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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates calls for greater militarization of the United States. News Team

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who is staying on under Obama, has released a memo calling for greater militarization of the United States. He wants the National Guard, the Reserves, and Active Duty forces integrated. Gates calls this future force the ominous “Integrated Total Force.” Critics say this would easily be the largest militarization by a major world power since Germany in the 1930’s under Adolph Hitler.

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Obama under attack worldwide for what is seen as a pledge to maintain US hegemony.

From the UK Telegraph

But the former Illinois senator, whose rise was built on his opposition to the Iraq war, delivered a message of surprising toughness that at times could have come from George W Bush.

Mr Obama said: “To ensure prosperity here at home and peace abroad, we all share the belief we have to maintain the strongest military on the planet.”

With the responsibilities of office just seven weeks away, he added that his administration was “absolutely committed to eliminating the threat of terrorism”.

“We cannot tolerate a world where innocents are being killed by extremists,” Mr Obama said in the wake of Bombay attacks, adding that he was “heartbroken” by the deaths of six Americans in the massacre.

“We have to bring the full force of our power, not only military but diplomatic and political, to deal with the threats,” he said, also vowing that the US would stand with India.

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The United States spend over a half trillion a year to maintain 761 foreign military bases. This expense does not include the Iraq War.