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BANGKOK 21 April 2019 03:10
Kenny202

Are US forces still based in Udon Thani?

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maybe US forces aren't based here, but do not doubt for one minute that Uncle Sam still has his hands all over this place....Thailand in many ways is an extension of America....just look at the roads...who do you think funded those??

I always wondered who I could blame for the roads. And sometimes the worst ones are the newest ones. Thanks, America.

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maybe US forces aren't based here, but do not doubt for one minute that Uncle Sam still has his hands all over this place.

The US are operating several covert surveillance vehicles here.

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Some of us actually were involved in what happened.

So I must say,

there is a whole lot of BS being offered in this thread.

It was you! How could you? Some of these roads are downright woeful. ;(

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I used to stay at a hotel off Suthisarn Road in Bangkok, that was a converted officer barracks for the US Army.

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I'm sure Uncle Sam keeps the RTA well supplied with Chinook helicopters...

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I am again amazed at the ignorance of typists on this venue. YES, the USA is all over Thailand. Thailand is a client state of USA (look up the phrase).

Low profile is the name and fewer uniforms worn off bases, but USA war planes "temporarily" park in Thailand, spy radio and transmission stations are here, and the clandestine fellows are like fleas on dog here especially since new govt took over. USA war ships are welcome here as well as USA high tech of all military kinds. There is at least one very active airport for USA here.

News claims some "rendition" captured Arabs were "questioned" by USA or for USA here and perhaps jailed here, even now. The only change since VN war is the volume of traffic is lower, and lower key, and dupes, I do not mean cars on the road.

One way to look at the current situation is that Thaksin, USA and IMF's man in Thailand is out and MAYBE the new govt knows to re-position itself and play the big powers off against each other..... what have you done for me lately? Sucking in Red Chinese, Japanese, and even French money can help Thailand and if USA remains in lots of control, USA can stand by and see their Thai friends fleece some other money sources. USA can never give up Thailand as its rock solid position, geographically as well as otherwise, can not be lost.

Hey, "they" did not recently make the USA Embassy in BKK into more of a fortress for nothing and with no anticipation of bullet proof glass, even for Citizens Services, would ever be needed. Please fellow thaivisa typists, just write about what you know, or stop trying to cover up what you do know.

Hahahah thats funny crap you wrote. The US has only a handful of personnel and no installations anywhere in Thailand. Edited by 2fishin2
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maybe US forces aren't based here, but do not doubt for one minute that Uncle Sam still has his hands all over this place....Thailand in many ways is an extension of America....just look at the roads...who do you think funded those??

Japan maybe?

Trust our American friends to think that everything good in the world must come from the US. In fact, Japan is the largest foreign donor in Thailand (esp. infrastructure) by quite a margin and for some time. It has been the top donor since 1972 and since 1960 has provided over US$16 billion in development aid. This compares to $1.4 billion from Germany and $1.3 billion from the US. If anyone 'owns' this country, it is Japan... and the Chinese are coming over the hill. Anyway, instead of patting yourselves on the back, you have Japan to thank for those nice country roads...

See https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=Mo2QBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA55&lpg=PA55&dq=japan+largest+donor+to+%22thailand%22&source=bl&ots=NzoJyLLwMf&sig=6x8XN8BVspYIy4xvaqxaElQhc4s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mcvqVMr7F4OZuQS074GQCQ&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=japan%20largest%20donor%20to%20%22thailand%22&f=false.

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Maybe. I overtook a truck load of American soldiers two years ago somewhere on the main road (can't remember exactly now) between Korat and Udon.

Are you familiar with joint exercise Cobra Gold which is happening now? When it is over everyone goes back to where they came from.

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According to press reports, the US does have an agreement to refuel its military aircraft here en route to Diego Garcia or elsewhere. Takhli RTAF base in Nakhon Sawan was the designated stopover point but I've heard this has now been expanded to include U-tapao and possibly Udon and other former bases.

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maybe US forces aren't based here, but do not doubt for one minute that Uncle Sam still has his hands all over this place....Thailand in many ways is an extension of America....just look at the roads...who do you think funded those??

Japan maybe?

Trust our American friends to think that everything good in the world must come from the US. In fact, Japan is the largest foreign donor in Thailand (esp. infrastructure) by quite a margin and for some time. It has been the top donor since 1972 and since 1960 has provided over US$16 billion in development aid. This compares to $1.4 billion from Germany and $1.3 billion from the US. If anyone 'owns' this country, it is Japan... and the Chinese are coming over the hill. Anyway, instead of patting yourselves on the back, you have Japan to thank for those nice country roads...

See https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=Mo2QBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA55&lpg=PA55&dq=japan+largest+donor+to+%22thailand%22&source=bl&ots=NzoJyLLwMf&sig=6x8XN8BVspYIy4xvaqxaElQhc4s&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mcvqVMr7F4OZuQS074GQCQ&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=japan%20largest%20donor%20to%20%22thailand%22&f=false.

Actually the old point to point roads such as highway 1 and 2 had major funding from US but that was more than half a decade ago. And the roads today are almost totally different than originally designed.

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US Navy are the only war ships that stop in Thailand

China was invited by the US to participate in the recent drills

"US Navy are the only war ships that stop in Thailand"

Where do you people (Americans) get this stuff from? Here's a piece about a warship from Myanmar docking in Thailand last year: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Myanmar-warship-visits-Thailand-30247835.html And Singapore sells naval vessels to Thailand, does frequent coordinated military exercises with them, and its own vessels make frequent port visits there. The difference is that Singapore tends to be more quiet about these things because they like to keep their immediate neighbours guessing about their capabilities. Remember that Singapore has mandatory national service for all male citizens but not the land, air, or sea territory to provide training. Hence, training takes place to a large extent overseas, much of it on the down-low for political and strategic reasons.

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Maybe it's Thailand's version of GITMO?

Well, the CIA was (is?) operating 'black sites' in Thailand, though the good general said it's nothing for ordinary Thais to concern themselves with...

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There is no doubt that a part of this countries modernisation was thanks to in large part The United States funding Thailand as a "Thank you" for fighting as a proxy on their side in Second Indochina War.

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