Why This Meme Is PHONY!
Iran currently has 5 divisions inside Syria, alone....70,000 combat-experienced troops. Combining the troops of this meme, and Europe, the US has almost that number. But this does not include the troops that attacking Iran will also be drawing into the fight: the huge and vast armies and navies of China, and Russia, India, Turkey, Etc....With NATO already promising to sit out any conflict between Israel and Iran, this leaves us alone.....again.
There are 34,000 troops in the US NATO commitment. A little more than half of those are combat deployable troops. The rest are motor pool personnel, medical support, and occupy non combat roles.
Below: 35,369 US Army troops remain in Germany. Half of them don't fight in combat roles. Almost none of the 21,000 USAF members do, and with the exception of UK: almost the whole lot of these remaining are attached to the State Dept, or some other US Mission, such as NATO in Belgium.
Iran has 70,000 combat tested troops in Syria. The US has 20,000 they could force to the front, however: there is the fact that an overland route connects Russians and the rest of their allies directly to the battle....where millions of their troops would be sent.
|Source: The Pentagon|
There are around 20,000 US troops in the entire geographical region depicted by this meme. To put that in perspective, there are around 40,000 troops in Ft Bragg.
The NATO presence for the US, at its heights, saw tens of millions of US military personnel throughout Europe, and was centered in what was then West Germany. The US Army in Germany, by itself, (not counting other services) made up 81% of the US NATO commitment during the Bipolar Cold War world.
And, this is where much of the average American's imagination about US military power expression remains paralyzed.
The height of US presence in Germany, alone, was 350,000. Another 250,000 were attached in other places in the Eastern Hemisphere. We cannot fight a war with 35,000 troops.
This is a man who has literally repeated the claim, "Iran is ninety days away from an A bomb!" since 1999. That is no sophistry, he has made this claim, repeatedly.
And Trump is allowing him to operate US foreign policy in a shocking and illegal deferrence to a foreign power, one repeatedly caught engaging in espionage against the US! These people are not our friends!
The goal Netanyahu has is to demonstrate control over the US; insamuch as to wastefully, and suicidally order Trump to begin a third world war. (Mueller should investigate Israeli collusion)
In insane logic, like that of Netanyahu, if Israel cannot murder children in Gaza at its leisure, then EVERYBODY HAS TO DIE. This couldn't be further from the truth. And it has inspired NATO to declare publicly that, if Netanyahu succeeds in starting a conflict in Iran, that NATO will not assist Israel in its defence.
https://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/mehdi-hasan/2010/02/iraq-war-israel-bush-saddam), and Israel's actions are inflaming the situation. The locations of these outposts are too far away to be of any help should Golan be invaded, and each of them on the Persian Gulf are vulnerable to the naval missions of the Grand Alliance Against NATO. All they'd have to do is block the Southern end of the Suez Canal, scuttle barges, then Blockade Hormuz, and invade Saudi Arabia from it's Eastern coasts.
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1767072420048885&id=100002384327718 (if "not available", he can be found as Volker Oneiroid on FB)
This link is to my buddy, Volker's, FB page. By scrolling through it, you can view the devastating impact of the NATO drawdown on Germany. Volker had a page called The US Army in Europe. But, for reasons not given, EU forced him to take it down. Friending him is definitely helping me stay sane, as the world of my youth is bulldozed..... What's left is like courage...not much!
Worse for the meme: less than 10,000 make up its other half's claims! In Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf, 20,000 US troops, and 34,000 in Europe, with roughly more than half those not combat troops.
Under 10K means, that for the 40 or so outposts in Afghanistan, 280 US troops and dozens of Air Force personnel are stationed in each. They leave, Taliban takes Afghanistan.
The bulldozing of a US High School in Germany, mine! Hanau High is gone!