That's honestly really offensive to us Americans...I admit that we can be ignorant and offensive at times but honestly. Give us some credit. If Americans were all stupid then we wouldn't have become one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world. Bahrain is one of those countries in the Middle East that has a ton of oil but is at high risk for war. I imagine that it's close enough to Syria and Israel to be affected negatively, and Kuwait is closer to it. What I find surprising is that all these tiny little countries with barely anything in them (sorry kalbahamut) have such a strong United States presence.
You'd think that countries like the UK, Spain, Italy, Japan, South Korea wouldn't need US aid because they are advanced and generally have a lot of power. Not to mention, recently they have been at peace with very few battles fought...although technically the Korean War is still going on. Belgium, for instance, is unlikely to be attacked by any countries.
Sure, compared to the US, we Europeans put a lot less money into military spending and you can criticize that. But the only time NATO has every been called to help and defend it's fellow member states was when the US was attacked on 9/11.
...Wow I’m immature...
(Forward Operating Bases or sites) within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Hato Int'l, Cur. & Beatrix Int'l (Aruba)
Also, the recent unreliability of the US government brought to mind again, how dependent Europe on the US is, and how there is no Plan B, if that relationship would go down. Advocating for a stronger independence of Europe in this matter is also something the US has asked for for years.
And it's not like the US does Europe a favour in being there. They have they're own interests, that would be missed, if those troops would have to go back home.
I'm not trying to say that the British were weak or bad at defending themselves, just that the American involvement in the defense of Britain during WW2 was much more direct - involving direct engagement of US military vessels, opening of US military bases on British soil, and loss of American lives - than in any defense of Israel against invasion that has ever taken place. That was the whole point. The US has given Israel money and equipment; never troops or bases.
The wikipedia page you pulled your numbers from states in the references that these are "permenantly assigned" to these locations. However this does not reflect the true military presence in these countries.
There are reasons to oppose dropping the bomb in WWII, but saving lives is not one of them.
but forgot to protect themselves.