They're a modern day version of 19th century China's extraterritoriality agreements. They granted foreigners charged with crimes the right to be tried by his (or her) own government under his (or her) own national law.
SOFAs prevent local courts from exercising legal jurisdiction over American personnel. Murder and rape go unpunished unless US officials yield to local authorities. Offenders are usually whisked out of countries before they ask.
America's total number of SOFAs is unknown. Most are secret. Some are too embarrassing to reveal. America has hundreds of known, shared, and secret bases in over 150 countries.
Johnson said they "usurp, distort, or subvert whatever institutions of democratic (or other form of) government may exist with the host society."
Their presence is troubling. Locals lose control of their lives. They have no say. There's virtually no chance for redress. Permanent occupations harm most.
America built city-sized Iraq and Afghanistan super bases. They weren't established to be abandoned. Washington came to stay. Both countries are US occupied territory.
Tens of thousands of private military contractors supplement military forces. Their skills range from technical to hired guns.
Obama suppressed Washington's agenda. Permanent occupation is planned. America came to stay. Abandoning what's strategically important won't happen. How much longer Americans will tolerate war without end, they'll have to explain.
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