69 Nations Have More US Troops Than Olympic Athletes.

 

In 69 nations, there is a larger U.S. military presence than the nation’s Olympic team. This count excludes the oceans of the world, in which over 100,000 U.S. troops are stationed, but which of course don’t have Olympic teams. The count includes, however, Diego Garcia, which could have an Olympic team if we hadn’t removed all the people to make room for the military base. And it includes other nations that have been demoted to U.S. territories. It also includes South Korea, despite the U.S. military not releasing the numbers, because the U.S. military has many times the number of troops (and growing) there than South Korea has athletes on its Olympic team.

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