Pentagon’s list shows 865 military bases worldwide, plus bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is current funding to build a giant fortress in Islamabad, Pakistan on the order of the ’embassy’ in Iraq to the tune of 785 million USD (corrected number..rdan) (cost overuns excluded but guanteed so perhaps about 1 billion USD). The US spends about 102 billion/year USD on maintaining bases throughout the world.
Could someone explain to me the rational for this kind of military base/embassy? How does it accomplish whatever goals it is designed for?