The head of US forces in Europe told lawmakers on Tuesday that he believes the US will need more troops on the continent even after the war in Ukraine is over.
Gen. Tod Wolters, the head of US European Command and NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that his “suspicion is we’re going to still need more” troops in Europe.
“What we need to do from a US force perspective is look at what takes place in Europe following the completion of the Ukraine-Russia scenario and examine the European contributions, and based off the breadth and depth of the European contributions, be prepared to adjust the US contributions,” he said.
Over the past few months, the US has sent tens of thousands of troops to Europe, bringing the total to over 100,000 for the first time since 2005. The US has reinforced its presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, and there are currently about 10,000 US troops in Poland, where the West is working on pouring weapons into Ukraine.
Wolters wouldn’t specify if he thinks the US needs a more permanent presence or more rotational forces in the region. “Obviously, there’s always a mix between the requirement of permanent versus rotational, and there are pluses and minuses of each one,” he said. “We’ll have to continue to examine the European contributions to make a smart decision about where to go in the future.”
NATO recently announced that it is adding four new battlegroups that will be deployed to Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.
The US and NATO military buildup is done in the name of deterring Russia, but one of President Vladimir Putin’s main reasons for invading Ukraine was its alignment with NATO and the Western military alliance’s presence near Russia’s borders.
11 thoughts on “Top General Says US Will Still Need More Troops in Europe After Ukraine War Ends”
Translation: “We don’t know what the hell we need to do or can do.” As Pig Killer said in “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome”: “Plan? There ain’t no plan!”
Another political general from inside the beltway looking forward to a future of lining his pockets by representing the MIC and its mouthpiece (the MSM).
Germany / Britian are already occupide by the US it seems they want to occupie all of Europe.
Biden is calling for more billions here, more billions there for anything and everything military, war.
And we the people can get a billion in hemorrhoid cream because Biden’s constant yammering for billions and billions is a royal pain in my a–!
“The US and NATO military buildup is done in the name of deterring Russia, but one of President Vladimir Putin’s main reasons for invading Ukraine was its alignment with NATO and the Western military alliance’s presence near Russia’s borders.”
Exactly why general numbnuts wants to put more troops in Europe. It’s working!
To slightly misquote the lovely Mandy Rice-Davies, “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?”
Why keep any ?
Withdraw from NATO and let Europeans defend Europeans.
Of course then Europeans will start feeling independant about other things like who to buy stuff off of and what currency to use to pay for it.
They might even decide which “sanctions trains” to board or not board.
Better idea .. just keep them barefoot and pregnant like they are already.
The Supreme Allied Commander might be thinking that the US would stupidly cause another war in Europe, but when asking for more troops he must also consider that the military has recruiting problems. The Army is offering a $50,000 enlistment bonus to new recruits in certain positions, and of course some teen-agers will go for it.
And remember the US tried really hard to stay out of both WW1 and WW2.
Europe must learn to stand up to Russia themselves, yhey can’t always, always rely on the US to save the day.
Of course, wealthy European countries don’t want to pay for their own military needs so America must pay to defend all of Europe. How about asking American taxpayers if they want to pay to defend Europe.
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