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The Settler-Colonial Strategy: Militarization of Diplomacy, Domestic Law Enforcement, Jails, Prisons and the Border

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Some estimate that the U.S. military has more Foreign Area Specialists than the U.S. Department of State has U.S. diplomats. They influence U.S. policies on weapons sales, training of host country militaries, recruitment of countries to join "coalitions of the willing" for whichever military action the U.S. administration decides to implement whether it is the war on Afghanistan in recruitment of NATO countries, the war on Iraq, the actions against Libya, the government of Syria, ISIS and the assassin drone operations in Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Niger.

800 U.S. Military Bases in Other Countries

The U.S. has over 800 military bases in other people's countries, many which have remained over 75 years since the end of World War II including 174 in Germany, 113 in Japan (mostly on the occupied island of Okinawa, the Rykuyuu Kingdom) and 83 in South Korea.

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Here in the land of the occupied Kingdom of Hawaii, there are five major U.S. military bases on Oah'u. Pohakuloa on Big Island of Hawaii is the largest U.S. military war practice bombing area in the U.S.. The Pacific Missile Range on Kauai is a missile launch facility for Aegis and THAAD missiles. A huge military computer facility is located on Maui. Due to citizen activism, the 50 years of bombing the island of Ko'olawee has ended. Rim of the Pacific or RIMPAC, the largest international naval war exercises in the world, are held in Hawaiian waters every other year with over 30 nations, 50 ships, 250 aircraft and 25,000 military personnel.

On the U.S. occupied island of Guam, the U.S. has three major military bases and the recent deployment of U.S. Marines to Guam has increased the population of the island by 30 percent without an increase in infrastructure to accommodate such a rapid increase in population. Citizens are opposing a U.S. military bombing range on the island of Tinian.

Citizens on Okinawa have strongly opposed the construction of a U.S. military runway into Oura Bay which has destroyed corals and marine life.

Citizens on Jeju Island, South Korea, have opposed construction of a large naval base that is used by the U.S. Navy, the deployment of the THAAD missile system in South Korea has drawn large citizen protest. The largest U.S. military base outside the U.S. is Camp Humphries in South Korea which was built despite massive citizen protests.

Militarization of Law Enforcement Agencies at all Levels

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Ann Wright is a 29-year US Army/Army Reserves veteran, a retired United States Army colonel and retired U.S. State Department official, known for her outspoken opposition to the Iraq War. She received the State Department Award for Heroism in 1997, after helping to evacuate several thousand (more...)
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