Allies and friends are important, but they can veto American missions initiated from bases on their territory. The Ponce operates from international waters. Surprise and speed are critical to military success; the Ponce can sail close to areas of conflict. And having the ability to carry out different missions for different branches of the armed services is more valuable than having a weapons platform that does just one thing for one branch of the military.
For instance a few minutes of Googling will tell you that in 1901, the US had 639 garrisons in the Phillipines alone
Fighting for peace is like fucking for virginity.
It's not important to my point or to his.
To say, ‘Well that was when we were in the middle of a war’ has no bearing on whether there are now more bases than there were then.
On January 31, the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at Brookings hosted a discussion examining the announced rebalancing initiatives and their likely impact, especially on U.S.-China relations. Panelists also analyzed two key pillars of this effort, the evolution of U.S. force deployments in Asia, and the development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) initiative on economic and trade issues.
Central as it's becoming to the long-term US stance, this global-basing reset policy has, remarkably enough, received almost no public attention, nor significant Congressional oversight.
furiousxgeorge: tldr: because we're currently the richest greedy assholes, so we can.
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