|I served in the Headquarters Company, 8th Infantry Division 28 years ago. Back when there was a West Germany and an East Germany. 20 years ago the wall came down. 10 years ago NATO annexed most of the major Warsaw Pact countries. But we still have 80k troops in Europe!
I understand the need to some bases and facilities like the hospital at Landstuhl, but why so many still?
And then there's Japan. If we pull out they will be forced to pick up the slack - but China's might will have Japan on the defensive - no one needs to fear a repeat of WWII with Japan as the aggressor. I suppose some can say that the US presence there would keep China and Japan from getting too friendly together, but this argument cannot be made in Europe.
WWII ended 67 years ago, the Cold War ended 20 years ago. Time to come home.