Washington, D.C (TFC) – The American government presents itself as the world’s police. Without American exceptionalism the world would fall apart. The problem with the insistence that the American military should be involved in global affairs is the reality that the American government is front and center in political instability throughout the globe.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out how stupid American foreign policy created the monster known as ISIS. Although Saddam Hussein was a murderous dictator, ISIS came to be only after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the removal of Hussein. As reported by The New Yorker, the war in Syria has virtually erased the border between Syria and Iraq, and thanks to the Shiite dominant policies of Nouri Al Maliki, Sunnis making up ISIS have been inspired to commit terror against the West and those within their strongholds who don’t follow their version of Islam. While American troops contained Al Maliki’s sectarian crimes, once they left the country, Al Maliki had no one to restrain him.
This is a man installed by the Bush administration after an illegal invasion, costing millions of deaths, and trillions of dollars. De-baathifiction, the disbanding of Iraq’s military and police force merged with Al Maliki’s anti-Sunni governance to create hostility within the country. Sectarian violence has increased to higher levels than under Hussein, and the country is on the verge of collapsing; thanks to the Bush administration lying to America and the world in order to go war with Iraq.
What is even more infuriating about the war are the words from one of the perpetrators. In a television interview from 1993, as Secretary of Defense under George H.W Bush, Dick Cheney explained why the American government didn’t remove Hussein from power.
“If you take down the central government of Iraq, you can easily see pieces of Iraq fly off.” Cheney further explained how the breakup of the country would affect the political stabilization of other countries as religious sects invade neighboring countries in hopes of forming their own countries.
Ten years later, Cheney betrayed his conscience and went against his former views and helped destroy Iraq, and set the stage for even more turmoil.
As noted by Time Magazine, the American government is simultaneously fighting with and against Iran. On March 25th, U.S warplanes backed up Iranian militias fighting ISIS in Tikrit, Iraq. That happened at the exact same time the American military supported Saudi Arabia as they fought in Yemen against insurgents supported by Iran. The Iranians are very important in the fight against ISIS, without them, the situation could be more dire. In Yemen the Iranians are supporting the Houthi’s who aligned themselves with disposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who supported Obama’s drone campaign; going so far as claiming that the American drones that killed innocent people belonged to Yemen. Saleh also jailed a journalist at the request of President Obama. The contrasting stories in Iraq and Yemen show the American political elite don’t know how to handle Iran, and have no idea what they are doing.
American issues with Iran go back decades leading up to, and after President Eisenhower overthrew Mohammad Mosaddegh, the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran and installed the Shah, whose pro western dictatorship brutally suppressed dissent, and destroyed political opponents. His rule inspired the violent overthrow in 1989 that brought the violent rule of Ayatollah Khomeini. Without Eisenhower’s interference, it wouldn’t be foolish to say that Iran would be a more stable and less violent country.
The problem of American interventionalism does not stop in the Middle East. In Central America, one country is ruled by gangsters who use violence and intimidation to essentially rule the country.
During the El Salvador Civil War, the American government gave El Salvador’s right wing government money and weapons to kill supporters of left wing guerilla groups. That government cracked the skulls of children, and raped women before killing them. As El Salvadorians fled the country they landed in Los Angelas,many formed gangs to protect themselves. When the gangsters were rounded up, thousands of them were deported back to their homeland as trained criminals.
El Salvador has the dubious and sickening statistic as the world’s most murderous country that is not currently involved in a war. Militarized units are used to fight the gangs, but thousands still terrorize the streets. At the beginning of the year President Salvador Sanchez Ceren installed the Safe El Salvador Plan with the mission of improving the country’s parks, recreational facilities, and prisons, with the hopes of curtailing the violence that grips the country. The country with a population of just over 6 million had an astonishing 3,942 murders; 11 per day. A two year truce between the MS13 and Calle 18 gangs has ended, and some within the country doubt Ceren’s plan is going to work.
For more than thirty years, El Salvador has been gripped in violence, caused in part by American involvement. Successive administrations have provided military and financial support to despotic leaders for political gain, at the cost of millions of lives. From the Middle East to Latin America, and beyond, the American government has played a role in the most heinous crimes in the world.
The Obama administration and others in Washington aided in the coup in Ukraine that removed pro Russian leadership, leading to a chess match that could cause another costly war.
This sick game has gone on for decades through various administrations who believe the American military has the right to invade countries that did not attack the homeland. President Obama has continued to set the world on fire by dipping his toe where it doesn’t belong to appease warmongers like John McCain who see every foreign issue as a reason to use Americans as cannon fodder.
Without American governments meddling in the affairs of Iraq, Iran, El Salvador and scores of other countries, the world would be less violent; but to the powerful American elite, intervention is a holy crusade in which death and destruction is perfectly acceptable as long as political power is secured.