Drawdown in Europe

Wednesday - 2/18/2009, 3:53pm EST

The U.S. Army is again reconsidering its plan for drawing down troops in Europe. The Associated Press reports Gen. Carter Ham, the head of Army troops in Europe, says that because U.S. troops in Europe have been used so much in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they cannot participate in exercises with European allies as much as he'd like. Ham says the force in Europe must be able to stay engaged with allies to build partnerships. There are 42,000 soldiers in Europe, but a plan already approved by the military would reduce that number to 32,000 in the next few years. Ham told a Pentagon news conference that he is recommending leaving the force at its current size.