Why is America setting up military bases all over the world?
I recently heard that America has more than 700 military bases in 130 countries. I have my own thoughts regarding their agenda but I would like to know what others think.
It's not a new thing... especially after WWII the US made a point in establishing a military presence wherever it could. The world wars taught the US military about the logistic difficulties in waging war far from home soil without oversea bases.
Especially during the Cold War, those bases also served as tangible signs of our alliances with other countries, e.g. Yongsan Army Base in Seoul, Korea.
Bases in other countries are operated under agreement treaties with the host nation.
I'm under the impression that (Iraq and Afghanistan excluded) the military has actually been scaling back, and consolidating many oversea bases in recent years.
I think you'll find that the military has been closing down more bases than it's been setting up in the last decade. Most of them are holdovers from previous wars, established as staging points for invasions into enemy countries and to bolster the defenses of friendly nations. Having forces distributed throughout the world makes sense from a strictly strategic sense if nothing else. I mean, in WWII America lost almost half of its Pacific Fleet in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Imagine how bad things would have been had the military grouped ALL of its naval power there instead of dividing it into Pacific and Atlantic halves. Not carrying all your eggs in one basket reduces losses during an unexpected attack.
The US has long considered themselves the policeman of the world with the support of most western nations some people feel that the US and other nations have no business in other countries, while others feel that it most likely has stopped a lot of serious events from happening.
Increased military presence helps us know what is going on, and it increases U.S. national security. Also, along with hard power (military power), it establishes soft power, through showing that there is an alliance with that other country. After all, when natural disasters are occurring in other countries, our soldiers on base will offer assistance. That soft power can help forge an alliance for peaceful relations.
We have always done this. I am not sure why it is viewed as something unique or different. We have done this since before the Great war and afterwards.
de facto neo-colonialism & oil addiction. Just like a herion addict, USA will do anything, give up everything, (our values), and destroy or use whatever is in the way to satisfy the all consuming craving.
Do you think that the latest quagmire brewing in Libya was an R2P?
Responsiblity to Protect Libyians? Hardly. The CIA turned over the rebel hero Belhadj who took Tripoli to be tortured. Then Qaddafi's son Al-Islam who was arrested in Tripoli and let go was the same guy who had Belhadj released years before.
Tit-4 tat, returning the favor?
Or will we see that sck fck Al-Islam who is wanted for crimes against humanity be a future 'partner' with the US in less than a decade?
http://ptosis.hubpages.com/hub/Libya-Na … ing-Hubris
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