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- The sad thing is - they want us there. They make money from our bases, and our soldiers contribute to the economy. They don't have to spend as much on military defense - its all being subsidized by the US.
- We can't afford to keep subsidizing these countries military defense. Its time they take that over.
American forces have their own shops where they buy everything in USD. They hardly contribute to a country's economy except that some local people are employed.
As for subsidizing these countries. Here are a few comments from the Japanese weekly - 'Shukan' (April 29th edition):
The whole vast operation 'Tomodachi' is purely for show – and who will be paying the bill when the 'hearts and minds' have been won? You guessed it – Japan.
A U.S. Marine Corps’ Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), 150 of whose members landed in Japan in early April and on April 9 staged training routines at the Yokota air base. The exercises were open to the press. Japan’s media treated them as “saviors,” but they were nothing of the kind. “CBIRF was deployed following a strong demand from the American government, to which Japan yielded,” the magazine quotes an unnamed defense ministry official as saying. “The plan was not for them to enter the fray, just to train in public view for show. All they accomplished was to create the impression that Japan’s Self-Defense Forces in Fukushima in their protective gear dealing with the catastrophe were not to be depended on.” They were not called up to Fukushima at all (radiation fear).
Between April 1 and April 3, 78 bodies were found along the Iwate Prefecture coast, supposedly by Japanese and American rescuers working cooperatively. In fact, an unnamed Maritime Self-Defense Force member told Shukan Post, “All the U.S. side did was send planes and helicopters into the air. The searching was done by MSDF, Japan Coast Guard and Japanese police divers.”
or the best part
Friendship doesn’t come cheap. Operation Tomodachi is an $80 million undertaking, the cost to be covered through supplements to Japan’s financial commitment to support American troops stationed in Japan
I believe this is not any different in SK, Germany or Italy etc.
So much for the 'free service'.