While fossilized critics apparently stuck in the 1980s bash Trump for withdrawing troops from Germany, the president has shaken up the moribund NATO Alliance, forcing it to increase defense spending and realign forces to better face the Russia threat.
As part of his strategic relocation of U.S. forces throughout Europe earlier this year, President Trump withdrew nearly 10,000 U.S. personnel from ‘delinquent’ Germany (no longer on the front lines with Russia) and redeployed several thousand troops to NATO ally – Poland on the Russian border.
This has included increased rotations of U.S. forces to Poland, but now that U.S. presence will become permanent. As Defense News notes, Poland’s conservative president, Andrzej Duda, has now signed the deal that enhances U.S. military presence in the central European country. Duda has had close ties with the Trump administration, signing defense and energy deals.
In this instance, Defense News reports:
The Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement that he ratified raises the number of U.S. troops in Poland to some 5,500 and moves from Germany the U.S. Army V Corps overseas headquarters. It strengthens the U.S. defense presence in central and Eastern Europe at a time of increased Russian military activity.
Duda added that the new agreement should be a symbol of a partnership that continues regardless of political developments, implying possible political changes in the U.S. due to the elections. “I believe that our partnership is above political divisions,” Duda said during the signing ceremony.
“We are waiting for the new U.S. president to take office,” Duda concluded, according to Defense News.
Regardless of who is finally certified as the winner in the U.S. presidential race, Trump must be credited with enhancing European security by forcing NATO to increase its collective defense spending by $50 billion annually since 2016, and placing U.S. forces where they are most needed – on the front lines with Russia.
Whoever the next U.S. president is should continue President Trump’s solid approach to enhancing the Alliance and deterring Russia.