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PostOn Empires and Fish: Both Smell (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 10/02/21 3:57 am)
John E mentioned the US military bases in Italy. The foreign military forces in any country are like fish. Eventually they begin to smell and are no longer welcomed.
There have been US military forces with nuclear weapons in Italy since after WWII. Let's say that until 1991 they may have had a reason to stay. Afterwards this has not been the case, and do not believe that the average Italian welcomes them. Of course, some local suppliers of the GIs would like them to stay forever.
I fully understand that you prefer to use the concept of hegemony and spheres of influence. Any good American rejects the idea that the US has become an Empire. Unfortunately, it is an empire run by the Deep State, not by the people, in spite of controversial, big-money dominated, elections.
JE comments: The ever-wise Margaret Eipper (Mom) always compares house guests with fish: both smell very bad after three days. Seventy-six years is a long, long time for a houseguest/house guest. (One word or two? The 'Net cannot make up its mind.)
One constant of all US administrations has been their reluctance to re-think the foreign military bases. Lots of bluster about "coming home" and putting more of the cost on the hosts, but little substantive change. Does this fact give fuel to sundry Deep State theories? Yet beyond the armaments industry, how does the DS supposedly benefit from foreign bases?