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The Worthless Naval Base at Gitmo

Tales of the American Empire | May 11, 2023

The American empire has over 1000 overseas military bases with between a dozen and 45,000 personnel. The United States spends more to operate its overseas military bases each year than China spends on its entire military. Several of these bases have become worthless yet remain open because of bureaucratic resistance. The largest unneeded base is also the oldest overseas base, the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, known as Gitmo. No combat forces are based there or even combat support forces. There are no ships, no aircraft, no weapons, nor munitions based at Gitmo. The lights could be shut off at expensive Gitmo tomorrow and everyone flown home and the US Navy wouldn’t notice, except that it would free manpower and resources for a dozen more warships.


“All Bases Covered”; Tom Engelhardt,; January 10, 2011;…

“Overseas Base Closure List”; Carlton Meyer; G2mil; 2016;

Related Tale: “The Empires Cuban Colony 1898 -1959”:    • The Empire’s Cuba…  

May 13, 2023 - Posted by | Corruption, Militarism, Timeless or most popular, Video | ,


  1. If the rumors of arrests and GITMO military tribunals/executions are true, GITMO would not be my first choice of a US military base to close.

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    Comment by rediscover911com | May 13, 2023 | Reply

    • Hmmm. I’ve just re-read your comment. Did you intend “…GITMO would *not* [emphasis added] be my first choice…”? My mind is blank — please explain. (Did you mean, e.g., that GITMO should be the site of “arrests and GITMO military tribunals/executions” and ergo should/must remain open for same?)


      Comment by roberthstiver | May 17, 2023 | Reply

      • Yes, sorry for the confusion Robert. Don’t you think it would be a fitting punishment for the war-mongers?

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        Comment by jbthring | May 20, 2023 | Reply

        • Yes … but: NOTHING would be “fitting enough” for these perpetrators of untold, satanic evil…or for their higher-ups.

          (I’m now confused in another way — I’m typically confused: Is this, my “Reply,” directed to rediscover911com — or to bthring?)


          Comment by roberthstiver | May 20, 2023 | Reply

  2. the US wants to occupy a part of Cuba

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    Comment by lexx | May 13, 2023 | Reply

  3. Whilst I can’t put in an “Official Answer” because of my Computer problems(not to mention my Age) this article about Gitmo, has not addressed the fact that ‘Gitmo’ has great value to the USA because it allows the USA to “Skirt” American Law, and detain prisoners WITHOUT TRIAL. It can also torture prisoners without fear of American Law.

    Cheers to you all.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | May 13, 2023 | Reply

  4. Noted. I am very sure that “(worthless) overseas military base(s)” is equally applicable to *domestic* military bases. There was a US administration program in the early 1990s toward “base closures,” (I think it was called BRAC = Base Realignment and Closures”) but Congressional pork-eaters put the kibosh to it after a few pallid attempts…to wit, “you shall not close the base in *my* county!!!”

    Very glad to find you “back on station,” Brian! — even, as it seems, haltingly and tortuously. Yes: Cheers!

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    Comment by roberthstiver | May 13, 2023 | Reply

  5. Gitmo is a disgrace to America and a blot on Western inaction to condemn what the base is used for. Most of the prisoners are probably innocent if the US is too afraid of listening to their testimonies in court. Was it not a depository for ‘Islamic terrorists’, i.e. people who may have threatened illegal US occupation and War Crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere? They should be taken home with appropriate compensation. However, they are almost certain to feel anti-American retribution after two decades of unjust deprivation and torture. Some restoration of Human Rights may be obtained by a World Court ruling that the prison is a crime in itself and those resisting its closure should face international sanctions or similar deprivation.

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    Comment by jbthring | May 17, 2023 | Reply

    • Thanks. Before our very eyes, we’ve been witnessing [for 2 decades?!!] and are still witnessing a vast-vast-vast-unspeakable-unconscionable crime against humanity of indescribable, immeasurable dimensions perpetrated probably against 99 if not 100 percent of the GITMO incarcerated. The mind boggles in frustration and rage and hatred and shame….

      Just think if we were one of the incarcerated…how frustrated, outraged, hateful we’d be….

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      Comment by roberthstiver | May 17, 2023 | Reply

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