Posts Tagged ‘Failed Foreign Policy’

Sometimes it seems like our Federal Government is stuck on “repeat”. It’s almost as if each new administration looks at the mistakes in foreign policy of past administrations and assumes that they can do the exact same thing only with different results.

We are witnessing the ramifications of the arrogance of the central planners right now in the Middle East and North Africa. How many times will our government pretend to be friends with “rebels” to provide them with weapons, etc., and assist in overthrowing their government, then act surprised when they inevitably turn against us?

This tactic of arming the opposition of our “enemies” and allowing them to wage a proxy war on our behalf has only netted a few of the results that it is intended to. It allows the US to project its power into a part of the world where we don’t care to wage a full war or are incapable of doing so effectively.

For the most part, the proxy wars keep the US public satiated and less motivated to protest. In a proxy war there are minimal casualties to US personnel, we mostly lose money and weapons, which is apparently much more acceptable. The proxy wars are mostly left out of media reporting and when they are mentioned they are described as “humanitarian aid missions” and posed to the public as operations intended to help oppressed people.

But there is always blow back from these “aid missions” and the gains that were made are erased ending up resulting in a worse situation.

Aside perhaps from WWII when we armed and assisted the French Resistance against the Nazi occupation the track record for rebel funding has been less than stellar. One example would be that the CIA funded Bin Laden and Al Qaeda to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan, then we were “surprised” when they attacked us several years later.

Right now the rebel forces in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and 7 other countries are showing their appreciation for our “assistance” by attacking our embassies and even killing one of our ambassadors. This is the first time a US ambassador has been killed since 1979.

The media and administration are blaming some nut job back here in the states who made an anti-Muslim video for all of this going on. While the video may have been the catalyst it definitely isn’t the root cause. The people in that part of the world have to be sick of drone strikes, hummers in their streets, and foreign money pouring into their lands to fund continuously expanding violence and war among their people.

In conclusion, I’m not “blaming America” and I’m not blaming Obama or Bush. I am blaming this failed foreign policy that our Federal Government continues to attempt to implement over and over again, administration after administration, failure after failure.

Regardless of what party assumes power this election it appears there will be more of the same. Sadly, that means we will see more events like we have witnessed this week in Egypt, Yemen, and Libya.