How many armed conflicts has the US been involved in since World War two ?

I recently read an article where it was mentioned that the world has had to endure 248 armed conflicts since World War Two — Apparently the US started 201 of them, yet I could not find the actual list of conflicts — I’ve been very bad… and decided to see if I could come up with a list.

1 + 2 ) 1945 – China: In October 50,000 U.S. Marines were sent to North China to assist Chinese Nationalist authorities in disarming and repatriating the Japanese in China and in controlling ports, railroads, and airfields. This was in addition to approximately 60,000 U.S. forces remaining in China at the end of World War II.

3) 1945–49 – Occupation of part of Germany. 

4) 1945–55 – Occupation of part of Austria. 

5) 1945–52 – Occupation of Japan. 

6) 1944–46 – Temporary reoccupation of the Philippines during World War II and in preparation for previously scheduled independence. 

7) 1945–47 – U.S. Marines garrisoned in mainland China to oversee the removal of Soviet and Japanese forces after World War II. 

8) 1945–49 – Post-World War II occupation of South Korea; North Korean insurgency in Republic of Korea. 

9) 1946 – Trieste, (Italy): President Truman ordered the increase of US troops along the zonal occupation line and the reinforcement of air forces in northern Italy after Yugoslav forces shot down an unarmed US Army transport plane flying over Venezia Giulia..[citation needed] Earlier U.S. naval units had been sent to the scene. Later the Free Territory of Trieste, Zone A. 

10) 1948 – Jerusalem (British Mandate): A Marine consular guard was sent to Jerusalem to protect the U.S. Consul General. 

11) 1948 – Berlin: Berlin Airlift After the Soviet Union established a land blockade of the U.S., British, and French sectors of Berlin on June 24, 1948, the United States and its allies airlifted supplies to Berlin until after the blockade was lifted in May 1949. 

12) 1948–49 – China: Marines were dispatched to Nanking to protect the American Embassy when the city fell to Communist troops, and to Shanghai to aid in the protection and evacuation of Americans. 

13) 1950–53 – Korean War: The United States responded to North Korean invasion of South Korea by going to its assistance, pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions. US forces deployed in Korea exceeded 300,000 during the last year of the active conflict (1953). Over 36,600 US military were killed in action. 

14) 1950–55 – Formosa (Taiwan): In June 1950, at the beginning of the Korean War, President Truman ordered the U.S. Seventh Fleet to prevent Chinese Communist attacks upon Formosa and Chinese Nationalist operations against mainland China. 

15) 1954–55 – China: Naval units evacuated U.S. civilians and military personnel from the Tachen Islands. 

16) 1955–64 – Vietnam: First military advisors sent to Vietnam on 12 Feb 1955. By 1964, US troop levels had grown to 21,000. On 7 August 1964, US Congress approved Gulf of Tonkin resolution affirming “All necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States. . .to prevent further aggression. . . (and) assist any member or protocol state of the Southeast Asian Collective Defense Treaty (SEATO) requesting assistance. . .”[Vietnam timeline] 

17) 1956 – Egypt: A marine battalion evacuated US nationals and other persons from Alexandria during the Suez Crisis. 

18) 1958 – Lebanon: 1958 Lebanon crisis, Marines were landed in Lebanon at the invitation of President Camille Chamoun to help protect against threatened insurrection supported from the outside. The President’s action was supported by a Congressional resolution passed in 1957 that authorized such actions in that area of the world. 

19) 1959–60 – The Caribbean: Second Marine Ground Task Force was deployed to protect U.S. nationals following the Cuban Revolution. 

20) 1959–75 – Vietnam War: U.S. military advisers had been in South Vietnam for a decade, and their numbers had been increased as the military position of the Saigon government became weaker. After citing what he falsely termed were attacks on U.S. destroyers, in what came to be known as the Gulf of Tonkin incident, President Johnson asked in August 1964 for a resolution expressing U.S. determination to support “freedom and protect peace in Southeast Asia.” Congress responded with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving President Johnson authorization, without a formal declaration of war by Congress, for the use of conventional military force in Southeast Asia. Following this resolution, and following a communist attack on a U.S. installation in central Vietnam, the United States escalated its participation in the war to a peak of 543,000 military personnel by April 1969. 1960–1969 21) 1961 – Cuba: The Bay of Pigs Invasion, known in Hispanic America as Invasión de Bahía de Cochinos (or Invasión de Playa Girón or Batalla de Girón), was an unsuccessful military invasion of Cuba undertaken by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506 on 17 April 1961. 

22) 1962 – Thailand: The Third Marine Expeditionary Unit landed on May 17, 1962 to support that country during the threat of Communist pressure from outside; by July 30, the 5,000 marines had been withdrawn. 

23) 1962 – Cuba: Cuban missile crisis, On October 22, President Kennedy instituted a “quarantine” on the shipment of offensive missiles to Cuba from the Soviet Union. He also warned Soviet Union that the launching of any missile from Cuba against nations in the Western Hemisphere would bring about U.S. nuclear retaliation on the Soviet Union. A negotiated settlement was achieved in a few days. 

24) 1962–75 – Laos: From October 1962 until 1975, the United States played an important role in military support of anti-Communist forces in Laos.

25) 1964 – Congo (Zaïre): The United States sent four transport planes to provide airlift for Congolese troops during a rebellion and to transport Belgian paratroopers to rescue foreigners.

26) 1965 – Invasion of Dominican Republic: Operation Power Pack, The United States intervened to protect lives and property during a Dominican revolt and sent 20,000 U.S. troops as fears grew that the revolutionary forces were coming increasingly under Communist control.[RL30172] A popular rebellion breaks out, promising to reinstall Juan Bosch as the country’s elected leader. The revolution is crushed when U.S. Marines land to uphold the military regime by force. The CIA directs everything behind the scenes.

27) 1967 – Israel: The USS Liberty incident, whereupon a United States Navy Technical Research Ship was attacked June 8, 1967 by Israeli armed forces, killing 34 and wounding more than 170 U.S. crew members.

28) 1967 – Congo (Zaïre): The United States sent three military transport aircraft with crews to provide the Congo central government with logistical support during a revolt.

29 + 30) 1968 – Laos & Cambodia: U.S. starts secret bombing campaign against targets along the Ho Chi Minh trail in the sovereign nations of Cambodia and Laos. The bombings last at least two years. (See Operation Commando Hunt)

31 +32) 1970 – Cambodian Campaign: U.S. troops were ordered into Cambodia to clean out Communist sanctuaries from which Viet Cong and North Vietnamese attacked U.S. and South Vietnamese forces in Vietnam. The object of this attack, which lasted from April 30 to June 30, was to ensure the continuing safe withdrawal of American forces from South Vietnam and to assist the program of Vietnamization.

33) 1972 – North Vietnam: Christmas bombing Operation Linebacker II (not mentioned in RL30172, but an operation leading to peace negotiations). The operation was conducted from 18–29 December 1972. It was a bombing of the cities Hanoi and Haiphong by B-52 bombers.

34) 1973 – Operation Nickel Grass, a strategic airlift operation conducted by the United States to deliver weapons and supplies to Israel during the Yom Kippur War.

35) 1974 – Evacuation from Cyprus: United States naval forces evacuated U.S. civilians during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

36) 1975 – Evacuation from Vietnam: Operation Frequent Wind, On April 3, 1975, President Ford reported U.S. naval vessels, helicopters, and Marines had been sent to assist in evacuation of refugees and US nationals from Vietnam.

37) 1975 – Evacuation from Cambodia: Operation Eagle Pull, On April 12, 1975, President Ford reported that he had ordered U.S. military forces to proceed with the planned evacuation of U.S. citizens from Cambodia.

38) 1975 – South Vietnam: On April 30, 1975, President Ford reported that a force of 70 evacuation helicopters and 865 Marines had evacuated about 1,400 U.S. citizens and 5,500 third country nationals and South Vietnamese from landing zones in and around the U.S. Embassy, Saigon and Tan Son Nhut Airport.

39) 1975 – Cambodia: Mayaguez incident, On May 15, 1975, President Ford reported he had ordered military forces to retake the SS Mayaguez, a merchant vessel which was seized from Cambodian naval patrol boats in international waters and forced to proceed to a nearby island.

40) 1976 – Lebanon: On July 22 and 23, 1976, helicopters from five U.S. naval vessels evacuated approximately 250 Americans and Europeans from Lebanon during fighting between Lebanese factions after an overland convoy evacuation had been blocked by hostilities.

41) 1976 – Korea: Additional forces were sent to Korea after two American soldiers were killed by North Korean soldiers in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea while cutting down a tree.

42) 1978 – Zaïre (Congo): From May 19 through June, the United States utilized military transport aircraft to provide logistical support to Belgian and French rescue operations in Zaïre.

43) 1980 – Iran: Operation Eagle Claw, on April 26, 1980, President Carter reported the use of six U.S. transport planes and eight helicopters in an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the American hostages in Iran.

44) 1980 – U.S. Army and Air Force units arrive in the Sinai in September as part of “Operation Bright Star”. They are there to train with Egyptians armed forces as part of the Camp David peace accords signed in 1979. Elements of the 101st Airborne Division, (1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry) and Air Force MAC (Military Airlift Command) units are in theater for four months & are the first U.S. military forces in the region since World War II.

45) 1981 – El Salvador: After a guerrilla offensive against the government of El Salvador, additional U.S. military advisers were sent to El Salvador, bringing the total to approximately 55, to assist in training government forces in counterinsurgency.

46) 1981 – Libya: First Gulf of Sidra incident, on August 19, 1981, U.S. planes based on the carrier USS Nimitz shot down two Libyan jets over the Gulf of Sidra after one of the Libyan jets had fired a heat-seeking missile. The United States periodically held freedom of navigation exercises in the Gulf of Sidra, claimed by Libya as territorial waters but considered international waters by the United States.

47) 1982 – Sinai: On March 19, 1982, President Reagan reported the deployment of military personnel and equipment to participate in the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai. Participation had been authorized by the Multinational Force and Observers Resolution, Public Law 97-132.

48) 1982 – Lebanon: Multinational Force in Lebanon, on August 21, 1982, President Reagan reported the dispatch of 800 Marines to serve in the multinational force to assist in the withdrawal of members of the Palestine Liberation force from Beirut. The Marines left September 20, 1982.

49) 1982–83 – Lebanon: On September 29, 1982, President Reagan reported the deployment of 1200 marines to serve in a temporary multinational force to facilitate the restoration of Lebanese government sovereignty. On September 29, 1983, Congress passed the Multinational Force in Lebanon Resolution (P.L. 98-119) authorizing the continued participation for eighteen months.

50) 1983 – Egypt: After a Libyan plane bombed a city in Sudan on March 18, 1983, and Sudan and Egypt appealed for assistance, the United States dispatched an AWACS electronic surveillance plane to Egypt.

51) 1983 – Grenada: Operation Urgent Fury, citing the increased threat of Soviet and Cuban influence and noting the development of an international airport following a coup d’état and alignment with the Soviet Union and Cuba, the U.S. invades the island nation of Grenada.

52) 1983–89 – Honduras: In July 1983, the United States undertook a series of exercises in Honduras that some believed might lead to conflict with Nicaragua. On March 25, 1986, unarmed U.S. military helicopters and crewmen ferried Honduran troops to the Nicaraguan border to repel Nicaraguan troops.

53) 1983 – Chad: On August 8, 1983, President Reagan reported the deployment of two AWACS electronic surveillance planes and eight F-15 fighter planes and ground logistical support forces to assist Chad against Libyan and rebel forces.

54) 1984 – Persian Gulf: On June 5, 1984, Saudi Arabian jet fighter planes, aided by intelligence from a U.S. AWACS electronic surveillance aircraft and fueled by a U.S. KC-10 tanker, shot down two Iranian fighter planes over an area of the Persian Gulf proclaimed as a protected zone for shipping.

55) 1985 – Italy: On October 10, 1985, U.S. Navy pilots intercepted an Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Sicily. The airliner was carrying the hijackers of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro who had killed an American citizen during the hijacking.

56) 1986 – Libya: Action in the Gulf of Sidra (1986), on March 26, 1986, President Reagan reported on March 24 and 25, U.S. forces, while engaged in freedom of navigation exercises around the Gulf of Sidra, had been attacked by Libyan missiles and the United States had responded with missiles.

57) 1986 – Libya: Operation El Dorado Canyon, on April 16, 1986, President Reagan reported that U.S. air and naval forces had conducted bombing strikes on terrorist facilities and military installations in the Libyan capitol of Tripoli, claiming that Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi was responsible for a bomb attack at a German disco that killed two U.S. soldiers.

58) 1986 – Bolivia: U.S. Army personnel and aircraft assisted Bolivia in anti-drug operations.

59) 1987 – Persian Gulf: USS Stark was struck on May 17 by two Exocet antiship missiles fired from a Dassault Mirage F1 of the Iraqi Air Force during the Iran–Iraq War, killing 37 U.S. Navy sailors.

60) 1987 – Persian Gulf: Operation Nimble Archer. Attacks on two Iranian oil platforms in the Persian Gulf by United States Navy forces on October 19. The attack was a response to Iran’s October 16, 1987 attack on the MV Sea Isle City, a reflagged Kuwaiti oil tanker at anchor off Kuwait, with a Silkworm missile.

61) 1987–88 – Persian Gulf: Operation Earnest Will. After the Iran–Iraq War (the Tanker War phase) resulted in several military incidents in the Persian Gulf, the United States increased U.S. joint military forces operations in the Persian Gulf and adopted a policy of reflagging and escorting Kuwaiti oil tankers through the Persian Gulf to protect them from Iraqi and Iranian attacks. President Reagan reported that U.S. ships had been fired upon or struck mines or taken other military action on September 21 (Iran Ajr), October 8, and October 19, 1987 and April 18 (Operation Praying Mantis), July 3, and July 14, 1988. The United States gradually reduced its forces after a cease-fire between Iran and Iraq on August 20, 1988. It was the largest naval convoy operation since World War II.

62) 1987–88 – Persian Gulf: Operation Prime Chance was a United States Special Operations Command operation intended to protect U.S.-flagged oil tankers from Iranian attack during the Iran–Iraq War. The operation took place roughly at the same time as Operation Earnest Will.

63) 1988 – Persian Gulf: Operation Praying Mantis was the April 18, 1988 action waged by U.S. naval forces in retaliation for the Iranian mining of the Persian Gulf and the subsequent damage to an American warship.

64) 1988 – Honduras: Operation Golden Pheasant was an emergency deployment of U.S. troops to Honduras in 1988, as a result of threatening actions by the forces of the (then socialist) Nicaraguans.

65) 1988 – USS Vincennes shoot-down of Iran Air Flight 655.

66) 1988 – Panama: In mid-March and April 1988, during a period of instability in Panama and as the United States increased pressure on Panamanian head of state General Manuel Noriega to resign, the United States sent 1,000 troops to Panama, to “further safeguard the canal, US lives, property and interests in the area.” The forces supplemented 10,000 U.S. military personnel already in the Panama Canal Zone.

67) 1989 – Libya: Second Gulf of Sidra incident. On January 4, 1989, two U.S. Navy F-14 aircraft based on the USS John F. Kennedy shot down two Libyan jet fighters over the Mediterranean Sea about 70 miles north of Libya. The U.S. pilots said the Libyan planes had demonstrated hostile intentions.

68) 1989 – Panama: On May 11, 1989, in response to General Noriega’s disregard of the results of the Panamanian election, President Bush ordered a brigade-sized force of approximately 1,900 troops to augment the estimated 1,000 U.S. forces already in the area.

69 + 70 + 71) 1989 – Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru: Andean Initiative in War on Drugs, On September 15, 1989, President Bush announced that military and law enforcement assistance would be sent to help the Andean nations of Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru combat illicit drug producers and traffickers. By mid-September there were 50–100 U.S. military advisers in Colombia in connection with transport and training in the use of military equipment, plus seven Special Forces teams of 2–12 persons to train troops in the three countries.

72) 1989 – Philippines: Operation Classic Resolve, On December 2, 1989, President Bush reported that on December 1, Air Force fighters from Clark Air Base in Luzon had assisted the Aquino government to repel a coup attempt. In addition, 100 marines were sent from U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay to protect the United States Embassy in Manila.

73) 1989–90 – Panama: Operation Just Cause, On December 21, 1989, President Bush reported that he had ordered U.S. military forces to Panama to protect the lives of American citizens and bring General Noriega to justice. By February 13, 1990, all the invasion forces had been withdrawn. Around 200 Panamanian civilians were reported killed. The Panamanian head of state, General Manuel Noriega, was captured and brought to the U.S. 1990–1999

74) 1990 – Liberia: On August 6, 1990, President Bush reported that a reinforced rifle company had been sent to provide additional security to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, and that helicopter teams had evacuated U.S. citizens from Liberia.

75) 1990 – Saudi Arabia: On August 9, 1990, President Bush reported that he launched Operation Desert Shield by ordering the forward deployment of substantial elements of the U.S. armed forces into the Persian Gulf region to help defend Saudi Arabia after the August 2 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq. On November 16, 1990, he reported the continued buildup of the forces to ensure an adequate offensive military option. American hostages being held in Iran. Staging point for the troops was primarily Bagram air field.

76 + 77) 1991 – Iraq and Kuwait: Operation Desert Storm, On January 16, 1991, in response to the refusal by Iraq to leave Kuwait, U.S. and Coalition aircraft attacked Iraqi forces and military targets in Iraq and Kuwait in conjunction with a coalition of allies and under United Nations Security Council resolutions. On February 24, 1991, U.S.-led United Nation (UN) forces launched a ground offensive that finally drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait within 100 hours. Combat operations ended on February 28, 1991, when President Bush declared a ceasefire.

78) 1991–96 – Iraq: Operation Provide Comfort, Delivery of humanitarian relief and military protection for Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq during the 1991 uprising, by a small Allied ground force based in Turkey which began in April 1991.

79) 1991 – Iraq: On May 17, 1991, President Bush stated that the Iraqi repression of the Kurdish people had necessitated a limited introduction of U.S. forces into northern Iraq for emergency relief purposes.

80) 1991 – Zaire: On September 25–27, 1991, after widespread looting and rioting broke out in Kinshasa, Air Force C-141s transported 100 Belgian troops and equipment into Kinshasa. American planes also carried 300 French troops into the Central African Republic and hauled evacuated American citizens.

81) 1992 – Sierra Leone: Operation Silver Anvil, Following the April 29 coup that overthrew President Joseph Saidu Momoh, a United States European Command (USEUCOM) Joint Special Operations Task Force evacuated 438 people (including 42 Third Country nationals) on May 3. Two Air Mobility Command (AMC) C-141s flew 136 people from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to the Rhein-Main Air Base in Germany and nine C-130 sorties carried another 302 people to Dakar, Senegal.

82) 1992–96 – Bosnia and Herzegovina: Operation Provide Promise was a humanitarian relief operation in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Yugoslav Wars, from July 2, 1992, to January 9, 1996, which made it the longest running humanitarian airlift in history.

83) 1992 – Kuwait: On August 3, 1992, the United States began a series of military exercises in Kuwait, following Iraqi refusal to recognize a new border drawn up by the United Nations and refusal to cooperate with UN inspection teams.

84) 1992–2003 – Iraq: Iraqi no-fly zones, The U.S., United Kingdom, and its Gulf War allies declared and enforced “no-fly zones” over the majority of sovereign Iraqi airspace, prohibiting Iraqi flights in zones in southern Iraq and northern Iraq, and conducting aerial reconnaissance and bombings. Often, Iraqi forces continued throughout a decade by firing on U.S. and British aircraft patrolling no-fly zones.(See also Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch)

85) 1992–95 – Somalia: Operation Restore Hope, Somali Civil War: On December 10, 1992, President Bush reported that he had deployed U.S. armed forces to Somalia in response to a humanitarian crisis and a UN Security Council Resolution in support for UNITAF. The operation came to an end on May 4, 1993. U.S. forces continued to participate in the successor United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM II).(See also Battle of Mogadishu)

86) 1993–95 – Bosnia: Operation Deny Flight, On April 12, 1993, in response to a United Nations Security Council passage of Resolution 816, U.S. and NATO enforced the no-fly zone over the Bosnian airspace, prohibited all unauthorized flights and allowed to “take all necessary measures to ensure compliance with [the no-fly zone restrictions].”

87) 1993 – Macedonia: On July 9, 1993, President Clinton reported the deployment of 350 U.S. soldiers to the Republic of Macedonia to participate in the UN Protection Force to help maintain stability in the area of former Yugoslavia.

88) 1994 – Bosnia: Banja Luka incident, NATO become involved in the first combat situation when NATO U.S. Air Force F-16 jets shot down four of the six Bosnian Serb J-21 Jastreb single-seat light attack jets for violating UN-mandated no-fly zone.

89) 1994–95 – Haiti: Operation Uphold Democracy, U.S. ships had begun embargo against Haiti. Up to 20,000 U.S. military troops were later deployed to Haiti to restore democratically-elected Haiti President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from a military regime which came into power in 1991 after a major coup.

90) 1994 – Macedonia: On April 19, 1994, President Clinton reported that the U.S. contingent in Macedonia had been increased by a reinforced company of 200 personnel.

91) 1995 – Bosnia: Operation Deliberate Force, On August 30, 1995, U.S. and NATO aircraft began a major bombing campaign of Bosnian Serb Army in response to a Bosnian Serb mortar attack on a Sarajevo market that killed 37 people on August 28, 1995. This operation lasted until September 20, 1995. The air campaign along with a combined allied ground force of Muslim and Croatian Army against Serb positions led to a Dayton Agreement in December 1995 with the signing of warring factions of the war. As part of Operation Joint Endeavor, U.S. and NATO dispatched the Implementation Force (IFOR) peacekeepers to Bosnia to uphold the Dayton agreement.

92) 1996 – Liberia: Operation Assured Response, On April 11, 1996, President Clinton reported that on April 9, 1996 due to the :”deterioration of the security situation and the resulting threat to American citizens” in Liberia he had ordered U.S. military forces to evacuate from that country “private U.S. citizens and certain third-country nationals who had taken refuge in the U.S. Embassy compound….”

93) 1996 – Central African Republic, Operation Quick Response: On May 23, 1996, President Clinton reported the deployment of U.S. military personnel to Bangui, Central African Republic, to conduct the evacuation from that country of “private U.S. citizens and certain U.S. government employees”, and to provide “enhanced security for the American Embassy in Bangui.” United States Marine Corps elements of Joint Task Force Assured Response, responding in nearby Liberia, provided security to the embassy and evacuated 448 people, including between 190 and 208 Americans. The last Marines left Bangui on June 22.

94) 1996 – Kuwait: Operation Desert Strike, American Air Strikes in the north to protect the Kurdish population against the Iraqi Army attacks. U.S. deploys 5,000 soldiers from the 1ST Cavalry Division at Ft Hood Texas in response to Iraqi attacks on the Kurdish people.

95) 1996 – Bosnia: Operation Joint Guard, On December 21, 1996, U.S. and NATO established the SFOR peacekeepers to replace the IFOR in enforcing the peace under the Dayton agreement.

96) 1997 – Albania: Operation Silver Wake, On March 13, 1997, U.S. military forces were used to evacuate certain U.S. government employees and private U.S. citizens from Tirana, Albania.

97 +98 ) 1997 – Congo and Gabon: On March 27, 1997, President Clinton reported on March 25, 1997, a standby evacuation force of U.S. military personnel had been deployed to Congo and Gabon to provide enhanced security and to be available for any necessary evacuation operation.

99) 1997 – Sierra Leone: On May 29 and May 30, 1997, U.S. military personnel were deployed to Freetown, Sierra Leone, to prepare for and undertake the evacuation of certain U.S. government employees and private U.S. citizens.

100) 1997 – Cambodia: On July 11, 1997, In an effort to ensure the security of American citizens in Cambodia during a period of domestic conflict there, a Task Force of about 550 U.S. military personnel were deployed at Utapao Air Base in Thailand for possible evacuations.

101) 1998 – Iraq: Operation Desert Fox, U.S. and British forces conduct a major four-day bombing campaign from December 16–19, 1998 on Iraqi targets.

102) 1998 – Guinea-Bissau: Operation Shepherd Venture, On June 10, 1998, in response to an army mutiny in Guinea-Bissau endangering the U.S. Embassy, President Clinton deployed a standby evacuation force of U.S. military personnel to Dakar, Senegal, to evacuate from the city of Bissau.

103 + 104) 1998–99 – Kenya and Tanzania: U.S. military personnel were deployed to Nairobi, Kenya, to coordinate the medical and disaster assistance related to the bombing of the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

105 + 106) 1998 – Afghanistan and Sudan: Operation Infinite Reach, On August 20, President Clinton ordered a cruise missile attack against two suspected terrorist training camps in Afghanistan and a suspected chemical factory in Sudan.

107) 1998 – Liberia: On September 27, 1998, America deployed a stand-by response and evacuation force of 30 U.S. military personnel to increase the security force at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.

108) 1999–2001 – East Timor: Limited number of U.S. military forces deployed with the United Nations-mandated International Force for East Timor restore peace to East Timor.

109 +110) 1999 – Serbia: Operation Allied Force: U.S. and NATO aircraft began a major bombing of Serbia and Serb positions in Kosovo on March 24, 1999, during the Kosovo War due to the refusal by Serbian President Slobodan Milošević to end repression against ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. This operation ended in June 10, 1999, when Milošević agreed to pull out his troops out of Kosovo. In response to the situation in Kosovo, NATO dispatched the KFOR peacekeepers to secure the peace under UNSC Resolution 1244. 2000–2009

111) 2000 – Sierra Leone: On May 12, 2000, a U.S. Navy patrol craft deployed to Sierra Leone to support evacuation operations from that country if needed.

112) 2000 – Nigeria: Special Forces troops are sent to Nigeria to lead a training mission in the county.

113) 2000 – Yemen: On October 12, 2000, after the USS Cole attack in the port of Aden, Yemen, military personnel were deployed to Aden.

114) 2000 – East Timor: On February 25, 2000, a small number of U.S. military personnel were deployed to support the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).

115) 2001 – On April 1, 2001, a mid-air collision between a United States Navy EP-3E ARIES II signals surveillance aircraft and a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) J-8II interceptor fighter jet resulted in an international dispute between the United States and the People’s Republic of China called the Hainan Island incident.

116) 2001 – War in Afghanistan: The War on Terror begins with Operation Enduring Freedom. On October 7, 2001, U.S. Armed Forces invade Afghanistan in response to the 9/11 attacks and “begin combat action in Afghanistan against Al Qaeda terrorists and their Taliban supporters.”

117) 2002 – Yemen: On November 3, 2002, an American MQ-1 Predator fired a Hellfire missile at a car in Yemen killing Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi, an al-Qaeda leader thought to be responsible for the USS Cole bombing.

118) 2002 – Philippines: OEF-Philippines, As of January, U.S. “combat-equipped and combat support forces” have been deployed to the Philippines to train with, assist and advise the Philippines’ Armed Forces in enhancing their “counterterrorist capabilities.”

119) 2002 – Côte d’Ivoire: On September 25, 2002, in response to a rebellion in Côte d’Ivoire, U.S. military personnel went into Côte d’Ivoire to assist in the evacuation of American citizens from Bouaké.

120) 2003–2011 – War in Iraq: Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 20, 2003, The United States leads a coalition that includes the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland to invade Iraq with the stated goal being “to disarm Iraq in pursuit of peace, stability, and security both in the Gulf region and in the United States.”

121) 2003 – Liberia: Second Liberian Civil War, On June 9, 2003, President Bush reported that on June 8 he had sent about 35 U.S. Marines into Monrovia, Liberia, to help secure the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania, and to aid in any necessary evacuation from either Liberia or Mauritania.

122 + 123) 2003 – Georgia and Djibouti: “US combat equipped and support forces” had been deployed to Georgia and Djibouti to help in enhancing their “counterterrorist capabilities.”

124) 2004 – Haiti: 2004 Haitian coup d’état occurs, The US first sent 55 combat equipped military personnel to augment the U.S. Embassy security forces there and to protect American citizens and property in light. Later 200 additional US combat-equipped, military personnel were sent to prepare the way for a UN Multinational Interim Force, MINUSTAH.

125 +126 + 127 +128 + 129 + 130) 2004 – War on Terrorism: U.S. anti-terror related activities were underway in Georgia, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Yemen, and Eritrea.

131) 2004–present: Drone attacks in Pakistan *) 2005–06 – Pakistan: President Bush deploys troops from US Army Air Cav Brigades to provide Humanitarian relief to far remote villages in the Kashmir mountain ranges of Pakistan stricken by a massive earthquake.

132) 2006 – Lebanon, U.S. Marine Detachment, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit[citation needed], begins evacuation of U.S. citizens willing to leave the country in the face of a likely ground invasion by Israel and continued fighting between Hezbollah and the Israeli military.

133) 2007 – Somalia: Battle of Ras Kamboni, On January 8, 2007, while the conflict between the Islamic Courts Union and the Transitional Federal Government continues, an AC-130 gunship conducts an aerial strike on a suspected al-Qaeda operative, along with other Islamist fighters, on Badmadow Island near Ras Kamboni in southern Somalia.

134) 2008 – South Ossetia, Georgia: Helped Georgia humanitarian aid, helped to transport Georgian forces from Iraq during the conflict. In the past, the US has provided training and weapons to Georgia. 2010–present

135) 2010–11 – War in Iraq: Operation New Dawn, On February 17, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced that as of September 1, 2010, the name “Operation Iraqi Freedom” would be replaced by “Operation New Dawn”. This coincides with the reduction of American troops to 50,000.

136) 2011 – Libya: Operation Odyssey Dawn, Coalition forces enforcing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 with bombings of Libyan forces.

137) 2011 – Osama Bin Laden is killed by U.S. military forces in Pakistan as part of Operation Neptune Spear.

138) 2011 – Drone strikes on al-Shabab militants begin in Somalia. This marks the 6th nation in which such strikes have been carried out, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

139) 2011 – Uganda: U.S. Combat troops sent in as advisers to Uganda.

140) 2012 – Jordan: 150 U.S. troops deployed to Jordan to help it contain the Syrian Civil War within Syria’s borders.

141) 2012 – Turkey: 400 troops and two batteries of Patriot missiles sent to Turkey to prevent any missile strikes from Syria.

142) 2012 – Chad: 50 U.S. troops have deployed to the African country of Chad to help evacuate U.S. citizens and embassy personnel from the neighboring Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui in the face of rebel advances toward the city.

143) 2013 – Mali: U.S. forces assisted the French in Operation Serval with air refueling and transport aircraft.

144) 2013 – Somalia: U.S. Air Force planes supported the French in the Bulo Marer hostage rescue attempt. However, they did not use any weapons.

145) 2013 – 2013 Korean crisis

146) 2013 – Navy SEALs conducted a raid in Somalia and possibly killed a senior Al-Shabaab official, simultaneously another raid took place in Tripoli, Libya, where Special Operations Forces captured Abu Anas al Libi (also known as Anas al-Libi)

147) 2014 – Uganda: V-22 Ospreys, MC-130s, KC-135s and additional U.S. soldiers are sent to Uganda to continue to help African forces search for Joseph Kony.

148) 2014 – Iraq: American intervention in Iraq, hundreds of U.S. troops deployed to protect American assets in Iraq and to advise Iraqi and Kurdish fighters. In August the U.S. Air Force conducted a humanitarian air drop and the U.S. Navy began a series of airstrikes against Islamic State-aligned forces throughout northern Iraq.

149) 2014 – Syria: American aircraft bomb an Islamic State base in Uqayrishah, Syria known as “Osama bin Laden.” In conjunction with this, two dozen American commandos are deployed to raid the village in order to rescue James Foley. The operation was unsuccessful, with one American soldier being wounded. _____________________________________________________________________ Coup D etad’s with US involvement.

150) Iran (1953)

151) Guatemala(1954)

152) Thailand (1957)

153) Laos (1958-60)

154) the Congo (1960)

155 + 156 + 157) Turkey (1960, 1971 & 1980)

158 + 159) Ecuador (1961 & 1963)

160) South Vietnam (1963)

161) Brazil (1964)

162) the Dominican Republic (1963)

163) Argentina (1963)

164 + 165) Honduras (1963 & 2009)

166 + 167) Iraq (1963 & 2003)

168 + 169 + 170) Bolivia (1964, 1971 & 1980)

171) Indonesia (1965)

172) Ghana (1966)

173) Greece (1967)

174 + 175) Panama (1968 & 1989)

176) Cambodia (1970)

177) Chile (1973)

178) Bangladesh (1975)

179) Pakistan (1977)

180) Grenada (1983)

181) Mauritania (1984)

182) Guinea (1984)

183) Burkina Faso (1987)

184) Paraguay (1989)

185 + 186) Haiti (1991 & 2004)

187) Russia (1993)

188) Uganda (1996)

189) Libya (2011).

190) Ukraine 2014 This list does not include a roughly equal number of failed coups, nor coups in Africa and elsewhere in which a U.S. role is suspected but unproven. —————————————————————————————————————— Wait there’s more ”The Special Ops Surge – America’s Secret War in 134 Countries * When you add the total number of conflicts, coups and failed coups and secret wars in Africa to a grand total — the real number will be far higher still, but we’ll never know as my security clearance simply isn’t good enough.

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  • gininitaly

    Thank you so much for compiling The List!
    … and it will never end until WE make it end.

    • Southern

      All good Gin, I hope this list does not require too many updates.

  • BO_stinks

    such numbers, yet Europeans are responsible for more deaths by a magnitude, than the USA. Starters of WW1and WW2 should keep their ignorant traps shut. Oh and communism, and their 100million victims, can keep their pie hole shut too.

  • BO_stinks

    LOL, so defending your embassy is an act of war? such bias and dishonesty certainly bar this information from being useful – except to idiots.

  • Michiko

    I feel very sorry for Americans as they need to depend on military affairs whatsoever as they share no stable common culture to compose a consistent single country.
    In practice, military record must be an only feature that they CAN share with each other, no matter with each ethnic or skin color or religion or else, for their common issue.
    Accordingly, they are ended up with a most sad people those can’t live without hurting other people outside America.
    Experimental nation has failed, I think.
    Better solution for them to live without hurting people outside America is to get USA split into 3 or 4 countries. Becoming smaller.

    • Southernfink

      Hey Michiko , welcome to Mosquito Cloud.

      Whatever happens in the US has a real effect on the rest of the world.

      The U.S. Has Only Been At Peace For 21 Years Total Since Its Birth, that works out a staggering 222 Out of 239 Years shock horror !

      Whatever is squandered on defense is denying funding for civilian infrastructure projects, even worse is the fact that civil rights are being sacrificed right around the world, while corporate rights are gaining.

      So it’s odd that the so called ”west” lied to go to war in order to defend their nations sovereignty only to lose their sovereignty again by becoming members of deceptively termed Free Trade Agreements that include the ISDS provisions.

      • Michiko

        There are still good people in America, but USA’s military sphere is hurting people outside America.
        Camp Schwab detained 3 Okinawans today, with no legal basis, 2 are still on custody.
        US force in Japan is abusing Okinawans.
        It is a civil war in Okinawa now.
        Stop abusing them right now!
        Release the Okinawans that they illegally captured!

        • Southernfink

          Indeed there are good people in the US, its just that the US government endured a coup d etat on 911, one that has not been corrected, although some might argue it goes back a lot longer, in any case that was the most recent one.

          You are more than welcome to speak out about what’s happening in Okinawa.

          I found this article, perhaps you can tell if its an accurate version of events?

          • Michiko

            As for the order to remove the tents, so far their leader seemed to refuse to receive the paper.
            That is one of the men now being detained.
            Anyway, there are plenty of private security company guards, Killer Iron board in front of the gate, all about repelling Okinawans away.
            Also US commander insulted Okinawans as below.
            No doubt that US force in Japan is a very substance aggressing Japan.

            • Southernfink

              The tents can be replaced — people are far more precious and they can put up far more tents if need be.

              Tim Kao is not making sense, he fully contradicts himself when he accuses protesters of getting paid to be there — that’s reverse propaganda — in reality he is the one who’s getting paid to be there, so that throws that attempted counter argument out the window considering no one could actually be paid in the ‘battle” to get their ancestral lands returned to them.

              The traditional custodians of Okinawa local lands are certainly not respected by the presence of US forces, their entire purpose is ultimately only to benefit the oligarchy that they represent, all part and package of the current global corporate coup d etat complemented by various deceptively termed free trade agreements connected to the international finance of governments.

              • Michiko

                Anyway, Okinawans’ ordeal is what is not known in US citizens at all.
                They are suffering because of American people but American people have no idea about their pain.
                You know, there are many paid posters writing propaganda about Okinawans back and forth, on English webs, on Japanese webs too.

              • Southernfink

                They are suffering because of US foreign policy, the people themselves in the US have very little influence about these matters.

                Only 36% participated in the last elections.

                Other forces are in play, the bone is firmly pointed at the international bankers, check out my comment history I mention them often.

                Trolls can be exposed — all you need is patience to expose the truth to daylight.

                If you have more time to spare and you have not yet read this than please consider reading some of the following link when you have some spare time.

                None dare call it conspiracy

                It’s a short book that explains how international bankers set the conditions that ruins many a nation, the practice appears to be ongoing.

              • Michiko

                I see, thanks.

              • Southernfink

                Any recent developments?

                You might appreciate the much shorter anatomy of the deep state which is also a real eye opener.

              • Michiko

                So far 2 men are not released.
                It will take time for me to read an English text with certain length.
                I am not a native English manager so you may see me like a 10 years child in English handling ability.

              • Southernfink

                I understand, all my links are fruitless as they will take up so much of your time.

                Perhaps google translate would be able to speed up the process ?

                For example the first paragraph of the link with the google translation below.

                Rome lived upon its principal till ruin stared it in the face. Industry is the only true source of wealth, and there was no industry in Rome. By day the Ostia road was crowded with carts and muleteers, carrying to the great city the silks and spices of the East, the marble of Asia Minor, the timber of the Atlas, the grain of Africa and Egypt; and the carts brought out nothing but loads of dung. That was their return cargo.

                – The Martyrdom of Man by Winwood Reade (1871)

                Translation by google


                – ウィンウッドReadeのことで男の殉教(1871)

              • Michiko

                Thanks, automatic translation between Japanese and English means almost nothing.
                The two languages are too far from each other, so the outcome is always cluttered.
                That is why none of us try to post in English through automatic translation.
                If it were more capable(feasible), more of us would have dealt with English posting.
                Anyway, I just knew the two Okinawans were released from Nago Police Station as they were moved from Camp Schwab to the station. For now, relieved.

              • Southernfink

                It’s good to hear that the two Okinawans are released.

                I suspected that the translation might go wrong, I thought it was worth a try (^^,)

              • Michiko

                FYI, found an English article about this time incident.

              • Southernfink

                Thanks for the link.

                What amazes me – it appears that they dragged the protesters from outside the gate onto the terrain where after they were charged with trespassing.

                Wrongful/unlawful detainment comes to mind.

              • Michiko

                Yes it was really unreasonable detention and they didn’t show any warrant paper just handcuffed them.
                Okinawan protesters were yelling in front of the police station all night long so to encourage them just like US troops did when their colleagues were caught in the Mogadishu battle, Black Hawk Down.
                I know US troops were flying their chopper all night long so to let the captured pilot encouraged.
                Actually, the voice were not reached his ears at all.
                They were ranting “We will never leave you behind” through a microphone from the chopper.
                Okinawans are the same.
                Why don’t they understand that they are doing the same thing to Okinawans.
                Okinawans will never leave their folks behind just like US troops didn’t.

              • Southernfink

                All over the world there are growing numbers of US bases.

                The US is majorly in debt – it relies on her military powers to manipulate other nations into submission, this is called – protecting US interests in the region.

                On behalf of their masters – the financial elite – US neocons are carrying out a plan to make the entire world submissive to their masters – this is disguised in the form of making nations sign deceptively termed Free Trade Agreements that include the ISDS provisions.

                Via ISDS provisions corporations are able to challenge member governments in closed and private tribunals where they use their own officials and taxpayers funds as settlement – many people simply call this – legalized extortion.

                There are many different Free Trade Agreements being negotiated, Japan is also rumored to become a member of the dreaded TPP.

                The idea behind US military bases is all part & package, of the facade of supposedly protecting trade routes – but what they don’t mention is that it is also able to provide cover and therefore supplies for any covert operation.

              • Southernfink

                I’ll reply to you here, I appreciated the much older versions much better than what this has become.

              • Michiko

                I think I experienced 3 types of Disqus versions and current one is definitely the worst.

              • Southernfink

                Absolutely unworkable – each one worse than the last.

                WordPress commenting systems are not perfect but looking better by the day, votes stay with the comments, no followers.

                The only issue they appear to have are related to the comments getting narrower, ultimately running out of replies.

              • Michiko

                As Japanese users are less to do with WordPress, so I have no much idea.
                So far most bigger web platform in Japan is Ameba that I am also using, and it has own standard comment system, not likely able to be replaced with something another, and I personally never saw someone replacing.
                Also Ameba maintains authority in deleting a comment no matter with a will or wish of a blog owner.
                Ameba wll lose this authority when a platform can adopt Disqus or other comment forms.
                Disqus is also less to do with Japanese users because it has…no Japanese description so really few people dared adopt it.
                Disqus’s advantage is, lain where feasibility or facility in posting across more web sites is established so the more web sites adopt Disqus, the more users Disqus calls for.
                So what happening in Japan is its negative effect.

                I think it is better that something like Jetpack is going to prevail its influence more so to let Disqus be little serious with the feedback from users.
                Disqus’s hubris is nonetheless out of its monopolization on this niche business.
                Disqus needs to have a strong competitor in the same business field so to be humble.

                You know what was(is) happened with the threads that I posted there.
                That is a real “face” of Disqus, as they are kidding.
                Sending anonymous posters to troll my thread, letting them name calling so to make an excuse to close the thread.
                Those are all Disqus staff under cover.
                Anyway, they are kind of the people those embracing internet anonymity as much as they can, when they need to make the cut with something. Basically not different from trolls.

              • Southernfink

                WordPress is a pretty simple no frills commenting system but I am certainly not a genious that knows about all the many different commenting systems or how they react to using japanese text.

                Many times in the past people have concluded that Disqus is simply all part and package of social media control, so why continue using it?

                Just about all social mediums are or can be used for social media control anyway.

                You are correct that Disqus (DQ) appears to enjoy a monopoly but at least they do not moderate.

                Ameba appears to have a monopoly over the Japanese social media.

                DQ does not moderate so that’s an advantage, (they simply sell your comment and vote history for targeted advertising- and who knows what else)

                Are the issues surrounding the trolls related to the Okinawans and are those trolls using English?

                If it’s still happening and in English send me a link.

              • Michiko

                Actually, not only Ameba, but entire Japanese blog services are declining while Line or Twitter is thriving.
                Blog style is not a most favored fashion anymore.
                More people just like to have a short casual conversation with close people with each other, that is what is happening in Japanese web sphere, in general.
                Facebook is not a feature major in Japan, yet.
                Basically, opening a full name to the public eyes is difficult to our kind because our names are easy to be specified.

                There are certain English trolls hanging around English fora which likely being hired or associated with LDP or some Japanese right wing organization.
                Mostly comprised of total foreigners.
                Certain Japanese American with a right leaning organization in West Coast must be included. This group has a connection with some Japanese right wing organization in Japan and LDP.
                They are very different from other conventional right winged English trolls, in the contents that they post.
                Very significant in persisting in comfort women issue and advocating all the LDP’s agendas including Abe’s Yasukuni worshipping, and hating South Korea very much.
                What they talk about Okinawa is very much common among those of them, as if they were given a “common manual” for what they should or should not speak.
                Mostly frequent in Japan Times or the Diplomat.
                Some instance,
                You may see certain of those infesting there.

              • Southernfink

                I used to post on the Diplomat for a bit and lost interests as everything immediately goes into moderation.

                It’s complicated to under stand how Japanese text or characters are used on computers (1), but every windows has the character map which is able to copy/paste them into any comment box which does not appear practical.


                You do not have to reply to obvious personal insults, replying to them only encourages them.

                Sometimes its simply too tempting to let them get away with their obvious provocations, but doing so often ruins a comment board.

                Have a look at these links,

                Off topic = off topic there is no real need to reply, much as I appreciate freedom of speech some sites simply delete for being completely off topic.

                Like Gina says, you can never really win a debate on the internet, that might be true you can certainly engage or embarrass certain agent provocateurs.

                Had a look at your site, if you include English in the sign up I could consider commenting.

              • Michiko

                Thanks, recently I read some suggestion on “wiki how”, and knew ignoring is a basic measure to do. Until then, I had no idea in such, so I made mitakes for a lot.
                The Diplomat is where its moderators or staff are always posting by under cover accounts, so making a trouble with them necessarily means deletion or banning. Very rigid in moderation on outside posters, while “they” are whitelisted, with no moderation process.
                Sorry I don’t understand what you are talking about Japanese text, as the Diplomat is an English forum.
                I make either Japanese text and English text by my PC, no problem.
                When make Japanese text, I do it by ローマ字入力, input by roman letters, then occasionally process it by 漢字変換=replace it into Kanji, this is a common measure to write a Japanese text by PC in Japan.
                My Ameba web site has an orientation page for a foreigner that I made by myself before, linked from “Notification” in the left side up of each page.
                English text has no problem to post there, but you don’t need to overdo beyond your term.

              • Southernfink

                My bad, it was related to what you mentioned about not being able to moderate the trolls on your site due to Ameba doing their own moderation. Perhaps your site would be better of using Disqus or a wordpress * commenting system which would definitely allow you to moderate your own site.


              • Michiko

                Oh there was a big misunderstanding, maybe my description was not enough.
                My personal Ameba blog has no problem and I think it is better separated from Disqus’s influence.
                I thought about if I had another blog on somewhere else which can adopt Disqus but it would be not a good idea as it makes me depend on Disqus more.
                Disqus can have more information about me when I do so.
                What I meant by “my thread” means the boards that I ever posted on the channel “Discuss Disqus”, as there can be accepted a user created article.
                My threads posted there were frequently trolled and closed.
                Those trolls are definitely Disqus staff under cover.
                Like this.

              • Southernfink

                That comment board that you created should never have been closed – the reasons given appear false, they should have dealt with the agent provocateurs instead.

                They certainly were not very polite to you, that’s for sure.

                Mosquito Cloud might go off the air from time to time, the comment threads are never closed, they remain open.

                All the same I would never have started a comment thread on there, the reason for posting here instead.

                I have my own issues with this discus commenting system, I like being able to express myself while I abhor the frequent updates and strongly suspect that the entire program is and can be used for social media monitoring by third parties.

                Neither do I find the staff particularly helpful when it comes to explaining product changes, facetious comes to mind.

                The fact that they now mention that disqus is using the account activity of it’s users for targeted advertising could only mean that they sell this information.

                They are certainly not living up to ”ever expanding language support”.

              • Michiko

                A thread on Discuss Disqus is basically set to close 3 months later, and I always know that, but frequently meeting with closing when a topic is inconvenient to Disqus.
                There are those threads closed very soon other than mine.
                “Being trolled” is a frequent reason for closing a thread but what is funny is it’s definitely Disqus staff under cover accounts who are trolling such a thread.
                Funny thing in there is found one after another, you know, those men claiming “I’m not working for Disqus”.
                I observed that there’s a common pattern in conversation that “those men” always take.
                I think it is a result of the same training, obviously they have a common manual how to drive a conversation.
                Those men are not posting by their free will, bound by some rule.
                They are portraying two very different characters per each, so that their “difference” can be outstanding.
                Another pattern is, that Disqus staff is not going to show up posting by their official accounts unless a difficult poster answers a question of “those men”. They are like an opening performance and we can’t see the real man unless we get them through.

                They are yes facetious, kidding, most likely because they came from a same place that trolls are frequent.
                Very same smell.

              • Southernfink

                It is what it is, but it is still a vital communicating tool for many.

                Have a look at this article

              • Rodion

                US military staff or soldiers in Okinawa bases are never fit under the jurisdiction of the courts of the local authorities of Japan. Frequent cases of violence against Okinawan girls, but the culprits just avoid any responsibility (Perhaps any internal reprimand from their commanders or transfer to another base out of sight). Occupation troops do not obey the laws of the occupied country. On Russian television there were several documentary reportages from Okinawa including several interviews with the leaders of the protest movement in Okinawa.
                So here in the heart of Siberia we are a little bit informed about events in Okinawa.

              • dancydoober57

                But can you trust Russian documentary reports? Is there great trust by the Russian general population in your government? I am not saying it is not true, but your area of the world is unknown to me, so what you write is interesting, and a possibly a different viewpoint from an American’s.

              • Rodion

                Greeting`s from Siberia! And from Tomorrow ))) I already got 7 am of 1 october here )) Hehe )) Sure U and U got a different POV on many cases. I`ll try to explain that info about Okinawa.
                First – it wasn`t off-cadre speech by correspondent but a live interview/reportage of real Okinawa protest leaders. And surely they spoke English.
                Why do you have this suspicion, that here in Russia the population is insufficiently critical and may believe any lies from the TV? For me personally there is no restrictions in access to any information from any media around the world. For me is very funny to read nonsense about my country and especially about Siberia, which sometimes write the reporters in the Western media. HeHeHee. Ask me anything You want about Russia and and I probably will clear some of your stereotypes… if any )))
                Do we have the great support of the government? I don’t think it can be called great. Especially in our region three days ago the Governor from the ruling party in power lost the second round of elections. In the first round he had 49.6 percent. Another would be 0.5″ and he would have won the first round. Because 50+% is enough to win in the first round. So we are not blind supporters of the government. FYI its funny both candidates in second round were with the Ukrainian surnames (as I do :) )
                If you’re interested to learn something about Russian-Ukrainian relations, I wrote here (starting March 2014)a few dozen huge messages on the topic of the creation of Ukrainian heritage – where we came from. (I hope they still available here on Disqus)
                For foreigners who don’t know anything on the subject – this can be quite an opener. As they say – live report without censorship and without a filter of CNN/BBC/(put your fav MSM here), or any other journalists. Live reports-story from the person involved.
                “..your area of the world is unknown to me…” – I DO hope that someday my project for international communication will work (although still far from implementation) and if you ever want, you can travel here and learn of the mysterious and “frightening” Siberia, seeing everything by your own eyes. Not only you personally, of course. I hope/think/sure/convinced/suspect/ that my followers from Disqus will also want to come ever Yo HC-bro :)
                well dancydoober57, feel free to ask anything You want.
                I always try to answer if possible.
                Sorry for the clumsy English =)

              • dancydoober57

                First, I cannot fault your ‘broken’ English, you are obviously better educated in that regard, as I only speak one!:’)
                And, greetings from the past.We are slow, but catch on quickly… Compared to you, America is very young and immature, so bear with us.

                Stereotypes would be that your television and media access is state-controlled. No?

                I am not frightened of Siberia, it has always been interesting to see in nature documentaries. Beautiful but so isolated. Do you live in a populous city, and is the economy petroleum generated? Do you see Alaska from your house! 😉

              • Rodion

                where did we stop…
                You’ll always have a chance to learn a second language desired. Maybe it will even be a Russian, when you will arrive to Siberia and will plunge into the atmosphere of the language – it will be much easier than to force yourself to learn it by the tutorials)))
                I was lucky to work in an international camp here in Russia in my high school years. There were a dozen foreigners from different countries in my group. Only two were Americans, but everybody communicated in English. It was very funny to hear when a German or an Italian speaks English with their own peculiarities of pronunciation.
                Regarding TV channels. I have over 100 of them connected, but there are some suspicious I guess )))) . Whether are they under control or censured by the Russian government, will need to check. I think some of their names sounds suspicious
                France 24 / NHK World TV / BBC World News / EuroNews / RT and several internal Russian channels. So I can compare and make my decisions. This is with regard to only news channels. I did not list here any Discovery / Fox / Fox Life / Sony turbo/sciFi PAramount/ NatGeographic /Viasat Explorer and so on – lots of informative and entertaining stuff.
                BTW the distance from Washington to Anchorage is 400 miles closer than from my city. So, if you don’t live in Texas, then Alaska is much more visible from your house than from my ))) we’ve got a huge Siberia here. And I’m not yet at the far edge of it, but in the center of Siberia. Have you ever heard about lake Baikal? Well this is a “small” lake in the center of Siberia. he amount of water in Baikal lake more than all the combined five Great lakes (Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario)
                I live in a town called Irkutsk (approx 620K ppl). This regional center is the largest city near lake Baikal, but not on lake shore (50 km far). Irkutsk is called the capital of Eastern Siberia. You may ask, why not Central Siberia? Yes, because the region adjacent to Alaska and to the Pacific ocean no one here calls Siberia. There we have the “Far East” (Kamchatka, Chookotka), but not Siberia ))
                Our economy is not based on hydrocarbons. Although we have a huge mestorozhdenie oil and gas, but all this in the mid 90-ies was stolen from the state and now some oligarchs get profits in offshore. Labor, which invested millions of working people in the second half of the 20th century, inhabiting and mastering the hard-to-reach remote regions of Siberia The wealth that was created millions of working people in the second half of the 20th century, inhabiting and mastering the hard-to-reach remote regions of Siberia. And our great clean Angara river was blocked (since 1960x) by several dams and turned into a cascade of artificial reservoirs. Flooding almost all high-productive lands in our region. It was a sacrifice of our region for the prosperity and wealth of the whole country. To get chip electricity. But now, this wealth did not get the country, but to some friends of President Yeltsin, they managed to steal all the riches of the formerly great industrial State.

              • dancydoober57

                You do live in a large city, at least compared to me! Only about 60,000 in my area.

                Fox news is considered a far-rightwing republican network, rarely reporting anything fairly. Hope Harlan is not a fan, lol.

                I have heard of Lake Baikal, it is enormous! I watched something about its surrounding wildlife and beauty.

                I only thought of Siberia as a vast, arctic place, with rural communities. Tigers roaming, haha! I saw your profile and liked the simple description you gave as simply “Siberian”. It shows your love of country, as I would think few people would use”American” as theirs. Too bad, that.
                I always have had an interest in Russia, we have had a bit of a tortured relationship with your government for so long. Superpowers, indeed.
                My father was in intelligence in the U.S. Army for his career. He was to be stationed in Moscow in the 1960’s, at the American embassy. He had to learn Russian in a few months, in an intense linguistic program. But when told he could not bring my mother and older siblings, he requested and was granted another post in France.Lucky for him, I think he would have disliked your winters!

                I am sorry your country’s resources have been stolen and sold for a few wealthy to prosper. In recent years, though, hasn’t its value as a
                natural and pristine wilderness increased? Hopefully!

                Most Americans find President Putin to be somewhat alarming, as he is unpredictable. Is he admired as a leader by most in Siberia? Ex KGB, maybe people are still impressed with that power? Strength is admirable, but not if abused.

                Sorry so long, you may answer when you like! : )

              • Michael Heery


              • dancy7
              • Michael Heery

                no he is a dangerous man,,
                when he will have lots of problems together he will make big mistakes.

              • dancy7

                Yes, he already has. It’s scary to me every day, what else!

              • Southern

                The US was already dangerous long before Trump came along, so nothing has really changed in that aspect.

                The one thing that hasn’t changed by one iota is the sheer amount of decisive influence that the Deep State has over foreign policies.

              • dancy7

                I would agree, thanks, Southern. But Trump”s brazen and unmitigated gall and ignorance scare the sh*t out of me.

              • Southern

                One wonders if his bad manners are part of the facade, Obama bombed one nation after the other, but at least he pretended to have good manners while the foreign policies are largely identical.

                Cui bono, the policies that benefit the Neocons have continued, nothing has really changed, but the faces and names.

              • Southernfink
    • BO_stinks

      yeah, sure. I wonder why the number one destination for people fleeing oppression is America? the bottom line says it all.

  • Kevin777

    Good god! What a war mongering nation I live in.

    I would like to see an estimate of the dollars spent on all these military entanglements, has to be in the trillions.