Why Does The U.S. Have So Many Military Bases Overseas?

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From Japan to Germany to the Middle East, the United States has military bases around the world. So, how many military bases does the U.S. have?

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Ron Paul says U.S. has military personnel in 130 nations and 900 overseas bases
http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/sep/14/ron-paul/ron-paul-says-us-has-military-personnel-130-nation/
“During the Sept. 12, 2011, Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas — a staunch advocate of limited government and a more modest military footprint — offered a surprising statistic about the reach of the U.S. armed forces.”

Okinawa Governor Hopes US Will Heed Base Plan Protests
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/okinawa-gov-hopes-us-heed-protests-us-base-31169450
“The governor of the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa said Wednesday that he would head to Washington to convey local objections to a plan to relocate a U.S. air base.”

These are all the countries where the US has a military presence
http://qz.com/374138/these-are-all-the-countries-where-the-us-has-a-military-presence/
“On Mar. 24, US president Barack Obama announced that all 9,800 US troops currently stationed in Afghanistan will remain until the end of 2015.”

Why does the US have 800 military bases around the world?
http://www.vox.com/2015/5/18/8600659/military-bases-united-states
“The US has around 800 military bases in other countries, which costs an estimated $100 billion annually, a number that could be much higher depending on whether you count the bases still open in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

DoD Base Structure Report – 2010
http://www.acq.osd.mil/ie/download/bsr/bsr2010baseline.pdf

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