US Troops Prepare for ‘Worst-Case’ Scenario in Europe

General says US may need outside help if virus spreads

An estimated 35 US troops in Europe have symptoms of coronavirus, but with the pandemic tearing rapidly across the continent, and US troops being kept in some potentially dangerous crowded conditions, officials are looking at a “worst case” scenario for Europe.

Gen. Tod Wolters concedes the situation could deteriorate rapidly, and says the worst-case scenario could mean US troops are in so much trouble they would need to seek outside help from Europe in treating the number of sick

Wolters says that the virus hasn’t impacted readiness yet, but seems to concede that this could easily happen. Despite this, there is no sign that the US is considering any changes to posture in Europe, and they’re just going to keep going until something bad happens, then react to that.

This is particularly concerning because this same tactic seems to be common across US deployments internationally, and in many cases they are seemingly ripe for catching the pandemic to a level they aren’t able to manage.

Author: Jason Ditz

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