It is time to ask a question that virtually no one in an official or political position in
It would be like declaring that after long analysis you had come to the conclusion that the world is indeed flat, and not round. A round earth is merely an illusion, which everyone has accepted, and adapted to -- and fears challenging.
My question is the following. Has it been a terrible, and by now all but irreversible, error for
Each of six world regions now has a separate U.S. commander with his staff and intelligence, planning and potential operational capabilities. Central Command, based in
The other five commands -- Atlantic, Pacific, Southern (for
Each commander also makes contact with regional government military forces, so far as possible, cultivating good relations, professional exchanges and training. Each promotes training missions to the U.S. and military aid, and supports equipment purchases.
Each regional commander controls "main operating bases" abroad, which in turn support fully manned "forward operating sites," usually including permanently stationed American forces and an air base.
Beyond them, "cooperative security locations" are established, shared with the forces of allies or clients.
The hegemonic implications and intention of all this, which provides the military structure from which to conduct global interventions (or indeed a third world war), are readily acknowledged in
The unthinkable question with which I began this article was whether all of this has been a ghastly mistake. Many Americans question or oppose this system, but ordinarily with anti-militarist motives, or because they see it as imperialist, or part of an interventionist or aggressive foreign-policy outlook that they oppose.
My reason for questioning it is that it generates apprehension, hostility and fear of
It is an obstacle to peaceful long-term relations between
The 9/11 attacks on
In the current discussion of a negotiated U.S. disengagement from the war in
He writes: "All these neighboring countries are disturbed in varying degree by the expansion of U.S bases near their borders; they recognize that no Taliban faction is likely to negotiate peace until
"Secretary of State
American bases in
This evidence is that the U.S. global base system is a system of insecurity for the U.S., and for others as well. But what president would dare dismantle it?
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