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Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.

-- Sun Tzu

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Should the U.S. continue to reduce troop forces in non-combat zones overseas?

Yes67 %67 %67 % 67.54 % (77)
No21 %21 %21 % 21.93 % (25)
I do not know5 %5 %5 % 5.26 % (6)
I have no opinion4 %4 %4 % 4.39 % (5)
Other, please list in comments0 %0 %0 % 0.88 % (1)

Total votes: 114
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Re: Should the US continue to reduce troop forces in non-com
by SEATJERKER
on Oct 14, 2004

Maybe the reduction in forces is part of the application of the political buzzwords of this go-round: exit strategy. After securing the peace in Europe and in Korea, we should have re-deployed forces long ago; sadly, we instead have created a new class of foreign entitlement demanders. Look for a downturn in the local economies in Germany unless and until the local folks can learn to stand on their own feet again.


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