A stunning map published this month by Smithsonian Magazine provides new details about the expansive nature of U.S. military involvement around the world as it relates to the post-9/11 “war on terror.”
Contrary to the narrative that the war is winding down, the map resembles a modern-day version of shows a U.S. military presence akin to the period when the the ‘sun never sat on the British empire.’ Some 17 years after the war began, U.S. military presence globally is expanding and has now spread to more than 40 percent of the world’s countries.
By ‘presence,’ that includes U.S. military and support personnel who are currently engaged in 80 countries on six continents, according to Brown University’s Costs of War Project at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs.
The project calculated recently that since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $5.9 trillion on war, most of it in Afghanistan and Iraq but also Syria, Pakistan, and Yemen, where U.S. military operations are more or less permanent at this point with no prospects of ending them for any reason.
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