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September 08, 2008
The Imperial States of America

Maybe I'm a geek, but I find things like this time-sensitive, interactive map very interesting.

Mission creep, indeed. That's the problem with being repressive, even if you call yourself a "liberating democracy." Once you start trying to repress people, there's just no end to it.

Found from a column by Tom Engelhardt , who also points us to an entire line-up of Mission Creep articles.

Engelhardt's article is more than worth reading, just because it makes you think.

And don't miss Michael Ignatieff's Empire Lite.

Contemplate, as you read, what you think this country stands for, how much you know about what "our leaders" actually do as opposed to the pretty lies they tell you when they're running for election, and what kind of world you want your children and grandchildren to live in one day. And contemplate, not just the cost of this oil war in Iraq, but the cost of these bases around the globe. Dream for a moment, if you want, of the kind of country we could be living into day if the money poured into military infrastructure around the world had been poured into domestic infrastructure at home.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:41 AM


Comments

Some interesting stuff in that map: we had troops in Brazil? And we had troops in Saudi Arabia long before the Kuwait invasion and the cries of "no Americans on sacred soil"

Posted by: Ahistoricality at September 8, 2008 11:44 AM

I was surprised by a lot of things I saw on it. There's so much I didn't know.

Posted by: Anne at September 8, 2008 09:05 PM