David Vine

David Vine, a TomDispatch regular, is associate professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C. His latest book, Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, is part of the American Empire Project (Metropolitan Books). He is also the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Mother Jones, among other publications. For more of his writing, visit www.davidvine.net.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 11:30am
Doubling Down on Failure: The Pentagon’s Dangerous “New” Base Plan
Amid the distractions of the holiday season, the New York Times revealed that the Obama administration is considering a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East. Though this is being presented as a response to the rise of the Islamic State...
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Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 3:00pm
America’s Global Military Bases Actually Undermine National Security. Here’s How.
With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe. Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike...
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Monday, September 14, 2015 - 7:30am
Garrisoning the Globe: How US Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All
With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe. Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike...
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Monday, June 15, 2015 - 7:45am
The Truth About Diego Garcia: 50 Years of Fiction About an American Military Base
First, they tried to shoot the dogs. Next, they tried to poison them with strychnine. When both failed as efficient killing methods, British government agents and U.S. Navy personnel used raw meat to lure the pets into a sealed shed. Locking them inside, they gassed the howling animals with exhaust...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:30am
A Permanent Infrastructure for Permanent War
With the launch of a new U.S.-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State (IS), the United States has engaged in aggressive military action in at least 13 countries in the Greater Middle East since 1980. In that time, every American president has invaded, occupied, bombed, or gone to war in...
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Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 11:02am
The Italian Job: The Pentagon Goes on a Spending Spree
The Pentagon has spent the last two decades plowing hundreds of millions of tax dollars into military bases in Italy, turning the country into an increasingly important center for U.S.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:15am
Baseworld Profiteering: Where Has All The Money Gone?
Outside the United States, the Pentagon controls a collection of military bases unprecedented in history. With U.S.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 10:58am
How U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying the Pentagon to Occupy the Planet
“Are you monitoring the construction?” asked the middle-aged man on a bike accompanied by his dog. “ Ah, sì ,” I replied in my barely passable Italian. “ Bene ,” he answered. Good.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 9:33am
How the Pentagon Is Quietly Transforming Its Overseas Base Empire and Creating a Dangerous New Way of War
The first thing I saw last month when I walked into the belly of the dark grey C-17 Air Force cargo plane was a void -- something missing. A missing left arm, to be exact, severed at the shoulder, temporarily patched and held together. Thick, pale flesh, flecked with bright red at the edges. It looked like meat sliced open. The face and what remained of the rest of the man were obscured by blankets, an American flag quilt, and a jumble of tubes and tape, wires, drip bags, and medical monitors.
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Monday, April 26, 2010 - 8:20am
Environmental Protection of Bases?
Just weeks before today’s Earth Day, and for the second time in little more than a year, environmental groups have teamed with governments to create massive new marine protection areas across wide swaths of the world’s oceans. Both times, however, there’s been something (pardon the pun) fishy about these benevolent-sounding efforts at environmental protection.
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