The U.S. Empire Is Alive and Well

Before Donald Trump was elected president, the U.S. military garrisoned the planet with troops and bases. President Trump has been in office now for three and a half years. The U.S. military is still garrisoning the planet with troops and bases.

Oh, but Trump wants to withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Germany. Although some bloodthirsty imperialists at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) oppose the withdrawal, and twenty-two militarist, warmonger Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee expressed concern that the withdrawal would “strengthen the position of Russia to our detriment,” Trump is not without criticism since he just wants to move these troops to permanent U.S. bases in Poland.

Moving U.S. troops to Poland from Germany does not make one an isolationist. It makes one a chess master who is simply moving U.S. military pawns around the board. Trump is a militarist and imperialist just like the “conservatives” in Congress and at the AEI. The Free Society Laurence M. Vance Best Price: $13.55 Buy New $17.54 (as of 04:55 EST - Details)

According to the latest edition of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Base Structure Report: “The DoD manages a worldwide real property portfolio that spans all 50 states, 8 U.S. territories with outlying areas, and 45 foreign countries.  The majority of these foreign sites are located in Germany (194 sites). The DOD owns, leases, or controls 47,288 buildings occupying 481,651 acres on foreign soil. The DOD has acknowledged the existence of about 800 U.S. military bases in 80 countries, but we know from the work of  Nick Turse and the late Chalmers Johnson that that number is closer to 1,000.

According to the latest edition (March 2020) of the official DOD document Number of Military and DoD Appropriated Fund (APF) Civilian Personnel Permanently Assigned by Duty Location and  Service/Component, There are a total of 174,956 active duty U.S. troops overseas in over 170 countries and territories. And this doesn’t even include “personnel on temporary duty, or deployed in support of contingency operations” (foreign wars).

Here are the countries and territories along with the total number of active duty Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel:

Afghanistan*
Akrotiri 0
Albania 11
Algeria 11
American Samoa 3
Angola    11
Argentina 26
Armenia 8
Australia     296
Austria 26
Azerbaijan 13
Bahamas, The 66
Bahrain 4,074
Bangladesh 10
Barbados 12
Belgium 1,142
Belize 11
Benin 6
Bolivia 12
Bosnia And Herzegovina 12
Botswana 15
Brazil 51
British Atlantic Ocean Territory 4
British Indian Ocean Territory 245
Brunei 1
Bulgaria 22
Burkina Faso 17
Burma 15
Burundi 15
Cabo Verde 1
Cambodia 14
Cameroon 9
Canada 136
Central African Republic 9
Chad 16
Chile 35
China 75
Colombia 67
Congo (Brazzaville) 9
Congo (Kinshasa) 17
Costa Rica 11
Cote Divoire 12
Croatia 14
Cuba 813
Cyprus 12
Czechia 16
Denmark 19
Djibouti 120
Dominican Republic 21
Ecuador 23
Egypt 294
El Salvador 52
Estonia 14
Ethiopia 20
Fiji 3
Finland 17
France 78
Gabon 12
Gambia, The 7
Georgia 31
Germany 34,674
Ghana 21
Gibraltar 3
Greece 400
Greenland 147
Guam 6,183
Guatemala 27
Guinea 10
Guyana 10
Haiti 13
Honduras 380
Hong Kong 17
Hungary 75
Iceland 2
India 39
Indonesia 28
Iraq*
Ireland 10
Israel 98
Italy 12,353
Jamaica 12
Japan 55,165
Jordan 116
Kazakhstan 26
Kenya 47
Korea, South 26,184
Kosovo 15
Kuwait 2,018
Kyrgyzstan 10
Laos 16
Latvia 13
Lebanon 30
Liberia 14
Libya 1
Lithuania 17
Luxembourg 7
Macedonia 11
Madagascar 12
Malawi 10
Malaysia 16
Mali 23
Malta 12
Marshall Islands 14
Mauritania 15
Mauritius 2
Mexico 75
Micronesia, Federated States of 1
Moldova 8
Mongolia 10
Montenegro 7
Montenegro (2006 – 2008) 4
Morocco 23
Mozambique 11
Namibia 8
Nepal 9
Netherlands 398
Netherlands Antilles 0
New Zealand 14
Nicaragua 10
Niger 22
Nigeria 34
Northern Mariana Islands 2
Norway 669
Oman 20
Pakistan 73
Panama 30
Papua New Guinea 2
Paraguay 10
Peru 49
Philippines 196
Poland 175
Portugal 249
Puerto Rico 158
Qatar 562
Romania 125
Russia 38
Rwanda 9
Saudi Arabia 346
Senegal 20
Serbia 12
Sierra Leone 11
Singapore 213
Slovakia 14
Slovenia 11
Somalia 45
South Africa 47
South Sudan 13
Spain 3,227
Sri Lanka 10
Sudan 14
Suriname 2
Swaziland 7
Sweden 15
Switzerland 19
Swaziland 7
Sweden 15
Switzerland 19
Syria*
Taiwan 21
Tajikistan 10
Tanzania 13
Thailand 111
Togo 8
Trinidad and Tobago 9
Tunisia 33
Turkey 1,702
Turkmenistan 10
Uganda 22
Ukraine 32
United Arab Emirates 2,502
United Kingdom 9,394
Uruguay 13
Uzbekistan 11
Vatican City 1
Vietnam 33
Virgin Islands, U.S. 10
Wake Island 5
Yemen 4
Uzbekistan 11
Vatican City 1
Vietnam 33
Virgin Islands, U.S. 10
Zambia 9
Zimbabwe 11
Unknown 7,557
Total 174,956

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  • There are 20,791 guard and reserve troops overseas.
  • The DMDC data only reflects personnel who are permanently assigned for duty at these locations. The table does not include personnel on temporary duty, or deployed in support of contingency operations.
  • Troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria are not provided by the DOD.

So, what should President Trump do? The 34,674 U.S. military personnel stationed in Germany should all be brought home. None of them should go to Poland. And the 175 U.S. military personnel in Poland should all be brought home as well.

The U.S. empire is unnecessary to the defense of the United States, a global force for evil, and a drain on U.S. taxpayers. Every single U.S. serviceman should be brought home and a Jeffersonian foreign policy be followed. The peace of the world depends on it.