What Exactly Is Our Foreign Policy?
Jan 24 2016
Who is The Bigger Threat?
I was floating on a U.S. naval vessel off the coast of Libya when the country erupted into a violent revolt. Gadhafi was still in charge and apparently, we were looking to have him overthrown without getting our hands dirty. Currently, ISIL has control of Surt, a coastal city in Libya and are acting brutally. The United States’ stated foreign policy has been to fight a “war on terror”, while supporting rebellion groups to overthrow dictators. The problem is how often those rebellion groups end up being terrorists.
This seems to be the US foreign policy when it comes to overthrowing regimes. It is not a new policy either, so do not get on the I HATE OBAMA ride. If you recall there was a happy group of Mujahedeen in Afghanistan that desperately wanted to be free from their asshole occupiers, Russia, to which we handed over financing, weapons and training. I am sure funding their rebellion will never bite us in the ass. Oh yeah, the Taliban -- they're cool with us right? There was another country that we gave surface-to-air missiles to in the 80’s. I am sure they are friends with us. Iran, wasn’t it? We also gave a shit load of money to Iraq during their war with, you guessed it, Iran.
“[T]he the United States actively supported the Iraqi war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing U.S. military intelligence and advice to the Iraqis, and by closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure that Iraq had the military weaponry required. The United States also provided strategic operational advice to the Iraqis to better use their assets in combat... The CIA, including both CIA Director Casey and Deputy Director Gates, knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, ammunition and vehicles to Iraq. My notes, memoranda and other documents in my NSC files show or tend to show that the CIA knew of, approved of, and assisted in the sale of non-U.S. origin military weapons, munitions and vehicles to Iraq.”
Do not get me wrong -- Gadhafi, Saddam, Bashaar al Assad (Syrian President), Mubarak (former president of Egypt), and Russia were all acting like assholes. However, none of them posed quite the threat to American citizens and interests the way ISIL and the Taliban do today. What would have happened if we left them alone and allowed things to work out? The guys who were in charge prior to the rebellions had no real lasting impact or threat on US interests or citizens.
I am prepared to show my ignorance, but do we even have a logical (let alone legitimate) foreign policy anymore? Last I heard we are fighting the Global War on Terror, which sounds patently insane when you think about it. We will be forever fighting with this policy in place and never winning. Not to mention the fact that we occasionally fund upstart terrorist groups that eventually become our enemies. That is like having a war against the spread of Nazism and then giving financial support and weapons to Hitler to overthrow Russia. The goal in any conflict is to win. However, with this policy, the only possible win has been to withdraw. We have seen in Iraq that withdrawing resulted in an almost immediate return to power of the terrorist groups that we were fighting. It was especially depressing for me since I did back to back deployments to Ramadi, where up until recently was in ISIL control. This made me and my fellow Marines pretty depressed -- what in the world did we fight so hard for? This may be the same issue the military will face in Afghanistan.
The US does not fight Global War on Terrorism. We have a Middle Eastern war on terrorism. There are terrorist groups all over the world that we are not putting any effort into stopping. However, these same groups are in Asia, Africa, and everywhere in-between.
So what is, exactly, our Global War on Terror? It’s a loosely disguised joke.
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