Mission Creep: Military Dispatches

As part of our special investigation <a href="/military-maps/">“Mission Creep: US Military Presence Worldwide,”</a> we asked a host of military thinkers to contribute their two cents on topics relating to global Pentagon strategy. Their responses will be archived below after publication on <i>motherjones.com</i>.

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Dispatch: Robert Kaplan
In Defense of the Pentagon’s Small, Small World

Dispatch: Katherine McCaffrey
Fighting for Freedom but Projecting Misery

Dispatch: Winslow Wheeler
It’s Not Just the Bases—or the Nukes

Dispatch: Steven Metz
America’s Global Military Footprint Is the Lesser Evil

Dispatch: C. Douglas Lummis
Pentagon Promise Breakers: Friday the 13th in Okinawa

Dispatch: Douglas Macgregor
Lessons from the Terror War, and Wrestling

Dispatch: John Nagl
How the US Can Win in Afghanistan; Lessons From Iraq

Dispatch: William Hartung
How Can We Reduce the US Military Footprint?

Dispatch: John Lindsay-Poland
Transforming Unaccountable Force

Dispatch: John Feffer
Surrounding China’s String of Pearls

Dispatch: Catherine Lutz
Welcome to Guam, USA

Dispatch: Peter Beck
Does South Korea Still Need GI Joe?

Dispatch: Nick Turse
The Pentagon’s Mad Scramble for Africa

Dispatch: John Pike
Regarding Bear DNA: Russia and Sarah Palin’s Geopolitics

Dispatch: Mark Selden
Guns Before Butter: Why America Is Losing Clout to Asia

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Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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