Excuse me? Did I just read Krauthammer say THAT?!?
For FIFTY of those years, we stood on the border in Germany and dared the Red Hordes of the West to come at us; they blinked first.
For fifty years, we've stood on the DMZ, daring the Red Hordes of the East to come at us. They haven't yet.
Colossal idiocy, myass! Next, he'll say that my brothers and sisters were there for no good reason.
I don't think he was questioning the value of the troops in Germany for most of that time, only the fact that so many are still there (this is the "idiocy"), long after USSR fell, long since we've entered a new type of war and (some would argue) long after Germany quit acting like a true ally. That's how I read it.