fiscal cliff anyone?????????.....................From TomDispatch
By David Vine
''Since 1955, Vicenza has also been home to another major U.S. base, Camp Ederle. They’re among the more than 1,000 bases the United States uses to ring the globe (with about 4,000 more in
the 50 states and Washington, D.C.). This complex of military
installations, unprecedented in history, has been a major, if little
noticed, aspect of U.S. power since World War II.''
''How much does the United States spend each year occupying the planet
with its bases and troops? How much does it spend on its global
presence? Forced by Congress to account for its spending overseas, the
Pentagon has put that figure at $22.1 billion a year. It turns out that
even a conservative estimate of the true costs of garrisoning the globe
comes to an annual total of about $170 billion. In fact, it may be
considerably higher. Since the onset of “the Global War on Terror” in
2001, the total cost for our garrisoning policies, for our presence abroad, has probably reached $1.8 trillion to $2.1 trillion.''