In an effort to respond to the post Cold War balance of international power, President Bush made a long overdue announcement that the United States would restructure the deployment of troops. 70,000 U.S. service men and women will be able to come home. The changes are part of an effort to prepare the military to deal with the present threat of terrorism rather than past threats of conventional war.

The proposed restructuring of U.S. troop deployment includes, among other things: the elimination of Cold War infrastructures, increased dependence upon Special Forces, the retention of ground, sea, and air forces that are present but not permanent, modern training facilities, and a new focus on regional training with host countries.

The primary areas affected would be Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. The announcement has drawn a mixture of responses. Bush’s announcement made much of the international community, as well as John Kerry, uncomfortable. The restructuring would mean a hard hit for Germany. South Korea didn’t seem to excited either.

On the one hand, the restructuring of troop deployment could solve several problems: bringing troops home from Asia and Europe would allow the military to have more power for focused efforts in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and fewer troops abroad would mean more troops to guard America’s homeland security. On the other hand, withdrawing the troops might inflict unnecessary harm upon foreign economies, and prevent the U.S. from having adequate logistical support and rapid response capabilities into the Middle East, Asia, and the border between North and South Korea.

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