I’m glad to see Gary Johnson bring this up. I just mentioned the idea to my wife the other day.
How much do we spend to maintain these embassies in I assume 100+ countries? Many of them are like small palaces (see Iraq), and the costs to operate them and keep them secure must be staggering. And more importantly, to what end? I can see 100 years ago when you wanted to have an official presence and representative in a far-away country in order to maintain timely relations. But now? What value is an embassy when we have telephones and the internet/Web? What value does the embassy add? And it it worth the cost and headache?
Here’s a list of all U.S. embassies. Mind-boggling. I also wonder if we didn’t have them, we might be slightly less inclined to meddle in other countries’ affairs.
Gary Johnson: “Let’s Get Out of These Embassies Now” – Hit & Run : Reason.com: After his speech Johnson questioned why the United States has embassies at all. “I questions having embassies in other countries, I really do. Everywhere! I understand American tourists and issues American tourists might have with passports but does that involve an embassy? Does that involve having an ambassador?” he said to Reason during an interview.