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Do you Know How Many Military Bases the US has Overseas?

JMCC 2012/09/08 19:45:12
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I was watching a debate programme on the TV earlier today, and there was an "expert" who said that the majority of US citizens were unaware just how many bases the US had overseas. I was wondering if that is true, how many bases do you think there are?
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  • Illjwamh 2012/09/09 10:00:13
    51 - 100
    Illjwamh
    +2
    To be honest I have no idea of the actual number, but the real answer is "Too many".
  • JMCC Illjwamh 2012/09/09 10:05:16
    JMCC
    +1
    The number is disputed as what constitutes a "base" is not clearly defined, so the actual figure is between 350 and over 1000. Ron Paul puts the figure somewhere between 600 and 900...
  • Illjwamh JMCC 2012/09/09 10:07:02
    Illjwamh
    +2
    Ah, okay. Interesting.

    As I said, "Too many". Though I should amend that. WAY too many.
  • Marcus Clark 2012/09/09 04:08:14
    251 - 500
    Marcus Clark
    +1
    It depends what you call a "base." You could refer to each individual deployed ship/boat as it's own base. You could refer to each small camp or outpost as a "base." This would drive the numbers up quite a bit. Just referring to actual permanent bases, the numbers are near as high as what some people think.
  • Jacob Mahurien 2012/09/09 02:35:41
    751 - 1000
    Jacob Mahurien
    +1
    But they are there to catch the bad guys!
  • Rebel [SHP] 2012/09/08 23:42:14 (edited)
    251 - 500
    Rebel [SHP]
    Something like this. I always laugh when the liberals and libertarians claim we have over 1000 bases. That number encompasses camps with fewer than 5 tents - which hardly counts as a base. A base is not a small encampment. No the real number is under 500. Your military is vastly weaker than it should be allowed to be. Time to figure that one out.
  • JMCC Rebel [... 2012/09/08 23:45:45
    JMCC
    +1
    Would you care to share the source of your information please?
  • Rebel [... JMCC 2012/09/08 23:47:57 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    I am in the military and we're laughing at all of you guys guessing our base numbes. A basic trainee could tell you this answer. Thanks for asking.
  • JMCC Rebel [... 2012/09/08 23:52:42
    JMCC
    +1
    So you cannot point to an official document or something like that? The UK tend to publish these things you see...
  • Rebel [... JMCC 2012/09/08 23:55:28 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    The most amazing feature of the UK is...that it's not the US...and to put the US against UK standards is ignorance at best. Tell you what, hack the pentagon, you'll get your documents. As for me, I told you what I will, and if you want to continue in ignorance, that's obviously your choice, but don't expect me to ruin my career over your interest and curiosity. You can find out for yourself quite easily enough....find some balls and enlist in the military. Otherwise, do whatever you want....and expect me to laugh regardless.
  • JMCC Rebel [... 2012/09/09 00:02:59
    JMCC
    +1
    I think you misread me.

    The UK bases that we are talking about are not secret and so the UK has no need to hide them. You are right that it is foolish to compare the US and the UK for we are nowhere near as paranoid as you.

    There are documents publicly available because of the appropriations committees and the money trails. One of the things that I have noted here in the UK is that our army are ignorant of the RAF and Naval bases that we have and vice versa...
  • Rebel [... JMCC 2012/09/09 00:07:25 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    Paranoia has nothing to do with it, and throwing that insult in I truly wonder if I have misread you, but I doubt it. There are documents, which are not available to the public, and wouldn't be worth anything to link to. Some because you couldn't get to them even if you tried, mostly because I have no need to spend a treason sentence in prison for your and everyone else's mundane curiosity. The UK and the USA are very similar in secrecy I can relay that much, and if you think the USA is paranoid, then you should not be speaking of the UK.

    I have said my part, and I wish to say no more, thanks for the exchange.
  • JMCC Rebel [... 2012/09/09 00:10:33
    JMCC
    +1
    I am very familiar with UK secrecy - I have had to sign the official secrets act four times. Whilst operational details are keep secret, our bases are public knowledge.
  • Max 2012/09/08 23:18:01
    1000+
    Max
    +2
    1077 is the most accurate count I have ever seen reported.

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/ar...

    Here's another link from the same site that gives some more insight:

    http://www.tomdispatch.com/po...
  • CHUCK Max 2012/09/09 02:31:10
    CHUCK
    +1
    THANKS ..
  • Broddy 2012/09/08 21:32:30
    751 - 1000
    Broddy
    +2
    0-50 is what we should be able to answer, but that would not be reality.
  • DeeB 2012/09/08 21:13:29
    751 - 1000
    DeeB
    +2
    I think it's somewhere around 800, an insane amount.
  • Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO 2012/09/08 20:53:55
    251 - 500
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    +2
    too many

    too much of a military presence
    US bases
  • JMCC Joe Shw... 2012/09/08 20:57:06
    JMCC
    +2
    Try doubling the number that you are thinking of and you would be closer.\
  • Joe Shw... JMCC 2012/09/08 22:43:42
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    +1
    $2Trillion a year buys a lot of 'defense'
  • JMCC Joe Shw... 2012/09/08 22:51:13
    JMCC
    +1
    I like the way that you put apostrophes around the word XD
  • CHUCK Joe Shw... 2012/09/09 02:32:34
    CHUCK
    WOW
  • Rebel [... Joe Shw... 2012/09/08 23:43:43
    Rebel [SHP]
    Most of those are camps, and NOT bases.
  • Joe Shw... Rebel [... 2012/09/09 00:22:17
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    +1
    You are trying to parse words so lets put a finer point on it.

    Under the subtitle MASSIVE TROOP PRESENCE
    http://www.aljazeera.com/inde...
    [..]According to new CENTCOM figures given to Al Jazeera on April 30, there are about 125,000 US troops in close proximity to Iran: 90,000 soldiers in/around Afghanistan on Operation Enduring Freedom; some 20,000 soldiers deployed ashore elsewhere in the Near East region; and a variable 15-20,000 afloat on naval vessels.

    US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the US would have 40,000 troops in the Gulf following the withdrawal from Iraq. But the exact number, location and mission of these forces beyond Afghanistan is virtually impossible to determine.
  • Rebel [... Joe Shw... 2012/09/09 00:23:38 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    LOL, whatever man, lets be completely serious. Believe what you believe, I don't care, I just registered my opinion. If you presume to know better than by all means live in whichever fantasy world suits your fancy. It doesn't matter to me in the slightest. I just relay what I have been taught, which is public knowledge.
    It's not my place to really tell you anymore than what is public knowledge, so either believe it, or don't, your choice, but move along. This discussion is dead.

    Also Al Jazeera wouldn't know America's military strength even if a staff sergeant went up to their lead editor and bit him on the ass cheek in full uniform. ROFL.
  • Joe Shw... Rebel [... 2012/09/09 03:07:53
    Joe Shwingding BN-ZERO
    somebody in this convo. is living in fantasy land but it sure isnt me.

    You just spent an entire paragraph telling me how much you DONT know and providing nothing. Good Job
    loony tune
  • Rebel [... Joe Shw... 2012/09/09 03:45:17 (edited)
  • Rebel Yell 2012/09/08 20:18:43
    1000+
    Rebel Yell
    +6
    I believe what Eisenhower told the American people in 1962. The joint financial and political power of the military forces and corporations that build their weapons depend on the continued threat of outside forces. This combined effort is a greater threat to the American economy than China or the terrorists who are living in caves.

    What constitutes a US Military overseas base? That is the question. It could be anything from a group of houses around a commissary (living quarters) to a fully ready operational combat force, or even a hospital location with security.

    The ongoing danger is the corporate private military forces making enormous profits with no public oversight on their military operations. The Pentagon makes certain there is no discussion about the Military/Corporate complex's power that is without any regulation . The waste and fraud is monumental.
  • Michael=Constitution & Liberty 2012/09/08 20:03:33
    751 - 1000
    Michael=Constitution & Liberty
    +7
    U.S. has military personnel in 130 nations and 900 overseas bases. This was about 1 year ago...
  • DefendnProtect 2012/09/08 20:02:16
    751 - 1000
    DefendnProtect
    +5
    We are sick of US troops in our countries.

    Get the 52,440 US troops out of Germany please.

    It doesn't make any sense unless.. you know a bit more about the ones who really own and abuse the US and it's military for their purposes.
  • den Defendn... 2012/09/08 20:47:32
    den
    +3
    I will say if you live in the netherlands you have no say in either american or German policy-- AND the Netherlands never been capable of protecting itself
  • Defendn... den 2012/09/08 20:52:46
    DefendnProtect
    +3
    I live under the same bankster syndicate rule as you do. Don't get the illusion we have working democracies in the West.
  • Rebel [... Defendn... 2012/09/08 23:46:53 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    No, no you don't, not by a long shot. Our politics are as different as night and day. Don't delude yourself.
  • Defendn... Rebel [... 2012/09/09 07:27:54
    DefendnProtect
    +1
    If the US puppets say: jump!

    our 'leaders' ask: how high?
  • Rebel [... Defendn... 2012/09/09 15:48:52 (edited)
    Rebel [SHP]
    As they should, as prior your leaders asked how many jews shall we burn, and your people said we have the ovens already warmed up.Germany brought that on themselves.
  • Defendn... Rebel [... 2012/09/09 16:36:09
    DefendnProtect
    DonĀ“t believe all Stalin propaganda lies.
  • Rebel [... Defendn... 2012/09/09 16:58:53
    Rebel [SHP]
    +1
    Alright buddy, have a good one roflmao
  • Defendn... Rebel [... 2012/09/09 17:03:07
    DefendnProtect
    LOL you too.
  • Broddy Defendn... 2012/09/08 21:31:27
    Broddy
    +4
    I am sick of our Military being in "your" countries as well but America reached the point were we are damned if we do and damned if we don't.

    If we are there people complain, if we are not there then they complain that we did not act fast enough.

    Just use WW2 if you need a reference.
  • Defendn... Broddy 2012/09/08 21:38:23
    DefendnProtect
    +1
    'Just use WW2 if you need a reference. '
    huh?

    America decided to fight against us in WW2, American propaganda states that WW2 was a 'good war'. However America took the wrong side and supported the genocidal communists that were about to overrun Europe.

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