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So, at the end of last year, the U.S. moved to expel Russian diplomats on the basis of some spurious allegations of election rigging. Again, the evidence and the specifics are mighty slim on that allegation. And, again, sources closet to the action say it was not Russia.

The whole thing smells funny. Almost it has the aroma of a false flag operation.

But the odor isn’t nearly as bad as what could be brewing in the Baltic region. Putin has allegedly moved increased military strength into western Russia, close to the Lithuanian and Polish borders. This matches similar recent moves by NATO.

The ever-deranged of D.C. are not happy nor content with tit for tat. They decided to escalate:

PRESIDENT Obama has deployed US special forces troops along Lithuania’s border with “aggressive” Russia.

Tensions between Washington and the Kremlin have reached Cold War levels amid reports Vladimir Putin is deploying nuke-ready missiles in the Russian province of Kaliningrad – which borders Poland, Belarus and Lithuania.

And Lithuanian Defence Ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite confirmed America has offered additional military support following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

She said: “The United States was the first to offer additional safety assurance measures to the Baltic countries following the deterioration of the security situation in the region after the annexation of the Crimea.”

She added: “US Special Operations Forces presence in Lithuania is one of the deterrents” against military threats by Putin’s aggressive regime, reports the Express.

This is somewhat akin to playing “chicken” with two powerful trains on the same track. I wonder if this was the same President Obama who once (somehow) won a peace prize. I also rather hope the new administration will ratchet back the tensions in the Baltic, Ukraine, and in Syria. Prize or not, peace would be a good thing.

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I seem to recall Obama and Co. once referring to another president as a “cowboy”. Pot? Kettle? AP.

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