The famous Rhein-Main Air Force Base was turned back over to Germany today as US forces are redeployed in our post-9/11 world.
The airstrip south of Frankfurt airport was used to keep West Berlin from the Soviets during the 1948 blockade and served as a major staging point for later conflicts, including Vietnam, the 1990 Gulf War and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
U.S. hostages held captive in Iran and throughout the Middle East during the 1980s and 1990s also passed through Rhein-Main on their way to freedom back home and Elvis Presley went through the air base after finishing his military service in 1960.
Washington said last year that a total of 30,000 troops would leave Germany as part of plans to bring forces back from Europe and Asia over the next decade, reflecting revised priorities after the end of the Cold War.
Goodbye, Old Europe! You are either with us or against us in the war against Islamic fundamentalism. I’m happy to take our economic-generating bases to one of our true allies in this new world war.