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It's a little more complicated than that, Dutch.
Why aren't you lambasting the roughly 3,000 French troops who are permanently staged in Niger, Mali, Chad, and the Ivory Coast? Or the hundreds German and British troops who are serving alongside them?
I assume you would retort with some diatribe blaming NATO and therefor America for the troops being there, but I'll stop you and let you know that this is a French led operation that has absolutely nothing to do with NATO. It has more to do with Niger being a former French colony and the fact that the French never really left...
Look - I often struggle with my views of the military.
Part of me is somewhat isolationist and believes that American treasure should be spent wisely, especially when it comes to the military. I hate that our country is often quick to jump into wars, but then quickly forgets about our soldiers after they return home. And I hate that less than one percent of our country is taking on 100 percent of the burden of these conflicts.
The other side of me is simply realistic. Russia is rapidly expanding their military capability. So is China. China recently opened up a military base in Djibouti in east Africa and has thousands of soldiers stationed there. If the United States just walks away from the world stage then some other military power will step in. That's just the way it is whether we like it or not.
You may have a infatuation with the American military, but other Western countries have military bases throughout the world as well. France, Italy, Australia, and the UK all have bases in Africa and elsewhere in the world.
List of countries with overseas military bases
I understand that certain people will blame America for being somewhere when shit hits the fan, but those same people will blame America for not being there when shit hits the fan as well.