The United States has nearly 800 foreign bases in more than 70 countries, exceeding our modern security requirements. US troops are already positioned to respond to any threat anywhere in the world, but most of our allies want more US troops and bases as this will require us to face the slightest threat to these countries. .
That is why the Polish Defense Minister recently held talks with US officials “on the fact that thousands of US soldiers are permanently stationed as a deterrent in Poland”. Poland believes that it will deter and defend Poland and its neighbors neighboring Russia, which may be possible across Polish territory, the short border between her exile from Kaliningrad and Belarus, which disables the Baltic countries from the rest of NATO.
Such a move would be illegal and unnecessary for the United States, especially if we had already ensured Poland’s security by becoming a member of NATO, as well as the presence of thousands of American soldiers in neighboring Germany.
The desire of the Polish government for American troops in his country is essentially the equivalent of acquiring human shields for himself. A hostile power – Russia in this case – is less likely to open hostilities against Poland openly if American soldiers are stationed there.
But in case of hostilities, the United States may be dragged into a great confrontation with a great power, about what might otherwise be relatively small and manageable conflicts. Unfortunately, this is part of a trend in which US military power is being used instead of diplomacy, supported by military force, to solve problems.
We know from the example of Syria how dangerous it is to have American and Russian military personnel in the same country, because it is only a matter of time before their soldiers collide. Earlier this year, US planes reportedly killed up to 100 Russian mercenaries in Syria. Such incidents can not happen without retribution forever, as it would be impossible for domestic reasons in Russia and the United States to take revenge after a certain point.
North Korea is not a direct threat to the United States. However, it is a threat to the United States because of the presence of US soldiers in South Korea and Japan. Many of them will be victims of tension on the Korean peninsula.
That’s why talking about cutting American troops is causing countries like South Korea and Japan to be nervous. As Shin Won-sik said a three-star South Korean general retired: “For South Korea, life with a North Korean nuclear weapon is much better than living without US troops … If they we will lose the evidence that the Americans will defend us. “
Bottom line: The more we base our troops on the troops, the more we must be a direct party, instead of functioning as a balanced military force that uses power as a last resort.
Once military bases have been established, there will be new reasons to justify their survival even in areas outside of East Asia and Europe that are irrelevant to prosperity and security the United States. maintain. Almost any local issue, any uncontrolled space used by militants and terrorists, has now taken on the characteristics of an immediate threat to national security in America, justifying all first reactions and military operations.
For example, take the African country of Niger, where about 800 US soldiers are now located on a large new military base in the Sahara city of Agadez. On October 4, 2017, four US soldiers were assassinated in an advisory role in Nigeria’s ambush. The attackers were linked to the ISIS group.
More US troops stationed around the world, in countries like Poland, the Baltic States or the Gulf, are simply ensuring that we continue to become front-line troop providers for our allies and partners, regardless of our national interests. Our allies will also be accused of seeking their own solutions as long as they can still use US troops as guns for their safety.