Gen. Robert Neller, commander of the U. S. Marine Corps, testifies on Capitol Hill, March 14, 2017.
A Marine Corps commander on Thursday warned the U.S. troops stationed in Norway to prepare for a coming war.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there is a war coming,” General Neller told them. “You’re in a battle here, an informational struggle, a political struggle, by your presence.”
“I hope I’m wrong, but there is a war coming. You’re in a battle here, an informational struggle, a political struggle, by your presence.”
Gene. Robert Neller, U. S. Marine Corps commander
Neller pointed to the near future, the ability of Russia and the Pacific theater is on the following major areas of conflict.
Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green, sounded a similar tone.
“Do not forget why you are here,” Green said. “They’re watching. Just as you watch them, they watch you. We have 300 Marines here; we can go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We can raise the bar.”
The warnings came a day before the Minister of Defence Jim Mattis said troops in Fort Bragg, N. C., that “storm clouds are gathering” over the Korean Peninsula.
Or the comments were more than motivational rhetoric remained unclear.
Neller and Green arrival in Norway coincided with the heightened tensions between the united states and their NATO allies and Russia. According to Military.com Russia warned Norway that its decision to open a new unit of the AMERICAN troops by the end of 2018 would have a negative impact on relationships.
“Don’t forget why you’re here. They view it. Just as you watch them, they watch you. We have 300 Marines here; we can go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We can raise the bar.”
– Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green
Norway has ensured that the AMERICAN troops stationed there is only a part of an effort to improve ties with NATO allies and conduct cold-weather combat operations.
In a Q&A session with the troops in the Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim, Neller said that the united states could shift the focus from the Middle East to Eastern Europe, citing Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and Georgia as justification. He told the Marines that they should be prepared for a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.
Russia has reportedly been worried about the presence of American troops in the vicinity of the edges. The 300 U.S. Marines deployed to Norway in June 2016 were the first foreign troops are permitted to work in the country since the second world War.
In September of this year, Russia conducted a joint military exercise with the neighboring belarus that involved 12,700 troops.
A new National security strategy unveiled by the Trump administration on Monday singled out Russia and China as the two world powers against American power, influence, and interests, is trying to erode, the American safety and prosperity.”