American Empire Update: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Beyond

Empire of bases – Global Research 3/18/09

737 U.S. Military Bases = Global Empire – Global Research 3/30/09

America’s Imperial Wars: We Need to See the Sickening Reality – OpEd News 4/11/09

The project opened my eyes to something that had never occurred to me: my country’s army was killing civilians. And it wasn’t just killing them. It was killing them, and maiming them, in ways that were almost unimaginable in their horror: napalm, phosphorus, anti-personnel bombs that threw out spinning flechettes that ripped through the flesh like tiny buzz saws, and gunships that randomly spewed out so many projectiles that everything within the range of several football fields was killed or maimed almost instantly (all weapons still in use now)

4,000 Florida National Guardsmen to be called up for active duty – Miami Herald 4/25/09

More than 4,000 Florida National Guard soldiers, including some 600 from South Florida, are to be called to active duty in the next few months in what is the largest mobilization in state history.  Most of the troops called up will be deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Guard spokesman Lt. Col Ron Tittle. Others could be assigned to federal security missions in the United States.

China versus America: ‘Great Game’ for Global Order? – Global Research 4/14/09

‘Dictionary of US Empire-Speak’ – Raw Story 3/4/09

World Depression: Regional Wars and the Decline of the US Empire – Global Research 3/30/09

Civilians fly killing drones for CIA – Raw Story 3/22/09

Seymour Hersh: Secret U.S. Forces Carried Out Assassinations in ‘a Lot of’ Countries, Including in Latin America – Alternet 3/31/09

SPP: Updating the Militarization and Annexation of North America  – Global Research 3/13/09

US, China and the war in Sri Lanka – Global Research 3/24/09

US to build $117M Serbia embassy – Raw Story 3/11/09

The conflict in the Congo is a resource war waged by U.S. and British allies  – Global Research 2/22/09

Black Sea: Pentagon’s Gateway to Three Continents and the Middle East – Global Research 2/22/09



283 Bases, 170,000 Pieces of Equipment, 140,000 Troops, and an Army of Mercenaries: The Logistical Nightmare in Iraq – Alternet 3/30/09

VIDEO: Mercenary Forces in the Middle East War Theater – Global Research 3/19/09

A ‘fraud’ bigger than Madoff – Independent, UK 2/15/09

In what could turn out to be the greatest fraud in US history, American authorities have started to investigate the alleged role of senior military officers in the misuse of $125bn (£88bn) in a US -directed effort to reconstruct Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Media Disinformation: Reframing the War in Afghanistan and Pakistan as a “Class War” – Global Research 4/25/09

Afghanistan: US, NATO Wage World’s Largest and Longest War – Global Research 3/26/09

Afghanistan and Iraq: War Crimes Against Children ascribed to former President Bush  – Global Research 3/21/09

Jim Hightower: Why Are We “Surging” into Afghanistan? – Alternet 2/27/09

Not for nothing is that country called “the burial ground of empires,” “a guerilla’s paradise” and “the theme park of problems.”

Very Bad News: Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base Will Be Obama’s Guantanamo – Alternet 2/22/09

The Afghan air base is to undergo a $60 million expansion, allowing it to hold five times as many prisoners as remain at Gitmo

U.N.: Afghan civilian deaths rose 40% in 2008 – USA Today 2/17/09

American officials predict collapse of Pakistani state– Raw Story 4/18/09

A primer on Pakistan: why it matters – Raw Story 4/18/09

As Political Crisis Deepens, U.S. Special Forces Secretly Train Pakistani Commandos – Global Research 3/1/09 

Secret U.S. unit trains commandos in Pakistan – Int’l Herald Tribune, UK 2/23/09

More than 70 United States military advisers and technical specialists are secretly working in Pakistan to help its armed forces battle Al Qaeda and the Taliban in the country’s lawless tribal areas, American military officials said.

The Americans are mostly Army Special Forces soldiers who are training Pakistani Army and paramilitary troops, providing them with intelligence and advising on combat tactics, the officials said. They do not conduct combat operations, the officials added.

Obama expanding military operations in Pakistan: Report – Raw Story 2/21/09

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