Define Peacekeeping forces. Every military base has a reason to be there. Hence examples like Germany which to some still, is an â€œoccupationalâ€ or â€œpeacekeepingâ€ force since we entered their borders in 1944. As a person who lived in Germany as an American citizen for 4 years with a parent who was in the armed forces, I even experienced the magnitude might of the US military and other allies in Europe as a whole. Was it a peacekeeping force or a occupational force? Depends, but the outcome was peacekeeping since it help win the Cold War If you define peacekeeping, there are quite a few deployments across the nation regarding us and allied troops (including the French and the Canadians imagine that! -- no offense to France and Canada, btw, I have friends and business partners there also) who are on peacekeeping duties. I would need to further find out where they are all at, if thatâ€™s even possibly, but the list would be VERY lengthy. The U.S. military isnâ€™t they only ones also deploying peacekeeping troops either.
But as for US Military bases across the globe, they arenâ€™t sitting there doing nothing. And what is the military designed to do? To keep the peace, Hence the word peacekeeping. My job when I was in the military was in the middle of the U.S., but was it Peacekeeping? You betcha. The weapon I maintained could be used and delivered a big boom (or booms to several targets). Heck, one of the weapon systems I maintained was called the Peacekeeper. Even though it currently is in deactivation status, the weapon did itâ€™s a job as a â€œPeacekeeper.â€ Granted it is a play on words but nearly the same thing. You can also define a cop or any person of law enforcement a peacekeeper. Any military for that matter is a peacekeeping force or occupational force. Itâ€™s just a play on words.
And as for the bases in Puerto Rico, you have to be dead in the world not to know about the US Military moving out of there considering it was plastered all over the press. Besides all we did to island (and surrounding islands and other islands around the world, especially in the south pacific) is use the island for target practice anyways.
You also quoted this:
â€œNo, the Milosevic trial has dragged on, because it is a real trial, not a Public Relations circus.â€
You must not be following the trial day by day, if not by month by month, the only reason why its taking forever is the fact that Milosevic is making the trial into a circus, since he has considered the trial in his eyes â€œillegalâ€ and there have been many times when the trial has stopped when Milosevic made several outbursts while witnesses were in the stand, Just ask General Wesley Clarke on that one. Infact, just ask the judges, they are disgusted with him and how he is treating the trial.
But back to the subject regarding the trial of Saddam, that trial will certainly be a circus, even if done by the Iraqi people. Interrogators of the US have already said thatâ€™s atmosphere, a circus, if not a sideshow attraction, which to many, he is a sideshow freak. Heâ€™s enjoying it. That trial is going to be a big top circus that even the â€œwhole familyâ€ will enjoy. Itâ€™ll be worse then any trial in public record. Heck to some, the Nuremburg trials were a â€œshow trial.â€ You should read the transcripts of that one. Meaning, if the US, the UN or the Iraqi government tried him, it will STILL be a show trial by any aspect since Saddamn won't care, just like Milosevic is doing currently or even the defendents of the The Nuremburg trials, or the war crimes trials in Japan.