The US Promises to Go to War For More Than 54 Countries

There are 54 different countries on Earth that the U.S. is legally obligated to militarily protect and defend if they get into their own conflicts. Below is the State Department’s list of them (via Micah Zenko):

NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY

A treaty signed April 4, 1949, by which the Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all; and each of them will assist the attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force.

PARTIES: United States, Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom

AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

A Treaty signed September 1, 1951, whereby each of the parties recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific Area on any of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes.

PARTIES: United States , Australia, New Zealand

PHILIPPINE TREATY (BILATERAL)

A treaty signed August 30, 1951, by which the parties recognize that an armed attack in the Pacific Area on either of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and each party agrees that it will act to meet the common dangers in accordance with its constitutional processes.

PARTIES: United States, Philippines

SOUTHEAST ASIA TREATY

A treaty signed September 8, 1954, whereby each party recognizes that aggression by means of armed attack in the treaty area against any of the Parties would endanger its own peace and safety and each will in that event act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes.

PARTIES: United States , Australia, France, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, and the United Kingdom

JAPANESE TREATY (BILATERAL)

A treaty signed January 19, 1960, whereby each party recognizes that an armed attack against either Party in the territories under the administration of Japan would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional provisions and processes. The treaty replaced the security treaty signed September 8, 1951.

PARTIES: United States, Japan

REPUBLIC OF KOREA TREATY (BILATERAL)

A treaty signed October 1, 1953, whereby each party recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific area on either of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and that each Party would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes.

PARTIES: United States, Korea

RIO TREATY

A treaty signed September 2, 1947, which provides that an armed attack against any American State shall be considered as an attack against all the American States and each one undertakes to assist in meeting the attack.

PARTIES: United States, Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

This illustrates rather well the sheer magnitude of U.S. commitments around the world. It’s worth remembering, too, as Nima Shirazi noted, that not every state that Washington commits itself to militarily is listed here (Israel is conspicuous for its absence). So, U.S. military commitments go beyond even this lengthy list.

Why? Politicians will tell you this is about defending freedom and democracy (right…). Policy wonks will rattle off old chestnuts about global security and international cooperation. More accurately, this helps institutionalize U.S. hegemony (that is, unrivaled power over all other states in the system).

This doesn’t merely demonstrate how taxpayer money and resources go to the defense of other countries. It illustrates the pervasive conviction in Washington that there are few, if any, spots on the planet that aren’t vital U.S. interests that require military interventionism. America’s mandate is limitless, it would seem.

69 thoughts on “The US Promises to Go to War For More Than 54 Countries”

  1. “America’s mandate is limitless, it would seem”

    So are its debts.

    I wonder what will give first?

  2. Brings back memories of FDR's telegram to Hitler, the one in which he demanded that Der Fuhrer promise not to invade a list of countries that included most of the world. Hitler mockingly dismissed it over the radio in an address to the Reichstag. "Palestine!"

  3. Since Venezuela seems to be under attack right now, the US should be required to attack the US backed factions that are trying to overthrow the legally elected government of Venezuela that the US is obligated to protect, right?

    1. No the US is under obligation to attack…the US!
      that's right folks. for the 1st time in history. Brought to you my the Military Industrial Complex…War Just Because

  4. The first world war was about dominating the world by west industrialization, second world war was about the world to be dominated by german race, second world war is not finished yet, the list of countries that are presented here are USG responsibility to fight for as their colony, USG and EU are not bound by the rhetoric that second worked war is finished, if that was the case NATO would have been demolished when USSR were dissolved.

  5. "It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of the foreign world."
    George Washington (1732-1799)
    Farewell Address, September 17, 1796.

    “Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other. Real patriots who may resist the intrigues of the favorite are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people, to surrender their interests.”
    George Washington (1732-1799)
    Farewell Address, September 17, 1796.

    “Overgrown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.”
    George Washington (1732-1799).

    1. If America would stop foreign aid to countries hostile towards us by voting against the U.S. in the U.N every person in America would never go hungry, always have heat in winter & cool in summer, every child could have a free education, every American would have free medical & hospitlization benefits. America should get out of the U.N. which we pay over 50% of it's bills & tell the world that the U.N HAS to be relocated to some other country. Why should we belong to to the U.N. & foot so much of the cost of runnng it when third world countries get a many votes as we do?

  6. Its interesting to see this list. Although Russia is currently very aggressive I still have some hopes that we will have a lot of peace in this century…

    1. We would already have had a lot more peace had America, and some of its allies, not been so aggressive.

  7. As Paul's comment implies, attacks against these countries by the clandestine forces of the US CIA, hired mercenaries (Blackwater/Xe, etc) and others will not be countered by official military forces from the US however. We will of course offer support to the eventual victors of the US-backed coup (for as long as they do our bidding).

  8. a number of the signatories of the rio treaty have withdrawn from it since signing.

    for instance the united states does claim mutual defense with Cuba

  9. The Rio Treaty certainly didn't work for the Argentines getting attacked over the Malvvinas. And the reason the US was able to attack the eelected government of Chile, and Honduras, and Guatemala and Grenada, and Panama, and Nicaragua and Dominican Republic and Cuba is because it's a cco-signatory?

  10. Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest_Memorandum_

    Content

    According to the memorandum, Russia, the U.S., and the UK confirmed, in recognition of Ukraine becoming party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and in effect abandoning its nuclear arsenal to Russia, that they would:

    1. Respect Ukrainian independence and sovereignty within its existing borders.
    2. Refrain from the threat or use of force against Ukraine.
    3. Refrain from using economic pressure on Ukraine in order to influence its politics.
    4. Seek United Nations Security Council action if nuclear weapons are used against Ukraine.
    5. Refrain from the use of nuclear arms against Ukraine.
    6. Consult with one another if questions arise regarding these commitments.

  11. What these ridiculous treaties have in common is that they were all signed within 15 years of the dropping of the Bomb and the end of WWII (last one signed in 1960). I get so sick of stooges like Tom Brokaw calling these sociopaths the "Greatest Generation." The WWII generation was so amped with hubris and the demonic notion of American Exceptionalism that they blew the peace and started this country on its road to ruin. Of course, we boomers have only made things worse.

  12. I salute the USA for this policy. My generation (born 1930 – 1940) is still grateful for the USA winning WW2 for us. Thousands of young hero's died for our freedom. Great country the USA. Jan de Vries, The Netherlands.

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