A Google News search for the phrase “resurgent
Yet despite all the fluff about the dangers a “resurgent
What is more revealing is when you consider the number of
It’s not easy to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department’s annual “Base Structure Report” for fiscal year 2003, which itemizes foreign and domestic U.S. military real estate, the Pentagon currently owns or rents 702 overseas bases in about 130 countries and HAS another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories.
Kommersant puts the current number of
The lesson Kommersant takes from the number of military bases is clear. “In general, a country’s interest in maintaining a presence abroad is an indicator of its government’s overall geopolitical strategy and of the degree of its military orientation.” And given its small number and haphazard dispersion, “