Roughly 66,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan. The military has proposed keeping several thousand troops in the country after 2014 as advisers, trainers and logistical support for Afghan forces; the White House has said it remains open to pulling out all troops entirely.
Leaving no troops behind when we finally exit Afghanistan? That would be a first for us. We currently have troops stationed in about seventy-five percent of the world’s countries. It wouldn’t be so bad to just leave some temporarily behind but when their tour is complete we send someone in to replace them for years and years to come. We have had thousands of troops in Germany and Korea for my entire lifetime.
If I were a small country I don’t think I would want some other country’s soldiers constantly among us. What would we U.S. citizens say if President Obama suddenly announced that he was allowing 50,000 German soldiers to be permanently stationed in Texas. I think there would be an uproar almost as loud as trying to take a Texan’s assault rifle away from him!!
Those poor people in Afghanistan have had invaders in their country for centuries. They have had at least five generations of their citizens who have never known peace. How tragic is that. All the superpowers seem to think that they have the solutions for many small countries. When we had competition in the superpower arena I will admit that the USSR used to be worse than we were. They invaded most of Eastern Europe to “fix” those countries.
One of the most obvious ways to easily reduce our deficits would be to bring all the millions of our soldiers now stationed around the world home. That would force the military generals to work up a true rapid response army. Not just one on paper but a real one. In these days of supersonic transports and drones and such do we really need thousands of boots on the ground in virtually every part of the world? The major problem with this obvious solution is to get the generals to look at the world in a different light. Impossible you say, maybe so…
It is very obvious to me that President Obama has been much more affected by the military than the military has been affected by him. Maybe it is time for him as the “commander-in-chief” to start leading in this and many other areas. He has been a disappointment in that respect.