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Countries with US Troops Quiz

Name the countries of the world that contain a US military presence of at least 700 active personnel.
As of December, 2018. Source: U.S. Department of Defense
Countries with a ? reflect ongoing operations where the DoD no longer publishes an exact troop count
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Last updated: March 9, 2019
First submittedDecember 29, 2012
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Troops
Country
1,200,000
United States
56,000
Japan
35,000
Germany
26,000
South Korea
13,000
Italy
Troops
Country
9,100
United Kingdom
4,400
Bahrain
3,300
Spain
1,800
Kuwait
1,700
Turkey
Troops
Country
1,100
Belgium
830
Cuba
?
Afghanistan
?
Iraq
?
Syria
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level 77
Jan 16, 2013
Only 15% got Bahrain? There is a huge US presence there. The US Navy's 5th Fleet is there. It's the main foothold the Navy has in the Gulf. There is a larger Army presence in Kuwait, and an (unofficial- which I guess is why it's not counted here) air force presence in Saudi Arabia, but Bahrain is full of American seamen. It's funny 16% missed the USA, too. :D Though it took me a while to get it myself.
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level 44
Jul 30, 2014
Most Americans have never even heard of Bahrain.
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level 60
Apr 8, 2015
According to Dictionary.com, most speakers likely know this country.
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level 58
Jan 14, 2016

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.

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level 77
Jan 16, 2016
As long as beetboy is willing to concede that most non-Americans have also never heard of Bahrain, I see no problem with the statement. I do doubt the majority of Americans know that Bahrain is a country. Having previously lived there, I know from experience.
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level 67
Jan 16, 2016
cosmokim ....... UK, Italy etc do not need aid from US, nor do they receive it. The US has a presence in the European Countries mentioned for their own benefit. And are given permission by these European Countries so that they will have bases in Europe nearer to hot spots elsewhere.
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level 55
Jan 10, 2018
Belgium is on the list mainly because it has both the military and civilian NATO Headquarters in Europe. 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.
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level 80
Mar 10, 2019
If you have heard of Bahrain, but haven't been there it is hard to tell if there is a US presence or not - unless maybe you go on jetpunk and are told it is common knowledge
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level 77
Mar 11, 2019
I wouldn't call it common knowledge I was just surprised that 85% of JetPunkers couldn't guess it.
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level 76
Apr 27, 2019
I knew it was a country but I'd never heard of anyone stationed there and would never have tried it. I missed three - I thought I'd already typed Kuwait, and I just thought of Iraq as time ran out - can't believe it took me that long to remember that one.
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level 58
Oct 10, 2014
I believe most countries would like to be full of American Seaman.
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level 56
Oct 8, 2015
I suspect a lot of countries feel like they might as well be full of American seamen.
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level 43
Feb 24, 2017
They'd be guaranteed support for at least 18 years.
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level 72
Jul 15, 2018
"Smithers, what do you think?" "I think women and seamen don't mix." "We know what you think!"
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level 54
Oct 16, 2014
I missed it and was in Manama for R&R. The U.S. Presence is easy to miss even on the ground.
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level 77
Oct 17, 2014
Not in certain neighborhoods.. like Juffair where I had an apartment for 2 years.
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level 51
Oct 23, 2014
Sailors, not seamen lol
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level 77
Oct 31, 2014
actually both.
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level 58
Jan 16, 2016
You don't get the joke do you............................
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level 70
Jan 14, 2016
Bahrain is full of American seamen? Gross.
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level 77
Jan 16, 2016
Bring clean sheets.
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level 56
Oct 9, 2017
next time, aim for the sock
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level 27
Dec 11, 2017
r/IAmVerySmart
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level 77
Jan 10, 2018
And now we've apparently got some servicemen up in Djibouti. Only one I missed this time.
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level 77
Mar 10, 2019
Looks like they've since pulled out.
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level 80
Apr 24, 2019
Yay! More innuendos!

...Wow I’m immature...
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level 79
Apr 24, 2019
I don't think that's accurate. My sister in law was stationed in Djibouti through the Super Bowl. She left that Tuesday. I guess we could have ghost towned it in the past 2 months but she's been deployed there twice in the last 5 years so it is an ongoing station.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
In January 2018 when I left the first comment Djibouti was on the quiz. In March 2019 when I left the second, it was gone again. According to information I could find Camp Lemonnier is still in use and serves 2,500 American personnel but that includes civilians and I'm not sure what the ratio between troops and civilian contractors is, or how up-to-date that figure is.
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level 56
Aug 4, 2019
Camp Lemonnier is still there. The first thing you see when you get off at Djibouti airport is the American flag across the runway.
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level 57
Apr 24, 2019
Perhaps because there are not only Americans playing! Opening on the world :)
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level 36
Apr 26, 2019
I know Bahrain exists, simply don't know anything about it. I will also admit that I didn't get the US itself, I was thinking about foreign countries.
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level 60
Jul 24, 2019
Bahrain is the only one I missed, I had no idea our troops were there 🤔
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level 41
Jan 16, 2013
8!
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level 14
May 29, 2013
I can't believe that I didn't put down 'Murica!
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level 36
Jun 27, 2013
in portugal its actually 713 not 700
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level 47
Nov 2, 2013
These numbers are all approximations. It is ridiculous to not expect them to fluctuate somewhat from month to month.
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level 34
Mar 25, 2014
I didn't realize that the United States counted!
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level 55
Apr 19, 2014
I think the ones in Qatar are all on R&R.
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level 78
Apr 20, 2014
There are american soldiers in Belgium because of the NATO headquarters (the SHAPE). I know that very well, it is in Casteau, near Mons, 20km from my house (the air base is in Chièvres, 6 km from my house, I visited the Chièvres base when I was a child, during the gulf war ;) ).
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level 27
May 28, 2014
amazing that more people got japan than usa...
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level 66
Sep 11, 2014
Surprised at the lack of African countries here. I thought the US had a military presence in Africa. Must be as part of UN missions. Or temporary rather than permanent.
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level 71
Oct 26, 2015
Not a lot of oil (Nigeria excepted) and not a great deal of strategic value...There is plenty of military action going on in Africa but tends to be localised, and military "peacekeeping" is usually performed by UN-sanctioned forces and comprise mainly personnel from the old colonial powers in Europe
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level 74
Nov 8, 2017
Also a lot of African Union peacekeeping troops. I'm not sure about percentage though
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level 53
Oct 16, 2014
An imperialistic empire of world conquest proportions.
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level 84
Oct 16, 2014
Um, almost all of the countries on this list are VERY happy to have US troops stationed there. In fact there's really only one exception - Cuba. Having a US military base in your country effectively backs you with the might of the most powerful fighting force in the world. Do you really think Russia would have swept into Crimea and eastern Ukraine as they did, if there were US troops stationed there? Not a chance in hell.
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level 71
Apr 2, 2017
South Koreans do since North Korea is constantly threatening to invade and would do so in a heartbeat if there was no US presence. I have no comment on the rapes since I haven't investigated but I think the freedom they now enjoy would be more welcome than the communism they fought against and the even greater rapes (if your assessment is correct) that would occur from North Korea.
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level 53
Jan 11, 2018
Um, It's not about the country their in, its about their positioning to be anywhere to ensure hegemony. And there are definitely some people in eastern Ukraine who like Russia there as well.
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level 45
Jan 25, 2019
no not really. they think we're obnoxious and rude.
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level 67
Jan 14, 2016
You do understand that most of these are not theatre bases, right? We're not invading Germany, but the largest U.S. military hospital outside the United States is at Landstuhl, near Ramstein Air Base. And in some cases (Incirlik Air Base, in Adana, Turkey) the base is twofold: as a place in a friendly nation for operational maneuvers, but also as a place to train the friendly nation's armed forces.
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level ∞
Jan 10, 2018
Belgium is the source of all the world's problems, not the United States.
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level 58
Oct 21, 2018
Yeah, that's why it's so worrying that only 890 US troops are based there. More need to be added. It will stop all of the world's problems.
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level 54
Oct 16, 2014
Too bad you couldn't squeeze in Denmark (Thule) that really would have messed with minds.
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level 47
Oct 19, 2014
I love that the USA is only the fifth most-guessed answer!
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level 23
Oct 26, 2014
I missed the United States...
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level 80
Jan 14, 2016
You'd think that with a quiz titled "Countries with US Troops," the USA would be the most guessed answer. But apparently not.
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level 75
Nov 16, 2014
A different list than mine. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/42254/countries-with-a-us-military-base
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level 55
Nov 30, 2014
Surprised Syria wasn't on
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level 60
Apr 8, 2015
OMG! I guessed North Korea but not South Korea! Ugh!
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level 33
Jun 16, 2015
I'm ashamed to say that I missed the US. And spent far too long sat in confusion thinking 'over a million troops?' I must of heard about this country surely? D'oh
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level 58
Sep 30, 2015
Really? USA? That was a stupid answer.
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level 31
Dec 24, 2015
i got all of them but missed the United States :D
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level 63
Jan 14, 2016
I forgot USA. I feel like an idiot -_-
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level 60
Jan 14, 2016
Somehow 86% can't get a given answer
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level 75
Jan 14, 2016
I have a more extensive quiz similar to this. I haven't updated it since 2013 though http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/42254/countries-with-a-us-military-base
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level 57
Jan 15, 2016
Didn't protect Ukraine from being partly invaded…
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level 71
Apr 2, 2017
We had a pathetic wimp as a President. Putin scared him. Obama wouldn't even send in back up to save the ambassador and troops in Benghazi -- and he had provocation since that was a direct attack against Americans. A President with a backbone would have stood up to Putin.
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level 53
Nov 12, 2017
I think many would disagree. The U.S. and Russia already hate each other enough, and we don't need any more conflict. We try to leave them alone on purpose. Was taking Crimea wrong? Yes, but we can't afford to go around and keep starting more wars, can we?
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level 17
Jan 12, 2018
Ukraine wasn't invaded
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level 68
Jan 25, 2019
All those Russian soldiers were just volunteering during their vacations, we know.
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level 68
Jan 25, 2019
Did we have troops there? Surely not in Crimea.
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level 67
Jan 18, 2016
There are foreign troops in the USA, unfortunately the USA does not know who or where they are.
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level 45
Apr 21, 2016
TYPOS!!! Would have nearly completed it!
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level 71
Jul 16, 2016
I'm assuming this does not count NATO bases that include US soldiers? In any case, I thought for sure Saudi Arabia would still be on here. I knew we'd done a big draw down, but to below 600? And don't we have some in Kosovo? Or is that one too hush-hush?
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level 43
Feb 15, 2017
I was very surprised when Israel did not appear as I typed it.
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level 32
Sep 11, 2017
Me too
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level 80
Mar 19, 2019
Why? I don't believe the US has ever stationed troops there.
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level 47
May 10, 2017
I don't know where the wikipedia article is getting it's information from and when it was last updated, but Australia has some 1250 USMC personnel stationed in Darwin, and have had for a few years now. http://www.marforpac.marines.mil/Units/Marine-Rotational-Force-Darwin/
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level 38
Jun 1, 2017
It's odd that the Netherlands isn't included, yet there are two FOB's (Forward Operating Bases or sites) within the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Hato Int'l, Cur. & Beatrix Int'l (Aruba)
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level 53
Nov 12, 2017
Guess they have less than 600 personnel.
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level 45
Jan 25, 2019
and also 2 bases (Schinnen and Brunssum)
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level 28
Jul 19, 2017
Got all but belgium
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level 38
Jul 19, 2017
I was only joking when I typed in Bahrain. XD
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level 32
Sep 11, 2017
Was surprised bout UK France Belgium and Spain, thought they had good enough militaries already. Surprised that the Philippines is not there as it used to be US colony until 1946
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level 53
Nov 12, 2017
They don't have bad militaries, they decided since we are all "friends," we can share each other's land, that's all. It is easier for a country to flex their muscles if they can use their military from just about any point in the world, which is what we do.
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level 71
Jun 2, 2019
Well, they don’t have bases in the US, so it’s not quite “sharing”…
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level 58
Sep 11, 2017
Sorry but how have 16% of people missed out the US itself, I mean come on...
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level 14
Jan 10, 2018
More people got Iraq than US, lol.
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level 67
Jan 10, 2018
Protecting from Russian invasion since 1945? Come on JetPunk, so much better than the silly 'red scare'. If anything, recent history shows US troops have made unstable countries even more unstable and veering to disaster, (e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.)
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level 42
Jan 10, 2018
USSR is over since Dec 1991, I wonder how much frozen in the past people who use the "red scare" argument nowadays to justify NATO and US troops in Europe can be to still believe this.
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level 68
Jan 25, 2019
Thanks mostly to the US, the USSR collapsed in 1991, liberating millions (though, because of the inept and corrupt officials involved, many of those millions ended up under plutocratic dictators only somewhat better than the Soviets). Communist dictatorships remain in, at a minimum, Cuba, China, Vietnam, and North Korea (not to mention their ideological and methodological cousins in, e.g., Venezuela). The US and NATO continue to act as the world's primary bulwarks of freedom and democracy.
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level 64
Mar 10, 2019
There are many reasons why the USSR ultimately collapsed and the final cause was probably their Afghanistan war. When you say "Thanks mostly to the US", do you refer to the CIA program which constituted and trained Al Qaeda in order to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan? Some people nowadays regret the US support for Al Qaeda. Just said.
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level 68
Mar 11, 2019
No, I mostly mean providing (1) a sufficient military deterrent to prevent Communist conquest and pillaging of adjacent nations; (2) post-War investment both direct (e.g., Marshall Plan) and indirect (by promoting free trade) in the then-impoverished European continent, which allowed the rise of European economies and institutions strong enough to stand on their own; (3) ideological and political leadership that coordinated the free world and supported dissidents in the second world; and (4) an arms race that forced the Soviets to spend their resources on defense, eventually bankrupting them.
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level 68
Mar 11, 2019
Qaeda or no Qaeda, do you think the world was better off with the Soviets? Do you think, but for the pressure put on the USSR by the West, the Soviets would have collapsed from their stupid incursion into Afghanistan alone?
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level 64
Mar 21, 2019
As I said, there are many reasons, not just Afghanistan. And IMHO, the ruinous arms race has been probably the most impactful strategy. It is hard to tell whether the world would have been better off without the Soviets. Has the world become better since the decline of the Soviet Union? Just one example, until 1991, Western European governments had to provide a welfare state as it is not trivial to decide whether socialism or neoliberalism is worse. Since the decline of real existing socialism, this "thread" has been gone and neoliberalism could cause these nice global crises.
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level ∞
Mar 9, 2019
It's a joke, guys. You can officially relax.
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level 34
Jan 10, 2018
Why do we don't have here Poland and Baltic States? American soldiers have been there since 2016
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level 66
Jan 10, 2018
There is a good reason for all of these US bases. The US is currently the world's policeman - like it or not - and so has to have a range of bases. The US economic system is predominant and that warrants protection, especially the countries with whom it trades - and anyone who says there is no threat from Russia is either blind, a die-hard communist or a lover of the crypto fascism Putin represents. In response to the 'bring 'em home' and 'let's save the money' crowd of US isolationists, there was a great line from the West Wing TV show ''[US forces stationed abroad and possibly engaged in warfare] is the price you pay for being rich, free and alive at the same time!''
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level ∞
Mar 9, 2019
If JetPunk comments are anything to go by, most Europeans resent our presence. I don't know why we don't just withdraw our troops and let Europe sort out their own defense. Same for Japan and South Korea. It would save the U.S. government a couple hundred billion a year which we could spend on doing things that don't make the world hate us. Of course, they'll miss us when we are gone.
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level 70
Mar 10, 2019
The US uses it's base in Ramstein to conduct war crimes in Africa and the Middle East. You might understand, why many Germans are a bit uneasy about that. 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.
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level 64
Mar 10, 2019
I can just second QRU. With the exception that there would be a plan B: a pan-European security concept including Russia (as was the plan/hope in 1991). This should not say that Europa should change sides and ally with Russia against the USA. (Of course a global security concept would be even better.) However, Europa should definitively stop to make this plan B increasingly impossible. Just in case the USA gets an unreliable ally.
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level 68
Mar 11, 2019
It's always funny to hear Germans hand-wring about war crimes. We still remember what happens when you police your own: When the US left Europe to its own devices, you managed the twin triumphs of WWI and WWII, and created a climate in which Communism could rise. And the only pan-European security involving Russia is one in which you learn Russian, fast. Красивый язык, рекомедую!
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level 64
Mar 21, 2019
It's always sad when you realise that Germany is basically the only country in the world which admits and regrets its war crimes (except 1999 of course). No offense and obviously this does not hold for all the open-minded people out there. Well, the winner writes the history. And killing civilists with nuclear or conventional bombs is definitively much more human than other methods, right? Same holds of course for drone strikes against the citizens of an allied country.
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level 64
Mar 21, 2019
And if you check your history books, you will see that communism has risen during WW1. There was no need to start/enter the war, so if anyone is to blame for the October revolution it has to be the Zar et al. By the way, the very same history books will tell you that Russia has been allied since its constitution with Western European Powers. Russia not allied with (some) Western powers appears to be an episodic exception. Further, when I remember correctly, the Congress of Vienna had no agreed on a passage that it will be mandatory to speak Russian from then on until the end of history.
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level 45
Jan 11, 2018
forgot USA *facepalm*
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level 67
Mar 10, 2019
Did you not wonder where 1,200,000 US troops would be stationed?
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level 30
Jan 12, 2018
What about Israel?
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level 77
Mar 10, 2019
The IDF defends its own country.
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level 58
Mar 10, 2019
The United Kingdom does too.
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level 77
Mar 11, 2019
^ yeah not so much. Those American troops in the UK are still there from the last time the British Isles were under threat of invasion and they very much needed help defending them. Correct me if I'm wrong but the only time I believe US military has been in Israel was during the Gulf War (which Israel was not a party to) to shoot down SCUD missiles and afterward they left. Anyway it's a popular misconception that the Israeli military is somehow an extension of the American military but it's simply not the case. They get their hardware from a variety of places, they are capable of being fully self-sufficient, and though the two countries share intelligence; cooperate on R&D, logistics, and counter-terrorism; and regularly perform joint training exercises, no American personnel have ever been involved in any Israeli war. But a lot of people think they have been.
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level 75
Apr 24, 2019
When did the Americans help defend the UK? We helped the US invade mainland Europe from British shores. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad of the American support but we havnt been invaded since Hitler tried and that was before Pearl Harbor.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
The US Navy unofficially became involved in late 1939. They started mostly by supplying the British and also shadowing and reporting positions of German U-boats. US Navy vessels patrolled and kept open the Western Atlantic freeing up the Royal Navy to focus on the East. In 1940 the US signed a mutual defense pact with Canada and later the Lend/Lease program began to replace British losses while the USN still protected British shipping in the North + West Atlantic. In '41 US ports began accepting British ships for repairs. In April '41 a US destroyer attacked a German U-boat in the North Atlantic. Soon after US military bases for destroyers and seaplanes were opened in Ireland and Scotland. American involvement rapidly increased from there. An American pilot spotted the Bismarck and Americans were involved in many other naval battles. US ground troops secured Greenland and Iceland. American GIs started landing in the UK in '42, after the official declaration of war.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
and I didn't say you were invaded I said "the last time the British Isles were under threat of invasion." If Britain had lost control of the seas they would have been cut off and eventually invaded, too. But US support and mutual defense extended back many years prior to Pearl Harbor.

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.
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level 75
Apr 24, 2019
The United forces of axis Europe was an entirely different beast to the alliances Israel has had to face down though. Push comes to shove, American (and probably British) troops would be on the ground and Israel's enemies know it.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
nafe: maybe, though I actually kind of doubt it. But so far, there has never been a need for it, as like I said, the IDF defends its own country. In some alternate reality where they had to fight Hitler and the Japanese Empire, then, yeah, they probably would need help. :P
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level 58
Mar 10, 2019
I got the United States last
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level 44
Mar 10, 2019
How did i miss the USA?
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level 72
Mar 11, 2019
Qatar? Al Udeid Air Base is there, and it is one of the countries where the 5th Fleet's personnel would be hosted.
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level ∞
Mar 11, 2019
521 troops
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level 43
Apr 24, 2019
2,976 actually. Currently deployed and actively stationed there. This includes reservists that are currently on active status. 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. https://www.visualcapitalist.com/u-s-military-personnel-deployments-country/
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level ∞
Apr 24, 2019
That's just some random webpage. But, credit where it's due, they post their source. What is their source? The same as our source, only 4 years out of date.
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level 23
Mar 21, 2019
Poland?
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level 53
Apr 2, 2019
Saudi Arabia looked like a lot more than 700 when I was there.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
Where did you see them? Officially, the US has no troops in Saudi Arabia. Unofficially, I think they maintain at least one air base somewhere around Riyadh. But... it's pretty low-profile and I personally never saw any US servicemen in Saudi Arabia over the course of the six years I was living there. Saw tons in Bahrain, though. The Americans I saw in the Kingdom were almost all teachers or in the oil industry.
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level 56
Apr 24, 2019
I am waiting for quiz showing how many Innocent people all arund the world lost their lives because of USA and their lust for crude oil and other natural resources
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level 65
Apr 24, 2019
Good grief.
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level 77
Apr 24, 2019
Much smaller than the number of people alive today because of American hegemony since 1945.
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level 56
Apr 25, 2019
People from Vietnam, Korea, Yugoslavia, Libya, Syria Hiroshima, Nagasaki would definitely argue with that
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level 77
Apr 25, 2019
They can argue as much as they like and they would still be wrong. It's kind of funny you even bring up Yugoslavia. I'd encourage you to read about what actually happened there. And Hiroshima/Nagasaki since I did say since 1945. There was no hegemony prior to 1945, thus, WW2. Thanks for making my point for me.
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level 65
Apr 25, 2019
I would suppose that Xenon would argue that nobody would have died in the civil wars in Korea, Vietnam, Libya, or Syria if the United States had not become involved- opposing factions would have put their differences aside and held hands with one another in perfect harmony. You know, just like everyone did in Yugoslavia during its breakup.... Oh, wait! Never mind!
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level 75
Apr 24, 2019
Saving the rest of Europe from Russian invasion maybe...
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level 65
Apr 25, 2019
Make no mistake: If the United States had not actively participated in the reconstruction of western Europe and made its military might available to be the cornerstone of the NATO alliance, the Soviet Union would have surged much further than they did with the Warsaw Pact. Without a coordinated, American-backed alliance, do you REALLY think that the "Iron Curtain" would have been where Stalin decided to voluntarily stop increasing his sphere of influence?
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level 77
Apr 26, 2019
We'd probably have been looking at an occupation of most of Europe, perhaps some really bloody wars followed by some very nasty insurgencies. Genocide in the Balkans and Israel. Brutal invasions/insurgencies/civil wars/ethnic cleansing in South Korea and Taiwan. and East Timor. and Africa, worse than what we've seen anyway. A prolonged Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Possible nuclear war between Pakistan and India, or the USSR and some other less powerful nation. Multiple European invasions of the Americas, if you want to roll the clock back that far. But the biggest thing would be that in a world with no global hegemon and many competing nation-states with roughly comparable military strengths you end up in a situation where large-scale protracted and indecisive multi-national wars are likely to occur, a la WW1 and WW2. Taking away the nation at the top just creates a power vacuum that will be filled, and a lot of instability.
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level 71
Jun 2, 2019
The Balkans got attempted genocide anyway.
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level 41
Apr 29, 2019
Should I be ashamed that I forgot U.S.
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level 71
Jun 2, 2019
Oh hey! Just when you got this all nice and updated, we sent 900 troops to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, literally yesterday!
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level 44
Oct 16, 2019
You forget US troops deployed for training exercises in other countries. (E.g. Australia)
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level 39
Nov 22, 2019
Wow the US was part of it ba dum tsssss
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level 32
Nov 22, 2019
Ireland ?