Why Are U.S. Troops Still Stationed In Europe?

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    by War News Updates Editor @ War News Updates: Why Are U.S. Troops Still Stationed In Europe?

    Why Are American Troops Still Stationed In Europe? -- Doug Bandow, Forbes

    REGENSBURG, GERMANY—Washington has sharply reduced the number of American combat forces in Europe since the end of the Cold War, but a large U.S. military footprint remains. The Soviet “Evil Empire” has collapsed, Eastern Europe has switched sides, and America’s European allies now possess a collective GDP and population larger than the U.S. Why are American military personnel still stationed on the continent?

    Regensburg once was a Roman garrison town and is a celebrated tourist site. More important for Americans, nearby sits the U.S. Army’s Hohenfels training facility.

    Read more ....Why Are American Troops Still Stationed In Europe? - Forbes

    My Comment: I agree with the above question .... why are American troops still stationed in Europe? If the roles were reversed .... Russian troops in eastern Europe .... we would all be asking ourselves .... what is that all about. But in this case .... the Russians are smarter. They are not spending (and wasting) money on defending Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, etc .... we are.

    Having spent twelve years serving in France, Germany, and Austria, I've been asking the same question for more than 30 years!!!!! :cool:
     
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    Why Are U.S. Troops Still Stationed In Europe?


    Because European countries are US vassals, and it needs to control them;
    Because US needs to dismember Russia and take its natural resources (as it did with the USSR), hence Russia is getting surrounded by NATO belt;
     
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    mememe, et al,

    I don't think this is quite correct. The US doesn't control Europe and Russia doesn't need dismantled. Russia actually plays a very role in maintaining the US hegemony, although not in the way you might think.

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    There is no question that, from a political-military standpoint, Russia must feel the pressure of being gradually enclosed. But it is more than normal that nations are enclosed; surrounded by nations that serve nothing but their own best interest.

    The US exerts its influence in the world by means of its extended political-military hegemony; the grand stick to the soft words of diplomacy. NATO, and the US contingent, is but one component of the US influence.

    The US must see to it that the military portion of NATO [the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) / the Allied Command Europe (ACE)] maintains a coherent and totally compatible with the US Military unified commands; that SHAPE/ACE is not left rudderless or indecisive in this vein. That requires a strong military presence in both men, material and supporting capacity, BUT also, in the command structure [the position of Supreme Allied Commander (SACEUR)]. To that end, the US investment in defense outstrips the combined contributions of the entire rest of the alliance in order to maintain the advancement of just this one (Euro-Atlantic) hegemony that has grown in influence beyond the Middle East and into Asia.

    But let there be no mistake, that NATO has two components; the military (SHAPE/ACE in Mons, Belgium) whose strength is in the Central Army Group and the Mediterranean Sea Fleet, and the political arm (NATO/OTAN Brussels, Belgium), wherein the strength rests with the member nations. And the political arm is much more influenced by the European nations than the voice of the US. And that is where the diplomatic skills and bribery come into play.

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    to maintain a hegemony as the armorer of the world. Maintain the corporatocracy/plutocracy. If the US protects people under their umbrella, the other countries have no incentive to dump 10's/100's billions into weapons development
     
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    I'm sorry, but I can't agree with you on this matter.

    Brussels (Europeans) are a DEPENDENT part of the global US ($) empire. They can get stroppy, or even ambitious, but they are restricted by the length of the leash the US allows them. As Brzezinski put it: "Ever since the continents started interacting politically, some five hundred years ago, Eurasia has been the center of world power...

    ... it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger emerges, capable of dominating Eurasia and thus of also challenging America...

    In that context, how America 'manages' Eurasia is critical. A power that dominates Eurasia would control two of the world's three most advanced and economically productive regions. A mere glance at the map also suggests that control over Eurasia would almost automatically entail Africa's subordination, rendering the Western Hemisphere and Oceania (Australia) geopolitically peripheral to the world's central continent. About 75 per cent of the world's people live in Eurasia, and most of the world's physical wealth is there as well, both in its enterprises and underneath its soil. Eurasia accounts for about three-fourths of the world's known energy resources...

    Two basic steps are thus required: first, to identify the geostrategically dynamic Eurasian states that have the power to cause a potentially important shift in the international distribution of power and to decipher the central external goals of their respective political elites and the likely consequences of their seeking to attain them;... second, to formulate specific U.S. policies to offset, co-opt, and/or control the above...

    ...To put it in a terminology that harkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together...

    Henceforth, the United States may have to determine how to cope with regional coalitions that seek to push America out of Eurasia, thereby threatening America's status as a global power."
    That is the reason the US is still in Europe.


    As for the need to dismantle Russia and plunder its natural resources... Let me just say: the dismantlement and plunder of the resources of the USSR kept the crisis of the capitalist system at bay for over 10 years.
     
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    Because the Military Industrial Complex benefits from it.
     
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    Not just them. US empire is $-based, US financial mafia benefits from it also.
     
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    So they know who's boss.
     
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    US installations in Germany are mostly in remote areas, and a lot of them are in Municipalities with less than 10.000 inhabitants.
    These are "village type"-structures and these places collect taxes. The soldier is going out, buying things. These places also lack the money to re-develop the areal unit used by the US-Army for civilian use.
     
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    And?
     

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