Obama administration is deploying military forces against Russia as an “act of retribution” against alleged interference in the US election. It is a claim betrayed by an ignorance of the recent history of US military deployments, unit nomenclature, and overall American force structure.
First, why are US troops there?
Operation Atlantic Resolve began in 2014 as a response to Russia military moves against Crimea and Ukraine. The operation predates the US election by more than two years.
Second, where did 3,600 tanks come from?
Apparently, Chossudovsky believes that the US unit deploying to Europe, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division has 2,000 tanks. A quick look at its table of organization and equipment dispels that [my emphasis]:
So, an armored brigade combat team in reality has 87 tanks. If you add the variations of the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, which is not a tank, the number does increase, but not anywhere near the original claim by Chossudovsky.
The other 1,600 claimed “tanks” are supposed to be at a Cold War era base in the Netherlands.
In fact, most of the vehicles that will be at this site are trucks and cargo vehicles mixed with combat vehicles.
Lastly, if you look at force structure, American ground forces have been declining for the last four years.