Budget Question—Why Does The U.S. Have 57,080 Troops In Germany?
February 17, 2011, 06:30 AM
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Everybody is talking about cutting the budget.

So, why does the U.S. have 57,080 troops in Germany? What is their mission, anyway?

The only explanation I`ve ever heard was at a conference in 1999, where General William Odom explained that we kept garrisons in Germany and Britain to prevent war from breaking out between France, Germany, and/or Britain. I thought that was ... interesting, but I`ve never heard anybody else say it. But then I`ve never heard anybody else say any other reason why we still have all these bases guarding the Fulda Gap.

I mean, we only have 32,803 troops garrisoning Japan. Why not cut the number of U.S. troops in Germany to the same number as in Japan?

Okay, I know, that`s just crazy talk. Forget I ever brought it up.