I’m continually baffled, however, as to why Democrats don’t seem to want to make a bigger deal out of the permanent bases question. That, I would think, is an issue the party could be fairly unified on.

Sadly, the most likely answer is that the party is not, in fact unified on this question.

Alternatively, if you choose to be more optimistic about the whole thing, nobody’s bothering to rouse some rabble over this because nobody thinks the American public cares much about it. Which might very well be true. It’s not as if the American public cares very much about our vast complex of permanent bases everywhere else in the world, after all.