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American Military Cities in Germany

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Soon after World War II ended, the US military began building massive military bases in Europe and shipped families to Europe to accompany servicemen. These bases grew into American cities that are great fun, but very costly and reduce the readiness of units. Should war occur in Europe, military units there will remain dysfunctional for weeks until their families are safely back in the United States. This assumes children are not killed or maimed by missile or commando attacks since these bases would be the main enemy target during a war. Generals know this, but European tours are too much fun and those who profit from this racket have political clout to derail efforts at reform.

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“Cut Army Fat in Europe”; Carlton Meyer; G2mil; 2013; https://www.g2mil.com/wiesbaden.htm

“Closing Spangdahelm”; Carlton Meyer; G2mil; 2012; https://www.g2mil.com/spangdahlem.htm

DODEA Europe website; details on the massive American school complex in Europe; https://www.dodea.edu/Europe/index.cfm

US Army Corps of Engineers Europe website; details on construction projects in Europe; https://www.youtube.com/user/usaceEuropeDistrict/videos

“Germany spent far less than other major allies on cost-sharing for US bases last year”; John Vandiver; Stars and Stripes; March 12, 2021; https://www.stripes.com/theaters/europe/germany-spent-far-less-than-other-major-allies-on-cost-sharing-for-us-bases-last-year-1.665518

“Milley is right – the U.S. should reevaluate its military commitments”; Dan DePetris; Defense News; December 10, 2020; https://www.defensenews.com/opinion/2020/12/10/milley-is-right-the-us-should-reevaluate-its-military-commitments/

“US Army building up force in Europe with two new units”; Jen Judson; Defense News; April 13, 2021; https://www.defensenews.com/land/2021/04/13/us-army-building-up-force-in-europe-with-two-new-units/

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Beatus
Beatus
August 9, 2021

“War is a Racket” is the title of a book written by Smedley Butler in 1935. The German title is “War is a Crime”. One could say that running a war racket when there is no longer any purpose is the crime of a criminal gang of racketeers known as the Military Industrial Complex which includes the US Congress.

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