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2/19/07 11:17 AM
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737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire

By Chalmers Johnson, Metropolitan Books. Posted February 19, 2007. With more than 2,500,000 U.S. personnel serving across the planet and military bases spread across each continent, it's time to face up to the fact that our American democracy has spawned a global empire. Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson (Metropolitan Books). The following is excerpted from Chalmers Johnson's new book, "Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic" (Metropolitan Books). Once upon a time, you could trace the spread of imperialism by counting up colonies. America's version of the colony is the military base; and by following the changing politics of global basing, one can learn much about our ever more all-encompassing imperial "footprint" and the militarism that grows with it. It is not easy, however, to assess the size or exact value of our empire of bases. Official records available to the public on these subjects are misleading, although instructive. According to the Defense Department's annual inventories from 2002 to 2005 of real property it owns around the world, the Base Structure Report, there has been an immense churning in the numbers of installations. The total of America's military bases in other people's countries in 2005, according to official sources, was 737. Reflecting massive deployments to Iraq and the pursuit of President Bush's strategy of preemptive war, the trend line for numbers of overseas bases continues to go up. Interestingly enough, the thirty-eight large and medium-sized American facilities spread around the globe in 2005 -- mostly air and naval bases for our bombers and fleets -- almost exactly equals Britain's thirty-six naval bases and army garrisons at its imperial zenith in 1898. The Roman Empire at its height in 117 AD required thirty-seven major bases to police its realm from Britannia to Egypt, from Hispania to Armenia. Perhaps the optimum number of major citadels and fortresses for an imperialist aspiring to dominate the world is somewhere between thirty-five and forty. Using data from fiscal year 2005, the Pentagon bureaucrats calculated that its overseas bases were worth at least $127 billion -- surely far too low a figure but still larger than the gross domestic products of most countries -- and an estimated $658.1 billion for all of them, foreign and domestic (a base's "worth" is based on a Department of Defense estimate of what it would cost to replace it). During fiscal 2005, the military high command deployed to our overseas bases some 196,975 uniformed personnel as well as an equal number of dependents and Department of Defense civilian officials, and employed an additional 81,425 locally hired foreigners. The worldwide total of U.S. military personnel in 2005, including those based domestically, was 1,840,062 supported by an additional 473,306 Defense Department civil service employees and 203,328 local hires. Its overseas bases, according to the Pentagon, contained 32,327 barracks, hangars, hospitals, and other buildings, which it owns, and 16,527 more that it leased. The size of these holdings was recorded in the inventory as covering 687,347 acres overseas and 29,819,492 acres worldwide, making the Pentagon easily one of the world's largest landlords. These numbers, although staggeringly big, do not begin to cover all the actual bases we occupy globally. The 2005 Base Structure Report fails, for instance, to mention any garrisons in Kosovo (or Serbia, of which Kosovo is still officially a province) -- even though it is the site of the huge Camp Bondsteel built in 1999 and maintained ever since by the KBR corporation (formerly known as Kellogg Brown & Root), a subsidiary of the Halliburton Corporation of Houston. contd...
2/19/07 11:19 AM
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the title is pretty descriptive though
2/19/07 11:21 AM
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i don't know how you came to that conclusion
2/19/07 11:25 AM
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Maybe Hubris is finally realizing that the US is the best country in the world. Good for you Hubris, doesn't freedom feel great !
2/19/07 11:27 AM
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737...wow that boggles the mind
2/19/07 11:33 AM
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" 737...wow that boggles the mind"

Your mind is boggling from your own thread?

LOL.....
2/19/07 11:33 AM
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I will say I am surprised by the numbers. Can you imagine how much American money goes into those communities through out the world. What would happen to them economically if the US closed the bases?
2/19/07 11:35 AM
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If the US left some of the best hookers of the world would be left in ruin.
2/19/07 11:36 AM
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RANDY ERICKSON, you are surprised at these numbers? Wow that is a shock, you are the type of person who does not question the USA government at all. You are loyal to your war president 110%.
2/19/07 11:37 AM
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They only made it 737 so that the 9/11 people wouldn't try to make some link between 747 and 9/11 and the amount of bases.
2/19/07 11:38 AM
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Fin what do you think about 737 bases around the world? just curious what you think seriously
2/19/07 11:42 AM
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How many of those bases are used to completely run the affairs of the nations they are located in?
2/19/07 11:44 AM
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" They only made it 737 so that the 9/11 people wouldn't try to make some link between 747 and 9/11 and the amount of bases."

FIN, the Planes on 9/11 were 757s and 767s.
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Americans = smarter than you thought USA!! USA!!
2/19/07 12:35 PM
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I'd bet that the number of bases has decreased in the past 20 years. Many of those bases were strategic leftovers from the Cold War. It's not really a big deal. Can you imagine if we vacated our bases in Asia? Bye bye Taiwan.

When the host countries asked them to leave, they leave like in the case of the Philippines. But now the Philippines have realized how expensive it is to build their own military.

2/19/07 12:40 PM
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* grasps at 800 straws * Lets make a straw man!!!!
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lol at boggling ones own mind.
2/19/07 1:07 PM
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"Wow that is a shock, you are the type of person who does not question the USA government at all. You are loyal to your war president 110%" What makes you think I support Bush? Is it because I disagree with most of your posts? Here's a little surprise for you I have never voted for Bush. I support the US military and this country. I truely believe we needed to go to Iraq but not for the reasons Bush (and the puppet master Chaney) have said. The radical teachings of Islahm is a major problem with the world today, not just in Iraq but the whole world. I find it sad that so many people have been killed in the name of religion. The US govenment isn't correct 100% of the time but it seems nowdays we (US) have become the police for the world. Whenever there's a problem who gets called first to deal with it? You villianize the United States daily and call insurgents "Freedom FIghters". Who murders innocent women and children with suicide bombs? If the insurgents really wanted the US out of Iraq all they would have to do is stop murdering innocents. I find it very interesting that now bombs are starting to go off in Iran. Could the true believers of Islahm be tired of their religion being taught to hate? This might be the start of a true holy war.
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"Fin what do you think about 737 bases around the world? just curious what you think seriously " I think if you looked into it deeper and realized that probably 80% of the bases are smaller than an embassy. For example, a lot of bases only serve a simple a forwarding hub for communications/airports/etc.,/ are not much more than a blip on a map. Most of the bases that are overseas are setup in the former WWII axis countries and those are completely legal, and encouraged in some of the local economies surrounding those bases. Take a look here. http://benefits.military.com/misc/installations/Browse_WorldMap.jsp This is more accurate, while the number may "technically" be correct, it doesn't define what a base is, or what makes something a base.
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" They only made it 737 so that the 9/11 people wouldn't try to make some link between 747 and 9/11 and the amount of bases." FIN, the Planes on 9/11 were 757s and 767s. Ehh, I was too lazy to google, and I thought I may be wrong, but I still got my message across.
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If it makes any difference to you Hubris. The US Armed forces is actually planning on pulling out of more and more bases and countries as the Air Force is a global entity and can get troops, bombs, munitions, logistics across the entire globe in a matter of hours. With that being said, there is still a need for Airport relays and routes, but past that - the global reach of the US military devaules the bases we do have overseas.
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RANDY ERICKSON, you said so much in that post I don't even know where to begin lol
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That's irrelevant! If a country has an American base in it, it's part of the American Empire. My bad. I'm going to go tell Italy to stop Speedo production or else.
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"Yes, we own the world. Any other questions? " Dumbass, you own nothing. The rich elite own America. The ruling class in America creates the sandbox you play in every day which you mistake for a meaningful existance. You are the one owned.

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