The Norwegian government has extended the invitation to the Trump Administration to slightly double the number of US Marines to participate in the Scandinavian version of “extreme cold weather training”.
If accepted, the number of Leathernecks involved in the six-month long training cycle would jump from approximately 300 to a whopping 700. And this has the Russians seeing red.
The Russian Embassy in Norway warned of “consequences” after Norway invited up to 700 U.S. Marines to the country.
“We qualify them as clearly unfriendly and they will not remain without consequences.”
Not quite done whining over a battalion’s worth Marines, the Russkie rant continued on with the warning that the mere presence of the Marines would lead to an “arms race and lead to destabilization of the situation in northern Europe.”
Possibly missing something in the translations from Russian to Norwegian to English, the insult/threat leveled at the Norwegians seemed to lack some oompf;
We believe that security in Europe must be equal and indivisible. It can only be built on the basis of respect for genuine national interests, mutual respect and cooperation. The better you see it in Oslo, the better.
It’s never a good idea to anger an American Leatherneck. It’s even worse to raise the ire of a group of Teufelhunden. The epitome of stupid is to anger multiple Marines while threatening women and children.
US Marine Lt. Colonel killed leading counter-attack armed only with a pistol…
At least two fighting men assigned to the Royal Air Force’s ground combat element in Afghanistan, the No. 51 Squadron RAF Regiment, are under investigation by the higher-ups 3,500 miles from the battlefield over a video purportedly showing yet-to-be identified members of the Regiment giving a hearty thumbs-up after dispatching Taliban/al-Qaeda insurgents to the next life after the little know, but viscous and bloody Battle of Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province fought during the night of Sept. 14, 2012. As published by both The Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland) and also by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), both on May 10, 2014, the British government considers the taking of so-called “trophy photos” taken with dead enemy strictly verboten.
Thusly, the recently surfaced video has raised concerns at RAF headquarters in High Wycombe, England if there has been a case of “mistreatment of deceased enemy personnel” by any of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.
With the expectation of Islamic Jihadi terrorists attacking the upcoming Sochi, Russia Winter Olympics growing by the day, two US warships and 300 Marines are already in the stand-by mode in the Black Sea, as reported by ABC News on Jan. 31, 2014, and also by the Military Times on Jan. 11, 2014.
The flagship for the US 6th Fleet, the command ship USS Mt. Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) and the guided missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG-50) have entered the Black Sea, reportedly “to conduct scheduled maritime security operations in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations,” yet it is widely accepted that the Americans are flying the flag in the area for any contingency that may arise due to terrorism, especially if US citizens find themselves in need of rescuing.