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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-13-12 11:07 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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