posted on Apr, 29 2008 @ 11:34 AM
McCain was speaking about an American presence in Iraq, just as we have had in many countries around the world.
Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Iceland, and quite a few other countries come to mind.
The U.S. provides military aid through many different channels. Counting the items that appear in the budget as 'Foreign Military Financing' and
'Plan Colombia', the U.S. spent approximately $4.5 billion in military aid in 2001, of which $2 billion went to Israel, $1.3 billion went to Egypt,
and $1 billion went to Colombia.
Of 2004, according to Fox News, the U.S. had more than 700 military bases in 130 different countries.
Usually, these arrangements are part of a treaty for mutual protection in the event of attack by some hostile nation.
There's nothing sinister about that. It's been explained dozens of times and those who find such a proposition alarming are just not in touch with
the real world or they are part of the blame America first crowd.
[edit on 2008/4/29 by GradyPhilpott]