fiscal cliff update......................From MotherJones
''Unknown to most Americans, Washington's garrisoning of the planet is
on the rise, thanks to a new generation of bases the military calls "lily pads"
(as in a frog jumping across a pond toward its prey). These are small,
secretive, inaccessible facilities with limited numbers of troops,
spartan amenities, and prepositioned weaponry and supplies.
Around the world, from Djibouti to the jungles of Honduras, the
deserts of Mauritania to Australia's tiny Cocos Islands, the Pentagon
has been pursuing as many lily pads as it can, in as many countries as
it can, as fast as it can. Although statistics are hard to assemble,
given the often-secretive nature of such bases, the Pentagon has
probably built upwards of 50 lily pads and other small bases since
around 2000, while exploring the construction of dozens more.''