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Reduce The Deficit – Start With The Military

By James Donahue

Before he left office, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a five-star general who served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe during World War II, left Americans with a warning that the military industrial complex constructed for this war had a “potential for a disastrous rise of misplaced power.”

Before the war, Eisenhower said the United States “had no armaments industry.” Since the end of World War II the nation found itself involved in a Korean conflict and was “compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

“We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications,” Eisenhower warned.

He said this in a speech before the nation in 1961. It is obvious, however, that the powers that followed Eisenhower into high office were not listening or were already bent on a quest for imperialism that has been unprecedented in the history of the world.

While we have never openly declared ourselves as anything more than a police force for world peace, the United States has established and maintained a massive global military presence that rivals anything ever dreamed of by the old Roman Empire. And we flex our military muscle in every corner of the world.

Chalmers Johnson in a recently published book Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic,” counted 737 U. S. military bases and more than 2.5 million personnel serving them on every continent. These statistics were calculated in 2005 and may not include new bases established in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To maintain all of this global military presence, and to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department is expected to spend an estimated $1.01 to $1.35 trillion dollars in 2010.

The Johnson report draws from government documents published in 2005 to show that the property owned by the military for housing the overseas bases is valued as high as $127 billion, with a total value of $658.1 billion for all of the military property both foreign and domestic.

Johnson wrote that “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.”

Even though World War II ended in 1945, we still maintain a military presence in Japan and Germany. We maintain military bases in North America, Latin America, throughout Western Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, Greenland and Great Britain.

Jules Defour, in an in-depth report for the website Global Research, states that the U.S. Military has basis in 63 countries and that new bases have been built since 2001 in seven countries.

“These facilities include a total of 845,441 different buildings and equipments. The underlying land service is of the order of 30 million acres,” Defour wrote. He said this makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners in the world.

He reports that the military bases and installations are “distributed according to a Command structure divided up into five spatial units and four unified Combatant Commands. Each unit is under the command of a general. “The Earth surface is being conceived as a wide battlefield which can be patrolled or steadfastly supervised from the bases.”

Defour identifies the nine commands as: the Northern Command, the Pacific Command, the Southern Command, the Central Command, the European Command, Joint Forces Command, Special Operations Command, the Transportation Command and the Strategic Command.

In addition to all of the above, the United States is actively involved in the Atlantic Alliance, or (NATO) which maintains a network of 30 military bases, mostly located in Western Europe.

In addition to the estimated 94,000 troops currently stationed in Afghanistan and 48,000 still in Iraq, the United States has over 40,000 military personnel serving in South Korea, more than 40,000 in Japan, over 75,000 troops in Germany, and nearly 17,000 naval officers at sea, according to the Defour report.

Another 800 are stationed in Africa, 491 at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, 100 in the Philippines, 196 in Singapore, 113 in Thailand, 200 in Australia, about 1,000 at Ganci Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, 3,432 in Qatar, 700 in Guantanamo, 413 in Honduras, 1,496 in Bahrain, and 147 in Canada.

In addition to all of this military presence, the United States had been engaging private defense contractors like Blackwater and Halliburton to act as mercenary fighters and service military personnel in the field.

Defour strongly suggests that the so-called “War on Terrorism” has been created as a replacement for the Cold War as a reason for continued maintenance of such a strong military industrial complex, which includes the operation of major defense plants and bases operating in nearly every state of the union. He describes this as “the greatest fraud in US history” and argues that the war against terrorism is “a fabricated pretext” that constitutes “a global war against all those who oppose US hegemony. A modern form of slavery, instrumented through militarization and the ‘free market’ has unfolded.”

The overall strategy has been to control the world economy and its financial markets and take over world natural resources.

Looking at America’s vast military complex from this perspective, it is easy to understand why elected representatives in Washington, all of them heavily financed by secret outside financial interests, are reluctant to consider cutting the nation’s runaway defense budget.


It is the very dilemma Eisenhower warned about. And it has happened right before our eyes.