Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due…

Source: Bye, bye, GI: Deep impact for many Germans as US troops downsize – World News.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon announced defense cuts of $487 billion over the next decade, as the United States seeks to move to a smaller, leaner and more agile force, putting a new strategic focus on the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Defense Department in January said that it would remove two of the four U.S. combat brigades stationed in Europe as part of its military restructuring. 

In this blog, especially in the past, I have spoken often about our bloated military budgets gobbling up funds that could more wisely be spent on other things. It is one of my passions to see our Pentagon budgets get more in line with the rest of the world.  So, when I ran across the following article it gave me hope that this gargantuan task is at least being started.

We put hundreds of military installations in Germany more than sixty years ago to prevent Germany from causing yet another world war. We later justified their existence by using them during the cold war with the USSR. It looks like there is finally some admittance that their existence is no longer necessary. $50 billion a year savings is almost 7% of the present budget. I will give credit where credit is due with this drawdown.

Now if the Pentagon generals and especially those in our congress will reduce their budgets a corresponding amount. Given past history on this topic that is very doubtful. Instead they will just end up spending, as the article states, that amount and even more someplace else. Once you get a certain amount of money it is hard to give any of it back….

But what do I know….

2 comments

  1. Maybe you will believe me now. The first Infantry has been back from Germany for more than a year after 50 years in Germany. The Fourth came back last year as well.
    It is Congress spending the money. If you look at the last defense budget proposed- the DoD asks congress NOT to fund a number of tanks, planes and ships —and close more bases. Congress continually does it anyway. Again—you should read the Debt Bomb. The favorite way for the industrial complex is to spread a weapons system between 15-20 states with a hundred workers in each state. That way, if it is cancelled- there is pressure from a number of congressional districts to keep it going…..
    Frustrating, isn’t it?

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  2. Hi Janette, I don’t doubt that it is the military/industrial complex in cahots with Congress that is responsible for most of the outlandish spending. Where it comes from is not paramount to me, but we must bring it under control if we have any hope of reigning in our massive deficits. If we were like every other nation on earth in our military spending we wouldn’t even have a deficit problem.

    I just ordered a kindle copy of the book you mentioned. I am leery of it since it has such a strong backing of the tea party (I can’t imagine agreeing with anything they support!!) but I will keep an open mind. As long as the book doesn’t espouse solving our problems on the backs of the poor it may be enlightening. Thanks for the reference.

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