WHY JUST SOME?
|| By FITSNEWS || The United States military is closing an estimated fifteen bases in Europe – saving roughly half a billion dollars annually, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) announced this week.
Of course “saving” is a pretty curious term considering the latest U.S. budget deal included billions in new “emergency spending” for America’s ongoing “War on Terror” – money over and above the $521 billion the Pentagon is already receiving.
In other words any money “saved” by this reduction in force was long ago spent someplace else … probably on nonsense like this.
Anyway … the European military cuts won’t impact America’s 60,000-strong continental ground force, which is mostly stationed in England, Germany and Italy. But it will impact European jobs …
“I know that this will result in a reduction of our local host nations workforces at some locations,” outgoing U.S. secretary of defense Chuck Hagel said. “I value the tremendous support they provided us for decades.”
Wait … the support they provided us?
Okay … that’s an interesting way of looking at it.
Frankly, there’s no reason a single U.S. solider, tank, plane or ship should be stationed in or around Europe. Why not? Because defending Europe isn’t America’s job – and even if it was, we couldn’t afford it.
We’re broke, people!