pressuring Berlin to keep U.S. nuclear weapons
By Finian Cunningham
May 29, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" - When Germany’s Social
Democrats – the junior governing coalition partner –
renewed long-standing calls for withdrawing U.S. nuclear
bombs from the country, the backlash from Washington was
fast and furious.
Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin, wrote an
oped for German media
slamming the move as “undermining” NATO’s nuclear
deterrence in Europe. Grenell, who is also the acting
U.S. Director of National Intelligence, was scathing,
reiterating President Trump’s vituperative claims that
Germany was not pulling its weight in NATO commitments.
Grenell has been the bane of many German politicians
of all stripes over what they view as his high-handed
interference in the country’s internal affairs, with one
former Social Democrat leader likening him to a
the intervention from the American ambassador to Poland,
Georgette Mosbacher, who mischievously
proffered that if
Germany didn’t want to station U.S. nuclear warheads,
then Poland would provide an alternative site for the
weapons. Given the history of bad blood between Germany
and Poland, not to mention the incendiary provocation to
Russia, Mosbacher’s suggestion is ludicrous.
Nevertheless it illustrates the strenuous pushback by
Washington to the renewed calls for removing U.S.
nuclear weapons from German soil.
believed to be some 20
B-61-3/4 nuclear bombs stored at the Bucher airbase in
western Germany under U.S. command. In the event of a
nuclear war, the bombs would be fitted to German
aircraft flown by Luftwaffe pilots and activated by
American secret codes. The arrangement is part of a
wider historical NATO nuclear-sharing agreement in
Europe dating back to the Cold War, which sees
U.S.-commanded bombs assigned also to Belgium,
Netherlands and Italy.
citizens have long called for the removal of the U.S.
bombs from their territory, fearing that the weapons
increase instability and the danger of war with Russia.
In 2010, the German parliament (Bundestag)
voted for the Berlin
government to work towards Washington’s removal of the