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From the Archives of TomDispatch: America’s Empire of Bases

Aug 12, 2015
A vast network of American military bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire not likely to be taught in any high school geography class. Without grasping the dimensions of this globe-girdling Baseworld, one can't 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.

Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?

Mar 23, 2015
The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

The Outpost That Doesn’t Exist in the Country You Can’t Locate

Nov 21, 2014
Recent contracting documents indicate that the U.S. military is building something in Chad. Not a huge facility, not a mini-American town, but a small camp. The revelation suggests yet another potential source of blowback from America’s efforts in Africa which have backfired, gone bust, and sown strife.

Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya

Apr 15, 2014
Is the US secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? That’s what I asked a spokesman for U Africa Command “I am surprised by your mentioning the Canary Islands,” he responded by email “I have not heard this before, and wonder where you heard this”.

Three Good Reasons To Liquidate Our Empire

Aug 23, 2013
The failure to begin to deal with our bloated military establishment and the profligate use of it in missions for which it is hopelessly inappropriate will, sooner rather than later, condemn the United States to a devastating trio of consequences: imperial overstretch, perpetual war, and insolvency, leading to a likely collapse similar to that of the former Soviet Union.