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Perhaps Germany could withstand the Austrian army, but the Swiss Navy would make short work of them.

-- Erik

You will only hear good things about the German army from me, their support has been stellar w/in the parameters of their mission.

If you read the entire article it really does not deal with the state of the military in Germany but with the economic problems Germany faces. As I have been told this is old news to Germans and they all know this.

For some americans it may be a new concept: The germans wount (not longer) rule the world, so we never mind about the strengh of the Bundeswehr.

Mathesar wrote:
For some americans it may be a new concept: The germans wount (not longer) rule the world, so we never mind about the strengh of the Bundeswehr.

Yeah, Americans should be proud that they turned many Germans into notorious pacifists - their fault afterall! *g*

But I agree with Joe that our Army is a joke - how we are already at our limits with only a few thousand troops abroad. Hilarious. (While even the Government acknowledges this by now as a problem, they cite economic problems as reason to postpone - and here the circle turns, as the same Government isn't doing anything reasonable to turn our economy around)

What is necessary to turn the German economy around is for Germans to swallow a bitter pill that no politician wants to serve them: lower taxes, cut benefits drastically to balance the budget, eliminate regulations and taxes that hinder business (e.g., reduce unemployment & workers compensation benefits, eliminate plant closing regulations, curtail environmental regulations, etc.). Germany can sink a lot lower before it hits a crisis point, and I am betting that nothing significant will happen until it does.

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