The US' Overseas Military Base Strategy

  • Published: 27 August 2019
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Comments • 4 851

  • Chewbacca Buddy
    Chewbacca Buddy  8 hours back

    I swear this guy is the same guy from half as interesting

    • ElmoIzMeh
      ElmoIzMeh  9 hours back


      • stenbak88
        stenbak88  9 hours back

        Own the world that’s the strategy of our great military

        • phil guer
          phil guer  1 days back

          5:30 Stupid. "We'll supress the cost of maybe having to transport troop here by sending troop now everywhere and establishing bases. Wooo!"

          • Dennis Wilkerson
            Dennis Wilkerson  2 days back

            In other words the countries that pose the most threat to America are the countries that the US doesn't have military bases in.....

            • JustJoshin'
              JustJoshin'  3 days back

              How many foreign bases belonging to other nations are there?

              My guess is 17.


              • Adam Vagaday
                Adam Vagaday  3 days back

                I’ll rather have US troops in my country than Russian...

                • TubeDisabuser
                  TubeDisabuser  4 days back

                  Protection against what? U.S. OUT!!

                  • John
                    John  4 days back

                    god bless 9/11

                    • Ja M
                      Ja M  5 days back

                      You report is great. I truly appreciate citing sources. Please do more of this!

                      • Ja M
                        Ja M  5 days back

                        Its not worth it. Stop mass militarization.

                        • BENNY RASHASHA
                          BENNY RASHASHA  5 days back

                          AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!

                          • MegilhirThayn
                            MegilhirThayn  6 days back

                            Your opening statement of America stating it has just over 500 bases worldwide is false. Annual publicly available reports state over 700 (year dependent).As for bases in Germany and Japan, do your history, look up World War II. It is beneficial to recall that throughout history most nations who win the war, stay and absorb the defeated nation. America is one of the very few examples that does not.Of course Ramstein Air base is huge. It is the end point where the Air/Land bridge was to come into during the Cold War. As for Okinawa, didn't those poor helpless Japanese residents support the Rape of Nanking and thousands of other atrocities? Japan lost the entire island, we gave most of it back. Japan was perhaps even more brutal across the board than Germany. Do your research.As an aside, look up the economic impact of having bases like Ramstein in the Rheinland-Phalz, it is well over $1,000,000,000 annually. In general terms, while there are small portions of local populations who complain (and it appears that videos of this nature portray them far more frequently), the greater percentage of populations prefer receiving the US $ than having America leave.As far as nuclear weapon use goes, it does not fit all categories. Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) is applied to other nations who have nuclear capability. Were America to deploy and use nuclear weapons in other regions, Afghanistan, Syria, Georgia, Cuba, eta, the international outcry would be unsustainable and possibly ignite retaliation. Nuclear Weapons simply are not the answer to every problem and to suggest they are is an application of false logic.There is so much more wrong with this errant video that once one does some research they realize it is false and pursuing some disinformation agenda.Lastly, consider this statement from history: "It is better to fight the battle's on your enemies homeland than your own." (source unknown)Look deeper.

                            • ForEverYoung 413
                              ForEverYoung 413  6 days back

                              World: How many Military Bases do you have outside your country?
                              USA: yes

                              • John
                                John  4 days back

                                how many can you actually use


                            • Randy Pederson
                              Randy Pederson  7 days back

                              How can you bully a nation if you're too far away ??? These bases are essential to the USA to be able to push people and nations around , friend or foe , just ask Japan or Britain.

                              • Sujith Surendran
                                Sujith Surendran  7 days back

                                The concepts of loss of strength gradient and power projection, with around 800 overseas bases and that too strategically placed around hostile nations, with Ramstein air base's strategic geographic location and the Creech AFB, one thing is certain, US is always on the watch out to maintain its hegemony.

                                • Billy Taylor
                                  Billy Taylor  1 weeks back

                                  Quit hating American Military

                                  • Blake Delise
                                    Blake Delise  1 weeks back

                                    When the troops in Okinawa go on a no drink order, the local bar businesses collapse. Gotta fuel that local economy.

                                    • Michele Esquilin
                                      Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                      Free and justice sniper all the leaders who are creating the war and the problems

                                      • Michele Esquilin
                                        Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                        Snip all leaders out so we can be free

                                        • Michele Esquilin
                                          Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                          Queen snip her out

                                          • Michele Esquilin
                                            Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                            All leaders that are threats snip them out

                                            • Michele Esquilin
                                              Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                              Take him out kill and target only the leader in a snipper

                                              • Michele Esquilin
                                                Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                                Jix jimping

                                                • Michele Esquilin
                                                  Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                                  Take out mix jumping the leader is the major threats

                                                  • Michele Esquilin
                                                    Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                                    Take out the queen evil

                                                    • Michele Esquilin
                                                      Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                                      President take him down involved in killing a America

                                                      • Michele Esquilin
                                                        Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                                        Jessie Ventura a mob drug dealers, China trying ripping the hearts out to put people as robots

                                                        • Michele Esquilin
                                                          Michele Esquilin  1 weeks back

                                                          Continue saving the we the people take bill gates down a rapist

                                                          • Ezekiel Brockmann
                                                            Ezekiel Brockmann  1 weeks back

                                                            Yes, it's worth it, now STFU and...
                                                            Blame Canada!

                                                            • Kerri
                                                              Kerri  1 weeks back

                                                              Next week, let's bash the U.S. some more, because O'bomber didn't do it enough.

                                                              • jesse holmes
                                                                jesse holmes  1 weeks back

                                                                A segment on Russian and Chinese forward deployed forces would put the current situation in perspective

                                                                • Gray Fox Ninja _
                                                                  Gray Fox Ninja _  1 weeks back

                                                                  Lemme get in Djibouti

                                                                  • pablofre
                                                                    pablofre  1 weeks back

                                                                    you said all the obvious, didn't answer the main question: is this right or wrong? how those ginormous expenses help the American economy and its people, has someone done the numbers? does it help only the industrial military complex, or does it help all?

                                                                    • Nhu Tran
                                                                      Nhu Tran  1 weeks back

                                                                      Wendover obviously wants to start a war with China since they love to antagonize China yet this video is not entitled The Earth's America Problem

                                                                      • Mountain Mamma
                                                                        Mountain Mamma  1 weeks back

                                                                        WE WON THE ISLAND WE KEEP THE ISLAND...imperialist pigdog

                                                                        • Anonymous
                                                                          Anonymous  1 weeks back

                                                                          You mean US invasion other country?countless

                                                                          • Anther M.
                                                                            Anther M.  1 weeks back

                                                                            The Philippines was a former US Coloney from 1902 to 1947, but the US Based stayed. One of my grandfather who was a Colonel said that during the Cold War the US built 2 nuclear silo but after the Cold War ended there was no news on whether it was removed or not. My grandfather died 8 years ago he never told us where it was built though.
                                                                            I'm not sure if it's real or not, and even if it's real I don't know if it's still there but from what I noticed there's a good chance it is still here.

                                                                            • Gravity Priest
                                                                              Gravity Priest  2 weeks back

                                                                              Shhhh...Those are undercover Amazon warehouses.

                                                                              • Funny Memes
                                                                                Funny Memes  2 weeks back

                                                                                Wow... can't believe that we can find out hidden bases that the US Army doesn't show, so easily online...

                                                                                • NEY Industries
                                                                                  NEY Industries  2 weeks back

                                                                                  In my country you don't pronounce "Naidjer".
                                                                                  That country is called Niggger. I'm serious. :)

                                                                                  • david liu
                                                                                    david liu  2 weeks back

                                                                                    It's time for Canada to stand up to this US imperialist, hegemonic power that infringers on the Sovereignty of other nations.

                                                                                    • shawn burnham
                                                                                      shawn burnham  2 weeks back


                                                                                      • Jason
                                                                                        Jason  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Which would you crybabies rather have? An American base or a Russian base. Wherever we are, they are not.

                                                                                        • Anand Kumar
                                                                                          Anand Kumar  2 weeks back

                                                                                          Thank god we Indians never allowed them to have a base in India. Its common knowledge in the east wherever there is an American base that places would bound to have a problem not immediately but sooner or later.

                                                                                          • Al Capwned
                                                                                            Al Capwned  2 weeks back

                                                                                            The World: We exist too America !
                                                                                            America: You're all America, you just don't know it yet...

                                                                                            • DynaMike
                                                                                              DynaMike  2 weeks back

                                                                                              2:13 "The US military splits the world into 6 regions..." After hearing that and seeing that map it's hard to say it doesn't look somewhat "imperial".

                                                                                              • DynaMike
                                                                                                DynaMike  2 weeks back

                                                                                                FANBOY Lets' Plays True, but I can definitely see some host countries being too afraid to tell us to get out. For whatever reason.

                                                                                              • FANBOY Lets' Plays
                                                                                                FANBOY Lets' Plays  2 weeks back

                                                                                                @DynaMike yeah I get that people see it as imperial but the over majority of these bases were allowed the host country government

                                                                                              • DynaMike
                                                                                                DynaMike  2 weeks back

                                                                                                FANBOY Lets' Plays I know. I'm referring solely to optics of it all.

                                                                                              • FANBOY Lets' Plays
                                                                                                FANBOY Lets' Plays  2 weeks back

                                                                                                But it's not used for that reasons

                                                                                            • Batata Tomatish
                                                                                              Batata Tomatish  2 weeks back

                                                                                              Ah the usa the country that meddles everywhere in the world. Dropping billions worth of bombs and using most high advanced technology to put pressure on poor countries. If the usa used all that amount of money to invest on those countries instead of bombing them the world would be a better place.

                                                                                              • Stephen Jenkins
                                                                                                Stephen Jenkins  2 weeks back

                                                                                                The world would be even shittier than pre-WWII actually. Since the world only functions as it does mostly in peace thanks to that meddling.