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With little fanfare, a staggering 750,000 Chinese have settled in Africa over the past decade. More are on the way. [full story]
Isolationists are still looking for that nation newly acquired by the U.S. Oh, they don't mean actual geography acquisition? Influence, that's it. No? Perhaps they mean "occupation?" The U.S. "occupies" South Korea because U.S. military personnel are stationed there? How does that work when the U.S. troops remain there because the South Koreans want them? I guess there is a new meaning for that word. Rome occupied Britain. Britain occupied India. I'm not sure U.S. military bases with agreeing host countries is in the same vein.
Regardless, I tend to agree that permanently stationing troops all over the world should not be a unilateral effort and expense for the United States. Sure, we have an interest in keeping Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan safe from aggression and extortion by unethical militaristic regimes. Nevertheless, it should not fall upon U.S. taxpayers to maintain the peace... especially in light of the economic capabilities of those countries to pay for their defense... either by having their own forces built up to the level they feel necessary or by covering a good portion of the expenses of a U.S. supplied force.
I'm pretty sure that fighting a war such as in Iraq, stabilizing a new government and economy, and leaving when requested by the new government does not constitute "occupation"... especially since the U.S. pays for the privilege of staying on in a very restricted area... and, as in the case of Germany, leaves some very valuable developed real estate at no charge.
On the other hand, using manipulative mercantilism to build up coffers to build up the military to support colonization such as Tibet and Africa... that's empire building.
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