U.S. basing in the Middle East

David Vine, over at TomDispatch, writes about the 36 years of “disastrous” U.S. basing policy in the Middle East – beginning with the 1980 Carter doctrine of securing Middle Eastern oil and natural gas by “any means necessary, including military force.”

Thirty-six years into the U.S. base build-up in the Greater Middle East, military force has failed as a strategy for controlling the region, no less defeating terrorist organizations.  Sadly, this infrastructure of war has been in place for so long and is now so taken for granted that most Americans seldom think about it.  Members of Congress rarely question the usefulness of the bases or the billions they have appropriated to build and maintain them. Journalists, too, almost never report on the subject — except when news outlets publish material strategically leaked by the Pentagon, as appears to be the case with the “new” base plan highlighted by the New York Times.

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