There are 195 nations on Earth. Seventy of them, plus some territories, have nearly 800 U.S. military bases. These bases are expensive. They also create friction, leading to enemies we don’t need.
The correct number of bases that the U.S. should have in foreign countries isn’t seventy, it’s zero.
The Military-Industrial Complex, along with their Democratic and Republican allies, want a steady flow of new enemies to justify constantly growing budgets. I want the opposite. I want lower military expenses and fewer friction points with the rest of the world.
I want the U.S. to be well-armed but neutral. If elected President I will give our allies a year’s notice of our intention to depart, starting with major bases in Europe, so they can prepare. But after that, the moving vans will start to roll.
This will make it clear that the United States is no longer policing the world, and instead interested in peaceful relationships across the globe.
Closing military bases and bringing our troops home will allow us to cut military spending, which is necessary in order to balance our bloated federal budget. Our service men and women will finally come home to their families.