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America As Empire by James Garrison

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2A Mighty Fortress on Shifting Sands

AS THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GETS UNDER WAY, the primacy of American power is one of the few undisputed truths of international affairs. The United States dominates the world militarily with 436 bases in North America and Europe, 186 in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, 14 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 7 in the Middle East, and 1 in South Asia, 647 altogether. It has bases or base rights in over forty countries around the world and a navy with an array of aircraft carrier task forces that dominate every ocean. The U.S. Air Force has a presence on six of the world’s continents.

The United States has developed an unrivaled mastery of high-technology weaponry that has radically redefined the meaning of ...

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