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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-19-13 11:49 AM
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Edited on Tue Nov-19-13 12:20 PM by No Elephants
This morning, during a story about Caroline Kennedy, fabled expert on all things Japanese, governmental and diplomatic (emphasis on fable) arriving in Japan, I heard that we have 50,000 troop stationed in Japan. (Actually, it's closer to 53,00, but why expect accuracy from media?)

Now, I'd long heard that we've had troops in Japan and Germany since World War II. But, almost 53,000? That's almost as many troops as died in the Vietnam war.

Since Iraq, even with all the enlistments 911 inspired, all I've heard is how people have been re-deployed and re-deployed into combat, sometimes apparently beyond their mental tolerance. Just this morning, I saw a human interest story about a solder who got re-deployed back to combat, right before his wedding. (He just returned and the airport in his home town airport threw him a last minute wedding, right in the airport. Hence the human interest story.)

Yet, we have almost 53,000 troops in Japan? And another 45,000 in Germany? While we have about 63,000 in Afghanistan? Are we kidding me?

Take a look at this.

It's instructive (to me anyway). And look how many countries they list under "combat zones." I had no idea.

And this is just the info the secretive USG is willing to make public.

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