Transatlantic war games. US President Barack Obama is requesting 1 billion dollars to fortify European allied forces. The money would go to increase military might in Poland and other countries amid tensions with Russia for its Ukraine incursion.
The US president’s request comes as he makes a 4-day trip through Europe including three countries. The White House says funding would be used primarily to increase military exercises and training missions. It would also fund more extensive rotations of air and ground forces in Europe. But Mister Obama’s endeavors don’t end there. Officials say Obama wants to increase US Navy participation in NATO deployments in the Black and Baltic seas. And if allowed, he would boost military capabilities of non-NATO countries close to Russia’s border including Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. Experts say Congress will be forced to find cuts if they want to make the necessary expenditures. The president's visit to Warsaw coincides with the 25th anniversary of Poland emerging from communism. Obama also plans to meet with Group of 7 leaders in Brussels before heading to France to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that eventually led to Allied victory in World War II. But is the US’ military industrial complex as strong as it used to be? Some experts say no. During his speech to promote the European Reassurance Initiative he warned Russia that it faced more sanctions if it showed further aggression. The initiative still needs Congress’ billion-dollar blessing.