U.S. Wants More Use of Military Bases, Ports in Greece

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford meets with the Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, Athens, Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo by GEETHA)

ATHENS – With anti-nationalist Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras having backed away from pledges to take Greece out of NATO and not allow an American military presence in the country, the US wants more use of military bases and ports in the country.

That was the message from the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sept. 4 during a visit to Greece, media reports said.

“If you look at geography, and you look at current operations in Libya, and you look at current operations in Syria, you look at potential other operations in the eastern Mediterranean, the geography of Greece and the opportunities here are pretty significant,” Dunford was quoted as saying by the Military Times website.

He was speaking during a visit to the Ministry of Defense in Athens during which he met with the Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, whose tenure was renewed the same day.

No specific bases have as of yet been identified, according to the report, but, several options are being evaluated by General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of US European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander.

“Those are discussions that Gen. Scap and others are having right now, as they look around the region in terms of where they want to put forces within the next five to 10 years,” Military Times quoted an unnamed official as saying to reporters.

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford meets with the Chief of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (GEETHA), Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, Athens, Sept. 4, 2018. (Photo by GEETHA)

The US Navy has a base on Souda Bay on Crete, a key strategic position in the Mediterranean between Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, head of SYRIZA’s junior coalition partner, the pro-austerity, marginal, jingoistic Independent Greeks (ANEL) earlier was said to be wooing the US to open another base.

The US wants to increase trade and military cooperation with Greece with Turkey increasing provocations in the Aegean and as relations between Washington and Ankara are tense.

According to the report, Dunford said American interest in Greek bases was not related to the US-Turkey standoff, however, adding he expected that the US would continue to make use of Incirlik Air Force Base in Turkey to keep its hand and military interests in both countries.

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  1. Oxi, not when Turkey will eventually get its F35’s plus more help as always, as greece gets nothing, what some second hand junk they don’t want anymore, A few years ago The United States wanted to “Gift” 400 tank to greece! Wow great, but why. They were old, used in Iraq, U.S. didn’t want to pay to ship them back home, plus they were contaminated with depleted uranium from the tank shells fired from them…Greece has older tanks, but the newer frontline tanks use 120mm shells, the 400 tanks offered use 105mm, so greece gets used, outdated, contaminated, and would have had to buy a whole batch of new 105mm shells..yep a deal..now all this snuggling up to greece is to make Turkey get nervous thats all. But still No Deal.

    1. This is when you know …how ideologically demented and dangerous these white supremacist fascist …now running our country. are when they come to Greece…. like as if they are going to the state of Virginia….and tell them .. we are the Federal government of the United States….and we want to expand our military operations in one of our states…to secure the peace and security of the American people!

      .That was the message from the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford on Sept. 4 during a visit to Greece, media reports said.

      “If you look at geography, and you look at current operations in Libya, and you look at current operations in Syria, you look at potential other operations in the eastern Mediterranean, the geography of Greece and the opportunities here are pretty significant,” Dunford was quoted as saying by the Military Times website.

      Translation ….we demand more bases in Greece……not to secure the peace and safety of the Greek People….but to continue to wage illegal wars and commit further war crimes against foreign countries of the world! Furthermore , you will agree to our friendly occupation of Greece and that will now include Cyprus!

      And to top this off…we plan to continue to leave 4 nuclear warheads under the control of Turkey, and continue to arm them to threaten both you and Cyprus! And by the way…..just ignore that story…about how we supported Turkey…in the ethnic Cleansing of Greek Cypriots!

      Even Nazi Germany…. cannot match up to these degenerates….and only Nazi collaborators like Tsipras and Syriza….. would allow this , to remain in power!

      And that is the real story here….the military preparation by Tsipras and Nato…. to suppress the resistance forces that are probably developing in Greece to the take over of their country by a Dictatorship which is under the command of the United States and Nato! They will do what the do best …fabricate any resistance to the Tsipras regime …as acts fo Terrorism…and invoke their suppression with both Greek and U.S troops! The Nato and U.S. exit plan of Tsipras…was a smoke screen ….to provide the cover for the actual take over of Greece!

      Dunfey goes on……to highlight whose opportunities will be represented…but does not mention the risks to the people of Greece, if those operation include another bombing attack on Syria and the Russia…which could evoke war and military retaliation against the U.S bases in Greece, thanks to the crliminal activity of the U.S. military with the extortion of approval by Mr. Tsipras!

      This is what only a white supremacist is capable of saying to an alleged Sovereign Nation …in which their enemies become Greece enemies, and only their friends become Greeces friends…. as follows:

      ” you look at potential other operations in the eastern Mediterranean, the geography of Greece and the opportunities here are pretty significant,” Dunford was quoted as saying by the Military Times website.
      There is no respect for the sovereignty of Greece, the security and peace of it’s people….merely representing the interests of degenerate war mongers and Fascist!

      However…THN …the collaborator of this fascist regime…will spin what they do best …..like an organized crime family of the 1930’s called the black Hand….. in which they advised legitimate business owners ….that their were dangerous people threatening their business operations ….and that the mob should be payed tribute and pledge allegiance to them …. so they could be protected by the mob! When a business owner did not surrender control of his business to the Mob ….they would be bombed! And that is the foreign policy of the United States of America….and all those independent countries of the Middle East refused to comply with U.S and Nato demands….and therefore bombed!
      The other part of this ….is that like the U.S General …they go back to those countries they bombed…and tell them are you prepared to come under our protection this time!

      Pavlo, there is no more evidence…than this ….to not only resurrect the Peloponese and Spartan freedom fighters for Greece, but sadly, have them join the civil war which is already started in Washington D.C by the Fascist Secret society of Billionaires and their Media Collaborators!
      Let watch how the Media construct their Narrative to distort the intentions of the U.S. and Nato, and suppress the consequences to the people of Greece! TNH….. you and the mass media ….have already demonstrated that Freedom of the Press …is only allowed for the Fascist Aristocrates who fund these deviates…..it is now Showtime TNH….but their are many ….fully locked and loaded to expose …your criminal corruption!

      Tell Patick Theros…. he has already been called out for his previous effort! look at the latest NY times debacle…where they overplayed their lies….and now are being rightfully called out to be charge for treason…in failing to identify the senior official who allegedly reported to them …that they were in position to sabotage the decisions of Donald Trump and steer them into the direction they believed were correct …until he eas removed or left office!
      NYT….really blew this one…they are damned if they do and damned if they don’t because , all Senior officials of the White House ….have stated they have never send anything like that to the NYT!

      Pavlo, the shoe is going to really drop….when they commit another false flag chemical attack on Idlib, Syria…in which the Syrian Government has now surrounded the last piece of territory of ISIS, and other terrorist rebels held in Syria, and about to liberate!
      These Fascist have just told the Syrian Government….that they face consequences if they liberate Idlib from the proxy army of th e United States and Nato, and again as usual in response to civilian casualties like they did in libya and Yugoslavia…except for Ragga, Mosel and Yemen …where they have broken all records for the deaths of thousands of civilians!

      Pavlo…it is very sad …. to say…. that as an American citizen …and which my family fought in WW! and WW2…. for this myth, i have to say …. I am in the same position …as the citizens of Nazi Germany in 19…. and understand …why they were impotent to stop these animals …and they are nothing less than beasts! Today, it is becomming very clear….that we are a totalitarian government ready to explode….because the only cover for their agenda…is rapidly losing control …the mainstream media….and it is just a matter of time before ….every extremist group ..parlays this opportunity to organize a serious and representable force of resistance!
      My direction will probably be to return I am my family back 129 year later to Greece…where at least…i and …it is me and the rest of what left of Americans…. who are responsible for allowing the carnage that has happened and …. will ultimately destroy the world, i can say i live in a country that is not killng and desecrating a beutiful world

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