As of October 21, 2011, there were about 49,000 US troops in Iraq. Obama promises that number will be reduced to zero by the end of 2011.
As of December 31, 2010, there were about 103,000 US troops in Afghanistan. That number is scheduled to be reduced to zero by 2014.
These are young, fragile states whose futures remain uncertain, to say the least.
- Number of US troops in Germany: over 50,000
- Number of US troops in Japan: over 40,000
- Number of US troops in Italy: over 10,000
- Number of US troops in Britain: over 9,000
Is it just me, or do the military priorities of the US government seem a little off-balance? Why does it make sense to abandon Iraq and Afghanistan but to also maintain a large and expensive military presence in peace-time Europe?
(I suppose one could argue that the government of Iraq has better finances...)