250 billiion to keep our foreign bases open?

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    The U.S. Defense Department has real estate in 46 countries and American territories, adding up to a whopping 837 overseas locations. It manages roughly 1,300 square miles, a combined area considerably larger than Rhode Island. Throw in bases within the territories and 50 states and you’ve got Ohio.

    Beyond massive complexes in Germany, Japan and South Korea, there are little-known holdings scattered around the planet: an old Dutch mine, a communications tower on Australia’s west coast and an army sniper range in Djibouti.

    How much does overseeing this sprawling foreign footprint really cost? The exact cost of managing troops, bases, fleets and materiel overseas is difficult to determine. The think tank Foreign Policy in Focus estimates at least $250 billion.

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    I agree this is one area the military really needs to cut back on. Not all can be closed, but we sure as hell don't need troops in Europe at the number we have them. Same with Japan. Most areas we should be fine with using the Navy as airfields and bases.
     
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    I think we need to pull out of all bases in Germany and Japan. South Korea is fine.
     
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    We have 837 overseas locations for our military. one or two is not a drop in the bucket.
    Close 3/4 of them and save a couple of hundred billion a year.
     
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    I disagree to an extent. they may seem like nits and lice but they have a purpose.

    Our footprint in Europe has diminished greatly. we used to have 360k men there, now? last I checked stratfor archives, last year we had roughly 75K total in all the EU countries.

    we have approx. 375K of 1.5 million, overseas world wide.


    Our footprint in japan is also diminishing along with Okinawa as we move the 3rd mar. div to Guam.
     
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    Still 1/4 trillion per year to support the offshore bases?
     
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    I agree we could whittle that down. We will.

    The Afghan/Iraq thing requires massive offshore way-point sppt., tracing a combat meal from a food processor plant in Iowa to a Marines mouth in Afghan. take logistics, using places in between etc.
     
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    Only area where we need to maintain outposts are in Southeast Asia, to keep China from engulfing the region. Everything else is a waste of funds.
     
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    Vietnam did a pretty good job of fighting off China..when they invaded after the US left. Those people are really tough. I think they will do just fine without the US.
     
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    I'm talking about China attempting to control the trillions of dollars of trade passing through the South China Sea. We let them military control that passage, and they will have the world by the balls.

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    Already, we are in negotiations with Australia, to place a permanent US Army/Navy contingent in the Outback. Southeast Asia may very well be the location of World War III.

    AUSTRALIA runs the risk of "martyrdom" in the case of any China-US conflict.
     
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