One Map With All the Countries the US Has Invaded Will Make You Question Everything

(ANTIMEDIA)  — For those who have ever wanted a clearer picture of the true reach of the United States military — both historically and currently — but shied away due to the sheer volume of research required to find an answer, a crew at the Independent just made things a whole lot simpler.

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Using data compiled by a Geography and Native Studies professor from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, the indy100 team created an interactive map of U.S. military incursions outside its own borders from Argentina in 1890 to Syria in 2014.

To avoid confusion, indy100 laid out its prerequisites for what constitutes an invasion:

Deployment of the military to evacuate American citizens, covert military actions by US intelligence, providing military support to an internal opposition group, providing military support in one side of a conflict, use of the army in drug enforcement actions.

But indy100 didn’t stop there. To put all that history into context, using data from the Department of Defense (DOD), the team also put together a map to display all the countries in which nearly 200,000 active members of the U.S. military are now stationed.

For more details, click on the country:

The three countries with the biggest U.S. presence, according to DOD numbers, are Japan at 39,623, Germany at 34,399 and South Korea at 23,297.

The publication of the maps comes just after President Donald Trump announced the military would not be pulling out of its 16-year engagement in Afghanistan — a reversal of his previous stance — and that the U.S. would seek stronger ties with India to combat terrorism in South and Central Asia.

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  • Steve

    This map should include Canada if its to include all of American History. The USA did in fact invade York (now Toronto) and parts of southern Ontario during the war of 1812.

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    • George Porter

      You are right, Steve. Then the Queen’s York Rangers went all the way down to Washington and burned 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. They invaded the USA successfully and were the only country to ever do so.

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    • George Porter

      No you don’t. The USA has not decisively won a single military action since WWII. Schoolyard bullies for rent and we all know what bullies are. Fat ugly cowards with mental health issues who pick on those who are weaker than them for fun and profit.

      • Zemran Mann

        Which military action was decisive for them in WWII? They were happy to make money from both sides until Germany declared war on them and forced them to actually take part and even then they just brought the beer and pizza and watched as Russia did all the hard work. They did play their part but charged for their help unlike everyone else. Britain was the only country that stood up to Hitler because it was right rather than waiting until they were attacked. The OP is right, the US should stick to kicking donkeys.

  • Harleigh Raidal

    I thought you were going to correlate this with what countries have a Central Bank and/or still use the petrodollar, or do not. If you get my drift.

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