Why We Should Close America’s Overseas Military Bases

A Military guard patrols the deck of the USS Ponce where US Secretary of State Chuck Hagel was touring, on Dec. 6, 2013 in Manama, Bahrain.

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“If we brought our troops home, we wouldn’t be much more or less safe than we are now. That’s mostly because we are already the strongest nation economically and militarily by far and probably the most secure great power in history, isolated from other powerful states by two great oceans and protected with an arsenal of thousands of nuclear weapons. On top of that, the world is a safer place these days. Interstate conflict has declined dramatically in recent decades and may even be on a path to obsolescence for reasons that have little to do with all these military bases.”

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