Two-Way Street: Should The US Close Its Miltary Bases Around the World?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Republicans, Video

This time, Two Way Street debates whether or not we should close down our military bases overseas…

Your thoughts?


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3 Responses to “Two-Way Street: Should The US Close Its Miltary Bases Around the World?”

  1. wj Says:

    Close some of the bases? Certainly. But close all of them? Only if we have a solid case for going totally isolationist, cutting off all imports and exports, etc. I don’t see any way that can happen.

    And neither do I see anyone else who can and would keep the troubles of the world down to a dull roar. Yes, we don’t do a very good job of it . . . unless you get a glimmer of what it would be like without the US. Think of something like Somalia and its pirates hitting all of the sea lanes. Think it couldn’t happen near the Panama Canal, for example? Think again. And if you don’t think a big crimp in sea-borne trade would impact the US economy, it’s time to take a class on the subject — probably a beginners course on world trade.

  2. TerenceC Says:

    If we close the majority of our military bases throughout the globe we will see an immediate $250 Billion a year saved. Our bases are a source of power that we can project at a moments notice – but this is based on thinking from 1945 and a relic from the Cold War – these bases are no longer relevant.

    Cooperation internationally is the only way to keep the worlds troubles down to a dull roar. In the 1950′s the USA was able to build an empire because there was no one else capable, we had all the money, all the resources, and all the power since the rest of the world was rebuilding. That is simply no longer the case, we are heavily in debt, bankrupt depending on how you count the money, and we still spend 47.5% of every defense dollar spent in the world. It’s destroying us. I don’t advent isolationism, I advent co-operatism – as crazy as it sounds, how about Peace Bases rather than Military bases?

    The military is simply too large and pervasive and needs drastic cuts since it undermines nearly every facet of our society. I am not a pacifist by any standards – some people just need killing as John Wayne said. I am a veteran of 3 wars, but I truly believe our military is by far the most dangerous element infecting the behavior of our elected leaders. There is just too much money out there, and too many value neutral people who just want their slice of the pie regardless of who gets hurt in the process.

  3. TerenceC Says:

    If we close the majority of our military bases throughout the globe we will see an immediate $250 Billion a year saved. Our bases are a source of power that we can project at a moments notice – but this is based on thinking from 1945 and a relic from the Cold War – these bases are no longer relevant.

    Cooperation internationally is the only way to keep the worlds troubles down to a dull roar. In the 1950’s the USA was able to build an empire because there was no one else capable, we had all the money, all the resources, and all the power since the rest of the world was rebuilding. That is simply no longer the case, we are heavily in debt, bankrupt depending on how you count the money, and we still spend 47.5% of every defense dollar spent in the world. It’s destroying us. I don’t advent isolationism, I advent co-operatism – as crazy as it sounds, how about Peace Bases rather than Military bases?

    The military is simply too large and pervasive and needs drastic cuts since it undermines nearly every facet of our society. I am not a pacifist by any standards – some people just need killing as John Wayne said. I am a veteran of 3 wars, but I truly believe our military is by far the most dangerous element infecting the behavior of our elected leaders. There is just too much money out there, and too many value neutral people who just want their slice of the pie regardless of who gets hurt in the process.

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