Imperialism 21: Heeding and Abandoning History
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV NORFOLK VA JOINT FORCES STAFF COLL
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The United States enters a new millennium as the most loved and hated country in the world, undoubtedly the single superpower with a monopoly of strength across all dimensions of global influence. In less than 230 years, a blip on the radar of civilization, the United States has risen from obscurity to prominence, seemingly through foreign policy consistent with its anticolonial roots. In reality, American actions have been both colonial and imperial at times. In the last century, as global colonialism has faded, America has sought advantageous imperial influence to base its armed forces abroad. History has shown that complex agreements and host nation dynamics accompanying these basing strategies often cripple military operations. Today, in light of perceived threats, the U.S. military should abandon forward basing that addresses historical threats or American military posture at the conclusion of past conflicts, and seek to establish sovereign or mobile basing that can be directly controlled.
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