Skip to comments.German Angst as U.S. troops bid "Auf Wiedersehen"
Posted on 01/27/2012 10:31:14 AM PST by nuconvert
"We Germans fought for the Russians to go, now we are fighting for the Americans to stay," jokes Brunner, chairman of the German-American contact club in Grafenwoehr, whose lifeblood is its U.S. military base.
News that the 172nd infantry brigade, with its 3,500 soldiers and 8,000 family members, is being pulled from Grafenwoehr to return to the United States has hit this town hard.
After 67 years of living together, locals in Bavaria say the Americans are not just their employers and customers, but also close friends.
Under the new strategy, two combat brigades, one in Grafenwoehr, the other in Baumholder near the French border, will leave Germany, reducing the size of the U.S. army in Europe by almost 10,000 from its present number of 41,000.
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Graf - ah, the memories!
Unless there is a strategic interest in keeping the troops there, I think it is a good idea to bring them home.
It is about time. Japan, S. Korea should be on the list of departures also.
We have done our “Fair Share” (whatever that is in a liberals mind) and it is time for our men and women to be home and contributing to our economy.
That is, of course, assuming they can even find jobs in this economy, and I don't believe the BS this Administration says about jobs.
Any news about EDIK?
WHY?... For what possible reason would the USA have a military Base in Germany?..
I mean possible logical reason.. Taiwan is logical, Germany IS NOT..
The USA in Korea is also extremely questionable..
Well hell, this is all so simple. Germany needs to start another war with Russia. This time we will fight with Germany. And for that matter, Japan needs to start another war with China. We will fight with Japan. South Korea needs to invade North Korea. That will last about a week before the Norks fade, and South Korea won’t need any help this time. The only problem South Korea will have is finding room for all the defections from North Korea. Kind of like what the U.S. experienced in Gulf War One when Iraqis were surrendering to drones and reporters.
In this crazy world it would NOT surprise me ONE DOGGED BIT to see U.S. troops being sent back to the Philippines and even based in Viet Nam! 200 Marines have been sent to Australia. They are there to ambush the Chinese if the Chi Coms get too frisky.
Poland, Romania, and the Czech Republic are all practically begging to have US troops stationed there. The U.S. Air Force base in Romania is an absolute favorite place to be stationed for many.
The Germans protested U.S. troops for DECADES, now they want them to stay?
Vilsek is a pretty town, but without US troops, it will rot on the vine.
NATO’s Mission: To keep the Russians out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.
2 of the 3 are no longer operative. Time to shut it down.
All those wars will help the global economy.
So what if the Germans are unhappy. They’re always unhappy. Maybe they will start yet another war.
LOL- Germans unhappy? How true!
All of them got a belly full of Germans and Russians. They have been exposed to a lot of Americans by now, and they know who they like the best. The American Military, no greater friend, no worse enemy.
Making the assumption that you know basic US History, post-WW2 anyway, the established logistical base in Germany provided significant forward support for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This was especially true for the medical support for injured troops. That said, as our efforts in Southwest Asia come to an end, the need for that forward support is significantly reduced.
What has taken us so long? What a waste of money and resources. Any place where we send families has to be ended.
Whilst I agree that we should bring our troops home, I also have very fond memories of the wonderful folks I met when in Germany.
However, we’ve no longer got the riches to defend Europe. They’re going to have to do that on their own....and prepare for the war with Islam.
Romania's per-capita GDP is $11,600 (versus $35,700 for Germany), so they appreciate every US dollar three times as much. Plus, to Romanian girls, a US private's pay makes him upper middle class there.
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