US commanders told CBS News repeatedly that they are always “ready to fight,” and while they’re there “to defend NATO territory, they’re fully prepared to cross the border into Ukraine.”
Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst
In early October, The Intercept reported that the United States significantly increased its intelligence and special forces presence in Ukraine, despite repeated promises that American troops would not get involved in the conflict. The report states that the US initially withdrew its intelligence and spec-op operatives days before Russia’s counteroffensive against NATO aggression. However, the belligerent thalassocracy decided to send its operatives back to Ukraine in recent months. Although the move can certainly be seen as yet another escalation, it seems Washington DC is determined to further up the ante by sending its regular military forces close to the conflict area.
In June, the US initiated “Operation Atlantic Resolve” by sending the 101st Airborne Division and the 2nd Brigade Combat Team to the US Army’s V Corps deployed in Europe. Approximately 4700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were sent from their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky to locations across NATO-occupied Europe, particularly in Romanian regions close to the border with Ukraine. On 30 July 2022, these troops conducted an air assault demonstration at the 57th Air Base “Mihail Kogalniceanu” together with the 9th Mechanized Brigade of the Romanian Armed Forces. The event was attended by Major General Joseph P. McGee and Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca.
US forces are “ready to enter Ukraine” in case of further tensions between Moscow and Kiev or an attack on a NATO member state, CBS News reported on October 21, citing the 101st Airborne’s command staff. “We’re ready to defend every inch of NATO soil,” the division’s Deputy Commander Brigadier General John Lubas said. Commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team Colonel Edwin Matthaidess, in turn, noted that his troops, deployed to Romania, “have been closely watching the Russian forces, building objectives to practice against and conducting drills that replicate exactly what’s going on in the war.”
The commanders told CBS News repeatedly that they are always “ready to fight,” and while they’re there “to defend NATO territory,” if the fighting escalates or there’s any attack on NATO, “they’re fully prepared to cross the border into Ukraine,” the media outlet added. General Lubas described his troops as being on “full deployment,” and that “they are preparing” to fight Russian forces in Ukraine. “This is not a training deployment; this is a combat deployment for us. We understand we need to be ready to fight tonight,” he said.
CBS reporter Charlie D’Agata was embedded with US forces as they conducted military exercises just six kilometers from Romania’s border with Ukraine. The 101st Airborne is conducting joint drills with Romanian forces. According to the report, US troops are simulating combat operations against Russian troops. Needless to say, such actions will certainly not be taken kindly in Moscow. This is especially true when it comes to statements such as that by General Lubas that US forces are “ready to defend every inch of NATO soil.” As Russia never threatened any NATO member state, such rhetoric only causes needless escalation with Moscow. To make matters worse, the threat that US troops are “ready to enter Ukraine” is even more dangerous, as the Kiev regime is officially not a member of the belligerent alliance. What’s more, the Neo-Nazi junta’s membership ambitions have repeatedly been rejected at the highest level, including by US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
The US military relies on forces such as the 101st to deploy its troops almost anywhere in the world within days or even hours. General Lubas described the division as bringing a “unique capability, from our air assault capability… We’re a light infantry force, but again, we bring that mobility with us, for our aircraft and air assaults.” Romanian Major General Lulian Berdila told CBS News that the presence of US troops reminded him of the Second World War. “The real meaning for me, to have the American troops here, is like if you were to have allies in Normandy before any enemy was there,” he stated. Such statements are unwise, to say the least, especially given Romania’s role in the Nazi invasion of the USSR in 1941. In addition, it also shows how serious the escalation is, as the division has not been deployed to Europe since the end of WWII.
As General Lubas stated, the 101st is a light infantry division of the US Army, primarily suited for air assault operations. Its mission includes “planning, coordinating and executing battalion-size air assault operations to take control of hostile ground”. Nicknamed “Screaming Eagles”, the division is trained to “conduct operations by inserting highly mobile teams capable of covering large distances, fighting behind enemy lines, and working in austere environments with limited or degraded infrastructure.” The division focuses on battlefield mobility and working with “local forces” to conduct behind-enemy-lines operations.
Given the nature of the previously mentioned US intelligence and special forces presence in Ukraine, as well as the statements by US military commanders, it’s clear that the 101st Airborne’s tasks perfectly fall in line with such clandestine operations. Such actions are bound to further escalate tensions between NATO and Russia, as Moscow certainly won’t hold back in case its troops were to be targeted.
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Because they are ALLOWED to be. Not like hated Ruzzian fascist scum.
And who allows zionist slaves to illegally occupy Syria.
Slaves yes. But the Zionists are the rulers. Just start targeting US Agents in Ukraine. If anyone complains just say “ooh sorry did not know that”
Stfu bitch ass
Kill all the blood thirsty yankees on sight. Make their heads role. Eye for Eye.
Will we have another “charge of the light brigade”?
There are no nobles in light brigades nowadays. Need to recruit Harry, he has proper uniform with swastika. Search: “Harry with swastika”
Charge of the Banderite brigade is already lacking DJs… Perhaps the techno from the 101st to die brigade will be better?
It’s there just for propaganda purposes, to try to assure the Europeans that the US has their back. In reality their presence is actually a liability, they would be the first unit to get tactically nookit should dementia Biden cross Putin’s red line.
Kill all the blood thirsty yankees on sight. Make their heads role. Eye for Eye.
I just tried to post a comment reminding people that the only source of this story is CBS fake news The reCAPTCHA hidden moderator would not allow the comment to post.
I had also put in my original censored comment that the reports on the 101st Airborne in RT dot COM, antiwar dot com, and here on SF the other day all cite CBS as the source. There has been no report about this in TASS. I am not sure the story is true.
Almost certainly to secure NATO installations already present in Odessa, and likely to hold for relief.
A photo opportunity, of course.
One correction: “Nicknamed the screaming trannnies” There that does it…
The US ARMY’S 101ST AIRBORNE is a small and lightly armed unit. They would not last more then 48 hours at most in combat with any competent army. It air borne which means they only have small light weapons they can carry with them.
We have seen the Rangers in Mogadishu, we know how much destruction they can bring without actually winning anything.
101st are a JOKE, they RAN in Vietnam, they RAN in Afghanistan, they RAN in Iraq, they RAN in Syria, they RAN in Libya, they RAN in Somalia …. and they think they are going to go against BATTLE HARDENED RUSSIAN SUPERIOR TROOPS AND WEAPONS ROFL, they will be turned to ASH before they even get to their aircraft LOL, you think they are NOT ALREADY TARGETED and ready to be destroyed as soon as USA and NATO move against Russia then they have another thing coming, namely a HYPERSONIC MISSILE that will obliterate them before they can wake up lol. =Z=
Remember the million unexpecting Iraqis butchered by the USA heroes. They just loot, eventually secure the oil rich areas (or heroin production ones, in Afghanistan) and leave (heroically, of course).
Hey, let’s be honest and admit ROMANIA IS UNDER OCCUPATION NOW AS IT WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF WWII ( and ever since, as a matter of fact).
Lucian Berdilă worned the World about the real situation, he becomes a hero with this statement just like the Romanian minister of defense who resigned these days after talking FOR PEACE.
NATO troops are conducting training for OFFENSIVE ACTIONS, forcing defensives lines, not to defend anything. Light infantry is the spearhead of aggression not suited for defense.
Remember there are French Leclerc tanks too, heavy stuff, the best NATO can buy.
Wonder why we hear nothing about Poland and The Baltic States: Romania used as a bait, maybe, to mask the main direction of attack?
The idiots in the 101st would be nothing but canon fodder, if they officially cross into Ukraine. Shooting at Russian troops would result in a massive response by Russia. How could Russia not respond if they were attacked by American uniformed troops?
yankees are fighting russian troops !! They give target info to there howitsers and roket launchers. Yankees are collecting info by there satelites. Yankees are bringing armaments in the battle fields. Yankees are on command in the fightings. Ukrainian POW says the orders came by english speaking officers. What is Russia waiting for? Eliminate all the entry possibillities on the european borders so if yankees will come in openly, you can destroy them .
Ohhh I’m sure the Russians are trembling they’ll make no difference I hope they bought plenty of body bags
They are the sacrificial goat to get the west involved directly, so the Zionist central bankers can save the US dollar from extinction, that is the only reason the 101st is there.
The US 101st trapped encircled and taken prisoner after they entered Ukraine I can see it all in the news to come soy boys woke no back bone no fight in them frightened of the cold and a real Russian winter…….
The US couldn’t win its Vietnam war, its Korean war, or its war on Syria. The US regime has only Pyrrhic victories in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Hubris is alive and well in the US admin and this will cause the downfall of america.
US will soon be reporting on a lot of helicopter accidents. How are they going to explain the body bags that will be returned to sender?
Even 4700 fro the 101st would fight hard but not last long, but their air support (and 3rd world shock and awe tactics) would trigger WW 3 which the cabal of psychopaths in D.C. including Obama must somehow believe they would survive.
101st has been in Romania since June. What have they done to regain territory lost into Russia? nada. that answers your question. 101 st are in Romania to pretend they can be a threat?
They´re there to take back Rumanian territory (Bessarabia) seized by the Ukrainian SSR after WWII.
the 101st needs to be there when the false flag goes down or maybe they can provoke a response and cut out the middleman. their stated goal is to killasmany Russians as they can.
101st is there to hunt Orcs… heheheh
“…if you were to have allies in Normandy before any enemy was there…”
If you had allies in Normandy before the landing operation, then that would make you… a Nazi.
So these guys get be the 101st to die airborne… Gratz, it will be their distinction on thier empty coffins…