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Are US Policy Makers Really that Stupid, or are they Evil?Joe Clifford Salem-News.com
Is it a surprise that in a world poll this week the US was voted the biggest threat to peace in the world?
(JAMESTOWN, RI) - Are US policy makers really stupid or do they have a natural talent for creating violence and hatred? The latest world poll shows the US is considered the biggest threat to world peace and our government’s daily actions and decisions assure us of a continued “number one”.
Iraq for example, just suffered its worst year of violence since 2008 with almost 9,000 deaths in a country that is a failed state wracked with civil wars, sectarian strife, and infested with large Al Qaeda groups, all trying to impose their will and agenda on a devastated nation. Saddam Hussein was a bitter enemy of AL Qaeda and managed to keep them out of Iraq, but last week Al Qaeda took control of one of Iraq’s largest cities, Fallujah. We are responsible for this failed state, for when one invades, even when the invasion is based on lies, the invading nation has the responsibility to insure order and peace. We failed, and because of our failure over 9,000 died this year. Iraq is a hell and yet in the midst of the worst violence ever, US policy makers have a brainstorm and decide what Iraq needs is more weapons. Last week the US sent Hell-Fire missiles into hell; not humanitarian aid or equipment such as electrical generators, medicine, or any kind of aid which might be useful to a desperate people. Our policy makers decided what Iraq needs is more weapons. Is it stupidity, or do policy makers have a hidden agenda of insuring violence and chaos.
Certainly if one looks at the footprint of the US as it meddles in everyone’s business, there does appear to be a pattern. Iraq is in chaos, Libya is in chaos, Afghanistan is in chaos, Syria is in chaos as we continue to supply the warring sides with weapons and in so doing insure more deaths. Lebanon is on the verge of chaos, Egypt has been taken over by a military dictatorship supported by the US government. In Egypt a brutal crackdown on any semblance of democracy is being pursued by an illegitimate government supported by the US. One has to wonder if the chaos we bring is a matter of intent or stupidity.
In Egypt, despite 30 years of massive US financial support, the brutal dictator Hosni Mubarak was driven from power in a democratic non-violent revolution. The US had backed the brutal dictator for 30 years with tremendous amounts of military aid, and he only survived because the US gave him so much military aid he was able to use the army to keep his people in line. But eventually, even with all his power, democracy prevailed and Mubarak was driven from power, with the US at his side until the very end. When it became evident he was done, we backed the former head of their secret police and renowned torturer of the Egyptian people as the new US puppet. That failed, and in a democratic election Mr. Morsi emerged victorious. We were not happy with this and immediately began to fund opposition groups in an attempt to have Mr. Morsi driven from power, which occurred about one year after Mr. Morsi took over.
The military, still backed with US money, took over and imprisoned the democratically elected Morsi, and last week outlawed the former majority party the Muslim Brotherhood, calling them terrorists, and began a major crackdown on members by imprisoning them. A military junta controls Egypt and is killing protestors fighting for democracy. We still support that military. In an Alice in Wonderland like comment, US Secretary of State Kerry said the military’s ouster of Morsi was necessary for democracy. Egypt seethes and civil war will surely occur in the near future and the US policy makers will bear full responsibility for yet another civil war in yet another country. Stupidity of US policy makers, or intentional evil?
We continue to use drones to kill Pakistanis, despite the fact the Pakistani public hates these actions and daily the people’s anger is directed towards the government leaders of Pakistan who act in a manner contrary to the will of the public. There will be civil strife in Pakistan by government forces trying to suppress the public hatred for US drone attacks, and probably will escalate into civil war, yet we continue to kill with drones in Pakistan. Stupid policy or intentional evil?
In Yemen last week, a US drone, took out another “wedding party”, killing 14 and wounding 22 others with 9 suffering critical injuries. We did it again, for that makes 8 wedding parties the US has wiped out with drones and bombs. We are number one at wiping out wedding parties. As in Pakistan the people of Yemen are hateful of drones, but our drone attacks are supported by the corrupt puppet US backed government. If the pattern persists, civil strife or even civil war will occur in Yemen because of US policy. Stupidity of policy makers or evil intent?
In Afghanistan after 10 long years of war the US is incensed that our puppet leader Mr. Karzai will not sign an agreement which would prohibit Iraq’s justice system from bringing charges against US soldiers for crimes committed in Iraq. The US is furious and has reminded Mr. Karzai with warnings, that he is “our” puppet and he must sign the agreement. I’m betting if Mr. Karzai persists he will get the Manuel Noriega treatment. Another problem in Afghanistan is Mr. Karzai’s releasing prisoners he does not consider dangerous because there is no evidence or proof against them. The position of the US is that some of these prisoners actually shot at US soldiers and therefore should be held in prison forever without trial or charges. Ponder the logic of it being illegal for a person to shoot at soldiers who invade and occupy their country for over 10 years.
Is it a surprise that in a world poll this week the US was voted the biggest threat to peace in the world? Could US policy makers really be this stupid, or are they evil?
_________________________________Salem-News.com Writer Joe Clifford, lives in historic Jamestown, Rhode Island, and has contributed a number of articles relating to foreign policy to newspapers in the Rhode Island area for years.
He graduated from Providence College where he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree. After a lengthy career as a high school teacher he turned to the study of US foreign policy, and then to writing, as a means of expressing an alternative perspective. His reading and research on foreign policy is broad and extensive, especially as the policy relates to the Middle East. His interest in foreign policy was inspired by the American misadventure in Vietnam. You can write to Joe at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org