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Base Nation - How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World-logo

Base Nation - How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World

David Vine

American military bases encircle the globe with nearly a thousand locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, but in an eye-opening account, Base Nation shows that the worldwide network of bases brings with it a panoply of ills-and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run. As David Vine demonstrates, the overseas bases raise geopolitical tensions and provoke widespread antipathy towards the United States. They also undermine American democratic ideals, pushing the U.S. into partnerships with dictators and perpetuating a system of second-class citizenship. They breed sexual violence, destroy the environment, and damage local economies. And their financial cost is staggering: though the Pentagon underplays the numbers, Vine's accounting proves that the bill approaches $100 billion per year. With the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan and ending thirteen years of war, there is no better time to re-examine the tenets of our military strategy. Base Nation is an essential contribution to that debate.

American military bases encircle the globe with nearly a thousand locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, but in an eye-opening account, Base Nation shows that the worldwide network of bases brings with it a panoply of ills-and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run. As David Vine demonstrates, the overseas bases raise geopolitical tensions and provoke widespread antipathy towards the United States. They also undermine American democratic ideals, pushing the U.S. into partnerships with dictators and perpetuating a system of second-class citizenship. They breed sexual violence, destroy the environment, and damage local economies. And their financial cost is staggering: though the Pentagon underplays the numbers, Vine's accounting proves that the bill approaches $100 billion per year. With the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan and ending thirteen years of war, there is no better time to re-examine the tenets of our military strategy. Base Nation is an essential contribution to that debate.
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American military bases encircle the globe with nearly a thousand locations in foreign lands. These bases are usually taken for granted or overlooked entirely, but in an eye-opening account, Base Nation shows that the worldwide network of bases brings with it a panoply of ills-and actually makes the nation less safe in the long run. As David Vine demonstrates, the overseas bases raise geopolitical tensions and provoke widespread antipathy towards the United States. They also undermine American democratic ideals, pushing the U.S. into partnerships with dictators and perpetuating a system of second-class citizenship. They breed sexual violence, destroy the environment, and damage local economies. And their financial cost is staggering: though the Pentagon underplays the numbers, Vine's accounting proves that the bill approaches $100 billion per year. With the U.S. withdrawing from Afghanistan and ending thirteen years of war, there is no better time to re-examine the tenets of our military strategy. Base Nation is an essential contribution to that debate.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Yen

Length:

13h 46m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

35:17


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

50:19


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

46:11


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

50:19


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

33:32


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

42:35


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

49:42


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

40:47


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

30:59


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

46:07


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

29:18


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

51:18


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

49:00


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

54:36


Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 14

01:01:39


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

50:48


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

54:34


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

49:11


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

00:43