The US' Overseas Military Base Strategy

  • Published: 27 August 2019
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Comments • 4 673

  • Andrew Shirley
    Andrew Shirley  22 minutes back

    No. We absolutely need to keep our basses all over the world we are the most powerful country ever for a reason. We fight for freedom and peace. America is the peace keepers of the world. Like it or not we where chosen by God to defend the world from evil . So we absolutely need to keep the military basses and continue to pergect power acrost the world.

    • Andrew Shirley
      Andrew Shirley  28 minutes back

      USA USA USA USA USA USA !!!!!!

      • Chang Huang
        Chang Huang  8 hours back

        You didn't bring up the biggest problem Okinawan people are having with the US troops. The US soldiers represent a great threat to public safety. Murder, rape, DUI, just about any civil crime you can think of, have been committed by US soldiers on these islands.

        • Frank christ
          Frank christ  2 days back

          Ramstein was crazy, I was super confused at first, the Germans were real nice at directing me where to go . I was only there for a minute before heading to Dubai.

          • Frank christ
            Frank christ  2 days back

            at least those fuckers get dorms, fuck I got a fucking tent when I was deployed, everybody got a tent. even some brass got tents.

            • Trevor Bills
              Trevor Bills  2 days back

              Idea for a video- What if FedEx added retired military cargo planes to their fleet?

              • hhh gdgb
                hhh gdgb  2 days back

                So usa is fucking the world haha and say strategic alliances. What about intelligence ? I can t imagime how it cost usa goverment

                • Mauricio Riaño
                  Mauricio Riaño  2 days back

                  Ever interesting, thanks

                  • Phil Reed
                    Phil Reed  3 days back

                    US Administration Power Hungry Scum still pushing one world government. The people of the USA would likely prefer the money be spent developing the USA instead of wasting money trying to rule the world.

                    • drsupremo88
                      drsupremo88  5 days back

                      'peace' time lol how naive is this guy?

                      • jileel
                        jileel  5 days back

                        Pax Americana.

                        • Lemon Tangerine
                          Lemon Tangerine  6 days back

                          "The US Military would like to know your location"

                          • Squiggs 【Glitches - ROM Hacks - Speedruns】

                            I learned everything I need to know about forward basing the enemy from Age of Empires

                            • Hadrian
                              Hadrian  6 days back

                              Why? Well for a little nation in the middle east that is host to the largest proportion of a certain religion.

                              • swat1229
                                swat1229  6 days back

                                Man satallite communications would be easier if the earth was flat 😂

                                • Dewberry_
                                  Dewberry_  7 days back

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                                  • Joel Melendez
                                    Joel Melendez  7 days back

                                    We're just gonna skip over the fact that america has a trans-Atlantic fiber optic cable? How about the fact it doesnt even classify US soil as "central comand".

                                    • Arct
                                      Arct  1 weeks back

                                      Someone says: Power project...


                                      • outpost 38
                                        outpost 38  1 weeks back

                                        We just wanna make sure you know that we can fuck you up

                                        • Fast Turtles
                                          Fast Turtles  1 weeks back

                                          LSG for the U.S. has been overcome by these bases. They allow for a logistical build-up on a massive scale in the lead-up to a conflict.

                                          • samuel alíren
                                            samuel alíren  1 weeks back

                                            Get out of Germany

                                            • Hairy Ghostbear
                                              Hairy Ghostbear  1 weeks back

                                              I am a simple guy, I see Ram(m)stein, I upvote

                                              • Damjum Gamlin
                                                Damjum Gamlin  1 weeks back

                                                Pakistan will destroy USA whet our nuclear bom

                                                • Narijo Déco
                                                  Narijo Déco  1 weeks back

                                                  Very interesting.
                                                  Also perfect to get to sleep...zzz
                                                  Thanks for make me learn things and make me sleep. I don't ask more.

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                                                    *Welcome to the FBI watchlist.*

                                                    • Majorohminus
                                                      Majorohminus  2 weeks back

                                                      Power projection is flexing. And the US has these bases to bully smaller countries and to keep them poor and exploited by the military congressional industrial complex and the war for profit corporations.

                                                      • Kaung Sithu sett
                                                        Kaung Sithu sett  2 weeks back

                                                        Lots of US bases in Germany and Japan. 75 years later, the US still making these countries her bitch, eh?

                                                        • Joshua Bulloch
                                                          Joshua Bulloch  2 weeks back

                                                          I’d argue that every piece of land we own bases in is land that American blood has been spilled on in war. Japan, Korea, WWII and WWI are wars we didn’t start but resulted in Americans dying in the Philippines, Japan, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Pacific Islands, Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Africa, Turkey and all of Europe.

                                                          In my opinion, if it’s unfair that Americans spill blood in war and win a piece of land important to the war, then we keep that shit however, we always fight and die for land in war, win the war and then give it back. Major powers in history have never done that.

                                                          • Jon Padula
                                                            Jon Padula  2 weeks back

                                                            To fathom how this generation is facing the impossibility of buying a house, our (grand)parents bought houses from money paid to participate in war, and our country itself displaces ALL THAT TAX MONEY to "maybe/if/whenever" plots of land AND the keast economic planes to/fro, is incredibly frustrating. Like, last time I had enough money to take a single flight anywhere was 15 years ago, and didn't even get to leave the country.

                                                            Mannn I sware, in the next paradigm, all of thesr bases better become sovereign human vacation spots. Imagine being a human, and just because of it, getting to choose one of 500 locations around the world to stay FOR FREE? Participating in war should not be the only compensation to enjoy America's foreign locations, for real.

                                                            • Jon Padula
                                                              Jon Padula  2 weeks back

                                                              The moment after you said "the US-Africa Command" and put up the pictorial narrated by "the US splits up the WORLD INTO SIX COMMAND REGIONS" I lost all shit left. Like oh, We Are factually, verifiably The Empire"

                                                              • Костя Лопунов

                                                                For more information on this wicked strategy watch "Untold History of the United States", VERY enlightening series...

                                                                • Stephen Michalski
                                                                  Stephen Michalski  2 weeks back

                                                                  SHHHHHHHHH.......Don't tell anyone

                                                                  • MrDeltaNoir
                                                                    MrDeltaNoir  2 weeks back

                                                                    India is well set in a course to allow US military bases inside it's boundaries.
                                                                    I am certain that is coming.

                                                                    • I Created An Account For This

                                                                      I know there are more

                                                                      • NCZIOOX
                                                                        NCZIOOX  2 weeks back

                                                                        12:52 I found Nemo!

                                                                        • Olivia esddms
                                                                          Olivia esddms  2 weeks back

                                                                          Yes, it is.

                                                                          Would you rather have Russia or China extending like that? No, no thank you. For all it's faults (and there are many) the US is still far preferable to the two alternatives.

                                                                          That said, the two have been projecting power in other ways.


                                                                          • Stephen Powdexter
                                                                            Stephen Powdexter  2 weeks back

                                                                            I would like to see a breakdown of which branch of the service has these bases. The ones at ports are probably Navy, of course. You can’t always tell the others. It would also be interesting to know related info: maybe U. S. bases.

                                                                            • Jane
                                                                              Jane  2 weeks back

                                                                              Lived in Germany for 2 years, our post had protestors monthly, if not more often. They were really nice, they just didn't like the noise from all of our helicopters. The delivery guys loved us though, cause even though people don't really tip over there, a lot of Americans do so just out of habit.

                                                                              • MeganBear95
                                                                                MeganBear95  2 weeks back

                                                                                According to this list... we don't exist.

                                                                                • Ravi rathore
                                                                                  Ravi rathore  2 weeks back

                                                                                  Exactly not confirmed how many bases in the world ???...

                                                                                  • HasanKhanArt
                                                                                    HasanKhanArt  2 weeks back

                                                                                    It's basically like a game of RISK!

                                                                                    • Grace Broughton
                                                                                      Grace Broughton  2 weeks back

                                                                                      is this the half as interesting guy?

                                                                                      • Trisha's Pets
                                                                                        Trisha's Pets  3 weeks back

                                                                                        RUSSIA YOU SAY?!?!

                                                                                        • Trisha's Pets
                                                                                          Trisha's Pets  3 weeks back

                                                                                          In the 90s we lived at Ramstein. We had an apartment. C-3. Third floor of the C building.

                                                                                          • Trisha's Pets
                                                                                            Trisha's Pets  3 weeks back

                                                                                            1:28 That is some fucking deep dive. My god, man.

                                                                                            • Geoff Thomson
                                                                                              Geoff Thomson  3 weeks back

                                                                                              You missed a LOT in Australia

                                                                                              • Geoff Thomson
                                                                                                Geoff Thomson  3 weeks back

                                                                                                You missed a LOT in Australia

                                                                                                • Geoff Thomson
                                                                                                  Geoff Thomson  3 weeks back

                                                                                                  You missed a LOT in Australia