Top Marine general: ‘There’s a war coming’

The Hill

The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, told troops Thursday that “there’s a war coming” and urged them to be prepared.

“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller told Marines stationed in Norway, during a visit there, according to “You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence,” he added.

The commandant pointed to Russia and the Pacific theater as the next major areas of conflict, predicting a “big-ass fight” in the future.

“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.”

Neller’s visit comes amid tensions between Russia and NATO allies. Russia warned neighboring Norway that the presence of American troops could hurt relations, after Norway decision to host a new unit of U.S. soldiers through the end of 2018.

In a question-and-answer session with the troops, Neller said the U.S. could shift its focus after years of fighting in the Middle East to Eastern Europe, citing Russia’s conflicts with Ukraine and Georgia.

On Monday, President Trumpunveiled a new national security strategy that focused on the threats posed by Russia and China to U.S. interests.

2 comments to “Top Marine general: ‘There’s a war coming’”
  1. While I understand and appreciate the USMC needs to be combat ready, I pray that our brave soldiers will not be asked to lay their lives and limbs on the line engaging in another senseless war.

    What are we defending in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc.? Why did we destroy Libya?

    We can defend The U.S. Republic without deploying a single soldier on foreign soil. Figure it out, Generals. We’ve had enough war to last several lifetimes. The Pentagon is bloated and incompetent – it needs resizing. The new paradigm going forward needs to be Strength through Peace.

    God Bless, and Merry Christmas.

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