I was watching some videos earlier on several European countries that are talking about deepening ties with the US with respect to military engagements or new basing. This was not exactly universally supported, as there were several protests and even fights in parliament (for Slovakia). This has always been a bit of an issue, with a lot of European citizens very critical of US military involvement in their countries, rightfully feeling that this brings them off the fence wrt Russia and makes them a target for conflict between the US and Russia (or anyone else, like, say, China).
I was wondering what European 'dopers thoughts were on this. The current tensions in Europe over the Russian potential invasion/war with Ukraine, it has obviously ramped up such feelings. And it seems a lot of European GOVERNMENTS are lining up to allow (or entice I suppose) an expansion of US military presence in Europe. But I get the feeling that Europeans themselves would prefer the US to do what it’s been doing, which is to further withdraw from Europe wrt our military presence. So, what do you European 'dopers think?