Thursday, June 30, 2011

A History of US Military Involvement Around The World

I am posting this link purely as a further outlet for this information resource, not as a reflection on US military intervention, hegemony or morality.

Given the time period that is covered, 1798-2010, disallows me as a Brit, from taking any moral stance on the issue. For a hundred and fifty of the two hundred years in question, I don't think Britain would have passed any kind of morality test regarding its foreign policy.

Instances of Use of United States Armed Forces Abroad, 1798-2010
Richard F. Grimmett
Specialist in International Security
March 10, 2011
Link PDF

The structure in the background is Blackpool's North Pier, something I habitually fished off as a kid. It was then quite a bit longer, being possessed of a jetty, built originally to facilitate the many pleasure steamers that used to ply their trade from the then ever increasingly popular resort.

Below, colour or sepia.

Unfortunately, in the 1960s, this masterpiece of Victorian ironwork, was subjected to a cultural and architectural assault that can never be forgiven. Turning an enchanting piece of our heritage into the worst example of twentieth century modern. (shite)

The only photograph I could find, that records the villainous act of vandalism perpetrated on the old girl. Perhaps not a bad thing.

Completed in 1863 at a cost of about £12,000, (hard to believe) the pier is now a grade two listed structure. Brief history.


Anonymous said...

beautiful photographs

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the sea, fishing boats sail past the shore

Himself said...

A tad cryptic.

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Himself said...

Thank you, I shall have a look at that later. I'm just waiting for a delayed (from yesterday) NASCAR race to to start from the US.

Himself said...

Excellent link Maren thank you, a veritable treasure trove.

I recently watched on iplayer the four part series advertised at the top of the page.

Again thank you.

Anonymous said...

Treasure ship packed with silver found in Atlantic.

Himself said...

The BBC had a brief report on it, but the video wasn't as clear as that.
Thank you.

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Himself said...

Good morning Chuck.

Interesting thank you, and thank you for posting it here. I wondered where I put the link.

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