In the last five-plus years, untold billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on the construction and upgrading of such
Think of this as the greatest American story of these years never told -- or more accurately, since there have been a few reports on a couple of these mega-bases -- never shown. After all, what an epic of construction this has been, as the Pentagon built a series of fortified American towns, each some 15 to 20 miles around, with many of the amenities of home, including big name fast-food franchises, PXes, and the like, in a hostile land in the midst of war and occupation.
Imagine if just about no one knew that the pyramids had been built. Ditto the
Perhaps one explanation lies in this: On rare occasions when Americans are asked by pollsters whether they want "permanent bases" in
And, not surprisingly, [these bases in Iraq] reek of permanency. They are the unavoidable essence -- unless, like most Americans, you don't know they're there -- of Bush administration planning in
[Excerpt of TomDispatch article by Tom Engelhardt]