Close Military Bases in Europe
Many people have commented that America's military is spread too thin, and that it needs to cut down on some of its less necessary operations in order to focus on more necessary ones. The first direction toward that is closing America's bases in Europe.
There are American military bases all over Germany. And it is right that people should question the viability of that course. It's not as if German people, who have for centuries excelled militarily, cannot defend themselves. And it's not as if Germany is at a clear and present danger of aggression by a powerful foreign enemy.
Much can be said for closing all American military bases in Europe. The Europeans have for decades sought to reduce American influence on the continent, and if that is their interest then they should be able to defend themselves. American military presence on the continent only adds to those in Europe who want to portray Americans as barbarians, as imperialists or as aggressors. Whereas America closing its bases in Europe will not only save billions of taxpayer dollars but also give Europe the independence that it seeks.
I see no good reason why America's military bases in Europe should remain operational. There is no immediate danger in Europe of credible foreign aggression, and America keeping these bases only adds to resentment and hatred of America in Europe. Whereas there are very clear and present dangers elsewhere that do require America's attention, including dangers that are directed precisely at America itself.