Pentagon Releases Plan for U.S. to Withdraw 12,000 Troops From Germany

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Pentagon Releases Plan for U.S. to Withdraw 12,000 Troops From Germany

The Grind

The Pentagon announced a long-anticipated plan to reposition and withdraw about one-third of the American troops in Germany. The military is saying the move is part of a long-term plan to restructure American forces to meet the threat of China and Russia in the Middle East.

But all the reporters wanted to know is if Donald Trump did it to “punish” Germany for not paying enough to keep our servicemen and women there.

Politico:

Top defense leaders said the plan, which would bring 6,400 service members home and reposition nearly 5,600 to other countries in Europe, is part of the Pentagon’s broader effort to redistribute U.S. forces across the world to better compete with new threats from Russia and China.

The Details

The move will leave 24,000 troops in Germany, where the United States has stationed a significant number of forces since the end of the Cold War.

The move out of Germany will cost billions of dollars over the next few years. But the president told reporters he was doing it to “punish” Germany.

Esper noted that the review of European Command was accelerated by the president’s June decision to withdraw forces from Germany, which blindsided allies both at home and abroad and was seen as a rebuke of German leaders and beneficial to Russia. Read more…

 

 

 

 

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Colorado’s Democratic Governor Cuts Check to Ilhan Omar’s Primary Opponent

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made a significant donation to the campaign of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s primary opponent.

According to campaign finance records, Polis, a Democrat, donated $1,000 to Antone Melton-Meaux, a Minneapolis attorney who is running as a Democrat in the primary race for Omar’s seat, on Monday.

Melton-Meaux has significantly outpaced Omar in terms of fundraising. In the most recent filings, he brought in $3.2 million, nearly 7 times the fundraising haul that Omar brought in during the same time period. Omar’s campaign has said it is not concerned about Melton-Meaux’s fundraising success because many of his donations flow in from outside of the district.

The Details

Donations to Melton-Meaux have also stemmed from Jewish and pro-Israel organizations in response to Omar’s history of making remarks perceived as anti-Semitic. Polis also happens to be Jewish and has previously spoken about his fears of the rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and his support for a strong relationship between the U.S. and Israel.

Polis, who was Colorado’s first openly gay governor, holds more centrist political positions than Omar, who is a member of the democratic socialist “Squad” featuring Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. Read more…

 

 


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