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The German Drawdown Debacle


In one sense, the contretemps over the White House’s threat to use active-duty Army forces to secure order in Washington, DC has been a blessing to the Trump Administration, for it largely diverted media and political attention from the president’s decision—the day before the anniversary of the “D-Day” landings in Normandy in 1944—to reduce by more than a quarter the number of troops now stationed in Germany.

The rationale and the timing of the withdrawal are both murky. News reports claimed that some senior defense and national security officials were surprised at the move, but Richard Grenell, a long-time Trump loyalist, …read more

Source:: The American Interest

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