U.S. Mulls Military Bases on Foreign Soil
While Closing Bases at Home, U.S. Considers Offers From Foreign Governments
By ROBERT BURNS
The Associated Press
Apr. 14, 2005 - Even as the Pentagon prepares to shutter dozens of military
bases at home, it is weighing offers from many foreign governments to set up
shop on their soil or, in the case of Afghanistan, stay put.
The Bush administration is eager to maintain a military presence in Central
Asia, a traditional crossroads and lately a haven for terrorists and Islamic
extremists. But it has yet to make final arrangements and faces political
uncertainties in countries like the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan.