President Joe Biden's decision to deploy additional forces in Europe has caused a stir on the political scene. In response to this move, Democratic Party presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expressed a strong opinion that this constitutes preparation for potential ground conflict with Russia.
"President Biden just called up 3,000 reservists to augment U.S. troops in Europe as part of "Operation Atlantic Resolve," Kennedy shared via Twitter. "I want people to understand what this troop mobilization is about. It's about preparing for a ground war with Russia."
Only a day earlier, Biden had issued an executive order that authorized the mobilization of 3,000 US reservists in Europe.
President Biden just called up 3,000 reservists to augment U.S.
troops in Europe as part of "Operation Atlantic Resolve." I want people to understand what this troop mobilization is about. It's about preparing for a ground war with Russia.https://t.co/YCzL0UWoo0 — Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) July 14, 2023
The deployment is in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, a contingency operation designed to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Operation Atlantic Resolve: A Contingency Against Russian Aggression
This operation allows for the rotational deployment of combat-ready US forces to Europe as a countermeasure against the Russian actions in Ukraine.
With this move, the number of US troops now spread across Europe stands close to 100,000. Army Lt. Gen. Douglas A. Sims II, Joint Staff director of operations, confirmed the designation of the operation as a contingency in a recent press briefing.
"This new designation benefits troops and families with increases in authorities, entitlements, and access to the reserve component forces and personnel," Sims explained. Perhaps most critically, he emphasized that this executive order serves as a symbol of the steadfast commitment of the United States to NATO and its Eastern European allies. "This [executive order] reaffirms the unwavering support and commitment to defend NATO's eastern flank in the wake of Russia's illegal and unprovoked war on Ukraine," Sims said.
While Kennedy sees the troop buildup as a sign of impending conflict, the official stance frames it as a demonstration of solidarity with NATO allies in the face of Russia's aggressive behavior in Ukraine.
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