Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 1 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (2 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   13 comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

69 Nations Have More U.S. Troops Than Olympic Athletes

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 1 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 2   News 2   Valuable 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Become a Fan
  (113 fans)

Here is a link to a list of U.S. troops deployed to various nations around the world: PDF. These are permanent deployments openly admitted to by the U.S. military.  When U.S. Special Forces drive off a bridge in Mali, as recently happened, we discover that U.S. troops are in Mali in greater numbers than we knew, but those troops aren't listed here or considered in the calculation below.  No secret forces are considered here, no allied forces funded or trained or armed by the United States, and of course no drones.

Here is a link to the number of athletes participating in the 2012 Summer Olympics from countries around the world: Link.

Many nations have sent very small delegations.  Many nations have a very small U.S. troop presence.  In many nations the U.S. troop presence falls just short of or exactly equals the size of the Olympic team. 

In 69 nations, there is a larger U.S. military presence than the nation's Olympic team.  This count excludes the oceans of the world, in which over 100,000 U.S. troops are stationed, but which of course don't have Olympic teams.  The count includes, however, Diego Garcia, which could have an Olympic team if we hadn't removed all the people to make room for the military base.  And it includes other nations that have been demoted to U.S. territories. It also includes South Korea, despite the U.S. military not releasing the numbers, because the U.S. military has many times the number of troops (and growing) there than South Korea has athletes on its Olympic team.

The question arises, of course, why a nation that is trailing many poorer nations in education, health, security, sustainability, and infrastructure is paying to create such a global presence of representatives with guns rather than athletes with Chinese-made sports uniforms.

Here are the 69 nations:
Afghanistan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia Herzegovina
Botswana
Burma
Cambodia
Chad
Congo
Cuba
Cyprus
Diego Garcia
Djibouti
Egypt
El Salvador
Germany
Ghana
Greece
Greenland
Guam
Guinea
Haiti
Honduras
Indonesia
Iraq
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Laos
Liberia
Macedonia
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Nepal
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Northern Mariana Islands
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Somalia
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
St. Helena
Tanzania
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States
Wake Island
Yemen
Zimbabwe

 

http://davidswanson.org

David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Feith Dares Obama to Enforce the Law

Obama's Open Forum Opens Possibilities

Public Forum Planned on Vermont Proposal to Arrest Bush and Cheney

Did Bush Sr. Kill Kennedy and Frame Nixon?

Holder Asked to Prosecute Blankenship

Eleven Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
7 people are discussing this page, with 13 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

but are you sure there are more U.S. troops in Cub... by Gentry L Rowsey on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 7:33:41 AM
Guantanamo. ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 12:02:13 PM
Evidently I suppress the fact Guantanamo is part o... by Gentry L Rowsey on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 1:21:45 PM
the  Cuban sovereignty on that matter  b... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:09:00 PM
I wonder what would be the relationship between Cu... by Joan Mootry on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:26:03 PM
but I consider the restraint exercised by JFK and ... by Gentry L Rowsey on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:03:06 PM
but   it is not a good idea to state tha... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:38:01 PM
"Casto is neither better nor worse than many- but ... by Michael Rose on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 4:23:25 PM
only that he was willing to (and tried to convince... by Gentry L Rowsey on Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 11:58:32 PM
Joan, 'Operation-Northwoods' is an excellent read.... by Douglas Jack on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 3:09:22 PM
If humans engage 'dialectically' ('both-sides') in... by Douglas Jack on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 2:42:00 PM
Korea is very heavily occupied by US military (man... by Pamela Allee on Sunday, Jul 29, 2012 at 4:30:22 PM
And your mentioning Korea reminded me of a joke I ... by Gentry L Rowsey on Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 2:24:58 AM