What Do Azerbaijan, Djibouti, and Suriname Have in Common?
They are all a part of the list of countries where the U.S. Military is currently deployed. This is from GlobalPolicy.org. They got the information from the Department of Defense. Note the information is from about 3 years ago, but I don’t have up to date access to the DoD, and if I did the information certainly wouldn’t get posted here. Nevertheless I’m pretty sure this is a fairly accurate representation of the U.S. Military throughout the world.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Now, I’m not an isolationist, not by any definition of the word, but this is a bit ridiculous even for me. Some of these are remnants of the Cold War, some are because of the “War on Terror,” and some have been there since World War II. We have over 70,000 troops in Germany over 6 decades after World War II. We have over 40,000 in South Korea more than 50 years after the Korean War. (From GlobalSecurity.org)
My basic reason for being upset with this is because I look at things from a fiscal conservative point of view. Our military spending is about twice that of the entire European Union. I complain all the time about the way the government wastes money domestically, but I haven’t really touched this topic yet. Now, I believe that America should keep a very strong military. I have no desire to downsize or anything of the nature. I also think we should continue spending money to develop new technologies and other things of that nature. However, having people in well over 100 countries is seriously overkill.
The money we have spent in Iraq really pales in comparison to the overall budget. The number I continued to hear throughout the campaign was 10 billion a month. That is 120 billion in a year. The budget request for 2009 was over 700 billion. Where is the rest of that money going? Well, much of it is going towards running military bases all around the globe.
I leave you with a quote by Ron Paul from The Revolution:
With a $9 trillion debt, perhaps $50 trillion in entitlement liabilities, and the dollar in free fall, how much longer can we afford this unnecessary and counterproductive extravagance?
Our debt has since passed $10 trillion which only enhances Dr. Paul’s point. This has to stop eventually.