PRISTINA, Kosovo — Nearly five years after Kosovo declared independence, its international backers are encouraging the tiny Balkan nation to walk on its own.
One of its next steps may be to form a small army from an existing 2,500-strong civil protection force — a difficult task for a young nation that still has not secured full international recognition and is deeply distrusted by its northern neighbor, Serbia, from which it declared independence in 2008.
Nearly 5,600 NATO troops, including close to 800 Americans, remain stationed in Kosovo to help keep the peace with ethnic Serbs who refuse to recognize the government of the former Serbian province, where 90 percent of the population is ethnic Albanian…
What the article does NOT say is that the NATO troops are not there “to keep the peace with ethnic Serbs,” but rather, to protect the Albanian Muslim narcoterrorists and organ traffickers while they go about obliterating the last traces of the Serbian population in Kosovo. It’s NATO’s job to stop the Serbs from defending themselves, just as it’s the job of the Obama administration and its gun-grabbers to stop you from defending yourself on US soil.
And indeed, individual nations were left to shoulder much of the burden for training and equipping the force. Chief among them was the U.S., which remains Kosovo’s biggest supporter, according to Wojcik. It provides between $5.5 MILLION and $7 million in annual training and military sales, among other forms of assistance, according to the U.S. Embassy. The KSF budget hovers around $35 million.
The U.S. provided uniforms and radios, and it opened its schools to KSF members, including the Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, and the service’s Command and General Staff College. It paired Kosovo with the Iowa National Guard for a mentor relationship, and sent members to Grafenwöhr, Germany, for NCO training.
Such training is now being incorporated into the KSF structure with U.S. military help. At a September ceremony on a KSF base in the southern Kosovo city of Ferizaj, U.S. Army advisers looked on as some two dozen senior NCOs graduated a course run within the country, and largely by KSF trainers….
There goes some more of our US tax dollars down the toilet.
For any non-Muslim with talent, skills, dedication, bravery, and integrity who wants a military career, forget about joining the military of any NATO country. I would suggest finding out whether you can join either the IDF or the armed forces of the Russian Federation.
Stick a fork in the US – it’s done.