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Sat Oct 1, 2016, 01:03 PM

How much do allies pay for U.S. troops? A lot more than Donald Trump says

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Source: LA Times

Five years ago, Hillary Clinton reached one of the least-noticed diplomatic agreements of her tenure as secretary of State ó a deal obligating Japan to continue paying nearly $2 billion a year to help defray the cost of U.S. troops stationed on its territory.

The money is used to build housing and training areas for U.S. forces, pay wages to thousands of Japanese workers on U.S bases and supply water and power.

The payments, which began in 1978 and are considered a pillar of the post-war U.S.-Japanese alliance, cover about a third or more of the cost of keeping 49,000 U.S. troops in Japan.

The five-year extension was disclosed in a dry communique after closed-door talks in June 2011 between Clinton and Japanese officials at the State Department. Clinton didnít announce the deal, but the payments were never a secret. Despite that history, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has insisted repeatedly that Japan and other U.S. allies contribute little or nothing to the United States for their own defense.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-trump-allies-20160930-snap-story.html

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 01:06 PM

1. And a hell of lot more than Trump pays in taxes. nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 01:09 PM

2. The same applies to

South Korea. I forget the percentage, but they pay a substantial amount for the US presence there.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 01:20 PM

3. I've read that the US spends as much on defense as the next seven countries combined.

It's great that other countries are picking up a part of the cost for our troops but that doesn't seem to really be the problem.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 01:22 PM

4. I wonder how much it costs us to run the other 700+ bases and if those countries pay.

And if they do, how much. Seems as if our bases help local economies more than the world is willing to admit, besides providing some protection for globalists' activities.

I think we subsidize other countries' security more than they're willing to give us credit for.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 01:29 PM

5. Which is why we should all be doing everything we can to help HRC & dems

Donald is the epitome of everything not America, while Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of everything that is.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 02:01 PM

6. NATO only mobilized to defend an ally once, to defend the US after 9/11, donnie.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 03:01 PM

7. US bases are not a gift - it's a burden!

USA occupied Greenland during WW2. Never left, but build the US Thule Air Force Base. Hard to say no for a small country...

To build this base, a full society of local people were forced to move, losing history and hunting rights. The people of Greenland was never asked if they wanted that base, but were (badly) compensated by employment. Last year a US company took over this deal, screwing all deals which were benefitting the island.

In the 60ies, the military started to excave kilometers of tunnels, in a plan to build an underground missile railway. They did not ask permission for this, and had officielly no nuclear weapons on the base - both aggrement were secretly broken. Now the ice is melting, and all your garbage is starting to polute Greenland, also with nuclear waste.

Beside a secret nuclear reactor in the tunnels, several nuclear bombs were dropped on Greenland in an accident. Local workers cleaned it up with no radiation protection, and it is still discussed how much is still left on the ice and in the ocean there.

Denmark would like money for the cleanup, but is as a small country in no position to demand this, or to make the Yankees go home. The politicians smiles and try to get the best out of that situation, bragging about their tribute to US security. The Greenland people has very little influence on this...







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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 06:38 PM

8. Locking. However this OP is perfect for GD or GD:2016. Please re-post it there.

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