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Dear World, Here's How to Close Your U.S. Military Bases

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If you live among the Other 96% that portion of humanity that the U.S. government does not claim to represent, but where the U.S. military maintains some 1,000 major military bases, here are some helpful tips and past examples of success.

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First of all, do everything you can to let people in the United States know how much they are paying financially for the bases in your country. While some of us in the United States primarily object to bases because of their use in creating and conducting campaigns of mass murder, many, including some who control U.S. media outlets, find the topic of financial cost far more acceptable.

One of those many is a rather insignificant and dimwitted member of the U.S. population who nonetheless matters because he is the president of the country. We want to encourage him to demand of your country higher and higher fees for the "benefit" of being "served" by your occupation by the U.S. bases that endanger your lives and pollute your water. And then we want to encourage your government to reply with a hearty "Don't let the door hit you on your way out."

Secondly, make sure that every liberal militarist in the United States understands, and that everyone in your country understands the motivation for the bases. It is not to colonize or to extract resources. It is not to be close to areas of the world where wars are likely to spontaneously erupt and require U.S. participation for the good of us all. The United States can fly its instruments of death to anywhere on earth quite rapidly from the U.S. mainland, not to mention actual U.S. colonies. The reason for keeping bases on your land is that you are, in the eyes of the U.S. government, inferior creatures incapable of properly determining your own fate. So, the superior and whiter and more divinely favored U.S. government has a duty to dominate everyone else, and that includes you. Remember that U.S. liberals like to think they aren't bigoted, so you'll have to explain this to them several times.

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Third, study the examples of what has worked before.

Austria in 1955 created a Constitutional ban on foreign bases, removed Soviet and all other foreign bases and troops

Farmers in Japan prevented the construction of a U.S. base in 1957.

In 1963, the U.S. departed from bases in Trinidad and Tobago.

In 1963 and 1977, the United States left its bases in Morocco.

In 1967, France evicted U.S. troops from all bases.

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In 1969, the Ogasawara Islands were returned to Japan.

In 1970, the U.S. departed from its base in Libya.

The people of Puerto Rico kicked the U.S. Navy out of Culebra in 1974, and after years of effort, out of Vieques in 2003.

In 1975, the U.S. departed from at least four air bases in Thailand.

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Too many Americans have an unthinking, patriotic love of militarism. If people here and overseas realize the costs (both human and financial), the bases can be closed.


David wrote about the reasons for overseas bases. " It is not to colonize or to extract resources." But I think it's more correct to write, "It is not JUST to colonize or extract resources."

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Amen! App the latest joke Noko - US Summit meeting was there any agreement or even talk about some token disengagement talk like we, and NOKO could pull Our artillery a couple kilometers back from the DMZ If you USA Relocate Your Exercises a little further away in time or space and with some fewer troops? IF not, The Kim - Trump Look like the stupidest Diplomacy meeting ever held.

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"... The Kim - Trump Look like the stupidest Diplomacy meeting ever held."

Can't buy that, Robert, though I truly respect your views on things. The competition is just too stiff. It's probably in the Top 20, though.

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I remember how hard it was for me to accept the fact there is no Santa Claus. I went through the seven stages of grief over ten years. Finally, after years of deep internal conflict, I was and am still able to prove THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS! I've been a believer now for decades.

Yes, we the people, if we persist over the entire spans of our lives can close a military base. Inspiring words from David here, folks. Pay close attention. Santa will put peace in our stockings this year!

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