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The US’s military bases: instruments to defend its hegemony

The United States is insistent that nations such as Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela pose a danger to its national security. Yet its military outposts across the globe are a threat to world peace.

 

Joel Michel Varona

 

Recently, the Cuban Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez, confirmed that the States has 800 of them around the world with troops on the ground in 177 countries.

The Foreign Secretary offered the reminder that of all countries it is the US that produces, sells and uses the most arms.

As for Silvio Platero, President of the Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples, he highlighted that, in addition to the US bases, there are around 200 operated by NATO.

According to the work of investigative journalist Telma Luzzani, the strategic significance of the North American military infrastructure is that it functions as an instrument for preserving Washington’s hegemony.

In the context of Latin America, the bases scattered across the Southern hemisphere are indispensable for the US’s economic survival, said Luzzani.

They know, as everyone does, that beyond their military power, the region is a rich source of natural resources like water, food produce, strategically important metals and hydrocarbons, said the journalist.

It’s not by chance that Washington’s personnel are stationed on illegally occupied territory in Guantanamo in Cuba, Manta (Ecuador), Panama and in the Peruvian Amazon, among other places, she said.

From these enclaves, they ‘protect’ these countries from a supposed attack by a foreign country, the expert commented.

When the Cold War ended, the United States sought new justifications for the presence of its bases overseas like the war against drugs and organised crime or even in order to supply what it calls ‘humanitarian aid’, she explained.

They also keep an eye on migration trends and on the lucrative drugs business and always have grassroots movements and rebellions under close scrutiny, she contended.

Of course, they do not miss the opportunity of carrying out intelligence and spying operations. To cite an example, the attempted coup against the ex president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, in 2002, which was assisted from the US base in Manta.

Likewise, the bases are designed to be used in eventual interventions and invasions with the aim of destabilising a country, as is being attempted now in Venezuela, and for the training of troops to be deployed in various settings.

Trends clearly indicate that the White House will try to grow its number of bases.

“It wasn’t for nothing that the authorities became interested in establishing a base in Alcantara, Brazil, seeing the Amazon’s natural resources and its relative proximity to Africa, a continent with riches not inconsiderable for their ambitions, the writer explained.

In Latin America and the Caribbean we must call on political means and on the pressure of public opinion to get these bases shut down, she said.

According to various sources, the United States has nine Commands around the world, of which the Southern Command is responsible for operations in Latin America and the Caribbean, as far as is publicly known.

This includes the menacing Fourth Fleet which is itself a group of highly active bases able to move around very easily. It represents a threat to the hemisphere.

From the Southern Command’s bases, media wars and cyberwars are also orchestrated – methods of aggression that we have seen used in Bolivia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba. (PL)  

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