Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is saying he is against any more cuts to his ravenous agency. I find it hard to believe that the 369,000 American soldiers overseas in places that include Japan, Germany, Britain, Greece and other surprising places cant be brought home. It is said each soldier overseas costs one million dollars. Read the list of overseas deployments here and marvel. Of course we can not pull everyone of them back to the U.S., but a phased approach over the next few years makes sense. Do we really need 53,000 troops in Germany? What war is being fought there?
As budget cuts loom in the future would we New Mexicans feel more comfortable closing one of our military bases or research labs in order to save one in Qatar?