Tuesday, June 26, 2012

count the military operations now underway

As required by law and complied with by President Obama, we now have our latest six-monthly report on ongoing U.S. military operations.  The New York Times was alone in my survey of the media in reporting on this, but the White House made a formal release of the presidential letter to Congress.

If you read the letter, you'll see that we are now involved in several military operations: "against al-qa'ida, the Taliban, and associated forces" in Afghanistan, Somalia, and Yemen; in Iraq; in three countries in Central Africa; in Egypt; in Kosovo; and on the high seas in "maritime interception operations" discussed only in a "classified annex." 

Is this imperial overstretch?  At least we can't say we haven't been told.

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