From TomDispatch: A new era of military planning is being launched to preserve an American planet — Tom Engelhardt, “Offshore Everywhere, How Drones, Special Operations Forces, and the U.S. Navy Plan to End National Sovereignty As We Know It.”
Less troops, no full-scale invasions, no more counterinsurgency: that’s the order of a newly dawning military day in which U.S. might is going “offshore.” In his latest post, Engelhardt writes of future American military planning this way: “There will be no more land wars on the Eurasian continent. Instead, greater emphasis will be placed on the Navy, the Air Force, and a policy “pivot” to face China in southern Asia where the American military position can be strengthened without more giant bases or monster embassies.
Think of this new formula for preserving an American planet as: drones, special operations forces, and floating bases. In other words, a different way of preserving the embattled idea of an American planet is coming into focus and one thing is clear: in the name of Washington’s needs, it will offer a direct challenge to national sovereignty.
“For Washington, ‘offshore’ means the world’s boundary-less waters and skies, but also, more metaphorically, it means being repositioned off the coast of national sovereignty and all its knotty problems. This change, on its way for years, will officially rebrand the planet as an American free-fire zone, unchaining Washington from the limits that national borders once imposed. New ways to cross borders and new technology for doing it without permission are clearly in the planning stages, and U.S. forces are being reconfigured accordingly.”
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