‘There’s a War Coming’: Top General Tells U.S. Troops To Prepare For a ‘Bigass Fight’
U.S. Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, told Marines in Norway this week that they should be prepared for a “bigass fight” to come.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Gen. Robert Neller told the Marines on Thursday, according to Military.com.
Neller was visiting a Marine rotational force near Trondheim, about 300 miles north of Oslo, Norway. The Marines have been stationed there since January. Their presence in Norway is intended to support operations by NATO and the U.S. European Command, as well as to help the Marine Corps facilitate training in cold weather and mountainous conditions, The Washington Post reported.
The top commander and other Corp leaders told the force they should be prepared for a change in their peacetime mission, should the need arise. In particular, Neller predicted the Pacific and Russia to be the focus of any conflict in the future outside of the Middle East, Military.com reported.
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Ronald Green put the Marines’ role starkly.
“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.”
Lt. Col. Eric Dent, a spokesman for the general, told The Washington Post Saturday night that Neller’s remarks “were not in reference to any specific adversary but rather intended to inspire the troops.”
Military.com reported that Russian officials have been outspoken in opposing the presence of Marines in Norway and warning of diplomatic repercussions.
Though Green did not name Russia, he referred to its displeasure at the Marines’ presence nearby.
“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,” Green said. “Three hundred of us, surrounded by them, we’ve got them right where we wanted, right? We’ve done this before.”