“We Are Real Democrats”

Jana K. Lipman

in Guantanamo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255395
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942370 | DOI:
“We Are Real Democrats”

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The U.S. military appeared strong and intact, and its archipelago of bases was well equipped to defend against communism and to maintain U.S. military and economic dominance. The Navy Civil Engineer Corps', or Seabees', account of Building the Navy's Bases in World War II defined the construction of bases throughout the world, listing its accomplishments: “Bases in the North Atlantic,” “Construction Battalions in France and Germany,” “Bases in Alaska,” “Bases in the Philippines, and Okinawa.” These bases did not fade at the end of the war. The structure and network of U.S. bases morphed into a defensive perimeter against the Soviet Union instead. The U.S. government feared Soviet expansionism and militarism, and it actively sought to support anti-communist governments and protect U.S. economic interests on a global scale. The U.S. military infrastructure that had developed during World War II began to articulate a new Cold War geography.

Keywords: Seabees; Alaska; Okinawa; expansionism; Soviet Union

Chapter.  15977 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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