What would you say if I told you that Russia and Mexico agreed to carry out a joint military exercise in the northern states of Mexico that
include forcible entry, air and missile defense, live-fire, and a command post exercise, all intended to improve readiness and the ability for Russian soldiers to work with Mexican forces easily in the event of a crisis.
Pretty outrageous, right? That would be crossing a line. Russia has no right to put its troops on our border. Wouldn’t we consider that a potential threat? Absolutely.
So why do we think we can do the same thing to Russia and not expect pushback or blowback?
According to the Washington Examiner:
U.S. military forces in Europe started an exercise Tuesday that will put 28,000 troops from 26 countries near Russian territory for over six weeks, with a focus on the Balkans and Black Sea region.
European Command’s largest multinational exercise comes on the heels of an alleged Russian military exercise involving some 100,000 troops massed on the eastern border of Ukraine and in occupied Crimea. The long-planned American exercise will test infrastructure and interoperability in NATO’s southeastern flank, home to the former countries of Yugoslavia and the European Union’s poorest member states but also some that spend big on defense.
But this exercise is not happening in a vacuum. The Russian political and military leadership are listening to a perpetual tirade of anti-Russian propaganda. Remember when Biden said this in March?