National Affairs: OVERSEAS BASES: DURABLE ASSETS

They Bolster Good Defense & Good Politics

THE menacing Soviet offensive after World War II spurred the U.S. and its allies to one of the great military-diplomatic achievements of history. Within months the allied nations began to rim the Communist land masses with a network of forward airbases that put to best advantage the single deterrent that the West then had—the atomic bomber. The process was stepped up during the Korean war, until now U.S. planes and ships operate out of 80 U.S. bases in 25 lands and territories. Under terms of bilateral treaties...

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