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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Americans Now Demanding Closure Of U.S. Military Installations Across The Globe

Time to bring our exhausted, abused military personnel home from the illegal, immoral wars across the globe and prosecute those responsible for their needless deaths beginning with CNN fake news    

NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
By Martin Berger
08/10/2017

As it’s been noted by a former professor of the University of California, Chalmers Johnson, in his book Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, published at the turn of the twenty first century.


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As distinct from other peoples, most Americans do not recognize — or do not want to recognize — that the United States dominates the world through its military power. 

Due to government secrecy, our citizens are often ignorant of the fact that our garrisons encircle the planet. 

This vast network of American bases on every continent except Antarctica actually constitutes a new form of empire — an empire of bases with its own geography 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.

Last June, Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani has once again voiced his protest against the crimes committed by US servicemen in Okinawa, as the latest resulted in two more local citizens being seriously injured.

This development was followed by a total of 65,000 Japanese citizens gathering on the island to participate in an anti-American protest – one of the largest ones observed in Japan over the last two decades, as noted by Reuters. This protest marked a new low in US-Japanese relations.




In this situation, the officers commanding US armed forces deployed in Japan were forced to announced that they would hand over some 4,000 hectares of land to Okinawa’s government last month. For years this land has been occupied by the US military.

Entire World Resists The Expansion Of U.S. Military

However, Japan’s population is not the only one opposing continuous US military presence abroad, with the threat of the imminent withdrawal looming over a large number of US military installations in different parts of the world.

Last January, thousands of protesters demanded the closure of a US military facility in the in the northern Italian town of Vicenza. The protest was organized by an opposition party known as the “5-star Movement” (D5Z) which has even presented the Chamber of Deputies of the national parliament with a bill demanding a review of Italy’s membership in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization(NATO).


Thousands of pubic speeches against American bases are being delivered to the inhabitants of Germany on a yearly basis by representatives of various political movements. These activities have become particularly commonplace in the town of Ramstein-Miesenbach, where a large US military installation is situated.

Iraqi Vice President Nouri al-Maliki has publicly stated recently that Iraqi society opposes foreign military bases being deployed across the country, including those that belong to the US.


Last July, the Turkish Anadolu Agency published a detailed report on the numerous American military bases being created in Syria, emphasizing that the Pentagon deploys its installations and military personnel in residential areas in the immediate vicinity of large local enterprises, which would transform Syria’s population into “human shields” should ISIS launch an attack against one of these positions in retaliation.

American Population vs. U.S. Military Bases

Therefore, it is hardly surprising that protests of various countries across the globe are now being supported by the population of the United States itself, where one can find a rapidly growing movement demanding the closure of US military bases overseas.

Thus, American political forces have formed a coalition against US military bases abroad, which, they believe, are used as an instrument of ensuring global domination and have little to nothing to do with ensuring the security of the United States. 


The above mentioned coalition was founded by a total of 11 public organizations. Among the founders of this new political force one can find the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC), which, at various points in time, was joined by a total of 52 large public organizations and movements, such as the US Peace Council, Veterans for Peace along with a number of independent activists. Among the stated goals of the coalition is the task of “raising public awareness and organizing non-violent mass resistance against US foreign military bases.”


Since those supporting the coalition are convinced that US military installations abroad constitute an intrusion into the affairs of sovereign states including the financial, political and military interests of their elected representatives, they state that the closure of US foreign military bases is one of the first necessary steps toward a just, peaceful and sustainable world.

So, how many Americans exactly are serving their country overseas?

It’s been noted time and time again that it is difficult to tell the exact number of bases and military outposts deployed by the United States. The annual Department of Defense (DoD) Base Structure Report says the DoD manages a massive “global real estate portfolio that consists of nearly 562,000 facilities (buildings, structures, and linear structures), located on over 4,800 sites worldwide and covering over 24.9 million acres.” The entire worth of this portfolio is believed to reach a whooping 585 billion dollars.

According to the data released by the DoD and its Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) there are well over 40,000 US troops, and 179 US bases in Germany, over 50,000 troops in Japan deployed across a total of 109 bases, and tens of thousands of troops, with hundreds of bases, all over Europe. Over 28,000 US troops are present in 85 bases in South Korea, and have been there since 1957. The number of bases is always changing as Washington seeks to continuously expand this network.

It’s curious that even US politicians and officials recognize that the US has no legitimate grounds for creating such installation in a number of countries, including Syria. This, in particular, has been been noted last July by the commander of United States Special Operations Command, General Raymond Thomas.

Every month thousands of civilians are being routinely murdered in Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and a number of other countries by US air power, operating from overseas military bases of the United States, which has been repeatedly reported by a number of various media sources, including New Eastern Outlook.

So, what must happen for Washington to start closing its military bases abroad, which are not just provoking outrage among populations abroad hosting them, but also serve as a source of death and destruction targeting thousands of civilians across the globe?




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Private Contractor Mercs To Replace U.S. Military In Afghanistan: Shirking Responsibility For Illegal War

The responsibility for this illegal war and all resulting U.S. military deaths lie solely with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, Wolfowitz, Feith, Perle, Obama, CNN fake news   

STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION
By Andrei Akulov
08/11/2017

President Donald Trump has so far failed to come up with a coherent policy on Afghanistan. He is frustrated with advisers and military commanders, including Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of US forces in the war-torn country.


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With too many cooks in the kitchen, some are advocating for a very limited US role in the war, while others are pushing for a surge deploying several thousand additional troops. Trump is the third Supreme Commander-in-Chief trying to win the longest war in American history to no avail.

After sixteen years of constant effort, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. A new strategy was expected to appear in July. It didn’t, while endless debates over what it should be like keep on going.


The US has spent well over $800 billion fighting in the conflict, though some analysts say the true cost is in trillions.

During the pre-election campaign, candidate Trump described the war in Afghanistan as "a complete waste." There have been more than 2, 400 US military fatalities and over 20 thousand servicemen wounded. Opium production increased 43% from 2015 to 2016 and has been on an upward trend since 2001. The UN believes that Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous and most violent crisis-ridden countries in the world.


Pentagon: 2 U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan blast

According to data from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, as of February 2017 "the Afghan government controls or influences just 52 percent of the nation’s districts compared to 72 percent in November 2015." The Taliban has made steady gains, handing Afghan security forces embarrassing defeats in Kandahar Province, which was its former stronghold, as well as places like Helmand Province and Kunduz Province. The Taliban-led insurgency has grown at double-digit rates annually since 2005.

The Afghan national government is simply not in a position to provide effective governance in a country and to subdue the various militant groups and warlords. The Taliban is unlikely to want to negotiate with the government while gaining ground. The Islamic State presence is another problem. Defense Secretary James Mattis testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee in June, saying the US was "not winning in Afghanistan." US intelligence agencies have assessed that the conditions in Afghanistan will almost certainly deteriorate through the next year.




A New York Times article says that Iran is making a bold gambit to shape Afghanistan in its favor. The neighboring Pakistan is blamed for its support of the Taliban. Saudi Arabia is involved as well as some other states. But other countries’ involvement is not something new. It has always been a factor to be taken into account ever since 2001. Evidently, the policy planning has not been flawless.


A decision on an Afghanistan strategy has been constantly delayed with the president still looking for right options. According to The New York Times, Donald Trump is so dissatisfied with the military options that he’s exploring plans to extract Afghanistan’s mineral resources as an alternative justification for remaining in the country. The US Defense Secretary has been given authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, but he needs a presidential strategy before any decision is taken. Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, requested the troops back in February.


Military commanders on spot have been given broad authority to make key decisions. So far, this freedom of action has not resulted in any gains despite the intimidation of the Taliban with the "mother of all bombs" or massive ordnance air blast (MOAB) – the largest non-nuclear weapon with a 21,000lb warhead used in April to strike the Achin area in the Nangarhar province on the border with Pakistan.

President Trump even said that the option of firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, is being considered. Getting rid of such a highly respected veteran with 35 years’ experience will hardly help. Nicholson assumed command more than a year ago. The Pentagon was reportedly considering extending his term.




The US currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. The international Resolute Support mission numbers around 15,000 soldiers. Laurel Miller, a senior expert at RAND Corporation and a former senior State Department official with responsibility for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2013 to 2017, believes that a military victory is not achievable and diplomacy is the only hope. But there are people who think otherwise.

According to media reports, the president might hand private contractors the day-to-day task of advising the flagging Afghan security forces. Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater Worldwide, is calling to replace US troops in Afghanistan with private military companies (PMCs). Prince’s idea isn’t new — he first laid out this plan in a Wall Street Journal article in May, calling for the United States to delegate decision-making responsibilities to a "viceroy" and military efforts to private contractors, who would remain in Afghanistan for an indeterminate amount of time.




Eric Prince says East India Company, which played such a large role in British colonization, is a good example. According to him, outsourcing Afghanistan to private contractors will save the US a considerable amount of money - from $45 billion down to $10 billion.

According to The New York Times, Prince and DynCorp International’s owner Stephen Feinberg have been in talks with the White House about using private contractors instead of US troops in Afghanistan. Steve Bannon, Trump’s key adviser, supports the idea. The wrongdoings of private contractors in Iraq appear to be forgotten.


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Obviously, sending private contractors instead of regular military could be presented as a business-like approach typical of President Trump. As a result, the buck will be passed to mercenaries. Obviously, it will also be a desperate gesture. After all, a drowning man will clutch at a straw.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed concern over the situation in Afghanistan and called for taking urgent steps to tackle the problem. The instability in that country spreads to Central Asia posing a direct threat to Russia’s security. Roughly, 2,000 militants operating in the Afghan northern provinces come from the countries of the post-Soviet space. Fighters with combat experience received in Syria have already been spotted in Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley. The infiltration of IS militants into Afghanistan threatens the Russian North Caucasus and the Volga region.




It shows that the countries of Central Asia and Russia face a grave problem aggravated by absence of interaction between the United States and Russia. Formally, private contractors are not under the US government control, they play by their own rules. There will be no channel of communications between the Russian government and the PMCs. One can hardly imagine Russia and other pertinent actors maintaining contacts with a "viceroy" of any kind.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), including Afghanistan, which has observer status of the alliance, can take additional measures to strengthen the border. Talks could be organized to include Russia, Afghanistan, China, Iran, India and Pakistan. Russia and China are working to expand the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) regional anti-terrorist structure into Afghanistan by bringing on board all regional countries and SCO member states.




The SCO has already established a database of terrorist groups while, under the umbrella of Russia, all Central Asian countries have agreed to formulate a single list of terrorist groups on the platform of the CSTO, which counts as a sister organization of SCO. Both organizations are working to prevent the filtration of terrorists from Syria and Afghanistan to Xinjiang, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and other regional countries. Russia, as the leading CSTO member, and the United States could do a lot together. The organization proposed cooperation with NATO on Afghanistan under the flagship of Russia.

In April, Russia hosted discussions on Afghanistan aimed at encouraging the Taliban to negotiate with the government in Kabul. Eleven countries took part the Moscow conference, including Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan and India. Former Soviet Central Asian states were invited to attend for the first time. But the US rejected the invitation.




Afghanistan is a burning international problem that only an international effort can solve. This is an issue of common interest for Russia and the United States. The war in Afghanistan and its aftermath are likely to have far-reaching consequences for both nations.

It’s really sad that under the circumstances there is no dialogue between the United States and Russia on the situation in Afghanistan. True, the bilateral relationship is at a low ebb but the de-escalation zones in Syria are discussed and agreements are reached. It’s not important if the contacts are conducted behind the curtain or openly. Afghanistan is an issue of common interest to unite, not divide, the two countries. Moscow has tried to launch a dialogue, the US refused. Washington seems to believe that dodging the responsibility by outsourcing Afghanistan to soldiers of fortune is better than cooperating with other pertinent actors in an international effort to find a way out of the situation.




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