A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone in Germany. (Reuters / Hannibal Hanschke)
Ramstein, Germany, is the hub for America’s global drone war, from North Africa to South Asia.
The overseas hub for America’s “war on terror” is the massive Ramstein Air Base in southwest Germany. Nearly ignored by US media, Ramstein serves crucial functions for drone warfare and much more. It’s the most important Air Force base abroad, operating as a kind of grand central station for airborne war—whether relaying video images of drone targets in Afghanistan to remote pilots with trigger fingers in Nevada, or airlifting special-ops units on missions to Africa, or transporting munitions for airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. Soaking up billions of taxpayer dollars, Ramstein has scarcely lacked for anything from the home country, other than scrutiny.
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WNU Editor: I guess this is the price that Germany must continue to pay after losing the war 71 years ago.