Empire of US Bases
The United States has hundreds of military bases around the world...perhaps even thousands; however, no one knows for sure because even the Pentagon does not bother to keep track. What we do know is that the US Defense budget is now about the same as military spending in all other countries combined, and since 9/11, military and security expenditures have soared 119%. A lot of money goes towards maintaining those bases, but once again, taxpayers and the military do not know exactly how much is allocated towards those bases. Experts say that the reason for sustaining all those military installations abroad is to "maintain a far flung global empire," and they point out that in places like Saudi Arabia and Okinawa, US military presence has been denounced by locals.
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