The Real Cost of Empire

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May 15, 2009

Chalmers Johnson on the Cost of Empire

By Chalmers Johnson

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Statue honoring Chilean Pres. Salvador Allende in front of the new presidential palace, a victim of the US-sponsored military coup on 9/11/73, a “9/11” with at least ten times more casualties than those on US soil. US imperialism in Latin America has a long and blood-curdling history, largely unknown to most Americans.

In her foreword to “The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle Against U.S. Military Posts,” an important collection of articles on United States militarism and imperialism, edited by Catherine Lutz, the prominent feminist writer Cynthia Enloe notes one of our most abject failures as a government and a democracy: “There is virtually no news coverage—no journalists’ or editors’ curiosity—about the pressures or lures at work when the U.S. government seeks to persuade officials of Romania, Aruba or Ecuador that providing U.S. military-basing access would be good for their countries.” [READ ON]

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