America is interested in Europe because it would be stupid not to be.
That's 50% of the size of the German Army on duty.
I mention it, because it's a key reason why Europeans love to see Americans, from behind....
American civilians = very welcome.
American soldiers = gtfo
that's the common perception in Europe, and Germany in particular.
You might also want to look at the expenses and the countries debt in relation to the luxury of maintaining such unnecessary army numbers abroad.
74K is the number still now... And that after the size was dramatically downgraded when Germany officially reunited.
According to the Pentagon, as stated on the Pentagon Website, the maintenance of an American Soldier abroad costs between 800k and 1.4 mio per day.
That accounts the weaponry and logistics involved with deployment. Since they are in a peace situation in Germany, and their main job is to decimate the beer count in the German bars, it's save to use the lower number.... And now start the math 67 years and counting
The Luftwaffe lost the Battle of Britain. Well, not quite lost. But the invasion failed, the Luftwaffe retreated the mission was abandoned.
Europe, fuck yeah.
I think the government care about the eu
The people? they generally cant find it on the map from what i have read in news articles, even on these forums Americans refer to Europe as a country.
Cars..... Americans drive cars somewhat cut lose from the German law. They use their Drivers Licenses. The cars aren't subject to German tax codes. They use their own gas from the military bases. Daily living... Americans go shopping at the commissary, duty free.
The money spilling into Germany's economy is from things like restaurants outside the bases, and cultural events, and the like.
After all, the USA would be much better off at home, if those troops weren't maintained to that extent.
I mean, Germany is just one country of many where US bases are maintained, rather less than more necessary.
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I understand however if someone gets tired of it, and starts giving up, when the content repeats on and on. one can still think it's an individual problem, yet the amount of individuals like that are shockingly high.
But it applies to both sides... I know Germans who have a mindset and intellectual world view that makes me hesitate to let them near a brick, in fear of the brick losing it's more useful purpose than they have in life.
Well 1, 2, 3, take my hand and come with me
Because you look so fine
And I really wanna make you mine