Excellent article on the side effects of US bases. Opinions. Please read even if you are a con. I read AP and Reuters, as well as the Economist, TIME and Newsweek on a regular basis. Perhaps finding out the crimes your army commits abroad will reveal to you the empire paid for by your tax-dollars.
Also, if you have extra information, links, or just anecdotal examples, please feel free to ramble on.
Refrain from ad homen arguments. I am not a liberal. I am a progressive with anarcho-libertarian tendencies and would like nothing better than to see Americans truly do what the say they do, help. Since Americans believe they are helping, I believe showing them they are doing much damage will help them realize they must change in order for anyone to believe they are helping, rather than expanding a blood thirsty empire.
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The main problem seems to be in Iraq currently.
However, I agree that protracted occupation,
or large scale basing in forgien countries,
even close allies, is expensive, of dubious
value, and can lead to unfortunate ocourances.
Such as when terrorists strike, but local
civilians get killed, maimed and injured.
Then as you noted are further, although limited
numbers of incedence of criminality.
Even those could be avoided (in the parjoritive sense)
if America and it's troops stayed home and minded it's own bussiness.
If you do some research, you'll be astonished at just how many forgien bases the US maintains, consider also those
costs to US tax payers. Think about it the next time
you take a drive, and feel the condition of our own roads,
or cross a rusted bridge. Or when you go to pay your taxes, tuition, medical bills or insurance.
Links provided to some expert commentary and analysis.