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Date: 10/10/13 02:11 PM

12 Responses to Standing Army – The American Empire

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    12chars Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2013 at 2:13 pm
    Link: Standing Army - The American Empire - The US has a web of military bases that amount to more than 700, in 40 countries.
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    Yes, I lived on 3 of these bases as a kid in Europe. We subsidize their defense tremendously. Never before in history has there been a collection of nations so rich, and so unbelievably undefended. And nearly their entire military budgets are personnel costs, so they have practically no functional operational ability. It would only take a modest army to conquer your average wealthy European country. For now, it`s ok. But the future has a habit of throwing money shiiit at you.
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    CoffeeCakes Male 30-39
    106 posts
    October 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm
    There are over 1,000 US bases, installations & depots worldwide in more than 110 countries. I stopped at Bondsteel on the way home one time in `08... The issues with host nations and the people vs the U.S military seem to be the same every where I`ve been. The locals working on base loved the military presence mainly due to the money they made. The locals off base hated us or wanted us gone.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    October 10, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    America is NOT an "Empire", we don`t have bases in foreign countries to be "occupiers" or "overlords".

    If American bases were not there, located in quite a lot of countries, they`d have no peace or way to defend themselves from aggressor nations.

    The host countries leadership, that we have bases in, wants us there or we wouldn`t be there. Quite a few are NATO allies with which we have joint exercises to stifle aggression and meet our treaty obligations.
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    Squidbush Male 40-49
    804 posts
    October 10, 2013 at 7:09 pm
    Yea. Great video. You can almost hear what the people are saying under the obnoxiously loud music.
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    Darkalen Male 40-49
    411 posts
    October 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm
    The bases may have been necessary 50 years ago, but it`s just not so any longer, and I am not saying that because I believe the world is a safer place now. The US (and its allies for that matter) can be anywhere in the world in force within 24 hours, to say nothing of advanced naval and marine operations from fleet ops. Aside from needing an airbase here and there for refueling and staging, they could cut their overseas bases by at least half without losing any response time whatsoever. Perhaps the saved money could go somewhere else afterwards too, like, say something relatively unimportant such as education or paying off the national debt...
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    October 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm
    I saw Noam Chomsky`s name, and turned it off.
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    HumanAction Male 18-29
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    October 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm
    Why do these clips always seem to have an obligatory shot of Noam Chomsky?
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    October 10, 2013 at 9:33 pm
    Why do we need all these military bases when we have thousands of perfectly good ICBMs?
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17514 posts
    October 10, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    Ollie: "Why do we need all these military bases when we have thousands of perfectly good ICBMs?"

    Because if the only tool in your toolbox is a hammer you`re likely to smash a lot of fingers, including your own.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14268 posts
    October 11, 2013 at 7:27 am
    That`s what happens when Europe starts two world wars then refuses to support an army for it own defense.... Pull out of there and let them foot the bill for once.
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    Dead_mind Male 18-29
    303 posts
    October 11, 2013 at 7:29 am
    @Darkalen
    Sure they are, when us finally invades Russia or china. Soon there wont be any more places to invade.

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