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Just out of curiosity, what fraction of the US bases are made up of the post-WWII/Cold War bases in Western Europe? 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.

Now, from my perspective it seems only fair that if they're going to be our Imperial Overlords anyway (and given the current political situation in Europe, they are), they might as well foot the bill for defending our territory. But I sometimes wonder why Washington accepts it. It's not like our current crop of politicians would go native on them if they pulled out, after all...

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Nov 5th, 2007 at 07:42:46 PM EST

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