Department of Defense examining options for withdrawing American troops from Germany.

By | 2018-07-04T13:15:04+00:00 July 4th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |12 Comments

Trump treating the US military like his own toy box full of GI Joe action figures.

Courtesy of DW:

The US Department of Defense is examining options for withdrawing US forces stationed in Germany after President Donald Trump expressed interest in such a move, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

The newspaper, citing anonymous sources familiar with the evaluation, said officials were analyzing the cost and consequences of shifting either some or all 35,000 US troops to the US or Poland. Top defense officials, the paper said, have not been involved in the analysis.

The US Department of Defense rejected The Washington Post’s report on Friday evening. A Pentagon spokesman told German news agency DPA that the National Security Council had not received any cost analysis from the Ministry of Defense for relocating US troops stationed in Germany.

Trump had reportedly shown interest in shifting US forces during a White House meeting earlier in the year after he had voiced shock at how many US troops were in Germany, the largest contingent of US forces in Europe.

The Pentagon is, of course, saying that this does not really mean anything and that no official plans have been discussed removing troops, but keep in mind how many times Trump just does something without consulting or bringing anybody into the discussion. 

But what would be accomplished by this, and who could it possibly benefit?

Interesting you should ask that question. 

Courtesy of Stars and Stripes:

A large military drawdown in Germany would be a “colossal mistake,” says the former top Army commander in Europe about a possible scaling back of the U.S. presence on the Continent, at a time when Russia has become more assertive.

“We need what Germany gives us in terms of basing and access and the chance to train and prepare from excellent fixed installations and facilities,” said retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, who commanded U.S. Army Europe until late last year.

“If this is just a negotiating tactic, then it is putting unnecessary strain on our alliance, the most successful alliance in the history of the world,” Hodges said. “The big winner in this sort of situation is (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.”

Of course, there really could be no other answer. 

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12 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 4, 2018 at 4:35 am

    If it’s a colossal mistake, count on him to do it.

  2. Anonymous July 4, 2018 at 7:07 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-pressed-aides-us-couldnt-just-invade-venezuela-report/

    “rump pushed back. Although he gave no indication he was about to order up military plans, he pointed to what he considered past cases of successful gunboat diplomacy in the region, according to the official, like the invasions of Panama and Grenada in the 1980s.”
    “AP reports, “but the first thing the president said at the dinner was, ‘My staff told me NOT to say this.’
    Trump then went around asking each leader if they were sure they didn’t want a military solution, according to the official, who added that each leader told Trump in clear terms they were sure.”

    • anonymous July 4, 2018 at 8:00 am

      OT? rawstory>
      ‘U.S. President Donald Trump’s pressure on international firms not to buy Iranian oil will drive prices higher and end up hurting his own economy, a senior Iranian oil official said on Wednesday.

      Iran’s OPEC governor, Hossein Kazempour Ardebili, said oil should not be used as a weapon or to make political gains, according to the Iran oil ministry news agency SHANA.

      “Trump’s demand that Iranian oil should not be bought, and (his) pressures on European firms at a time when Nigeria and Libya are in crisis, when Venezuela’s oil exports have fallen due to U.S. sanctions, when Saudi’s domestic consumption has increased in summer, is nothing but a self harm,” he was quoted as saying.

      “It will increases the prices of oil in the global markets,” he said. “At the end it is the American consumer who will pay the price for Mr. Trump’s policy,” he added.

      Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Andrew Heavens’

      • Immoral July 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm

        That explains why Trump wants to invade Venezuela. Oil.

  3. Anonymous July 4, 2018 at 7:31 am

    IMO it is no secret that DJT has been compromised by the Russians. Why won’t the GOP speak up? They used to be so anti-Russian. Are they that afraid of The Donald (and his threats) and not getting re-elected in 2018?

    Putin must have something awfully HUGE on Trump. My guess it is financial/business related. I think the evangelicals and GOP (Grab Our Privates party) would forgive Donnie for all their biggies–murder, rape, incest, abortion, child pornography and homosexuality. It is Donnie who is afraid of being exposed as a fraud. His whole persona is that of being a great deal maker, when in fact he is nothing but a con man, a pretender, a liar and a cheater. He is also a traitor…that is what I consider to be the worst of all his many evil deeds.

    Withdrawing U.S. troops from Germany is, I think, a personal swipe at Angela Merkel. She has Donnie’s number and he doesn’t like it. Like a child, he’ll take his toys and go home. Our “former” Allies will do just fine without us, thank you, but it will take decades for us to recover from the damage our idiot president is causing, both at home and around the world.

    My only consolation is that hopefully the GOP will eventually be destroyed or severely weakened and the evangelicals will be fully exposed for the hypocrites they are. I used to give the “gels” the benefit of the doubt–not anymore. I’m a Christian who now considers most of organized religion to be a racket.

    • Anonymous July 4, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Not getting re-elected BIGLY. I second your thoughts.

  4. anonymous July 4, 2018 at 8:13 am

    https://www.pbs.org/video/amanpour-ben-rhodes-uoz6sn/

    ‘Ben Rhodes, the former Deputy U.S. National Security Adviser under President Obama joins Christiane Amanpour in London to talk about President Trump’s undoing of signature Obama era policies like the Paris Climate Accord and the Iran Nuclear Deal. He also discusses his new book “The World As It Is: Inside the Obama White House”.’ <The $HAMe of ~IT~ all…

    https://www.amazon.com/World-Memoir-Obama-White-House/dp/0525509356

    "Rhodes was not your typical presidential confidant, and this is not your typical White House memoir. Rendered in vivid, novelistic detail by someone who was a writer before he was a staffer, this is a rare look inside the most poignant, tense, and consequential moments of the Obama presidency—waiting out the bin Laden raid in the Situation Room, responding to the Arab Spring, reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, leading secret negotiations with the Cuban government to normalize relations, and confronting the resurgence of nationalism and nativism that culminated in the election of Donald Trump."

    • anonymous July 4, 2018 at 9:13 am

      https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/cnn-unravels-mind-numbing-source-trumps-latest-obama-conspiracy/

      “Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that the Obama administration had granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians as part of the nuclear deal. “The great thing is Fox News’ own commentator [former Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf] told Fox News this sounds like BS. That’s an actual quote they included in their story and Fox News still ran with it, which is just really mind numbing,””

    • anonymous July 4, 2018 at 9:27 am

      “more stars in the sky, then grains of sand on the earth” <O.

    • ANONYMOUS July 5, 2018 at 9:56 am

      The scene from the Netflixs/HBO doc. on election night…

      The street ‘SILENCE’ is foreboding…

  5. anonymous July 4, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    I’m wondering not what Putin has on Trump. I’m wondering what Putin promised him. Trump has no shame, really, despite bankruptcies, affairs, lies, etc. But greed he has in abundance.

  6. Anonymous July 4, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Trump is such a colossal moron. He doesn’t know squat about anything. I was listening to NPR about he “negotiating” skils. Aside from the outright straightforward buying or selling of real estate, he HAS NO NEGOTIATING SKILLS. The example given was the tariffs against China. They then stop buying soy beans, our farmers suffer, China buys soy beans from Russia and their economy profits. No, this is not Trump being a smart traitor. It is Trump being simply STUPID.

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