The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Robert Neller, warned troops stationed in Norway “there’s a war coming” and urged them to be prepared, Military.com reported.
“I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming,” Neller said on Thursday. “You’re in a fight here, an informational fight, a political fight, by your presence.”
The commandant predicted Russia and the Pacific theater would likely be the service’s focal points in the future, predicting a “big-ass fight.”
“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.”
Russia recently 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, reports The Hill.