U.S. & NATO Allies Expanding Global Military Footprint

Recent statements by the defense ministers of Germany and Canada

reveal that the globally-oriented Western military consortium

that is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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plans not only to continue

but broaden

the wars and military occupations it has conducted over the past twenty years.

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The bloc’s primus inter pares – in fact its ringleader – the United States,

has with its Alliance partners spent the past generation at war almost with respite:

The first war with Iraq in 1991,

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bombing campaigns and large-scale troop deployments in the Balkans

(Bosnia in 1994-1995, Yugoslavia and Kosovo in 1999 and Macedonia in 2001),

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Afghanistan for the past decade

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(with military deployments to Pakistan,

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Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan

as part of the larger war theater),

Iraq again from 2003 onward,

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the Horn of Africa

(bases in and operations from Djibouti for attacks inside Somalia and Yemen

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and the maintenance of navy war groups in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden),

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airlift operations in western Sudan and Uganda,

and the current 108-day air assault against Libya  …

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