An activist hoping to avoid war with Iran sent me a map proportioning to be of American military bases in the Middle East. The map, below, was from anti-war, paleoconservative, racist Lew Rockwell. A submitter noted "Could this be a reason they hate us?"
The map makes it look like Iran has a vulnerable geography surrounded by American military forces. The impression many get from the map is how Iran is under siege.
However, this is meant to be a map of power. First off, the map was made by Iranians to show American military installations in range of Iranian missiles (American link/original Iranian link). Secondly, the map is a lie. The map maker claims an American military presence where there are none or maybe just a liaison officer. There once was a military presence in Iraq but the draw down closed most bases. Americans left Saudi Arabia in the early 2000s. I have no idea why but there is a claimed presence on Socotra, Yemen. Also, Pakistani military bases are hardly American.
This map is a great example of how one map can be interpreted different ways depending on the country/politics of the viewer.