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Those bases are actually more or less welcome - they certainly provide a couple of million-odd jobs to Europe, and mean that much of our territorial defense can be relegated to our Imperial Overlords in Washington.

Several items there:

  • they are not welcome everywhere (see Italy, for instance. See debates on the missile defense);

  • they are often paid, to a large extent, by the local host (cf Germany);

  • I'm not sure they provide that many jobs: everything on these bases is imported from the US (as a French officer in Germany, it was eerie to see the difference between French and US bases: the French lived in the nearby towns or villages, shopped locally, employed locals in the base; the Americans lived on base, bought everything from the internal PX stores which carried only US-imported products); it's not millions in any case - maybe a few hundred locally supported by some of the spending power of the Americans.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Nov 6th, 2007 at 04:49:37 AM EST
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