Thursday, January 8, 2015

To help support its "Pivot to Asia" - the US is closing 15 military bases in Europe

The US has decided to close 15 military bases in Europe. None of these bases are major ones.  Nevertheless, these closures are expected to generate an extra $500 million a year for the Pentagon's budget.  And this money will be used as additional funding for the US's on-going "Pivot to Asia" strategic re-positioning of military assets.
I have said it before and I will say it again.  The Western Pacific has been a virtual "American Lake" since the end of WWII.  The US will never allow Beijing to just muscle its way into the territory without a  a fight.  The US, therefore, is dead serious (pardon the pun) with this "Pivot to Asia" thing.
On a side note, Portugal is protesting the reduction of US military personnel stationed in its territory.  Take note, I said "reduction".  There must be a lesson here somewhere for our self-proclaimed nationalists - the ones who are always trying to move heaven and earth to keep US military personnel out of our country...


  1. That's good, primarily for the US interest, and secondarily for the interest of the Asian neighboring Allies, especially the Philippines.

    1. To be honest about it, the long-term geo-political interest of the Philippines is closely intertwined with that of the US. We just share too many common cultural and economic interests.