Bush calls home UStroops from Germany
16 August 2004 , WASHINGTON - US President George W. Bush said Monday the United States would bring home between 60,000 and 70,000 US troops stationed overseas during the next decade.
16 August 2004
WASHINGTON - US President George W. Bush said Monday the United States would bring home between 60,000 and 70,000 US troops stationed overseas during the next decade.
The withdrawals will take place mostly in Europe and Asia and are part of a plan developed by the Pentagon over the last three years to restructure the presence around the world in place since the Cold War.
"The world has changed a great deal and our posture must change with it," Bush said.
The adjustments will also return 100,000 family members and civilian personnel to US soil, Bush said.
The Pentagon has long said it will restructure US forces to more quickly and aptly respond to emerging or unexpected threats, but has not provided specific figures.
The changes will mostly effect the roughly 70,000 American soldiers in Germany and the 37,000 stationed in South Korea and Japan. The adjustments will also likely shift some forces to small bases in Eastern European countries.
During the last year, the United States has been in discussion with key allies about the plans. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was in Russia over the weekend to brief his counterpart, Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov, about the restructuring that will place some troops in former Soviet bloc countries.
Subject: German news