A look at major U.S. military strikes as ordered by the last five U.S. presidents and the degree of international support behind the actions.

RONALD REAGAN

—Beirut (1982-83): U.S. troops deployed to Lebanon as part of a three-nation peacekeeping force. Reagan ordered limited airstrikes, with France…

—Grenada (1983): Invasion by an estimated 7,000 U.S. troops and 300 OAS troops…

—Libya (1986): Airstrikes to punish leader Moammar Gadhafi’s regime for a Berlin disco explosion…

GEORGE H.W. BUSH

—Panama (1989): Invasion by more than 26,000 troops…

—Iraq (1991): Invasion of Iraq with troops from 33 other countries…

—Somalia (1992): Deployed troops for peacekeeping and humanitarian aid…

BILL CLINTON

—Iraq (1993): Launched cruise missiles into Baghdad…

—Somalia (1993): Increased troop deployment…

—Haiti (1994) Deployed troops for peacekeeping and nation-building…

—Bosnia (1994-96): Launched airstrikes with NATO allies over 18 months…

—Iraq (1996): Launched cruise missiles at targets in southern Iraq…

—Sudan, Afghanistan (1998): Launched cruise missiles at terrorist training camps in Sudan and Afghanistan…

—Iraq (1998): Launched cruise missiles and airstrikes on a number of Baghdad targets…

—Kosovo: (1999): Launched airstrikes and cruise missiles over more than three months…

GEORGE W. BUSH

—Afghanistan (2001): Invaded as part of NATO mission…

—Iraq (2003): Invaded with ‘‘coalition of the willing’’…

BARACK OBAMA

—Libya (2011): Launched cruise missiles and commanded initial international military operation…

—Osama bin Laden (2011): While not an attack on a foreign nation, the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader is considered one of the Obama administration’s top military and intelligence successes…

ALSO NOTED:

Hundreds of deadly drone strikes have been carried out on al-Qaida targets during the Obama and the George W. Bush presidencies. The vast majority of them have been in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen…

Imagine how many people we might kill if we weren’t a peace-loving nation, eh?



  1. bobbo, we think with words but rarely pick up the Dictionary says:

    This is another simple question: “Is the USA the Worlds Policeman?”

    Yeap! Too percontational you say? …….. I would hope so but in the interest of time >>>>> “No!”

  2. MikeN says:

    Isn’t Chuck Hagel one of the anti-Iraq War Republicans? He’s of the reality-based community who would put it to those rascally neo-cons as Secretary of Defense. What does he have to say about war with Syria?

    • bobbo, we think with words but rarely pick up the Dictionary says:

      I did see him on the tube but when I politicians lips start moving, I stop listening. I accept I was too quick with Hagel. I’ll listen next time.

      Why doesn everyone who becomes Presnedent of the GOUSA become a war/national security nut? And why don’t any of them factor in consequences????

      You know—when the UN won’t support military action…. you stop unless there are OVER RIDING national security interests. You know—like when we invaded Grenada or Panama. Syria??????? I think we should arm BOTH SIDES. Ha, ha. “The enemy of my enemy—makes for a worthwhile clusterfuck.”

  3. MikeN says:

    Can Howard Dean donors get a refund now?

  4. MikeN says:

    Obama’s Red Line
    http://tinyurl.com/ldpfbv4

  5. WILLIAM says:

    This is not really about being the policeman of the world and much more about creating an environment that supports a version of capitalism. Its about keeping supply lines open as well as enslaving other countries to produce products at wages under the most basic human needs.

    The problem for the US is the homeland depletion of resources. That made it necessary to invade the middle east and parts of Africa. Panama is a required shipping route that cannot afford to be shut down. Asia produces products at slave wages and should China refuse to supply cheap products it would be attacked.

    If you think it is not true one should realize that identical resources sold to any other country command a significant price increase. Careful following large sources of resources consistently include a discount of some sort.