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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 10:07 AM
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1. How many soldiers do we currently have in Europe? The article doesn't say.
Unless we know that, how can we know if this reduction is significant?

We currently have about 80,000 troops in Europe. Assuming these two brigades would consist of 4,000 personnel each, Panetta is talking about a reduction of 10% in Europe. When? In 10 years? The article doesn't say that either.

Why are we going to keep 70,000 US soldiers in Europe after this modest reduction? Are the Nazis threatening to invade Poland again? Are the Soviets massing tanks in East Berlin, preparing an invasion of West Germany?

And what's this about rotating units in and out of the region instead of keeping these two brigades there? What's this, another shell game that would result in a net reduction of zero?

This is a poorly written article. It looks like another fake budget cut from the Pentagon.
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  -U.S. to pull 2 combat brigades out of Europe Rhiannon12866  Jan-13-12 06:36 AM   #0 
  - How many soldiers do we currently have in Europe? The article doesn't say.  Lasher   Jan-13-12 10:07 AM   #1 
  - a good start  bowens43   Jan-13-12 05:58 PM   #3 
  - Agree...the article was confusing without enough detail.  KoKo   Jan-14-12 10:31 AM   #6 
     - I don't believe anything the Pentagon says about defense spending reductions.  Lasher   Jan-14-12 01:21 PM   #7 
  - Germany and Japan have not threatened us in quite some time. Perhaps we can finally withdraw from  No Elephants   Jan-13-12 12:12 PM   #2 
     - Maybe they'll be withdrawn to Iran, the next stop on the neocons' freedom tour.  Lasher   Jan-13-12 09:34 PM   #4 
        - Victory? I thought we were not at war with Iraq, once we got Saddam.  No Elephants   Jan-13-12 10:00 PM   #5 
        - The thing is, Iran is a totally different entity entirely.  Rhiannon12866   Jan-15-12 01:54 AM   #8 
           - U.S. troops quietly surge into Middle East  Lasher   Jan-15-12 09:34 PM   #9 
              - Wow! Excellent catch!  Rhiannon12866   Jan-15-12 10:32 PM   #10 
                 - Thank you.  Lasher   Jan-15-12 10:38 PM   #11 
                    - That can't be much of a coincidence.  Rhiannon12866   Jan-16-12 05:08 AM   #12 
                       - It can't be because an old worn out hick from WV is a better journalist.  Lasher   Jan-16-12 08:48 AM   #13 
                          - I agree that we aren't getting the real news  Rhiannon12866   Jan-17-12 04:42 AM   #14 

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