More Scare Tactics
These statements attributed to Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are scare tactics on the scale of Dick Cheney or George W. Bush. They give hyperbole a new definition. The United States spends more on defense that the rest of the world combined.
And why, sixty six years after the end of World War 2, does the United States have100,000 troops stationed in Germany and Japan? From Wikipedia
As of 31 December 2010, U.S. Armed Forces were stationed at more than 820 installations in at least 135 countries. Some of the largest contingents are the 85,600 military personnel deployed in Iraq, the 103,700 in Afghanistan, the 52,440 in Germany(see list), the 35,688 in Japan (USFJ), the 28,500 in Republic of Korea (USFK), the 9,660 in Italy, and the 9,015 in the United Kingdom respectively. These numbers change frequently due to the regular recall and deployment of units.
Altogether, 77,917 military personnel are located in Europe, 141 in the former Soviet Union, 47,236 in East Asia and the Pacific, 3,362 in North Africa, the Near East, and South Asia, 1,355 in sub-Saharan Africa and 1,941 in the Western Hemisphere excepting the United States itself.
The US could easily cut $200 billion from the defense budget by getting those troops out of Germany and the Far East and getting rid of some of the 4-Stars’ expensive toys.