Wednesday, October 10, 2007

An Indispensable Resource on U.S. Imperialism

This is a list of instances where the U.S. military has deployed troops, grounds forces, or had naval actions. This is an incredibly interesting and useful resource for researching and exposing U.S. imperialism. This does not however include the many covert operations of the CIA like Operation Ajax in 1953 (correct me if the date is wrong) which helped to overthrow Mossadegh in Iran and install the Shah. This is acknowledged use of force compiled by the Navy, so you can't say it is some biased left wing source! It does include among others, 11 invasions and occupations of Nicaragua in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some brief and some lasting over a decade. Of course one must be wary of some of the descriptions that go along with that data, but on the whole there is little ideology in the list. I am using this resource in a paper I am writting on the effects of military interventions on working class power in the countries invaded. Enjoy!