The US' Overseas Military Base Strategy

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  • Published: 27 August 2019
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Comments • 4 256

  • Tomasz Klisz
    Tomasz Klisz  8 hours back

    There for democracy lol. Rational person says dollar enforcement aka empire. They all fall.

    • Terry Gonder
      Terry Gonder  14 hours back

      It is obvious that most of the responses to this video are as ignorant and deluded as the ones that created this video. Remember this kiddies, as soon as the US leaves one of those "bases", someone that doesn't like us is going to swoop in and use it against us. Why do you think China is pressuring the PI so hard? Do you really think that the natives of Diego Garcia are clamoring to go back to the island? Forward staging of material and personnel is the best way to keep from having to put active defenses around our shores.

      • ALBER PAJARES
        ALBER PAJARES  1 days back

        Yeah, it’s something unspeached,.. the ‘silent conquest’,..

        • 本刀にهُنْطُ نِクスノギ کُسُنُگِ

          the americans won't stop colonizing the middle east

          • Clark Gable
            Clark Gable  1 days back

            There should not be ANY japanese
            On Okinawa....america "bought" it
            in 1945....

            • Ron T
              Ron T  2 days back

              Are you an American or a Democrap!?

              • Carol Ring
                Carol Ring  2 days back

                This is why there is no money to expand Social Security, add Medicare for All or help people in developing countries. The US must 'be ready to kill' at any time in every place in the world. I want to know how much money is being spent on all these bases? How much is being spent on wars that never end? Only when this is brought under control will the US be once again respected. Selling military hardware to other countries must stop.

                • DublinGreen
                  DublinGreen  3 days back

                  Usa has been trying to get a Base in Nigeria but no Nigerian is foolish enough to let them they even tried paying their way through but still no way.

                  • George Mankaryous
                    George Mankaryous  3 days back

                    america sucks

                    • Mahmoud FiFteen
                      Mahmoud FiFteen  4 days back

                      I bet Russia and China military alliance is game over for US military.

                      • iamthinking2202 _
                        iamthinking2202 _  4 days back

                        4:26 and France...

                        • Jeff
                          Jeff  4 days back

                          These's a US military base in Hong Kong, anyone noticed that? LOL.

                          • Ni Oxx
                            Ni Oxx  4 days back

                            I'm ashamed to see my country wasting so much money outside our borders.

                            • Xeejii
                              Xeejii  5 days back

                              I find it despicable that the US considers any country that nears their level of power as a threat to national security.

                              It's a half ass excuse to boost the military production machine, and keep everyone else at bay from going against the US and its view of an ideal world.....disgusting.

                              • Xeejii
                                Xeejii  3 days back

                                @Stephen Jenkins India, Germany, & Japan are no where near the US both economically or militarily. Japan is basically the US Asian bitch, Germany gives Russia a tuggy under the table, and India has a abusive friendship with the US.
                                China is the only other country capable of a comparison.
                                China even stated themselves that they would be more than happy to collaborate with the US if the US didn't spy on them all the time.
                                The US abuses its power. This is further evident with complains from Okinawins and Guam natives that say the US military is disruptive and a economic burden in the based areas.

                              • Stephen Jenkins
                                Stephen Jenkins  4 days back

                                Uh, it doesn't consider India to be a threat whatsoever, so this is a rather bad take. Nor Germany or Japan for that matter. Issues with China and Russia have more nuance than that.

                            • Tom Kelly
                              Tom Kelly  5 days back

                              Okinawans aren’t just protesting for economic reasons (although it is the poorest prefecture in Japan). They’re protesting US military personnel sexually abusing local women and getting off scot free. They’re protesting military equipment falling out of aircraft flying too low over schools and endangering their kids. They’re protesting the lack of support from Tokyo to deal with this. For them the US is careless towards the local people and ignores local laws. For many, this is personal.

                              • Stephen Jenkins
                                Stephen Jenkins  4 days back

                                Too bad the belief that US personnel gets off scot-free is ignorant at best. But the other concerns are more valid, to be fair.

                            • Royal Army
                              Royal Army  5 days back

                              So this is the reason why Ramstein made the song "We're all living in America".

                              • Guilherme Lopes
                                Guilherme Lopes  6 days back

                                So this is just the fear that USA have from everybody else. They are so afraid they must get attacked they have to have control of bases in other places to "show of" their strength.

                                • SubToPewdiepie
                                  SubToPewdiepie  6 days back

                                  There are ~300 US Marines in vaernes, norway.. stationed there semi-permanently

                                  • Gagan Garg
                                    Gagan Garg  6 days back

                                    One of these site use to attack on saudi oil company

                                    • Eric Whayman
                                      Eric Whayman  7 days back

                                      U missed the Ämari base that is located in Estonia

                                      • Marcos Delacerda
                                        Marcos Delacerda  7 days back

                                        I gotta ask, what's your education background? Or what exactly do you study? Or are you just well-read?

                                        • Amit das
                                          Amit das  7 days back

                                          All these bases and then they loose in Afghanistan and tries to negotiate with taliban lol 😂😂😂😂 and currently they cancelled the negotiations thought they will also loose that 😂😂😂😂😂

                                          • Cameron Wallace
                                            Cameron Wallace  1 weeks back

                                            Your field in the middle of the desert are all belong to U.S. heh

                                            • dill papa
                                              dill papa  1 weeks back

                                              Seems like a deception, i bet aliens from outer space control the US military.

                                              • Huikwan Cheung
                                                Huikwan Cheung  1 weeks back

                                                Every filthy American man in US bases in Japan will be slaughtered for their heavy guilt.

                                                • Fantasticrestofthe day
                                                  Fantasticrestofthe day  1 weeks back

                                                  @ 5:00 was the funniest clip of of video of people doing something extremely badass.

                                                  • A F
                                                    A F  1 weeks back

                                                    I don't see the point of this video, Turkey has refused to allow the US to use its base in Turkey just because the 2 dictators (Putin and Erdogan) bought ice cream for Putin's KGB agent. The fact that there are these "bases" doesn't mean ANYTHING if we can't use them. Better go criticize a dictatorship and not the US.

                                                    • Jacob Cudlitz
                                                      Jacob Cudlitz  1 weeks back

                                                      According to this list my girlfriend doesn't exist

                                                      • MrMentalpuppy
                                                        MrMentalpuppy  1 weeks back

                                                        How do you find research like this?

                                                        • speshul
                                                          speshul  1 weeks back

                                                          NATO is useless, if the USA wasn't in Europe, the European would surrin 2 minutes if the Russian would actually want it. Who would but a bone Russian

                                                          • speshul
                                                            speshul  1 weeks back

                                                            It is too much information

                                                            • speshul
                                                              speshul  1 weeks back

                                                              We do not need to know, the bad guys don't need to know either.
                                                              You cannot use nukes

                                                              • Tripper Hole
                                                                Tripper Hole  1 weeks back

                                                                I think the number was 135. There was a list somewhere on the web.

                                                                • Mikoy Fernandez
                                                                  Mikoy Fernandez  1 weeks back

                                                                  As far as the map of bases is concerned, the US bases in the Philippines closed down sometime during the 1990s. I don't know if there are any military installations left in the country today but the US Military regularly visits the islands for training exercises with the Armed Forces of the Philippines. And since the tension in the South China Sea has gotten more intense in the past few years, I won't be surprised if the US patrols the waters more, with the Philippines being the most strategic place to stop over other than Japan, Guam, or Australia. Great vid as always!

                                                                  • Jayitnl nl
                                                                    Jayitnl nl  1 weeks back

                                                                    you can delete my comments but stop that fkking ad in the start of the movie.. down vote all..

                                                                    • trump 2020
                                                                      trump 2020  1 weeks back

                                                                      Britain wanted our help in world war 2 one stipulation was we got all their bases and if the base cost less then $10 million they don't have to tell us about it

                                                                      • Mark C
                                                                        Mark C  1 weeks back

                                                                        @ 7:28 I thought we were gonna see some plane-on-plane action, especially considering it's a Wendover video.

                                                                        • Geek37
                                                                          Geek37  1 weeks back

                                                                          If I said the USA is engaging in imperialism here, how wrong would I be?

                                                                          • NecumNaTo
                                                                            NecumNaTo  1 weeks back

                                                                            I dont like USA acting like a world police, shitting itself into every country.

                                                                            • Leisure Club
                                                                              Leisure Club  1 weeks back

                                                                              Why the hell you call it a WAR???? Its called INVASION ....

                                                                              • Andrew S
                                                                                Andrew S  1 weeks back

                                                                                Just letting you know that the Chinese government used this video on their news 2 weeks ago.

                                                                              • joe coquerre
                                                                                joe coquerre  1 weeks back

                                                                                7 Years as a French Para-Trooper,deployed three times in Africa,all of these Countries have corrupted Presidents,for example in 1983,while in Gabon,for France, to be able to install Oil rigs(ELF),The President OMAR BONGO had our Troops, to protect him and his family(in his palace,he would not trust his own people)his private jets,and limos......,as a Sniper,I would spend most of my time on hot roofs for nothing...!!..All that to say,that African Presidents receive fortunes to allow any countries to install military bases on their soil,not just America,but citizens have no hospitals,clean water,side-walks nor food...!!!!!....SHAME.

                                                                                • Grant Trotter
                                                                                  Grant Trotter  2 weeks back

                                                                                  7:27 - Definitely thought that plane was gonna go inside that other one for a moment. Wings be damned!

                                                                                  • metalperslfx
                                                                                    metalperslfx  2 weeks back

                                                                                    that one in okinawa, man they done dirty to the locals. I pray for karma.

                                                                                    • Catioi Cat
                                                                                      Catioi Cat  2 weeks back

                                                                                      Is military= Mr Worldwide

                                                                                      • psammiad
                                                                                        psammiad  2 weeks back

                                                                                        It sucks to be an Okinawan, but the reality is the US military base there is vital for exerting Western influence over the South China Sea, a global hotspot for military tension. China could easily overrun this region, including invading Taiwan.

                                                                                        • Diazein Eckert
                                                                                          Diazein Eckert  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Hip hip hurray I now have a bass in your a

                                                                                          U.S military forces

                                                                                          • sabbel babbel
                                                                                            sabbel babbel  2 weeks back

                                                                                            Imagine how much more money the US wouldve had if they had close to no bases abroad