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Standing Army2010

  • 3.9
Over the course of the last century, the United States has silently encircled the world with a web of military bases unlike any other in history. No continent is spared. They have shaped the lives of millions, yet remain a mystery to most.

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The critics and protesters against overseas US bases seem to forget that there are bad guys, rogue nations and real enemies--not phantoms conjured up by the US Department of State, the Pentagon and military hardware producers. In time of peace these bases are a deterrent to those nations who would seek to use military power to bully weaker nations. In time of war the bases ensure a high level of combat readiness to deter aggressive acts by nations with territorial ambitions such as Russia, China, North Korea and Muslim radicals. If all the US bases were closed, how long would it be before US forces are invited to return to save these nations from extortion and invasion? Do we really believe that there are no enemies of the free world? John Stockwell's book 'In Search of Enemies' was published in 1984 but he couldn't foresee the rise of radical Islam or a resurgent Russia trying to regain lost republics. If there are no enemies of the USA and freedom there will be enemies.

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The critics and protesters against overseas US bases seem to forget that there are bad guys, rogue nations and real enemies--not phantoms conjured up by the US Department of State, the Pentagon and military hardware producers. In time of peace these bases are a deterrent to those nations who would seek to use military power to bully weaker nations. In time of war the bases ensure a high level of combat readiness to deter aggressive acts by nations with territorial ambitions such as Russia, China, North Korea and Muslim radicals. If all the US bases were closed, how long would it be before US forces are invited to return to save these nations from extortion and invasion? Do we really believe that there are no enemies of the free world? John Stockwell's book 'In Search of Enemies' was published in 1984 but he couldn't foresee the rise of radical Islam or a resurgent Russia trying to regain lost republics. If there are no enemies of the USA and freedom there will be enemies.

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"Manufacturing Consent" by Chomsky and Herman is a book length study on how the united states government, the media, and the political elite work together to control the minds of americans, such as the misinformed commentor above.

Interestingly enough the united states federal government and the american media (both strongly anti-communist) once having supported an "islamist" group called the Mujahedin from Afghanistan in their fight against "communist" Russia, today supports the Mujahideen of Iran (MKO) a communist political organization (which was only recently taken off the NATO terrorist organization list) against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

"Manufacturing Consent" by Chomsky and Herman is a book length study on how the united states government, the media, and the political elite work together to control the minds of americans, such as the misinformed commentor above.

Interestingly enough the united states federal government and the american media (both strongly anti-communist) once having supported an "islamist" group called the Mujahedin from Afghanistan in their fight against "communist" Russia, today supports the Mujahideen of Iran (MKO) a communist political organization (which was only recently taken off the NATO terrorist organization list) against the Islamic Republic of Iran.