By David Vine
From Italy to the Indian Ocean, from Japan to Honduras, a far-reaching exam of the perils of yankee army bases overseas
American army bases encircle the globe. greater than twenty years after the tip of the chilly conflict, the U.S. nonetheless stations its troops at approximately 1000 destinations in overseas lands. those bases tend to be taken without any consideration or missed solely, a little-noticed a part of the Pentagon's enormous operations. yet in an eye-opening account, Base Nation exhibits that the global community of bases brings with it a panoply of ills--and really makes the country much less secure within the lengthy run.
As David Vine demonstrates, the out of the country bases elevate geopolitical tensions and galvanize common antipathy in the direction of the us. in addition they undermine American democratic beliefs, pushing the U.S. into partnerships with dictators and perpetuating a process of second-class citizenship in territories like Guam. They breed sexual violence, break the surroundings, and harm neighborhood economies. And their monetary price is excellent: notwithstanding the Pentagon underplays the numbers, Vine's accounting proves that the invoice methods $100 billion consistent with year.
For many a long time, the necessity for abroad bases has been a quasi-religious dictum of U.S. overseas coverage. yet in recent times, a bipartisan coalition has ultimately began to query this traditional knowledge. With the U.S. chickening out from Afghanistan and finishing 13 years of warfare, there is not any larger time to reconsider the tenets of our army method. Base state is a necessary contribution to that discuss.
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Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World by David Vine