U.S. undergoes rapid military
This article appeared in USA TODAY on January 15,
2002. The WarHawks wasted no time in setting the world stage for the final
act of George Orwell's 1984
the beginning of their long planned neverendingwar.
Do not miss the fact, toward the bottom of the article,
the admission that the U.S. is downplaying publicizing its military expansion
in return for bases in many countries. Even before the holocaust on September
11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, "the military had a presence in 140 countries
Who will protect America?
When the phrase 'military presence' is used, a
sterilization process takes place. We forget the military consists of America's
young men and women who have no idea they are being used as a mercenary force
for an alien power in control of the U.S. government.
It would NOT be surprising to discover that the
U.S. is threatening to bomb them if the countries' leaders refuse a U.S.
"military presence". Lot's of American 'tax' dollars being used as bribe
-- Jackie --
November 3, 2002
January 15, 2002
U.S. undergoes rapid military
By Amr Nabil, AP
Egyptian troops come ashore from a U.S. hovercraft
on the Egyptian coast near Alexandria last October.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States is rapidly
increasing its military ties with nations large and small, thanks to the
war on terrorism.
That means more U.S. soldiers will be spread around
the globe in coming years, despite President Bush's warning during his election
campaign that the military was stretched thin, with too many overseas
Already, American special forces train armies across
Africa. The Pentagon fights war games in the Middle East. U.S. soldiers engage
in scores of joint training exercises from South America to Southeast
Even before Sept. 11, the military had a presence
in 140 countries worldwide.
Now it is busy expanding -- or considering expansion
-- not just in Afghanistan, where the war against accused terror mastermind
Osama bin Laden is taking place, and neighboring Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan,
but in a slew of countries beyond:
Armenia and Azerbaijan in Central Asia to
Somalia in East Africa to the Philippines and Indonesia in Southeast
"Overall, the American military global presence
is more pervasive today than at any point in American history," said John
Pike, a military analyst in Washington.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has suggested
a pullback in only one place -- a cut of about one-third in NATO troops
on peacekeeping duty in Bosnia.
The new reach of America's military is worrying
some nations. Iran is increasingly nervous about being encircled by countries
with new U.S. military ties, said Judith Kipper, a Middle East expert in
Washington. China has long worried about American power. The military presence
worldwide also could further anger Islamic hard-liners across southwest Asia
and the Middle East.
Bin Laden first targeted America when thousands
of U.S. troops who came to Saudi Arabia to fight the Persian Gulf War stayed
on to maintain regional security. During his 2000 campaign for president,
Bush criticized his opponent, Al Gore, and the vice president's boss, President
Clinton, for overextending U.S. military forces by intervening in places
where vital U.S. security interests were not at stake.
Yet a recent Pentagon paper identifies vital American
security interests in almost every part of the globe, with the notable exception
The Afghan campaign again has taught U.S. officials
that it pays to have relationships with countries important and obscure
worldwide, whom the United States may need tomorrow, national security adviser
Condoleezza Rice said recently.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, the United States moved
quickly to strengthen ties with Pakistan so it could use Pakistani air bases.
It approached the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan and
reached deals to put air bases in both.
In return, those countries get valuable help with
military training or access to equipment. Countries like Singapore, where
Navy ships dock, get a public linkage with America that might deter aggression,
even if the United States makes no formal guarantee of military
The United States also increasingly tries to
pre-position military equipment worldwide, to lessen its dependence on cargo
planes when trouble pops up, said Loren Thompson, an analyst at the Lexington
Institute in Washington. A recent Pentagon study proposed putting even
more equipment in the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean.
"Coming out of Desert Storm (in 1991), we started
to build up prepositioned things," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem
In some cases, as it courts a country's military
forces, the United States is willing to set aside human rights or other problems.
U.S. officials want to help Indonesia fight possible
member clusters of bin Laden's al-Qaeda network, for example, but are under
restrictions because of human rights abuses there, Deputy Defense Secretary
Paul Wolfowitz recently told The New York Times. Those restrictions "really
need to be reviewed in the light of Sept. 11," he said.
The United States doesn't trumpet much of the military
cooperation. Uzbekistan, for example, is skittish that its role could anger
Islamic hard-liners and thus has pressed U.S. officials to restrict news
coverage. Rumsfeld and his spokeswoman, Victoria Clarke, have said that is
a fair deal, in return for base access.
Saudi Arabia also doesn't talk about the thousands
of U.S. forces there. That trend will only grow as America's presence grows,
analyst Pike said.
In both the Persian Gulf and central Asia, he said,
"A great deal is being done to downplay the thing."
Copyright 2002 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett
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Mike Thompson. [who said] "We now know that our military personnel were
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agents that are known carcinogens."
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jets were recalled almost immediately by orders from Washington. As a result,
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attack our smaller fighting forces. They knew beforehand when we were coming
and how many of us there were. They knew everything about us all the time
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weapons in Iraq or future wars may be bulldozed into mass graves and burned
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No Deterrent for Some Looking to Military
NY Times "Mr. Moran's former
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in the Middle East: They said, "'Oh yeah, you're going to go die over there,'
" he recalled. "But I was going to die over here, too, So it doesn't really
matter. As a teenager, it's more of a risk to be in the streets."
Undergoes Rapid Military Expansion" - Who Will Protect
USA Today "The United States
is rapidly increasing its military ties with nations large and small, thanks
to the war on terrorism. . . "Overall, the American military global presence
is more pervasive today than at any point in American history,": John Pike,
military analyst in Washington. . . A recent Pentagon paper identifies vital
American security interests in almost every part of the globe, with the notable
exception of Africa.
Sues Military Over Extended Service
"This lawsuit seeks to stop the forced retention of men and women who have
fulfilled their service obligations. When their period of enlistment ends,
they should be entitled to return to their families", said attorney Michael
Sorgen. The "stop loss'' order means soldiers who otherwise could leave when
their commitments expire will be compelled to remain until the end of a year-long
overseas deployment and up to another 90 days after returning to their home
in Iraq, then mistreated, neglected, and hidden in
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Returned to War
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they are ready to serve again. Soldiers went to war with chronic illnesses
such as coronary disease, mental illness, arthritis, diabetes and the nervous
condition, Tourette's syndrome, or after undergoing recent surgery."
in Iraq Increase
"A U.S. commander warned troops Thursday to watch their friends because
suicides are on the rise."
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soldiers who are not members of the National Guard or Reserve
that they will be involuntarily recalled to active duty for possible
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flat. ...With yearlong tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, some soldiers can be
forced to stay in the Army an extra 18 months.
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so ill that they had to be flown back to the United States."
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of these men and women are older, with families. For them, this morphing
from a fighting machine ducking bullets into a mommy or daddy packing school
lunches presents a special challenge. This time the government tapped the
National Guard and the Reserve to augment regular forces. Some
returnees-proportionately many more than in Vietnam-have left limbs and slices
of sanity on an urban battlefield as strange as the Iraq war itself."
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unit have developed malignancies in just 16 months. ...it targets the DNA.
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Weapons Lab and formerly involved with the Manhattan Project, interprets
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the Iraqi people. Jesse says the people being called "insurgents" and "the
enemy" in Iraq are only trying to protect their families against the
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