Everybody is talking about cutting the budget.
So, why does the U.S. haveÂ 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.