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Signs of the Times #1043
Bush to cut forces in Europe, Asia [Aug 14] http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2004-08-14 ‘President Bush has decided to bring home tens of thousands of U.S. troops from posts around the world — most of them in Europe and Asia — plus 100,000 of their family members and support personnel, U.S. officials said Saturday. As part of the largest troop realignment in years, Bush will shift about 70,000 uniformed military personnel, most of them currently in Europe. A significant proportion will come home, though it was not clear when.’
[and from another source]
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/ As of early May 2004, there are some 250,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen deployed in support of combat, peacekeeping, and deterrence operations. This figure does not include those forces normally present in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom or Japan. If one were to include these forces the number of deployed troops worldwide would be around 350,000.
[and from another source]
ZetaTalk: Greater Need, written Oct 11, 2003 The war games discussed during the NATO exercises included disasters equivalent to those we have predicted for the pole shift, immense devastation sparing none. In the event that such a scenario ensues, increasing volcanic eruption, quake torn roads and crumbling cities, mass populations homeless and roving the countryside, how should treaties installing the US Military in bases around the world be viewed? In the event of such earth changes, troops would be brought home, under stealth and with little fanfare, to the respective homelands, leaving at most a skeleton crew at the bases. [Note: Zetas RIGHT Again!]
 
U.S. Military Works to get Troops Home Faster from Iraq
November 24, 2011
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/23/world/meast/kuwait-us-troops/index.html?hpt=hp_t3
The U.S. military is ordering that soldiers crossing from Iraq into Kuwait be returned home at a faster rate, a move that comes as commanders work to break up a bottleneck of troops who have been pouring across the border ahead of a year-end deadline to withdraw. Of the approximate 11,000 troops in Iraq, down from the 50,000 three months earlier, only about 150 will remain after the deadline to assist in arms sales.
 
Obama: the US Can No Longer Fight the World's Battles
January 6, 2012
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/obama-the-us-can-no-longer-fight
The mighty American military machine that has for so long secured the country's status as the world's only superpower will have to be drastically reduced, Barack Obama warned yesterday as he set out a radical but more modest new set of priorities for the Pentagon over the next decade. Instead, the US military will lose up to half a million troops.

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