Tensions between Russia and the United States have been overshadowed by the boisterous North Korea Dictator Kim Jung-Un. North Korea may still be considered a threat to America, but one top Marine general thinks there is a war coming and it isn’t going to be with North Korea — but instead with Russia.
During his annual Christmas tour, Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller spoke to marines who were at a rotational base in Norway. He explained to the marines that “there’s a war coming.”
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said, according to Military.com. “You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”
Neller gave words of encouragement to the troops, but he also didn’t mince words, adding the possibility of a “big-ass war coming.”
“Just remember why you’re here,” he said. “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.”
Marines have been instructed whenever they are speaking to the media to not utter the word “Russia.”
According to The Hill, Russia was angered by the presence of US troops entering neighboring Norway. Russia claimed allowing them to be so close to their country could hurt relations between the neighboring countries.
The marines are there to work on strengthening the alliance with Norway as well as prep for fighting a war in the cold. Neller hinted at the possibility of leaving the never-ending war in the Middle East and setting sights on Russia instead.
The US and their officials have hinted at the subtle tension becoming a larger issue after Russia invaded Georgia and Ukraine. “Russia demonstrates its willingness to violate the sovereignty of states in the region,” a US official said.
Russia has made its disapproval of the rotating marines entering neighboring countries known, however, the US is well within its rights to locate troops in allied countries as it sees fit.