November 13,3: President Barack Obama agreed to notify the other side before major military activities, and to develop a set of rules of behavior for sea and air encounters, in order to avoid military confrontations in Asia. Chinese military and political leaders believe that their country is at the center of American war planning. In other words, Beijing believes that the United States is readying itself for the possibility of a conflict with China — and that it must prepare for that eventuality.
Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti. Ad Policy This article originally appeared at TomDispatch. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.
Like most Americans, for most of my life, I rarely thought about military bases. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet.
Our leaders have claimed as much since most of them were established during World War II and the early days of the Cold War. On the other hand, the idea that there would be foreign bases on US soil is unthinkable. While there are no freestanding foreign bases permanently located in the United States, there are now around US bases in foreign countries.
Hundreds more dot the planet in around 80 countriesincluding Aruba and Australia, Bahrain and Bulgaria, Colombia, Kenya, and Qatar, among many other places. Although few Americans realize it, the United States likely has more bases in foreign lands than any other people, nation, or empire in history.
Oddly enough, however, the mainstream media rarely report or comment on the issue. Rarely does anyone wonder how we would feel if China, Russia, or Iran built even a single base anywhere near our borders, let alone in the United States.
These are increasingly found in parts of Africa and Eastern Europe that had previously lacked much of a US military presence. Other facilities scattered across the planet include ports and airfields, repair complexes, training areas, nuclear weapons installations, missile testing sites, arsenals, warehouses, barracks, military schools, listening and communications posts, and a growing array of drone bases.
Worldwide, the military runs more than golf courses. There are US troops or other military personnel in about foreign countries and territoriesincluding small numbers of marines guarding embassies and larger deployments of trainers and advisors like the roughly 3, now working with the Iraqi Army.
Great Britain still has about seven bases and France five in former colonies. Russia has around eight in former Soviet republics. There are also reports that China may be seeking its first base overseas. Inwith the flash of a pen, President Franklin D. Base acquisition and construction accelerated rapidly once the country entered the war.
Bythe US military was building base facilities at a rate of a month. Their number spiked during the wars in Korea and Vietnam, declining after each of them.
By the time the Soviet Union imploded inthere were about 1, US bases abroad, with someUS troops stationed on those in Europe alone. Despite additional base closures in Europe and to a lesser extent in East Asia over the last decade and despite the absence of a superpower adversary, nearlytroops are still deployed on installations worldwide.
Although there are about half as many bases as there were inthe number of countries with US bases has roughly doubled from 40 to Billions more have been sunk into building an unparalleled permanent base infrastructure in every Persian Gulf country save Iran. In Europe, the Pentagon has been spending billions more erecting expensive new bases at the same time that it has been closing others.
Since the start of the Cold War, the idea that our country should have a large collection of bases and hundreds of thousands of troops permanently stationed overseas has remained a quasi-religious dictum of foreign and national security policy.
But the disappearance of another superpower to contain made remarkably little difference to the forward strategy. Opposition of any sort to maintaining large numbers of overseas bases and troops has long been pilloried as peacenik idealism or the sort of isolationism that allowed Hitler to conquer Europe.
The Costs of Garrisoning the World As Johnson showed us, there are many reasons to question the overseas base status quo. The most obvious one is economic. Garrisons overseas are very expensive.The United States and more than a dozen European nations kick out Russian diplomats over a nerve agent attack earlier this month in Britain, the biggest expulsion since the height of the Cold War.
With the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US. With the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US.
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