Pentagon Spokesman: Troop Activation Depends on What Putin Does

( John Kirby, the Pentagon spokesman, told CNN on Tuesday that there has been no activation of American troops in Eastern Europe, and that it’s too soon to know how things will pan out with the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

His comments came after the Pentagon also confirmed that 8,500 American troops would be sent to Eastern Europe in the event of an invasion of Russian forces into Ukraine.

“All we’ve done here is put them on heightened alert posture, on a shorter bit of a tether, but there’s been no activation,” he told Kate Bolduan.

He told the network that if Putin does encroach into Ukrainian territory, then he believes it would drive NATO and Western allies to “make posture decision they haven’t made yet.”

That’s a polite way of saying that NATO would consider war with Russian.

On Tuesday, a day after troops were put on heightened alert, Kirby said that Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary-General of NATO, would ultimately decide on the activation of forces. Stoltenberg would make the decision with Gen. Tod Wolter, the head of the United States European Command.

Kirby also did not rule out the possibility of putting even more American troops on heightened alert in the coming days as part of efforts to “bolster and to reassure some of our allies on the ground in the continent.”

Does President Joe Biden really want to go to war with Russia…in winter?