New Campaign: Close All US Military Bases On Foreign Soil

Posted: July 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

dissidentvoice.org
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers



The Coalition Against Foreign Military Bases is a new campaign focused on closing all US military bases abroad. This campaign strikes at the foundation of US empire, confronting its militarism, corporatism and imperialism. We urge you to endorse this campaign.

On the occasion of its announcement, the coalition issued a unity statement, which describes its intent as raising public awareness and organizing non-violent mass resistance against U.S. foreign military bases. It further explains that US foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation, and that the closure of U.S. foreign military bases is one of the first necessary steps toward a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

While the US sought to be an imperial force beginning just after the US Civil War and then escalated those efforts at the turn of the 20th Century, it became the dominant empire globally after World War II. This was during the time of de-colonization, when many traditional empires were forced to let their colonies become independent nations. So, while the US is the largest empire in world history, it is not a traditional empire in which nations are described as colonies of the US empire. Nations remain independent, at least in name, while allowing US bases on their soil and serving as a client state of the United States. They are controlled through the economic power of the US, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The US has used regime change tactics, including assassination and military force, to keep its empire intact.

Commentators have described the United States as an empire of bases. Chalmers Johnson wrote in 2004:

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. This vast network of American bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire an empire of bases with its own geography not likely to be taught in any high school geography class. Without grasping the dimensions of this globe-girdling Baseworld, one cant begin to understand the size and nature of our imperial aspirations or the degree to which a new kind of militarism is undermining our constitutional order.

Our military deploys well over half a million soldiers, spies, technicians, teachers, dependents, and civilian contractors in other nations. To dominate the oceans and seas of the world, we are creating some thirteen naval task forces built around aircraft carriers whose names sum up our martial heritage Kitty Hawk, Constellation, Enterprise, John F. Kennedy, Nimitz, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Carl Vinson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, John C. Stennis, Harry S. Truman, and Ronald Reagan. We operate numerous secret bases outside our territory to monitor what the people of the world, including our own citizens, are saying, faxing, or’e-mailing to one another. . .

 

Source: New Campaign: Close All US Military Bases On Foreign Soil

Comments
  1. futuret says:

    I COULD NOT AGREE MORE!!! CERTAINLY IN THE USA, I WOULD NOT LIKE NOR APPROVE IF ANOTHER COUNTRY WERE TO HAVE A MILITARY BASE HERE (MORE MAY BE THERE IS) AND I AND OTHERS DO NOT KNOW ABOUT IT; PLUS I HATE THE MANY ENTITIES THAT ARE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. LET EVERY COUNTRY AND CIVILIZATION TAKE CARE OF ITS OWN REVOLUTIONS, EVOLUTIONS, DEVOLUTIONS, AND LET EVERY MAN AND EVERY COUNTRY LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES AND LESSONS. MATTERS SHOULD NO LONGER BE ABOUT THE DOLLAR BILL CAMOUFLAGED IN SECURITY, BUT ABOUT COMMON SENSE IN SELF SUFFICIENCY OF EVERY MAN, WOMAN, AND CHILD IN EVERY COUNTRY. BEFORE LONG WORLD WAR THREE WILL COME INTO FULL BLOOM, THEN WE IN OUR BODIES FILLED WITH RADIATION, CAN GO BACK TO MANUFACTURING BOWS AND ARROWS. BY THE WAY, THE DRONES AND ROBOTS WILL MELT TOO. WHEN JESUS CHRIST RETURNS, THERE SHALL BE NO MILITARY BASES AND ETERNALLY TO INFINITY NONE OF US SHALL LEARN OF WAR ANYMORE. AMEN!!!

    • Futuret, I think the birth of this movement is a clear sign of the waning influence and power of the US empire. Foreign countries are totally fed up with the US controlling them militarily so that Wall Street corporations can exploit that. And more and more Americans are fed up with using all our tax dollars to fight ludicrous wars instead while we allow US cities and Americans to languish.

      • futuret says:

        I AM DISGUSTED MYSELF. I AM ONLY ONE PERSON, AND THE ONLY ONE WHO I BELONG TO AND IS IN CONTROL OF MY SOUL, IS OUR ETERNAL CREATOR YAHVEH, MY SOUL BELONGS TO NO GOVERNMENT.

  2. Other countries should have long since expelled the U.S. military. There should have been a strong, unified and concerted effort by all countries affected to initiate this. Filipino president Duterte has been threatening this very thing; the expulsion of America’s military out of his country and the closing of the bases. This should have been done, posthaste seeing as how he has been extremely vocal about his dislike of the U.S. with its warring ways.

    I hope this builds into a serious movement that can actually get the job done.

  3. I totally agree, Shelby. I think this group is seizing on a strategic opportunity to compound pressure other countries like Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and the Philippines are putting on the US to pull back on military intervention in Syria and elsewhere.

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