War Update

A Look Into US Militarism Around the Globe

From the May 2013 PNL #824

by Seth Rutledge

North Korea: The US has performed joint military exercises with S. Korea using nuclear-capable bombers and 10,000 US troops. The UN increased sanctions against N. Korea in response to their satellite launch and nuclear test on February 12. The US has increased its military presence in the region, including installing missile batteries in Guam[1] effective against China and Russia. The US invaded N. Korea in 1950 resulting in over three million deaths.[2] Since 1950 the US and has imposed sever sanctions against N. Korea leading to millions of deaths due to starvation, crumbling sanitation infrastructure, and lack of medical supplies.[3] 

Afghanistan: On March 11 Hamid Karsai, the president of Afghanistan, stated that the US is secretly negotiating with the Taliban and that a recent terror attack was “in the service of foreigners not withdrawing from Afghanistan.”[4] The CIA, Saudi Arabia and Pakistani intelligence created the Taliban[5]  in the 1970s and financed them to fight against Afghan and Soviet forces until the Taliban took power in 1996. US aid to the Taliban continued until 2001.[6]
There are over 100,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan, of which 68,000 are from the US.[7]  The US plans to continue military operations there for at least a decade after the 2014 “withdraw” date,[8] and will need to spend $13-55 billion/year to maintain the current government. The war has cost the US over $630 billion to date,[9] and total costs including medical care and disability for veterans will exceede $2 trillion.[10] 3,281 NATO soldiers have been killed, and 17,674 US troops have been wounded since the beginning of the war in 2001.[11] At least 20,000 Afghan civilians have been killed and many more injured since 2001.[12]

In addition to it’s military bases in Afghanistan (near Russian, China, and Iran), the US has economic interests in Afghanistan. Afghanistan provides over 82% of the world’s opium,[13] representing a multi-billion dollar industry.[14] Afghan Minister of Counter Narcotics General Khodaidad has accused NATO forces of taxing opium production, and profiting from the drug trade.[15] US financial companies make massive profits laundering hundreds of billions of dollars of drug money,[16] and the opium trade funds the Taliban and international terrorists.[17]  

Central African Republic (CAR): on March 24 rebel forces deposed the government in a military coup, ending a conflict that has displaced 207,000 people since December 2012.[18] 600 French and 100 US troops oversaw the transition without interfering.[19] France has plans to begin mining uranium.[20]  The rebel’s new government called on the EU for aid, and seeks to revise the CAR’s contracts with China.[21]


[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/03/us-missile-defence-system-gu...

[2] http://necrometrics.com/20c1m.htm#Ko

[3] http://www.globalresearch.ca/sanctions-of-mass-destruction-smd-us-sponso...

[4] http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142412788732382670457835196339388978...

[5] “The Globalization of NATO” by Mahdi Nazemroaya pg. 125

[6] http://www.thenation.com/article/bushs-faustian-deal-taliban#

[7] http://www.isaf.nato.int/images/stories/File/Placemats/ISAF-ANA%20Troops...

[8] http://www.defensenews.com/article/20121115/DEFREG02/311150011/USMC-Gene...

[9] http://costofwar.com/

[10] http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-most-expensive-war-in-world-history-cos...

[11] http://icasualties.org/OEF/Index.aspx

[12] http://unama.unmissions.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=K0B5RL2XYcU%3D&tabid=12254&language=en-US (page 15)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/may/20/afghanistan.comment

[13] http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/WDR2012/WDR_2012_web_sm... (page 36)

[14] http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/afghanistan/drugs-market.htm

[15] http://publicintelligence.net/usnato-troops-patrolling-opium-poppy-field...

[16] http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/04/wachovia-paid-trivial-fine-for-ne...

[17] http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503543_162-20073655-503543.html

[18] http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/2013/04/central-african-republic-refu...

[19] http://nsnbc.me/2013/04/04/central-african-intrigue-the-coup-in-the-cent...

[20] http://cent-afr-rep.ru/uran-zoloto-neft/

[21] http://nsnbc.me/2013/04/04/central-african-intrigue-the-coup-in-the-cent...

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