A Coast Guard that guards everyone else’s coast
One would think that a coast guard vessel has a fairly straight forward task: patrol the littoral waters surrounding the country.
However, it appears that the US coast guard, like the national guard, has a history of being used in imperial warfare.Â For instance, the USCGC Dallas, the largest coast guard ship currently in commission, has just made a pit stop in Georgia.Â Not the Peach State, but rather in the Black Sea near the Caucasus.
And while the federal government officially states that the ship is conducting humanitarian aid, based on its previous history (active in the Vietnam war theater as well as Kosovo in 1999), one could surmise that its appearance is more than coincidence.
To give the Bush administration the benefit of the doubt, it should be noted that numerous coast guard vessels are perpetually deployed in forward stations across the globe.Â However, this again illustrates the vast geographic expanse that the imperial state attempts to command and control.
Or are there a lot of Cuban refugees attempting to ford the Bosporus?Â Is the Dallas practicing hurricane relief techniques from tropical storm experts in Asia minor?Â Is someone really arguing that the USCG is actually protecting the shores of Corpus Christi and Mertyl Beach by tacking around in Russia’s bathtub?