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Planet America

ByEmpire’s New Land Grab

Aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln shortly aer the “collapse” of the formal Iraq resistance in May 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush proclaimed, “Other nations in history have fought in foreign lands and remained to occupy and exploit. Americans, following a battle, want nothing more than to return home.”2 e members of the advance team should get an award for setting the stage for this audacious statement. Facing the President stood the proud men and women of the U.S. Navy. Above him was a colorful banner declaring “Mission Accomplished.” He wore a military ight suit and was clearly invigorated by an extremely brief jet ight from nearby San Diego. Although what he said is true for American soldiers wanting to return home, this is certainly not the case for the neoconservative supporters of the new American Empire. Since 2001, these supporters have been quite busy expanding empire’s reach through retaliatory raids, preemptive wars, and one-sided realignments. Although they justify their actions in national security terms, they also place greater burdens on U.S. soldiers and generate new demands for land.