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How Many Countries Has The United States Bombed?

Updated on June 23, 2016
General MacARTHUR
General MacARTHUR | Source

Korea and China 1950-1953

Between 1950 and 1953, during the Korean War the USA along with the UN were involved in the B-29 bombing of Yalu bridges. This at the time was a large controversy. General MacARTHUR and General Stratemeyer played the largest roles in initiating the bombings. Those bombs weren't enough though. He thought the USA needed to be involved with more atomic bombs. If MacARTHUR was to have his way he "would drop between 30 and 50 atomic bombs- strung across the neck of Manchuria, and spread behind us, from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea-a belt of radioactive cobalt-for at least 60 years there would be no land invasion of Korea from the North." Thankfully Truman came to his senses and fired MacARTHUR. U.S citizens however did not fully support his firing. In fact sadly 69% of Americans supported the overboard narcissist and felt that Truman was wrong.

Full List of Countries Bombed By The United States of America

  1. China 1950- 1953
  2. Korea 1950 - 1953
  3. Guatemala 1954
  4. Indonesia 1958
  5. Cuba 1959 -1961
  6. Guatemala 1960
  7. Congo 1964
  8. Vietnam 1961- 1973
  9. Laos 1964- 1973
  10. Guatemala 1967-69
  11. Cambodia 1969-70
  12. Grenada 1983
  13. Lebanon 1983, 1984
  14. Libya 1986
  15. El Salvador 1980s
  16. Nicaragua 1980s
  17. Iran 1987
  18. Panama 1989
  19. Iraq 1991
  20. Kuwait 1991
  21. Somalia 1993
  22. Bosnia 1994, 1995
  23. Sudan 1998
  24. Afghanistan 1998
  25. Yugoslavia 1999
  26. Yemen 2002
  27. Iraq 1991-2003 (US/UK both bomb them on regular basis)
  28. Iraq 2003-present
  29. Afghanistan 2001-present
  30. Pakistan 2007-present
  31. Somalia 2007-8, 2011
  32. Yemen 2009, 2011
  33. Libya 2011

American Soldier Admitting Killing Innocent People

Jacobo Arbenz
Jacobo Arbenz | Source

Guatemala 1954

The 1954 Guatemalan coup d’état was a military operation carried out by the U.S. government and the C.I.A. to over throw Guatemalan president Jacobo Arbenz and replace him with someone who would support the American United Fruit Company. They wanted to continue to use Guatemalan land and Guatemalan workers at a suppressive rate. Solution for the U.S. government? Of course just drop a couple bombs instead of paying a fair rate to the owners of the land and workers.


On January 12, U.S. government protests arrive in the form of U.S. military bombers camouflaged as counterrevolutionary Cuban aircraft. The bombers drop napalm bombs on oil refineries and the sugar cane fields of Cuba, burning 10 tons of sugar cane in Havana Province. On the 21st, four 100 pound bonds are dropped on Havana, causing extensive damage. On the 28th through the 29th, U.S. military aircraft bomb and severely wreck five sugar cane fields in Camaguey Province and three in Oriente Province.

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Blinded By My Country

I'll admit, like many other Americans, I remember almost every detail of 09-11-2001 like it was yesterday. I am nowhere near any of the locations. No one I knew was near any of the locations. Something though was tragic about simply seeing the hours of news coverage and watching so many people basically die right before our eyes. So please when I express my opinions on war don't think I don't see the things that have happened to American people. I do. I come from a military family. As far back as my great grandfather that I know of. For a long time I personally looked up to our military.

I am not an extremest by far. That doesn't mean I have to agree with the many things the USA has done that we should all be ashamed of. I had been blinded by both the teachings of my up bringing and the media. I had no idea what we were really doing in other countries. I had no idea how many innocent people were killed to supposedly keep us free. I had no idea that most of our conflicts were caused by our country's own need to control everyone else. Then I grew up. I started paying attention. I started reading. Thanks to the internet I can read about anything, and if I doubt the accuracy of an article I can scour the internet to check its validity.

Am I an extremist who hates her country? No, not yet anyway. I always do have the option of moving if it ever gets to a point I can no longer justify being here. For now, I just want to inform other citizens who truly have been blinded by the government to all of our own wrong doings. There should be no double standard. If another country is bad for bombing, so are we! Peace will never be fully attainable, but at least we could attempt to not kill everyone on the planet!

Double Standard

The examples provided are just a couple of the details surrounding these bombings. We live in a country that expects respect, but has never given that same respect. We sadly have the finances and power to pull strings all around the world in favor of what we want. When we don't get what we want we simply drop a bomb or two. Is this better than our hungry government sending our men and women to die? Not really. All lives are valuable! The murdering of innocent people is always bad no matter what country those people are from.

Why is it that a tsunami kills thousands of people in another country and we (Americans) text and call in millions and millions of dollars to help, but ask the average citizen how many countries have we bombed and I am not sure they would be able to name five. Why do we so selectively choose when we want to care about the world?

So next time you justify the wars, or find yourself saying "Just bomb them and move on" Try thinking "Lets mind our own business and not go there to begin with" STOP THE DOUBLE STANDARD!!!

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  • clivewilliams profile image

    Clive Williams 

    5 years ago from Jamaica

    wow, that list may double in the near future....who are the real war mongers?

  • Jay C OBrien profile image

    Jay C OBrien 

    5 years ago from Houston, TX USA

    A Methodist Minister in Houston gave a speech (sermon) justifying Manifest Destiny. I got a copy of it and interlineated my comments. It is now a Hub, "Encouragement for America." This is the original title. I have not changed any of his words, just added my own. Check it out. I would appreciate your comments.

  • peeples profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from South Carolina

    Thank you Jay and Daisy. I agree Jay, we can not remove it completely. I will always be part of our world, but the more we stand against it, maybe, just maybe, it may reduce the amount of war. Daisy, Sad indeed. I am not Anti-American (Yet) either. The notion of Manifest Destiny has changed a bit over the years. It has been jokingly renamed (NAM) The Narcissist American Movement. It's actually sad that if you stand against an idea that one group of people should influence the rest, it somehow associates you as being negative. I for one would take hippie as a compliment!

  • DaisysJourney profile image


    5 years ago from Midwest, USA

    Ooh, I forgot to add a request to please consider responding to this question:

  • DaisysJourney profile image


    5 years ago from Midwest, USA

    There needs to be a "sad" button. I clicked interesting, but I wanted to click a sad one too! I am not Anti-American, but we have definitely succumbed to a might makes right mentality. My young Montessorians and I discussed this mentality of Manifest Destiny and America's involvement in the last 2 world wars and why do "We" think we are right? Sadly, when I mentioned how proud I was that they were bothered by Manifest Destiny, the Indian Removal Act, the Potsdam Declaration, and other US choices, my Facebook associates accused me of inculcating them into my "hippie" "liberal" "bleeding heart" mentality.

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    Jay C OBrien 

    5 years ago from Houston, TX USA

    I enjoyed this Hub and I agree with you. I will extend the idea and say we as individuals should avoid participating in war or fighting even if the president or king asks us to.

    Nations are run by the megalomaniacs. We as individuals may choose to follow them in war or choose to avoid war and fighting. If necessary we may move. Note, we will always have war in the world. The idea is not to have war or fighting or conflict in our minds.

  • peeples profile imageAUTHOR


    5 years ago from South Carolina

    If only the biggest dog on the block would use it's size for good, the world would be a better place! Thanks for stopping by Bill!

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    Bill Holland 

    5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    The biggest dog on the block usually does whatever he feels like. It's always been that way, and the U.S. plays the role of big dog very well. It would take a lifetime to list the atrocities this country has committed. That's a long way of saying I agree with you.


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