It is not tied to any strategic advantage, and in fact is counterproductive to showing strength in Europe.
A couple things:
One lesson we learned..."rotational forces are more expensive & they don't built trust."
Rotational troops do deploy in increased readiness state, because they spend time at training centers preparing for rotation. More time away from families.
It is disruptive, and affects readiness...especially when this is all happening without a previous plan. 12/
SecDef Esper's statement that he "knows" what it's like because he used to serve in Germany in the 80's is disingenuous. I served in Germany in the 70's, 80's, 90's and first decade of 2000. NATO and forces in Europe aren not how he remembers it.
1. Punishing Merkel & Germany
2. Knee-jerk reaction to Trump vs collaborative US strategy
3. A gift to Russian expansionism & Putin's plan
4. Another wedge for NATO
5. Further disruption of US Military
6. Something Congress should not allow
It will take months to plan, years to execute.
Congress must see this for what it is, and stop it. 15/15