The text below links to an interactive animation within an outstanding Mother Jones report having to do with U.S. military expansion throughout the world from 1950 until the almost present.
Super duper double way high recommended ... Seriously, it only takes about 45 seconds. Do it now! .......... Don't make me come over there!
According to the Pentagon's 2008 "Base Structure Report," its annual unclassified inventory of the real estate it owns or leases around the world, the United States maintains 761 active military "sites" in foreign countries.
The 2008 total is down from 823 in the Pentagon's 2007 report, but the 2007 number was up from 766 in 2006.
The current total is, however, substantially less than the Cold War peak of 1,014 in 1967.
The US Military has "sites" in 63 countries. Brand new military bases have been built since September 11, 2001 in seven countries.
There are only 192 countries in the United Nations.
Official military reports understate the actual size of the US footprint.
The official figures omit espionage bases, those located in war zones, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and miscellaneous facilities in places considered too sensitive to discuss or which the Pentagon chooses to exclude.
We garrison the globe in ways that really are -- not to put too fine a point on it -- unprecedented, and yet, if you happen to live in the United States, you basically wouldn't know it; or, thought about another way, you wouldn't have to know it.
Below is a similar treatment from United for Peace and Justice, that was first published in 2005.
Not as good as the above Mother Jones piece, but worthwhile.
I have to admit it, I had no idea this thing had grown so big.
And I'm the guy supposedly paying attention.