I’ve been curious about this for the longest time and finally looked it up. Straight from Wikipedia, I edited out some footnotes and bits, you can find them in the original. Fascinating reading. Then there’s the news about Kerry.
Senator John Kerry (who famously served in Viet Nam on a Swift Boat, then came home and threw his medals over the White House fence; good hippie cred) is about to be named new Secretary of State(which produced a fainting and concussion in Hillary Clinton). He’s been the Senate head of the Foreign Relations Committee. (Obama: Kerry is a man “who embodies the best this country has to offer.”) (Kerry was pivotal in the 2010 Arms Treaty with Russia.) (And Kerry is not Romney but played him in tv debate rehearsals).
The new head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be NJ Senator Robert Menendezwho’s adept at foreign relations. He was accused of hiring and then underpaying 2 Dominican Republic hookers on an official visit. That on the heels of Menendez calling for the immediate dismissal of Secret Service agents who’d just done same. Last week, Senator Menendez was surprised to find his Senate intern was an illegal immigrant overstaying his 2010 visa, who, more surprise! was a registered sex offender. Not arrested til December 6, post-elections.
Well, it’ll all get sorted out. America’s security will be passing to even more interesting hands than it’s been in. What follows are deployment figures by country as of September 2012. Read on, this is worth a look. It serves to know where our troops are serving. (All the color-coding and links came with the Wikipedia cut and paste and may or may not work here).
The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with 173,929 of its 1,388,028 active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories.
United States military deployments
- Afghanistan – Approximately 68,000
Africa and the Middle East
- Bahrain – 2,713
- Diego Garcia – 529
- Djibouti – 168
- Egypt – 280; See Multinational Force and Observers
- Kuwait – Approximately 15,000
- Qatar – 806
- Saudi Arabia – 284
- United Arab Emirates – 191
- Australia – 346
- Japan – 50,937; See United States Forces Japan
- Philippines – 143
- Singapore – 154
- South Korea – 28,500; See United States Forces Korea
- Thailand – 117
- Belgium – 1,174
- Germany – 47,761
- Greece – 351
- Italy – 10,922
- Netherlands – 374
- Portugal – 743
- Spain – 1,727
- Turkey – 1,505
- United Kingdom – 9,317
There are 1,214,099 personnel on active duty in the United States and its territories:
Countries in which the U.S. has a military presence in 2007
The military of the United States is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with 173,929 of its 1,388,028 active-duty personnel serving outside the United States and its territories. Most of these overseas personnel are deployed in combat zones in the Middle east, as part of the War on Terror. Many of the remainder are located at installations activated during the Cold War, by which the US government sought to challenge the Soviet Union in the aftermath of World War II.
U.S. military personnel deployment, based on United States Department of Defense statistics as of September 30, 2012. These numbers do not include any military or civilian contractors or dependents. Countries with fewer than 100 U.S. personnel deployed are omitted.
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