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The foundation of America’s empire: our chain of bases around the world

One of the most important sites on the web for those following geopolitics is, in my opinion, Tom Engelhardt’s TomDispatch.  He covers aspects of the world that remain almost invisible to our mainstream media.  Here is another look behind the curtain, at things hidden from most Americans.  Please read the full article; the excerpt just hints …

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The Real War in Iraq, seldom mentioned (do not disturb the slumber of America)

One of the Iraq War’s many oddities is the near-total absence of discussion about the two poles around which everything else rotates:  the air war and our permanent bases.  The first is — far more than COIN — the primary expression of our power in Iraq, allowing us to dominate it with so few troops.  …

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9/11 was the most effective single military operation in the history of the world

With a single strike al Qaeda changed the course of the world’s hegemonic state, by many measures the most powerful nation (relative to its time) that the world has ever seen. They did this at a negligible cost in money and manpower — never have so few changed so many with so little effort. Our …

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I was wrong about SecDef Gates – here is a more accurate view of him

I apologize to those of you who read yesterday’s post about Secretary of Defense Gates.  I read his recent speeches with my mind closed.  Fortunately Tom Engelhardt sees what the rest of us overlook.  Following his suggestion, consider Gates’ 4 April speech at West Point. Last year I read Partners in Command, a book by Mark Perry. It …

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Three blind men examine the Iraq Elephant

First in another series of Iraq situation reports. As with the fable about the blind men and the elephant (look here for several versions), we can look at Iraq from different perspectives.  Each gives different insights. One day, a rajah’s son asked, “Father, what is reality?” “An excellent question, my son.  Come, we will go …

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