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January 14th, 2011 Comments off

Why do so many countries despise the United States? The answer is complex and has many facets; not least among them is war. Since 1904, the United States has been continually involved in military conflicts that if totaled by length of engagement tallies well over 250 years. Looking at the instances of US commitment gives an idea of the extensive nature of the war efforts of this country.

Quite literally, the United States has been at war the entire 20th century and the first ten years of the 21st century, making the idea of a “war economy” very real. A look over the chart below will show only six years the country has not had some type of military action and then only three years of consecutive “non-military” involvement.

Place Date Commitment Reason Years
Dominican Republic 1903-04 Troops U.S. Interests Protected In Revolution. 2
Korea 1904-05 Troops Marines Land In Russo-Japanese War. 1
Cuba 1906-09 Troops Marines Land In Democratic Election. 3
Nicaragua 1907 Troops “Dollar Diplomacy” Protectorate Set Up 1
Honduras 1907 Troops Marines Land During War With Nicaragua 1
Panama 1908 Troops Marines Intervene In Election Contest. 1
Nicaragua 1910 Troops Marines Land In Bluefields And Corinto. 1
Honduras 1911 Troops U.S. Interests Protected In Civil War. 1
China 1911-41 Naval, Troops Continuous Occupation With Flare-Ups. 30
Cuba 1912 Troops U.S. Interests Protected In Civil War. 1
Panama 1912 Troops Marines Land During Heated Election. 1
Honduras 1912 Troops Marines Protect U.S. Economic Interests. 1
Nicaragua 1912-33 Troops, Bombing 10-Year Occupation, Fought Guerillas 21
Mexico 1913 Naval Americans Evacuated During Revolution. 1
Haiti 1914-34 Troops, Bombing 19-Year Occupation After Revolts. 22
Dominican Republic 1914 Naval Fight With Rebels Over Santo Domingo. 1
Mexico 1914-18 Naval, Troops Series Of Interventions Against Nationalists. 4
Dominican Republic 1916-24 Troops 8-Year Marine Occupation. 8
Cuba 1917-33 Troops Military Occupation, Economic Protectorate. 16
World War I 1917-18 Naval, Troops Ships Sunk, Fought Germany For 1 1/2 Years. 2
Russia 1918-22 Naval, Troops Five Landings To Fight Bolsheviks 4
Panama 1918-20 Troops “Police Duty” During Unrest After Elections. 2
Honduras 1919 Troops Marines Land During Election Campaign. 1
Yugoslavia 1919 Troops/Marines Intervene For Italy Against Serbs In Dalmatia. 1
Guatemala 1920 Troops 2-Week Intervention Against Unionists. 1
Turkey 1922 Troops Fought Nationalists In Smyrna. 1
China 1922-27 Naval, Troops Deployment During Nationalist Revolt. 5
Honduras 1924-25 Troops Landed Twice During Election Strife. 1
Panama 1925 Troops Marines Suppress General Strike. 1
China 1927-34 Troops Marines Stationed Throughout The Country. 7
El Salvador 1932 Naval Warships Send During Marti Revolt. 1
World War Ii 1941-45 Naval, Troops, Bombing, Nuclear Hawaii Bombed, Fought Japan, Italy And Germany For 3 Years; First Nuclear War. 4
Iran 1946 Nuclear Threat Soviet Troops Told To Leave North.  
Yugoslavia 1946 Nuclear Threat, Naval Response To Shoot-Down Of Us Plane. 1
Greece 1947-49 Command Operation U.S. Directs Extreme-Right In Civil War. 2
Uruguay 1947 Nuclear Threat Bombers Deployed As Show Of Strength. 1
Germany 1948 Nuclear Threat Atomic-Capable Bombers Guard Berlin Airlift. 1
China 1948-49 Troops/Marines Evacuate Americans Before Communist Victory. 1
Philippines 1948-54 Command Operation Cia Directs War Against Huk Rebellion. 6
Puerto Rico 1950 Command Operation Independence Rebellion Crushed In Ponce. 1
Korea 1951-53 (-?) Troops, Naval, Bombing , Nuclear Threats U.S./So. Korea Fights China/No. Korea To Stalemate; A-Bomb Threat In 1950, And Against China In 1953. Still Have Bases. 2
Iran 1953 Command Operation CIA Overthrows Democracy, Installs Shah. 1
Vietnam 1954 Nuclear Threat French Offered Bombs To Use Against Siege. 1
Guatemala 1955 Command Operation,  Bombing, Nuclear Threat 1
 Nicaragua 1956 U.S. Company Lands; Bombers Based In Nicaragua. CIA Directs Exile Invasion After New Gov’t Nationalized  
Egypt 1958 Nuclear Threat, Troops Soviets Told To Keep Out Of Suez Crisis; Marines Evacuate Foreigners.1  
Lebanon 1958 Troops, Naval Marine Occupation Against Rebels. 1
Iraq 1958 Nuclear Threat Iraq Warned Against Invading Kuwait. 1
China 1958 Nuclear Threat China Told Not To Move On Taiwan Isles. 1
Panama 1960-75 Troops Flag Protests Erupt Into Confrontation. 1
Vietnam 1961 Troops, Naval, Bombing, Nuclear Threats Fought South Vietnam Revolt & North Vietnam; One Million Killed In Longest U.S. War; Atomic Bomb Threats In 1968 And 1969. 15
Cuba 1961 Command Operation CIA-Directed Exile Invasion Fails. 1
Germany 1962 Nuclear Threat Alert During Berlin Wall Crisis. 1
Laos  1962 Command Operation Military Buildup During Guerrilla War. 1
Cuba 1963  Nuclear Threat, Naval Blockade During Missile Crisis; Near-War With Soviet Union. 1
Iraq 1964 Command Operation CIA Organizes Coup That Killed President, Brings Ba’ath Party To Power, And Saddam Hussein Back From Exile To Be Head Of The Secret Service. 1
Panama 1965 Troops Panamanians Shot For Urging Canal’s Return. 1
Indonesia 1965-66 Command Operation Million Killed In CIA-Assisted Army Coup. 1
Dominican Republic 1966-67 Troops, Bombing Marines Land During Election Campaign. 1
Guatemala 1969-75 Command Operation Green Berets Intervene Against Rebels. 1
Cambodia 1970 Bombing, Troops, Naval Up To 2 Million Killed In Decade Of Bombing, Starvation, And Political Chaos. 6
Oman 1971-73 Command Operation U.S. Directs Iranian Marine Invasion. 1
Laos 1973 Command Operation, Bombing U.S. Directs South Vietnamese Invasion; “Carpet-Bombs” Countryside. 2
Mideast 1973 Nuclear Threat World-Wide Alert During Mideast War.  
Chile 1975 Command Operation CIA-Backed Coup Ousts Elected Marxist President. 1
Cambodia 1976-92 Troops, Bombing Gas Captured Ship, 28 Die In Copter Crash. 1
Angola 1980 Command Operation Cia Assists South African-Backed Rebels.  
Iran 1981 Troops, Nuclear Threat, Aborted Bombing Raid To Rescue Embassy Hostages; 8 Troops Die In Copter-Plane Crash. Soviets Warned Not To Get Involved In Revolution. 1
Libya 1981-90 Naval Jets Two Libyan Jets Shot Down In Maneuvers. 1
Nicaragua 1983-84 Command Operation, Naval CIA Directs Exile (Contra) Invasions, Plants Harbor Mines Against Revolution. 9
Grenada 1983-89 Troops, Bombing Invasion Four Years After Revolution. 1
Honduras 1984 Troops Maneuvers Help Build Bases Near Borders. 1
Iran 1981-92 Jets Two Iranian Jets Shot Down Over Persian Gulf. 1
El Salvador 1982-84 Command Operation, Troops Advisors, Overflights Aid Anti-Rebel War, Soldiers Briefly Involved In Hostage Clash. 11
Lebanon 1986 Naval, Bombing, Troops Marines Expel PLO And Back Phalangists, Navy Bombs And Shells Muslim Positions. 2
Libya 1986 Bombing, Naval Air Strikes To Topple Nationalist Gov’t. 1
Bolivia 1987-88 Troops Army Assists Raids On Cocaine Region. 1
Iran 1989 Naval, Bombing US Intervenes On Side Of Iraq In War. 1
Libya 1989 Naval Jets Two Libyan Jets Shot Down. 1
Virgin Islands 1989 Troops St. Croix Black Unrest After Storm. 1
Philippines 1989 (-?) Jets Air Cover Provided For Government Against Coup. 1
Panama 1990 Troops, Bombing Nationalist Government Ousted By 27,000 Soldiers, Leaders Arrested, 2000+ Killed.1 1
Liberia 1990-91 Troops Foreigners Evacuated During Civil War. 1
Saudi Arabia 1990-91 Troops, Jets Iraq Countered After Invading Kuwait. 540,000 Troops Also Stationed In Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Uae, Israel. 1
Iraq 1991 Bombing, Troops, Naval Blockade Of Iraqi And Jordanian Ports, Air Strikes; 200,000+ Killed In Invasion Of Iraq And Kuwait; Large-Scale Destruction Of Iraqi Military.1 10
Kuwait 1992-94 Naval, Bombing, Troops Kuwait Royal Family Returned To Throne. 1
Yugoslavia 1992-94 Naval Nato Blockade Of Serbia And Montenegro. 2
Somalia 1991-2003 Troops, Naval, Bombing U.S.-Led United Nations Occupation During Civil War; Raids Against One Mogadishu Faction. 2
Iraq 1993-? Bombing, Naval No-Fly Zone Over Kurdish North, Shiite South; Constant Air Strikes And Naval-Enforced Economic Sanctions 12
Bosnia 1994 Jets, Bombing No-Fly Zone Patrolled In Civil War; Downed Jets, Bombed Serbs. 3
Haiti 1996-97 Troops, Naval Blockade Against Military Government; Troops Restore President Aristide To Office Three Years After Coup. 1
Zaire (Congo) 1997 Troops Marines At Rwandan Hutu Refugee Camps, In Area Where Congo Revolution Begins. 1
Liberia 1997 Troops Soldiers Under Fire During Evacuation Of Foreigners. 1
Albania 1998 Troops Soldiers Under Fire During Evacuation Of Foreigners. 1
Sudan 1998 Missiles Attack On Pharmaceutical Plant Alleged To Be “Terrorist” Nerve Gas Plant. 1
Afghanistan 1998 Missiles Attack On Former CIA Training Camps Used By Islamic Fundamentalist Groups Alleged To Have Attacked Embassies. 1
Iraq 1999 Bombing, Missiles Four Days Of Intensive Air Strikes After Weapons Inspectors Allege Iraqi Obstructions. 1
Yugoslavia 2000 Bombing, Missiles Heavy NATO Air Strikes After Serbia Declines To Withdraw From Kosovo. NATO Occupation Of Kosovo. 1
Yemen 2001 Naval USS Cole, Docked In Aden, Bombed. 1
Macedonia 2001-? Troops NATO Forces Deployed To Move And Disarm Albanian Rebels. 1
Afghanistan 2002 Troops, Bombing, Missiles Massive U.S. Mobilization To Overthrow Taliban, Hunt Al Qaeda Fighters, Install Karzai Regime, And Battle Taliban Insurgency. More Than 30,000 U.S. Troops And Numerous Private Security Contractors Carry Our Occupation. 9
Yemen 2002-? Missiles Predator Drone Missile Attack On Al Qaeda, Including A US Citizen. 1
Philippines 2003-? Troops, Naval Training Mission For Philippine Military Fighting Abu Sayyaf Rebels Evolves Into Combat Missions In Sulu Archipelago, West Of Mindanao. 4
Colombia 2003-? Troops US Special Forces Sent To Rebel Zone To Back Up Colombian Military Protecting Oil Pipeline. 7
Iraq 2003 Troops, Naval, Bombing, Missiles Saddam Regime Toppled In Baghdad. More Than 250,000 U.S. Personnel Participate In Invasion. US And UK Forces Occupy Country And Battle Sunni And Shi’ite Insurgencies. More Than 160,000 Troops And Numerous Private Contractors Carry Out Occupation And Build Large Permanent Bases. 8
Liberia 2004-05 Troops Brief Involvement In Peacekeeping Force As Rebels Drove Out Leader. 1
Haiti 2005-? Troops, Naval   Marines Land After Right-Wing Rebels Oust Elected President Aristide, Who Was Advised To Leave By Washington. 1
Pakistan 2006-? Missiles, Bombing, Covert Operation Cia Missile And Air Strikes And Special Forces Raids On Alleged Al Qaeda And Taliban Refuge Villages Kill Multiple Civilians. Drone Attacks Also On Pakistani Mehsud Network. 6
Somalia 2008 Missiles, Naval, Covert Operation Special Forces Advise Ethiopian Invasion That Topples Islamist Government; Ac-130 Strikes And Cruise Missile Attacks Against Islamist Rebels; Naval Blockade Against “Pirates” And Insurgents. 4
Syria 2009-? Troops Special Forces In Helicopter Raid 5 Miles From Iraq Kill 8 Syrian Civilians 2
Yemen 2009-? Missiles, Command Operation Cruise Missile Attack On Al Qaeda Kills 49 Civilians; Yemeni Military Assaults On Rebels 2
      Years 326

 The years of war have impacted the US mindset as well as economy. The idea of conquest and the use of force to acheive goals effects the politics, policies and behavior of Americans and how they are viewed throughout the world. Beginning the 21st century the United States in on target to exceed all of the previous 100 years if military engagements continue at the present rate. With the exception of humanitarian use of troops, other engagements have been costly in human lives as well as cost to the government. The only beneficiaries of war tend to be the businesses that supply the combatants.

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