There is a lot of fear from many Americans about tensions that are brewing on several fronts. Mr. Trump is not making relations better with North Korean President Kim Jong Un who has been testing nuclear weapons and is poised to use them, and relations with Russia are in a downward spiral. Trump’s recent declaration that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has also caused tensions to flare between the Israelis and Palestinians.
Now, one top Marine general is warning his troops about the possibility of war. According to Military.com:
‘The stated goals of the Marine Corps‘ newest rotational force in Norway are to enhance partnerships with European allies and improve the service’s ability to fight in cold weather.
‘But on a brief visit to the 300-member unit ahead of Christmas, the commandant and the sergeant major of the Marine Corps both described the strategic role the small unit fills — and the fact that a peacetime mission can be preface to combat if circumstances change.’
Here is a video of troops first arriving about a year ago:
General Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps predicted on Thursday that there is a “big-ass fight” on the horizon. Neller warned troops to be prepared. He said:
‘I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,…You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.’
A new National Security Strategy was released on Monday that details Russia’s practice of “using information tools” to interfere with other nations’ democracies and militant aggression that crosses borders. The strategy states:
‘With its invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Russia demonstrates its willingness to violate the sovereignty of states in the region.’
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green explained to Marines their role:
‘Just remember why you’re here. They’re watching. Just like you watch them, they watch you. We’ve got 300 Marines up here; we could go from 300 to 3,000 overnight. We could raise the bar.’
Military.com also reported:
‘The rotational force itself is much more circumspect about its role in the region. On a visit to the unit in May, Military.com found troops assigned to the unit had even been instructed not to use the word “Russia” in interviews with the media.’
Norway shares a 120-mile border on its northeastern edge with Russia, and the rotational unit has been stationed in Norway at the request of the Norwegian government. According to Military.com:
‘While Norwegian feedback on the Marines’ presence has been generally positive — then-Norwegian Defense Minister Ina Eriksen Søreide announced in June that the rotation had been extended for a year, until 2018 — others have cited misgivings.’
In October, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was asked by Norway opposition leaders about why American troops are stationed in the country. Russian officials have been outspoken about the presence of U.S. Marines in Norway and have warned of diplomatic repercussions.
Sergeant Major Green didn’t actually name Russia, but said:
‘They don’t like the fact that we oppose them, and we like the fact that they don’t like the fact that we oppose them. Three hundred of us, surrounded by them, we’ve got them right where we wanted, right? We’ve done this before.’
Many Americans wonder if there is any possibility of Trump being removed from office very soon, and our country being restored to an environment that is not on the brink of war. At this point, many of us sit and wait, and feel hopeless about a situation that is way out of control.
Featured image by U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Erik Estrada