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While the US sought to be an imperial force beginning just after the US Civil War and then escalated those efforts at the turn of the 20th Century, it became the dominant empire globally after World War II.
This was during the time of de-colonization, when many traditional empires were forced to let their colonies become independent nations.
So, while the US is the largest empire in world history, it is not a traditional empire in which nations are described as colonies of the US empire.
Nations remain independent, at least in name, while allowing US bases on their soil and serving as a client state of the United States.
They are controlled through the economic power of the US, World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
The US has used regime change tactics, including assassination and military force, to keep its empire intact.
U.S. foreign military bases are NOT in defense of U.S. national, or global security.
They are the military expression of U.S. intrusion in the lives of sovereign countries on behalf of the dominant financial, political, and military interests of the ruling elite.
Whether invited in or not by domestic interests that have agreed to be junior partners, no country, no peoples, no government, can claim to be able to make decisions totally in the interest of their people, with foreign troops on their soil representing interests antagonistic to the national purpose.
The United States is intentionally setting up bases in order block progress by the Syrian Army in the North and Southeast of the country.
The bases are not there to fight the same terrorist organization the U.S. created, funded, armed, trained, and directed for decades, but to ensure that Syria is federalized, a Washington/Israeli “Plan B” that I and others in the alt media have written about ever since the beginning of the crisis……………