United States Has Military Bases In 36 Countries: Why?


By James Turnage

Why do I pay taxes?  If social programs that benefit me directly did not exist, I would basically be paying for defense and defense supported industry.  I hear two terms continually from the campaigners, National deficit, and balanced budget.  They don’t really plan to do anything about them.

If we brought home every single military person from Iraq and Afghanistan tomorrow, and I think we should, that would cover a big chunk of it.

But, consider this.  The United States has military bases in 36 foreign countries.  36 is not the number of bases, just the countries.  We have multiple bases in Germany, Italy, Japan, Kosovo, Kuwait, South Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

I have no way of knowing how much tax money is spent keeping these bases open, but it has to be trillions of dollars.  And why are we in any of them?  Let’s just look at one, Germany.  There is no longer an East or West Germany, it’s just Germany.  I don’t get it.  Let’s take a look at one more.  Are we still at war with Japan?  Do we need multiple bases in the country of one of our allies?  And Great Britain?  Really?

The U.S. spends six times more than any other country on defense.  Or should I say we throw away more money than any other country.

If politicians really want to make this country solvent again, let’s stop spending money that is unnecessary.  Let’s keep things like Planned Parenthood, it is necessary.

James Turnage



The NTSB announced its findings today about the tragedy that occurred at the 2011 National Air Races.  74 year old pilot Jimmy Leeward of Ocala Florida, and 10 others on the ground were killed, and more than 70 were injured.  The plane crashed into the box seats closest to the airfield and buried itself in the ground.

The NTSB reported; “Deteriorated lock nut inserts found in the highly modified North American P-51-D airplane that crashed during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, allowed the trim tab attachment screws to become loose and even initiated fatigue cracking one screw.  This condition which resulted in reduced stiffness in the elevator trim system, ultimately led to aerodynamic flutter at racing speed that broke the trim linkage resulting in a loss of controllability and the eventual crash.”

The NTSB also stated that the aircraft had not been properly tested, and that the steep climb Mr. Leeward attempted produced a G force of approximately 17.  The shuttle astronauts experienced a G force of 3.  The overseeing of more stringent pre-flight tests will be part of the procedures instituted by the race supervisors and inspectors.

The 2012 National Air Races will resume in Reno next month.

James Turnage

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