Excerpt from a very interesting book on the AlterNet web site. Chalmers Johnson analyzes the US military presence throughout the world with its more than seven hundred bases and around 2.5 million personnel. Johnson argues, the so-called American democracy has spawned a global empire.
737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire
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.
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