Thousands of additional U.S. troops deployed to Europe to bolster defense of NATO allies

President Joe Biden and his administration have been adamant in repeatedly stating that U.S. forces will not be entering into Ukraine and engaging directly in military conflict with Russian troops.

However, thousands of additional U.S. troops have recently been deployed to Europe to bolster the tens of thousands already stationed there in various NATO countries, and the Pentagon spokesperson just revealed that even more could soon be on the way, the Military Times reported.

In recent weeks, some 14,000 U.S. troops have been activated to either be on standby in high alert or to go ahead and deploy to Europe, both to bolster the defenses and morale of NATO allies but also to fill out the ranks of the never-before-used NATO Response Force.

Bolstering Europe’s defenses and morale

During a press briefing Monday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said there had been no new requests for U.S. troop reinforcement by European allies above and beyond what had already been announced in previous days and weeks.

However, Kirby said, “I would not rule out in coming days, additional repositioning in Europe as appropriate.”

The spokesman went on to note that President Biden had recently announced the deployment of 7,000 additional U.S. troops that would likely serve as part of the new NATO Response Force, while other U.S. troops of varying amounts had been deployed to bolster the defenses of certain allies on NATO’s eastern flank near Russia.

That would include the three northeastern Baltic states — Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — and then, traveling down toward the southeastern flank, Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania.

According to the Military Times, prior to the outbreak of hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, there were already about 80,000 U.S. troops deployed permanently to Europe, with most of them stationed in Germany while detachments of a few thousand or so have been dispatched to other allied nations, including Greece and Italy.

Furthermore, in addition to the 14,000-plus that were recently deployed to Europe, the Times noted that there were another 3,000 to 5,000 troops still stationed stateside that were nonetheless at the ready for immediate movement if ordered to deploy.

Why aren’t U.S. troops headed to Ukraine?

As noted, the Biden administration has been exceedingly clear on numerous occasions that the U.S. forces in Europe will not be entering into Ukraine to engage directly against Russian forces.

That is because, according to CNN and interviews with military analysts and experts, doing so would risk escalating what is currently a regional conflict between only two nations into a global war involving multiple countries fighting on new fronts in other locations outside of Ukraine.

That said, should Russian President Vladimir Putin decide to engage in hostile actions or outright attack a member of NATO, treaty obligations would require an American response and all bets would off, in which case it is quite likely that a whole lot more than a just few thousand additional troops would be rapidly deployed to join the war in Europe.

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