Anyone familiar with U.S. foreign policy is familiar with the fact that the American public isn’t familiar with the facts. We arm this one and that one, then that one against this one, and then the one we didn’t arm against the one we did, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. You can’t tell our enemies without a scorecard, and no one’s telling Americans the real deal about Uncle Sam’s involvement in, well, anything. All this Free Syrian Rebels and anti-ISIS Shia stuff makes you long for the days when the Russians had their guys and we had ours. OK there was the constant threat of nuclear Armageddon. But it used to be like it is now, in the Ukraine . . .
As part of a joint Department of Defense-State Department effort to bolster Ukraine’s internal defense capabilities, the United States will be sending Army paratroopers to train Ukraine’s National Guard, a U.S. Army Europe spokesman confirmed to The Daily Signal Monday.
U.S. Army Europe spokesman Donald Wrenn said paratroopers from the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, which is based in Vicenza, Italy, will train six Ukrainian National Guard companies on internal security and territorial defense beginning at the end April . . .
According to Ukrainian media reports, following the training exercise, the U.S. military trainers will hand over ammunition and communication equipment to the Ukrainian troops.
Wrenn confirmed that communication equipment would be given to the Ukrainians, but added, “[W]e at Army Europe are not aware of any ammunition being provided following the training.”
The report from dailysignal.com reckons the U.S. has been hanging back on military aid to the Ukrainians for fear of escalating the conflict. That’s the official line. What’s the bet the “freedom fighters” facing the our old nemesis have plenty of ammo, guns, anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons? What’s the bet your tax money paid for it? Not that I’m complaining. I’m just sayin’ . . .