The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

U.S. Military Hospital in Germany

May 6, 2024

The U.S. military is spending over 1.2 billion dollars to build a vast military hospital in Germany near the massive Ramstein U.S. air base in Kaiserslautern. It will replace the nearby Landstuhl U.S. military hospital, which was already big. The new medical center will have 4,860 rooms and employ up to 2,500 people. It will serve around 240,000 U.S. troops, U.S. military families, and U.S. civilians working on the base and throughout Europe. Will German citizens be able to go there for health care? No! But the U.S. has made Germany spend around 300 million dollars for infrastructure work to support the new hospital. Meanwhile, civilian hospitals are closing at record rates in both the U.S. and Germany.

The question is, why is the U.S. military building such a massive hospital for troops in Europe? Are they preparing for war?