RJ’s Rules…..

I remember a cop movie years ago starring Stacy Keach. It was about an old timer cop who had rules for every situation. I can’t remember the name of the movie but I want to do likewise.  I have lived quite a few years on this earth and have learned some valuable lessons from the time that I want to record for posterity so I am bringing up a new category here 🙂

RJ’s Rule 39 — We should have no more military bases in a foreign country than that country has bases in ours.

So let’s look at one country to see how we stand on this situation?  (Thanks again Wikipedia for the info.)

  • pbell Barracks, Heidelberg 
  • Coleman Barracks, Mannheim
  • Conn Barracks, Schweinfurt 
  • Dagger Complex, Darmstadt Training Center Griesheim
  • Funari Barracks, Mannheim (Scheduled to close December 2012)
  • Germersheim Army Depot, Germersheim
  • Grafenwöhr Training Area, Grafenwöhr/Vilseck
  • Hammonds Barracks, Mannheim
  • Heidelberg Army Airfield, Heidelberg
  • Hohenfels Training Area/Joint Multinational Readiness Center, Hohenfels (Upper Palatinate)
  • Husterhoeh Kaserne, Pirmasens
  • Kaiserslautern Military Community
  • Katterbach Kaserne, Ansbach
  • Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart
  • Kilbourne Kaserne, Schwetzingen
  • Kleber Kaserne, Kaiserslautern Military Community
  • Lampertheim Training Area, Lampertheim 
  • Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl
  • Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt 
  • Mark Twain Village, Heidelberg 
  • McCully Barracks, Wackernheim
  • Miesau Army Depot, Miesau
  • Nachrichten Kaserne, Heidelberg 
  • Oberdachstetten Storage Area, Ansbach
  • Panzer Kaserne, Stuttgart
  • Patch Barracks, Stuttgart
  • Pulaski Barracks, Kaiserslautern
  • Patrick Henry Village, Heidelberg 
  • Patton Barracks, Heidelberg 
  • Rhein Ordnance Barracks, Kaiserslautern
  • Robinson Barracks, Stuttgart
  • Rose Barracks, Vilseck
  • Rottershausen Storage Area, Schweinfurt
  • Sembach Kaserne, Kaiserslautern
  • Shipton Kaserne, Ansbach
  • Smith Barracks, Baumholder
  • Spinelli Barracks, Mannheim 
  • Storck Barracks, Illesheim
  • Stuttgart Airport, Stuttgart
  • Sullivan Barracks, Mannheim
  • Tompkins Barracks, Schwetzingen 
  • Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Wiesbaden
  • Storage Station, Mainz-Kastel
  • Warner Barracks, Bamberg 
  • USAG Wiesbaden Military Training Area, Mainz Gonsenheim/Mombach
  • USAG Wiesbaden Training Area, Mainz Finthen Airport
  • USAG Wiesbaden Radar Station, Mainz Finthen Airport
  • Urlas Housing and Shopping Complex, Ansbach (converted from Urlas Training Area in 2010-2011)
  • Yorktown Housing Complex, Schweinfurt 
  • Anderson Barracks, Dexheim (will reopen)

If my count is correct we have fifty bases in Germany alone. We have almost 55,000 soldiers still stationed there!  I don’t think I really have to tell you how many bases Germany has in our country.   How many billions, of dollars does it take to keep these bases open? Your guess is probably as good as mine. But in the end anything over $1.00 is too much.  Germany is by no doubt the strongest country in the European Union and has an economy more prosperous than ours. Why are we injecting billions of dollars in their economy when ours is struggling so much? So why are we there in such numbers? Why are we there at all????

Let’s invoke RJ’s Rule and insist that Germany establish one military base in each of our fifty States.  It is either that or maybe we should just remove our fifty bases from their country. I will let you decide which is the wisest choice…. It is a no-brainer to me….