BREAKING: Top Marine Corps General Warns “There’s A War Coming…”

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The Marine Corps commandant told about 300 Marines in Norway this week that they should be prepared for a “bigass fight” to come, remarks his spokesman later said were not in reference to any specific adversary but rather intended to inspire the troops.

“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Gen. Robert Neller told them. “You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”

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Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green sounded a similar tone.

Just remember why you’re here,” Green 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.”

The warnings came a day before Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., that “storm clouds are gathering” over the Korean Peninsula.

Neller and Green’s arrival in Norway coincided with heightened tensions between the U.S. and its NATO allies and Russia. Russia warned Norway that its decision to host a new unit of U.S. troops through the end of 2018 would negatively affect relations.

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Norway has insisted having U.S. troops stationed there is merely part of an effort to enhance ties with NATO allies and conduct cold-weather combat operations.

They will be stationed at the Vaernes military base in central Norway about 600 miles from Russia and will “increase NATO’s ability to rapidly aggregate and employ forces in northern Europe,” Major General Niel Nelson, commander of U.S. Marines in Europe.

At a Q&A session with the troops in the Norwegian Home Guard base near Trondheim, Neller said that the U.S. could shift its focus from the Middle East to Eastern Europe, citing Russia’s conflicts with Ukraine and Georgia as justification. He told the Marines that they should be prepared for a “big-ass fight” on the horizon.

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Russia has reportedly been uneasy about the presence of American troops close to its borders. The 300 U.S. Marines deployed to Norway in June 2016 were the first foreign troops allowed to operate in the country since World War II.

In September of this year, Russia conducted a joint-military exercise with 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 two world powers challenging “American power, influence, and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity.”

The Corps currently has another standing training deployment, the 400-Marine Black Sea Rotational Force, based 2,000 miles away from Vaernes at Mihail Kogălniceanu, Romania. But pending Norwegian approval, that may soon change, according to Maj. Gen. Niel Nelson, commander of Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa.

“Our current allocated force in Europe is sat at about 650 Marines, and that allocated force could be postured here,” ~ Gen. Nelson

In addition to proximity to the cold-weather battle training that Commandant Gen. Robert Neller has said he wants to emphasize, Vaernes offers the Marine Corps next-door access to a series of caves, maintained by the Norwegian military, that stock enough gear, vehicles and ammunition to equip a force of more than 4,600 troops. Managers of the system, called Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway, said use of the gear for training and exercises on the continent had grown “exponentially” in the last 24 months.

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 Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.

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