Charles Goyette Interviews Catherine Lutz

Charles Goyette, April 11, 2008

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Catherine Lutz, professor of anthropology at Brown University, editor of the new book, The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle Against US Military Posts and proprietor of the Website No-Bases.net, discusses the recent agreement for permanent bases in Iraq, the empire of American military bases all over the world, the resentment of the general populations despite official cooperation, the myth that U.S. troops provide stability in the world, the indefinite occupation of Bosnia and the doctrine of preventive war.

MP3 here. (17:55)

Catherine Lutz is a Watson Institute professor (research) and holds a joint appointment with the Department of Anthropology. Professor Lutz received her BA in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College and her PhD in social anthropology from Harvard University. Her most recent books include Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics and Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century, winner of the Leeds Prize and the Victor Turner Prize). Others include Reading National Geographic with Jane Collins, and Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and their Challenge to Western Theory. She is the immediate past of the American Ethnological Society, the largest organization of cultural anthropologists in the U.S.

3 Responses to “Catherine Lutz”

  1. 300 bases in Germany – yes and no (Germany ain’t large, man), let’s take a look at the main infrastructure points:

    Here we have 9 “large” ones, i.e. those one would spend a few strategic nuclear warheads on:

    http://fluglaerm-kl.saar.de/dl/American_bases_in_Germany_fs.pdf

    This FY2007 report lists ~300 site starting from page 78, but most are “miscellaneous”, for example we have the “Amelia Earhart Hotel” (nice name) or the “Hochspeyer Ammo Storage Annex”, things you would visit with a Tank Platoon.

    http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/BSR_2007_Baseline.pdf

    Similar infrastructure exists all over NATO territories of course.

    Ok, keep up the good work, I’m off to get some Italian food.

    Also, the “Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and their Challenge to Western Theory” book sounds interesting.

  2. Richard the caller who argued with Charles about the number of bases in the world is smoking something. I am an Army vet, and believe me we have many many bases throughout the world. I was in Korea and for sure there is at least a hundred bases there. We also have bases in such remote areas such as Diego Garcia Turkey and now Africa. My son is now serving in the US Navy and he can attest to the fact we have many small manned outposts in many parts of ther Pacific. Richard just needs to open his eyes and shut the pie hole..

  3. According to Dr Bob Bowman, former chief of US Air Force Missile Defense, missile defense is the missing link to a First Strike. Dr Bob Bowman thinks missiles in Poland will be very useful to shoot down any surviving Russian missiles after a First Strike. Therefore the Russians will implement Launch On Warning. The terrible consequences if a mistake will be caused by the stupid Pentagon. Dr Bob Bowman agrees that the Pentagon (McCain?) will get disarming first-strike capability by 2011/12. Acc. to former Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge-www.plrc.org-the US Navy can track and destroy all enemy subs simultaneously. The main danger is Russian Launch On Warning because of US First-Strike Capability. Please read Keir Lieber and Daryl Press, “The Rise of US Nuclear Primacy”, 2006 March/April issue of Foreign Affairs. By 2011/12 the Pentagon will have achieved that the Russians have no choice but Launch On Warning. “Bloody fools in the Pentagon”, as Brigadier Harbottle stated.

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