Thursday, September 29, 2016
Trump lies expose cost of US bases
Trump’s lies in the US presidential debate have brought to light the cost incurred by countries with US bases on their territory.
Trump claimed that Japan, Germany, South Korea and Saudi Arabia pay nothing to the US for “defending” their countries.
In fact, the South Korean Government paid around $1.2 billion in 2014 for the US military presence in the country. That is about 40 per cent of the total costs.
Japan’s budget shows that it pays about $5.7 billion annually in base-related expenses.
“The Australian Government never releases how much we pay the US for their bases here, but Pine Gap alone is estimated to cost at least $14 million every year,” said Denis Doherty from the Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition, a member of the growing Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN).
“The new US Marine base in Darwin will cost Australian taxpayers $2.3 billion. New antennae at the US communications base at North West Cape cost $60 million.
“These costs are at the expense of our public health and education systems, the disabled, the homeless and other programs which the Turnbull Government claims it cannot fund.
“Australia pays through the nose for the US military presence in this country. In return we are made a potential nuclear target and complicit in murder through Pine Gap’s drone program of extra judicial killings,” Denis Doherty said.
Dr Lisa Natividad from the Pacific island of Guam is in Alice Springs to speak at the IPAN national conference on Saturday. She points out the hidden costs of US military facilities which cover over one-third of her island.
“Guahan, as we indigenous Chamorro call Guam, as a modern US colony, has indirectly invested millions of dollars in the US military in uncompensated use of our lands, the deaths of our people fighting in US wars and from exposure to radiation and toxic contamination, and the loss of cultural practices by limited access to traditional fishing grounds and medicines,” Dr Natividad said.
For more information: Denis Doherty 0418 290 663