Are US Military Bases and Embassies American Soil?

Contrary to popular opinion, U.S. military bases and embassies abroad do not count as “American Soil”. The country hosting the base or embassy agrees that their own laws will not apply within the said complex, but that the base/embassy is still on their land, and that the host nation may insist that a military base be evacuated after a finite lease agreement.

This leads to the unusual circumstances surrounding Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The United States continues to operate the infamous military base, despite 55 years of requests from the post-1959 revolutionary government that they permanently leave Cuba. It always falls on deaf ears.

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