Under Obama, America’s Military Empire Continues to Expand

The following article was inspired by my debate, “Is Obama Keeping or Breaking His ‘Promises’ As President When He Continues to Engage In Wars?“…

American Imperialism

American Imperialism

Obama is not trying to end the wars in the Middle-East – as in, stop them – he’s trying to win the wars in the Middle-East – as in, conclude them (hence, “ENDING” the wars). There is a huge difference! Obama has been engaging in political double-speak all along, and the public has been “had.” Please read my previous article, “Barack Obama – America’s FALSE Peace Candidate!” for proof!

The Current War Against Afghanistan

By sending more troops to Afghanistan, Obama is, by definition, CONTINUING and ESCALATING that particular war!

As I illustrated in my previous article, “Questioning the Motives Behind America’s Invasion of Afghanistan“, our government has absolutely redefined Afghanistan’s existence and future through chronic meddling! And, as I also pointed out, they have also militarily, politically and culturally tampered with Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan, too! America, like an eagle, is operating from a “bird’s eye view,” on top of the world!

In order to finally have PEACE, we Americans will need to do a great deal more than STOP THE OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN to make REPARATIONS for what our government has already done with our tax dollars! We must force our government to FINALLY CONDEMN ITS ACTIONS, HUMBLY APOLOGIZE, then, WORK TO HEAL the wounds it created. Those are concepts that our government NEVER SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND. TRUE REDEMPTION COMES FROM TRUE HEALING! We can’t just walk away from Afghanistan, and we can’t continue to occupy it, either! First and foremost, we must stop meddling in Afghani politics! That is where this whole thing started! We owe Afghanis stability in the form of infrastructure, hospitals, schools, agriculture, and financial aid, NOT OCCUPATION, AND NOT “FRIENDLY” PUPPET GOVERNMENTS that sell those living under their reign to American corporate interests! Our government has no right to do these things!

The societies of Afghanistan are centered around the strong religious beliefs of those within, who adhere to the Qur’an, and their religious leaders. In the past, to our shame, our government has used this information to foment extremism, violence, and hate in these individuals for our own selfish purposes, but in reality, the religion of the Afghanis should have been viewed as the key to forming a true and solid bond with Afghanis, and toward the eventual creation of a true and solid “form” of “government” for Afghanistanone actually formed by and representative of those within, to their own satisfaction. Many of our government’s so-called “Founding Fathers” were strongly-faithed, mono-deists who used their spiritual convictions, and understanding of other religions, to come upon the “self-evident” truths “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Lifting the word “Creator” directly from the Constitution of the peaceful northern tribes of the Iroquois League, the Founders used the unspecific term in an obvious effort to describe the main character of todays most prominent MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONSwithout exclusion. So, Afghanis already have something important in common with early America, and incidentally, the ideal groundwork for the HONEST ESTABLISHMENT of a Constitutional Republic all their ownIF AND WHEN THEY voluntarily decide to! (As a side note, just like much of the Middle-East today, the Founding Fathers also reserved all of their rights for MEN only. Wow! Something else in common!) If not, they reserve the natural-borne RIGHT to remain as, and live within tribal communities WITHOUT INTERFERENCE!

Our government and citizens really need to stop all of this babbling about FORCING “DEMOCRACY” DOWN THE THROATS OF FOREIGN CULTURES THROUGH COVERT MEDDLING, SANCTIONS and/or BOMBING! We should illustrate the real lessons of our Founders THROUGH EXAMPLE, NOT FEAR! If not, then we need a HISTORY LESSON OURSELVES! The only reason those who live in the Middle-East are so angry with us is because our government has raped and pillaged their lands and their culture for decades, just as they did with the Native Americans! And, as of yet, we have not even acknowledged it, let alone offered Afghanis JUSTICE! We can’t just keep covering this fact up with military action after military action!

Einstein put it perfectly when he said:

“You can’t solve a problem with same mind that created it.”

It’s time to surprise ourselves as Americans! Maybe it’s time we learned a real lesson from all of our government’s actions!

All we can do now that we have meddled so gravely in the affairs of Afghanistan is to communicate with the individual communities of the Afghanis (not the governments we create for them), and to help them build from there. The religious leaders of the mosques of Afghanistan have already been the “governors” of their respective towns all along, with most communities centered around the mosques they attend. If we appeal to those who have already been trying to bring peaceful order to nation of Afghanistan long before we arrived, we will have a great deal more success than doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results! If we really help Afghanis, believe me, they will no longer hate us as they do!

The Current Covert War Against Pakistan

The Obama Administration has been regularly bombing Pakistan in secret – just as Bush did during his presidency! This bombing campaign the moment Obama took office:

Drone Attacks in Pakistan:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drone_attacks_in_Pakistan

President Obama ‘Orders Pakistan Drone Attacks’:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article5575883.ece

From a Few Days Ago:

Saleh Somali Killed in Pakistan Drone Attack: US:
http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-saleh+somali+killed+in+pakistan+drone+attack+us–bi-04

These strikes are causing an unknown number of civilian casualties, because our government isn’t releasing, or possibly isn’t even keeping track of the numbers. Our military has been attacked by the UN on the issue, just as they criticized us on Iraq. There are some estimates, though:

Report: One-Third of People Killed in Pakistan Drone Strikes Are Civilians:
http://washingtonindependent.com/64353/report-one-third-of-people-killed-in-pakistan-drone-strikes-are-civilians

Brookings Report on Drones Confirms High Civilian Death Rate in Pakistan and Misses the Point:
http://returngood.com/2009/07/21/brookings-report-confirms-high-civilian-death-rate-and-misses-the-point/

These bombings are an act of WAR. We can call it the “WAR ON TERROR” all we want, but when it happens on PAKISTANI SOIL and KILLS PAKISTANIS IN THE HUNDREDS THROUGH MILITARY MEANS, IT IS WAR ON PAKISTAN!!! And, how long do you think our military will be able to keep up the bombing of civilians before Pakistanis demand that their government throw our military out of their land? And, if they dare try, how do YOU think our government will react?

Again, if you’ll recall from my previous article, “Questioning the Motives Behind America’s Invasion of Afghanistan,” this is the same approach that our government took with the same Al Qaeda as they hid in Afghanistan when the Taliban ruled there. And, just like our government financially supported the Taliban up until our troops invaded the entire country of Afghanistan, we currently financially support the Pakistani government (which has been going on for a while), and are well on our way towards losing their support because of our military endeavors.

Keep that in mind when reading the following quote:
Speaking on August 1, 2007 in an address to the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC, Obama stated the following:

“The first step must be getting off the wrong battlefield in Iraq, and taking the fight to the terrorists in AFGHANISTAN and PAKISTAN.”

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=58663

With Obama willing to lump Pakistan and Afghanistan together, and our government historically treating them both very similarly, and our military now currently at war with Afghanistan, IT IS ALSO NO REACH to view Pakistan’s GOVERNMENT as the next target of our military (or CIA), since Pakistanis are already being ATTACKED! In the cases of unlearned mistakes and governments, history is known to repeat itself over and over again!

Look at these very recent headlines:

Blackwater Operating at CIA Pakistan Base, Ex-Official Says:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/dec/11/blackwater-in-cia-pakistan-base

CIA admits Blackwater presence in Pakistan:
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=113512&sectionid=351020401

According to Obama, in the same aforementioned 2007 speech:

“If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf will not act, WE WILL.”

http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=62500&newsChannel=domesticNews

Obama has done exactly what he said he would by authorizing drone strikes and Blackwater troops inside of Pakistan! And, by attacking “targets” in Pakistan with bombs, and murdering innocent civilians, he is already engaging in a “violent” WAR WITH PAKISTAN! Just because Obama hasn’t attacked the puppet government of Pakistan does not mean that our military is not now engaging in WAR WITH PAKISTAN!

If Pakistan doesn’t play by our government’s rules in the “War on Terror,” or isn’t friendly to western oil interests, our government will simply have whoever is in power replaced in a coup d’état, just as it did in Pakistan in the past:

Military coup in Pakistan with U.S. support. Army Chief Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq overthrows the civilian government and hangs Prime *Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1979 after a sham trial.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_coups_d%27%C3%A9tat_and_coup_attempts#1970_-_1979

Our military also used this method to overthrow the governments of Iran, Bolivia, South Korea, etc, and tried to do so unsuccessfully to the governments of Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, etc. In most cases, we installed a dictator. In all cases, our government uses the CIA to do this.

Here is a recent article discussing the possibility of regime-change in Pakistan:

A Military Coup in Pakistan?
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/a-military-coup-in-pakistan/article1393331/

Once again, if you’ll recall in my article, “Questioning the Motives Behind America’s Invasion of Afghanistan,” our government funnels millions of dollars of aid into the same Pakistani Intelligence Service that now threatens to overthrow the current Pakistani government! This might as well scream CIAwho work hand-in-hand with the Pakistani ISI!

 In August of 2007, in an article entitled “Renewing America’s Leadership,” published in the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) “Foreign Affairs” Magazine, Obama wrote:

I WILL NOT HESITATE TO USE FORCE, UNILATERALLY if necessary, to protect the American people or our vital interests whenever we are attacked or imminently threatened. WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER USING MILITARY FORCE IN CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND SELF-DEFENSE in order to provide for the common security that underpins global stability — to support friends, participate in stability and reconstruction operations, or confront mass atrocities.”

http://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/153/26336.html

As you can see, Obama defines “self-defense” as “whenever we are attacked or imminently threatened.” Therefore, when he says, “WE MUST ALSO CONSIDER USING MILITARY FORCE IN CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND SELF-DEFENSE,” he is no longer speaking about using military force for “self-defense,” but something entirely different.

Now, why and when would our government “consider” using “military force in circumstances beyond self-defense,”where America is not even “imminently threatened” or “attacked”? To answer the first part of the question: according to Obama, “military force” should be used to “provide for the COMMON SECURITY that underpins GLOBAL STABILITY.” If you’ll notice, by “COMMON SECURITY” Obama means “COLLECTIVE SECURITY.” However, since he uses this phrase in reference to our use of military force, he obviously doesn’t include all nations into this “collective” he speaks of, or this “global stability” he references.

Also note that, by “[collective] SECURITY,” Obama does not just mean “[collective] SAFETY,” but also “[collective] SECURE-NESS” (or rather, “[collectively], THE STATE OF BEING GUARANTEED“), which becomes more than apparent when he proposes the idea that our military force should be used “to support friends” and “participate in stability and reconstruction operations.” However, supporting the wars of our allies, when America is not directly threatened, is a dangerous game. Without really being involved to know the specifics, our government runs a strong risk of acting inappropriately, or without just cause (as was the case with the 1953 Iranian coup that we covertly executed at the request of our British “allies”). Besides, this sort of military-based alliance also defies the principles of the Founders:

“Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.” – Thomas Jefferson

“America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” – John Quincy Adams

“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent allies with any portion of the foreign world.” – George Washington

The Founders would be rolling in their graves to know that our government now blindly supports Britian in its imperialistic endeavors! But, I digress!

When our government provides military supports to our “allies,” even when obviously wrong, our main goal becomes to “guarantee” and “secure” the DOMINANCE OF ALLIED NATIONS. To further this end, our government also gains a commitment of military support from the same “allies” when also obviously wrong. That is why Britian repaid us for our “help” in Iran in 1953 by “helping” our military invade Afghanistan & Iraq, even as the UN condemned the idea of an Iraq Invasion, and shunned troop support.

Obama’s other ideas about the use of “military force” to provide “[collective] security” tie into his mention of “global stability,” as well as “stability and reconstruction efforts.” But, how can military force be used to “participate in stability and reconstruction operations”? How are our armed forces actually going to “stabilize” or “reconstruct” the societies, economies or politics of foreign nations? Answer: by POLICING THE WORLD and NATION-BUILDING!

If there is to be any social/economic/political “instability” and/or “destruction” in any part of the foreign world (as Obama’s statement imply), THE USE OF FORCE by our our MILITARY (and our CIA) would BE INSTRUMENTAL IN EFFECTING the OUTCOME of the situation. However, it is not America’s situation, and we have no right to attack another country just because it happens to be going through turmoil. It doesn’t even really make sense to do such a thing as a “peaceful” and “civilized” nation. But, if you view it as AN OPPORTUNISTIC ATTEMPT BY OUR GOVERNMENT TO CASH IN ON FOREIGN CRISIS, in order to instill more puppet governments throughout the nations of the world, serving American, corporate and “allied” interests, instead of the individuals within the land, then it begins to make sense! Therefore, Obama can throw “confront[ing] mass atrocities” into his rhetoric all he wants, but we all know what that means: more propoganda pieces to cook up support for war, just like the Iraqi Incubator Babies scam that helped fuel our original war against Saddam, the WMD fraud that helped fuel our second war against Saddam, and other such examples:

The Kuwaiti Incubator Hoax:
http://911review.com/precedent/decade/incubators.html

How Bush Sr. Sold the Bombing of Iraq:
http://www.counterpunch.org/cohen1228.html

Kuwaiti Incubator Babies Lie:
http://www.whale.to/b/kuwait_babies.html

Are these the sorts of “mass atrocities” our military hopes to confront?

This is the REAL MASS ATROCITY: OUR SOLDIERS BEING MADE TO COMMIT ATROCITIES because they were

MANIPULATED & BETRAYED BY OUR GOVERNMENT! I SAY: THIS IS WAR!!!

The Current Covert War Against Iran

Yet again, if you’ll recall, in my article, “Questioning the Motives Behind America’s Invasion of Afghanistan,” I illustrated the fact that America has already criminally violated Iran’s sovereignty in the past, subverting their democratic elections in the process! For this reason alone, we have no right to bully them around now! And, if you’ll actually look into the fine print of our dispute with Iran, it centers around their government’s attempts to provide NUCLEAR POWER to their own country. Our government says, “NO” because the ingredients to make a nuclear weapon is contained within the technology to provide nuclear power, though it requires much further refining. Because of this fact, Iran’s government is very much dependent on the sale of its own OIL RICHES to support its nation, and relies mostly on it’s fossil fuels for electricity! Electricity is a luxury in Iran!

CIA Discovered Planning “Soft Revolution” in Iran:
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=14082

CIA has Distributed $400 Million Inside Iran to Spark Revolution:
http://pakalert.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/cia-has-distributed-400-million-dollars-inside-iran-to-evoke-a-revolution/

Kissinger Calls for Iran Attack if Color Revolution Fails:
http://www.infowars.com/kissinger-calls-for-iran-attac-if-color-revolution-fails/

Reporter Details Congressionally Approved Covert Funding of Terrorists in Iran to Bring About “Regime Change”:
http://infowars.net/articles/june2008/300608Iran_Covert.htm

North Korean Nukes Financed By America

Now… when it comes to North Korea, our government has the same track record as it does with most of the foreign countries that are now a “threat” to us citizens: we originally financed and “accidentally” armed them!

North Korea’s Nukes: Paid for by the US Government:
http://www.infowars.com/north-koreas-nukes-paid-for-by-the-us-government/

Read in the article about how “both the Clinton and Bush administrations played a key role in helping Kim Jong-Il develop North Korea’s nuclear prowess from the mid 1990’s onwards.”

OUR GOVERNMENT is the ONLY COUNTRY SO FAR that HAS ACTUALLY USED NUCLEAR WEAPONS AGAINST ITS ENEMIES! WHAT RIGHT DOES AMERICA HAVE, then, TO FEARFULLY POLICE THE NUCLEAR AMBITIONS OF OTHER NATIONS, WHEN OUR COUNTRY IS THE SOLE AUTHOR OF AN ACTUAL NUCLEAR ATTACK! THIS SORT OF THINKING IS JUST PLAIN OL’ HYPOCRITICAL!

Beyond the Kuwaiti Incubator Hoax –
Into the Heart of the Propaganda Matrix

Even with all of the information I have now laid out, there will be many who still won’t understand, and many who lack the time, attention, and/or interest to do so. Honestly, I don’t have all of the details myself, either – I only have enough to develop a fair sense of the overall picture. Noone really knows all of the inner-workings of our government’s foreign policy, along with the role of the CIA and military play in these matters (as I’m certain it would “breach national security”), and not too many are speaking up about it or even discussing the less-popular activities that have been researched, proposed then committed to with our tax dollars. The subject is too touchy and too fresh, since these covert and overt operations are still taking place to this day. RESEARCH is the only real method of discovering what has been going on with our “leaders” behind the scenes in their dealings with foreign nations, groups and individuals, and I encourage you to engage in as much of it as possible, as I don’t believe there is any real limit. The subject matter at hand is complex, and it is sometimes exhausting to sort through, even for myself – as someone who is enthusiastic to learn about our country’s historical & current “foreign policy.” And, if you add this to the fact that the information itself is not always easily or readily accessible, we are talking about hours upon hours of reading and sorting, and reading and sorting. Not everyone is equipped for such a task! With that in mind, not too many would take the time to put all of this information together for another the way that I have for you. If you begin to research for yourself, you will mostly find bits and pieces here and there.

Every day, the American public is bombarded by a relentless stream of misinformation insidiously spread by the mainstream media monopoly – the same group that fed us WMDs and the Iraq War. Our information is being controlled, and most are not even aware of it, or its consequences:

Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/us/20generals.html?_r=3&hp&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Pentagon Pundit Scandal Broke the Law:
http://www.prwatch.org/node/7261

Army Denies Journo-Iraq-Embed for Critical Reporting:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/army-denies-reporter-iraq-embed-for-critical-reporting/

Pentagon Hired Contractors to Vet War Reporters Who Were Refused to Highlight Good News:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/08/pentagon-hired-contractor-to-vet-war-reporters

And, manufacturing the consent of the American public is not the only agenda of our government. They aren’t just looking for war overseas. They are also using our tax dollars to artificially forment conflict among the very “people” they are Constitutionally-bound to protect. This is all done in an apparent effort to execute the Hegelian Dialect of “problem-reaction-solution.”  In this formula of tyranny, a government body creates the illusion of a deadly public problem, which they subsequently blame on a pre-targeted group. Calculating a pre-determined public reaction wherein individuals ask for help in the form of “protection” from the blamed group, the government pre-plants agents within the popular media outlets who immediately bombard the presses and airwaves with a one-track solution. The solution, which is the true end-goal, is that the public be relinquished of their Individual liberties so that the government can keep them “safe.”

Endgame: An American Empire –
Global Military-Industrial-Scientific Dictatorship

In 1961, Eisenhower issued a prophetic warning in his farewell speech, saying:

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial-[scientific*] complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” *removed from the speech at the last minute at the special request of Eisenhower’s head of science.

Now, check out these statistics:

America’s Empire of Bases – “702 Overseas Bases in 130 Different Countries”:
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0115-08.htm

According to the article, these bases are run by the Pentagon, who:

“has another 6,000 bases in the United States and its territories. Pentagon bureaucrats calculate that it would require at least $113.2 billion to replace just the foreign bases — surely far too low a figure but still larger than the gross domestic product of most countries — and an estimated $591,519.8 million to replace all of them.”

The article also notes:

“These numbers, although staggeringly large, do not begin to cover all the actual bases we occupy globally. The 2003 Base Status Report fails to mention, for instance, any garrisons in Kosovo — even though it is the site of the huge Camp Bondsteel, built in 1999 and maintained ever since by Kellogg, Brown & Root. The Report similarly omits bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, and Uzbekistan, although the U.S. military has established colossal base structures throughout the so-called arc of instability in the two-and-a-half years since 9/11.

For Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan, which has been an American military colony for the past 58 years, the report deceptively lists only one Marine base, Camp Butler, when in fact Okinawa “hosts” ten Marine Corps bases, including Marine Corps Air Station Futenma occupying 1,186 acres in the center of that modest-sized island’s second largest city. (Manhattan’s Central Park, by contrast, is only 843 acres.) The Pentagon similarly fails to note all of the $5-billion-worth of military and espionage installations in Britain, which have long been conveniently disguised as Royal Air Force bases. If there were an honest count, the actual size of our military empire would probably top 1,000 different bases in other people’s countries, but no one — possibly not even the Pentagon — knows the exact number for sure, although it has been distinctly on the rise in recent years.”

And, as you can see, the number of bases continues to rise! This article is from the same author, this time, writing about 2005 issue of the same Base Status Report:

737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire (Feb. 2007 article):
http://www.alternet.org/story/47998

From the article:

“Interestingly enough, 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, from Hispania to Armenia. Perhaps the optimum number of major citadels and fortresses for an imperialist aspiring to dominate the world is somewhere between thirty-five and forty.”

As Americans, we have to ask ourselves an important set of questions:

What sort of government do we really want? A REPUBLIC or AN EMPIRE?

Choose wisely, because we cannot have both!

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