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Why US military bases in other countries make us (and everyone else) less safe.

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President Obama's expansion of the footprint of small bases in particular - in Africa, central Europe, and parts of central America - has made it easier for US forces to be engaged in small-scale conflicts and wars, often without much oversight from Congress or the US public.

Anthropologist David Vine explains how the 800 US military bases in foreign nations support America's state of perpetual warfare, by escalating the likelihood of force instead of diplomacy to solve problems, and expanding America's use of drones and military interventions across the globe, and explains why working for less weapons around the world means fighting war profiteers at home.

David is author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World.

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David Vine

David Vine is an author and associate professor of anthropology at American University.

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