Infinity asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 2 months ago

Why aren't foreign countries taxed to pay for the U.S military?

Why does the financial burden have to fall on the U.S tax payer? Every country the U.S protects, has a base in, or is at war with, could fund the U.S military instead of oppressing our citizens with exorbitant taxes? Why should the tyrannical IRS tax the local population, when the burden could fall on foreign countries instead?

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  • 2 months ago

    It suits the US military to base forces overseas in most cases they have

    nothing to do with the defence of that country.

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  • 2 months ago

    The U.S. pays for the costs because it chooses to send the U.S. military to those places.

    If the other countries were going to fund a military, they would fund their own military.

    The IRS taxes the U.S. because Congress makes the IRS tax the U.S. The burden can't fall on the other countries, because it's not their military that is being funded.

    It's not a burden of defending them. It's a burden of using the U.S. military for the defending.

    If we want them to pay the costs, we have to let them do the defending with their own military, and bring our military home. And we'd still have to pay for the U.S. military.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You get this information from where exactly? The countries that the US has bases/posts in DO pay for it, how much depends on SOFA so it varies. It is actually cheaper to run some of the bases overseas than it is for some in the US.  Go back to trollville

    • Infinity
      Lv 5
      2 months agoReport

      Yet, the U.S still pays $700 billion on the military.

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  • humpty
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    No taxation without representation, friend. If we tax them we have to let them vote.

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  • jimmy
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    2 months ago

    The USA are allowed to have troops in those countries for the mutual defence of those countries and the USA. It is a benefit for the USA to have allies. Most of those bases are shared with the host nation troops.

    • Infinity
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      2 months agoReport

      What better friend is there than one who diminished the tax burden of Americans?

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  • 2 months ago

    There was a time when U.S. military presence was only part of a greater equation...

    If you've traveled to Africa or South America the last  decade or so you may have noticed the large number of major infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, dams, power plants, etc.) being done by Chinese companies....often with Russian contractors and Iranian engineers....  These are the types of projects the USA sponsored for decades after WW2, forming economic ties and goodwill around the world.

    That all changed in the 1990s when Bill Clinton and his followers called those programs "Cold War exploitation" and decided it was more important to fund a feel-good economy at home than invest in other countries... even as new democracies popped up almost monthly begging for leadership.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You give us a list of the countries and the official financial breakdown of the costs to the US taxpayer then? 

    Nobody forces the US  to have bases in these countries, the US military is there as a guest. The US is quite within its rights to pack up and go home. 

     The US bases are there to protect it's own interests and it's interests only. 

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  • 2 months ago

    And who do the majority of those nations we protect buy their military weapons and equipment from? The US. The US is the largest arms dealer in the world.

    Plus many of those same nations allow the US to build army and air force bases in their countries and naval ports on their shores.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because Trump found a way to funnel that money into his businesses. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Same reason WE aren't funding Canada, the UK or any other country.

    • Infinity
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      2 months agoReport

      The U.S is powerful enough to do it.

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