The Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said the force, drawn on rotational basis from Nato allies, could be in action at “very, very short notice”.
Rasmussen described it as a mixture of regular troops and special forces that could “travel light but strike hard”. It would be supported by air and naval forces as needed.
He declined to say how many troops would be engaged but Nato officials said it would number around 4,000 and would be expected to deploy to any alliance member country within 48 hours..
“It is so that we are ready should something nasty happen,” a senior Nato official said.
Russian threat? Hey, the 1980’s called. They want their foreign policy back!
forest on September 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM
I am 42 years old. The biggest surprise of my life was seeing the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain come down (which was unthinkable as recently as 1985). I think I am even more surprised that I’m also going to witness it going back up…
ConstantineXI on September 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Yeah, a high-readiness force – NATO is the high-readiness force…
mjbrooks3 on September 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Will the ROE allow rubber bullets?
OldEnglish on September 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM
And just where are the troops supposed to come from? Maybe the French Foreign Legion? How about Blackwater (or whatever its name is now)?
Last question – how much does it pay?
platypus on September 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM
Does anyone really beleive this? At this point I’m not sure we could cough up 4000 troops after 6 years of O’s cut backs.
warren on September 2, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Schadenfreude on September 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM
French are wondering how many white surrender flags to pack.
Germans are figuring that their quota in this would take away half their military.
Americans are wondering…wait, Obama took all the US troops out of Europe.
albill on September 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM
This means they could easily cough up 4,000 “We’re deeply concerned” announcements per minute. I expect Putin to surrender any minute now.
PBH on September 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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