Once Upon A Time… Tom Engelhardt

Once upon a time — in October 2001, to be exact — Washington launched its war on terror. There was then just one country targeted… Now, the Costs of War Project identifies no less than 76 countries, 39% of those on the planet… by November 2017 the price tag on the war on terror … had already reached an astronomical $5.6 trillion… “future interest payments on borrowing for the wars will likely add more than $7.9 trillion to the national debt” by mid-century.

Meanwhile, great cities have been turned into rubble; tens of millions of human beings have been displaced from their homes; refugees by the millions continue to cross borders, unsettling ever more lands; terror groups have become brand names across significant parts of the planet; and our American world continues to be militarized…

American Special Operations forces were deployed to 149 countries in 2017 alone and the U.S. has so many troops on so many bases in so many places on Earth that the Pentagon can’t even account for the whereabouts of 44,000 of them. …

America’s leading military men and the president, while escalating the country’s conflicts from Niger to Yemen, Somalia to Afghanistan, seem eternally in search of yet more wars to launch.

Pointing to Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, for instance, Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller recently told U.S. troops in Norway to expect a “bigass fight” in the future, adding, “I hope I’m wrong, but there’s a war coming.”

by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch.com 01.06.2018•

read it all here….
https://www.salon.com/2018/01/06/mapping-a-world-from-hell_partner/

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