Why does the U. S. have so many troops in Germany?

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    Pentagon set for shift in Germany - World news- msnbc.com

    I could not locate accurate, up-to-date estimates of U. S. troop strength in Germany. In 2004 msnbc stated there were about 70,000 U. S. troops in Germany. If you can find an up-to-date record of troops, please link this thread. So, forgiving the lack of current data, how come there are so many U. S. troops in Germany?
     
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    Keeps thier economy workin'
     
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    As of 31 March 2008, U.S. Forces were stationed at more than 820 installations in at least 39 countries.[18] Some of the largest contingents are the 142,000 military personnel in Iraq, the 56,200 in Germany, the 33,122 in Japan, 26,339 in South Korea, 31,100 in Afghanistan and approximately 9,700 each in Italy and the United Kingdom. These numbers change frequently due to the regular recall and deployment of units.

    Altogether, 84,488 military personnel are located in Europe, 154 in the former Soviet Union, 70,719 in East Asia and the Pacific, 7,850 in North Africa, the Near East, and South Asia, 2,727 are in sub-Saharan Africa with 2,043 in the Western Hemisphere excepting the United States itself.

    United States armed forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Here Derek hopefully this is a bit more up to date. In answer to your question though the United States has many reasons why it is still in Germany among them is our commitment to NATO. Further US Forces in Germany act as a deterrant against any hostile nation namely Russia from acts of aggression in the region. One other reason The United States is there is Germany serves as a major hub for US Army and Military personnel that are transitioning from one area of operation to the other as well as a vital first line of defense for medical services needed by American combat forces engaged in parts of the world.
     
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    That 56,200 works. Thanks for the research. What I don't understand is why the United States is putting lives at risk, and footing the bill? Shouldn't we let the Europeans work out their own military situation? Why don't conservatives make noise about this? They are always talking about cutting taxes. Neither Democrats nor Republicans seem to want to talk about it. Are we trying to maintain some sort of "Empire" status in Europe?
     
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    Because the US is an imperialist nation. We have many bases in many other countries. Italy, South Korea, and Japan are a few. I am not sure how many others.
     
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    That's almost true. You younguns didn't live through WWII where we had to fight on two major fronts and lost literally tens of thousands of troops to the guns of the Nazis and the Japanese. We also were in the Korean war in order to prevent the South from being taken over by the Northern communists. Our foreign policy dictates that we occupy those countries militarilly in order to prevent them from repeating what they did during WW II. They are both extremely aggressive nations, and need to be kept into check. We don't want another WWI and a WWII episode by the Germans, and we certainly don't want another far eastern aggression by the Japanese. I have lived and worked in both of those countries, and have a good deal of feeling about what their worldwide polital intensions are. If not kept in check, they will start another WW, I guarantee it. It's too bad that the Americans have to bear the cost, but that ain't gonna change anytime soon.
     
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    you guarantee it?
    great. i have a good deal of feeling that you are full of shit.
     
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    So the 52,000 US troops in Germany...how are they keeping the Germans in check? Are they walking through the streets with heavy artillery? Are they carefully monitoring the moves of key figures in the German government?
     
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    they are mighty warriors carrying really big guns.

    i guarantee it, youngun.:eek:
     
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    No it has nothing whatever to do with imperialism you freaking tools it has to do with the fact that as WWII and 9/11 demonstrated isolationism fails.
     

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