American Imperialism and Aggression

“Does it really matter any longer what leader is in charge of the United States? Has there even been a president dedicated to living in peace with the world since that country was founded? Not one. It is long past time to ask why this or that American regime wants war here, there and everywhere. The problem lies much deeper in the American psychology; for we can say that nations have a psychology, a manner of general behavior and thinking, arising from their history and culture. I will leave that for political philosophers, sociologists and psychologists to examine but the existential fact is the world is faced with a threat to its survival and that threat is the United States of America.” ~ Christopher Black, an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto. This quote appeared in his article “American Aggression: A Threat To The World.”

Unlike the sensation-seeking, so-called “reporters” that got tRump elected, the articles in this section were written independent of Main Stream Media (MSM) controls but also independent of each other. However, they all point to the same hidden-from-public-view problem of the Grand-Canyon-wide gap between America’s highly commendable, spiritually-oriented ideals and actual practices around the globe in the name of “defense.” These authors all point, individually and independently, to the old adage that “power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” and the U.S. has been THE absolute global power since WWII. Again, this topic is typically not found in the main stream media (MSM).

To be re-worded:

Quotes from The Beginning of the End of the US Empire Project By Dahr Jamail, September 11, 2017 http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41888-9-11-the-beginning-of-the-end-of-the-us-empire-project “Any pretense that the US intended to seek justice or increase world stability via its so-called War on Terror has been dramatically overshadowed by increased global resentment toward the US, which has in fact generated more terror attacks around the world. It is precisely this legacy that continues today: ongoing US military violence abroad, increased domestic surveillance and repression at home, and a world more violent and less safe for all.” ————————————————

Quotes from “The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, And it’s doing us more harm than good.”

By David Vine,September 14, 2015  https://www.thenation.com/article/the-united-states-probably-has-more-foreign-military-bases-than-any-other-people-nation-or-empire-in-history

“As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize—or do not want to recognize—that the United States dominates the world through its military power. Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet.”

“While there are no freestanding foreign bases permanently located in the United States, there are now around 800 US bases in foreign countries. Seventy years after World War II and 62 years after the Korean War, there are still 174 US “base sites” in Germany, 113 in Japan, and 83 in South Korea, according to the Pentagon. Hundreds more dot the planet in around 80 countries, including Aruba and Australia, Bahrain and Bulgaria, Colombia, Kenya, and Qatar, among many other places. Although few Americans realize it, the United States likely has more bases in foreign lands than any other people, nation, or empire in history.”

“Rarely does anyone ask if we need hundreds of bases overseas or if, at an estimated annual cost of perhaps $156 billion or more, the United States can afford them. Rarely does anyone wonder how we would feel if China, Russia, or Iran built even a single base anywhere near our borders, let alone in the United States.”

“In total, these countries (Great Britain, France, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Chile, Turkey, and Israel) probably have about 30 installations abroad, meaning that the United States has approximately 95% of the world’s foreign bases.”

“By my very conservative calculations, maintaining installations and troops overseas cost at least $85 billion in 2014—more than the discretionary budget of every government agency except the Defense Department itself. If the US presence in Afghanistan and Iraq is included, that bill reaches $156 billion or more. While bases may be costly for taxpayers, they are extremely profitable for the country’s privateers of twenty-first-century war like DynCorp International and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR.” ————————————————

While we don’t agree with several statements in the following right-wing document, nevertheless, many points are quite valid as well as the over-all intent. American Military Intervention – A User’s Guide, May 2, 1996 (PDF file, 3M)

Reason for America

HOWEVER, THERE IS A DEEPER, SPIRITUAL REASON FOR AMERICA… for America to extend from ocean to ocean with benign neighbors to the north and south. Making America physically hard to attack and relatively isolated from the rest of the world. And that reason is spiritual development… not just of America, but global spiritual development…

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Department of Offense

Repost: Department of Offense
Maj. Danny Sjursen, Apr 26, 2018 TD originals https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-department-of-defense-in-name-only/
An alien visitor, or even a foreign observer, might find it peculiar that the United States military falls under the auspices of the Department of Defense. The army I was a part of never defended a damn thing. In hindsight, I fought for little that was tangible, except maybe deluded policymakers’ notions of American interests, or to ensure a steady flow of hydrocarbon resources or to distract an apathetic nation from the unrelenting assault on its civil liberties.

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America’s Secret Wars

Repost: The History of America’s Secret Wars: Corporate Espionage and the Outsourcing of National Security by Greg Guma, Global Research, June 14, 2013 Text in the article is excerpted from Big Lies: How Our Corporate Overlords, Politicians and Media Establishment Warp Reality and Undermine Democracy.

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The Price Of US Global Dominance

The Beginning of the End of the US Empire Project, by Dahr Jamail. “Any pretense that the US intended to seek justice or increase world stability via its so-called War on Terror has been dramatically overshadowed by increased global resentment toward the US, which has in fact generated more terror attacks around the world. It is precisely this legacy that continues today: ongoing US military violence abroad, increased domestic surveillance and repression at home, and a world more violent and less safe for all.”

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The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History

The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History: Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti. This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com.

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The Fatal Expense of American Imperialism

“THE SINGLE MOST important issue in allocating national resources is war versus peace…The United States is getting this choice profoundly wrong, squandering vast sums and undermining national security….If our next president remains trapped in expensive Middle East wars, the budgetary costs alone could derail any hopes for solving our vast domestic problems.”

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Another Form of American Imperialism

Beginning with General Butler’s small book, “War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier,” written back in the 1930’s, the American public has been exposed to a little-noticed phenomenon of war as a function of Wall Street policy, not the idealized version the American public and the world has been fed. John Perkins lifted the curtain considerably higher than Butler (find Butler’s book here) since he was an instrument of the same operation, but at a much higher level than Butler. In Another Form of American Imperialism.pdf (below) and in Perkin’s book (followed by others in the same genre) we see the modern Wall-Street-programming of control and plundering, which is so much more effective than the pirates of 200 or 300 years ago.

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