View Poll Results: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

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    Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    PLEASE READ BEFORE VOTING

    Right now the US military has:

    90,000+ troops in Afghanistan
    50,000+ troops in Germany
    35,000+ troops in Japan
    28,000+ troops in South Korea
    15,000+ troops in Kuwait
    10,000+ troops in Italy
    9,000+ troops in the UK
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    These troops are deployed for a variety of reasons. Most of these countries are in strategic locations (West Germany was our frontline against the Soviets), but the Cold War is long over. I think our deployments are quite excessive. In fact, I think that at least 90% of these soldiers should be brought home. I'm curious what other users think about this.


    Also the source for these numbers, from the Department of Defense itself, is here:

    http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personne...ry/hst1112.pdf

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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    There is no "Completely remove all troops from foreign locations" option.

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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    Quote Originally Posted by Voltaire X View Post
    PLEASE READ BEFORE VOTING

    Right now the US military has:

    90,000+ troops in Afghanistan
    50,000+ troops in Germany
    35,000+ troops in Japan
    28,000+ troops in South Korea
    15,000+ troops in Kuwait
    10,000+ troops in Italy
    9,000+ troops in the UK
    etc.

    These troops are deployed for a variety of reasons. Most of these countries are in strategic locations (West Germany was our frontline against the Soviets), but the Cold War is long over. I think our deployments are quite excessive. In fact, I think that at least 90% of these soldiers should be brought home. I'm curious what other users think about this.


    Also the source for these numbers, from the Department of Defense itself, is here:

    http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personne...ry/hst1112.pdf
    I say drastically remove troops from all foreign locations other than Afghanistan. Those troops can be used to guard our borders. And once Afghanistan is deemed mission completed then troops should immediately removed from Afghanistan.
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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    I am one of the few who seem to agree with Ron Pauls foreign policy stance and that is stay the hell out of other countries business and stop trying to police (aka manipulate) the world.

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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    Quote Originally Posted by TNAR View Post
    There is no "Completely remove all troops from foreign locations" option.
    That should fall under the "Yes, drastically" option. If you want to be more specific that's what posting in the thread is for

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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    Anyone care to venture a guess as to what may happen the instant we completely remove our military presence in South Korea.

    Also, are you implying by this poll that there are no sovereign nations who ask for/welcome a US presence within their borders?
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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    Anyone care to venture a guess as to what may happen the instant we completely remove our military presence in South Korea.

    Also, are you implying by this poll that there are no sovereign nations who ask for/welcome a US presence within their borders?
    There are many in South Korea who want US troops out.I don't know how many times we were not allowed to leave camp because some Koreans were protesting outside the gates.The only ones who seem to love US troops in Korea are the old timers who were alive before the armistice agreement,Koreans employed by the US military,KATUSAs(since US camps were probably luxurious compared to ROK military bases) and the businesses who profit from doing business with US troops.
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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    Afghanistan and you may want our troops there, but I do not. Obama messed up greatly adding to the forces. Bush tried to keep the number a lot lower.

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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    The UK has a secret US listening station at Menwith Hill, and Lakenheath and Mildenhall are the only two fully operational airbases, though there are several smaller units, mostly related to comms and logistics. Germany has the huge hospital units to stanilise the injured troops before the Atlantic crossing. I don't know about Italy. I thought operations were closed down there after those guys took out a cable car full of civilians by flying too low.
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    Re: Should the US reduce its global military presence?

    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyNinja View Post
    Anyone care to venture a guess as to what may happen the instant we completely remove our military presence in South Korea.

    Also, are you implying by this poll that there are no sovereign nations who ask for/welcome a US presence within their borders?
    Nope, I'm not implying that, though it's true in some cases.

    Apparently you seem to think that the 687,000 active South Korean military personnel and 8,000,000 reserve personnel won't be able to defend themselves long enough for NATO reinforcements to arrive in the case of a North Korean invasion. How could you think so little of our allies?

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