“The American credo summons the United States—and the United States alone—to lead, save, liberate, and ultimately transform the world.”
"The United States currently has approximately 300,000 troops stationed abroad, again more than the rest of the world combined (a total that does not even include another 90,000 sailors and marines who are at sea) ... troops occupied or used some 761 'sites' in 39 foreign countries, although this tally neglected to include many dozens of U.S. bases in Iraq or Afghanistan; no other country comes even remotely close to replicating this 'empire of bases'"
"Americans have long since become accustomed to the stationing of U.S. troops in far-off lands. This global military presence is ostensibly essential to the defense of American freedom even in places where the actual threat to American freedom is oblique or imaginary."
Andrew J. Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. He served in Vietnam shortly after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy. After retiring with the rank of colonel, he received his PhD from Princeton and taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. He is the author of six books including “Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War” and the bestseller “The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism".
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