Pentagon eyes putting land-based missiles back in Europe

Pentagon eyes putting land-based missiles back in Europe
Pershing-II IRBM launchers in 1987. (Image: National Archives/AFIS, Frank Trevino via Wikipedia)

[Ed. – Cold War deja-vu all over again.  This SO did not need to happen.  Lesson: don’t do anything in foreign policy the way Obama does it.]

The United States is considering a range of moves to counter Russia’s alleged violation of a nuclear arms treaty, including bolstering missile defenses or even deploying land-based missiles in Europe, officials said Friday.

The options are expected to be discussed at a meeting of senior military officers and diplomats convened by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter during a visit Friday to Stuttgart, Germany, Pentagon officials told AFP. …

“These options have a range to them,” said a defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Installing land-missiles in Europe was a more aggressive step “at the far end of the spectrum,” the official said. …

Some of the possible options are in accordance with the arms control treaty, but some are not, officials said.

Robert Scher, assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, told lawmakers in April that one option could be to beef up defenses of potential targets of the Russian cruise missile.

A second option could “look at how we could go about and actually attack that missile where it is in Russia,” Scher said.

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