February 14, 2003

U.S. GI's to Leave Germany?

U.S. GI's to Leave Germany?

Jim Hoagland on potential troop redeployments in Europe. He makes the point that whatever the current degree of anger with countries like Germany, such redeployments should be decided on the basis of sound strategy and not passing anger or pique. There are good strategic reasons to redeploy on an expedited basis (for instance, the Austrian government won't allow U.S. forces rail transit rights for soliders based in Germany so why not move some of these troops further East)? All this said, it is hard to deny that Schoeder's irresponsible position (not even supporting a war in Iraq if the UNSC approved a second resolution) will expedite Pentagon planner's redeployment strategies.

Key language: "Washington is racing to reorganize both U.S. armed forces and international institutions to fight simultaneously the wars on terrorism and on the spread of weapons of mass horror. The Bush message to the Security Council is the same that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has given his service commanders: Adapt -- quickly -- or be left behind.

The global system of U.S. bases and troop deployments that is today a largely unplanned residue of World War II, the Cold War, Korea and the Gulf War is not particularly relevant to these two new struggles. American troops and bases will be shifted, reduced or abandoned in a new pattern of forward deployment to meet the challenges of terrorist networks and proliferation."

Posted by Gregory at February 14, 2003 12:34 PM
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