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Posted by Brad Sallows from Burnaby BC Canada on June 11, 1999 at 13:28:11:

In Reply to: Re: link posted by Michael A. Dorosh on June 10, 1999 at 19:41:09:

Yes, and he couldn‘t avoid scratching his favorite itch, the Falaise Gap,
despite the fact that his wild ideas about that battle have been shot to
pieces by more accurate historians.

Removing our presence in Europe wasn‘t necessarily a bad thing. 4 CMBG
and the fighter squadrons weren‘t exactly among NATO‘s elite front-line
fighting forces while they were there, and a downsizing commensurate
with our allies would‘ve made it a pitifully token force which would
have contributed nothing to security and simply been a money sink.
Having all our forces garrisoned in-country makes them available for our
own use.

I‘m not in any hurry to leave NATO, even if we have to settle for a
position somewhere beneath the Netherlands. Canada can only maintain
a presence in a forum where there are numerous other countries to
offset the massive pull of the US. Departing NATO would leave us
with one security partner - the US - and I don‘t think our position
would be any stronger there than it is with NATO.