Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Are We Really Safer?

May 27, 2009

President Obama and his team have been going back and forth with former VP Dick Cheney on whether or not we are safer as a nation now that Guantanamo Bay has closed and we say, at least, that we will no longer torture.

My answer to this whole debate:  Who cares!

Our safety as a country won’t change at all because we close one prison that holds 240 inmates.  And, our enemies have known for a long time that we torture, so this is nothing new.

The bigger debate should be if we are safer now than we were before we put all of these measures in place after 9/11.  Really, it’s been almost 8 years, and we haven’t gotten too far.  That’s the problem with fighting a war with an ideal.  How do you suppose we actually win a war on “terror?”  It’s the same thing with the new war on greed we have going after all the bailouts.  There is absolutely no way you can win a war on idealology.

I would agree with Ron Paul and others that our actions in the Middle East are actually making the situation worse and making us less safe.  Our intentions there were good, but the blowback is creating more and more people who hate us.  If we drop some bombs on civilians, which we have done numerous times, we are giving hundreds or thousands more people a reason to rise up against us.

There is an easy solution to the problem in the Middle East – Bring our troops home, close our military bases, and stop all foreign aid to Arab nations and Israel.  Let the people of the Middle East rule themselves.

If we are gone, they will have no reason to hate us.  Don’t believe the idea either that they hate “freedom and liberty” and the “American way of life.”  If they hated freedom, why wouldn’t they attack the Netherlands or New Zealand?  What they hate is our foreign policy, our bases in some of the holiest parts of the Muslim world, and our unwavering support for Israel.

Instead of actually getting into a real discussion about foreign policy, though, our media focuses on Guantanamo and that’s it.  It is like the extent of our entire foreign policy is one little prison.

It’s time to wake up and start asking bigger questions.  The sooner we do, the safer we all will be.

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Our Isolationist Foreign Policy

October 31, 2008

In case you missed it, which you probably did considering how little news coverage it received, on October 27th, the US launched a cross-border raid from Iraq into Syria.  In this attack, they killed at least 6 people, one of them who was supposedly a key figure in smuggling foreign fighters into Iraq from Syria.

Then, today, the US launched 2 separate missle attacks from unmanned drones that killed over 20 people, one of them an Al Qaeda leader, in Pakistan.

Both of these acts were carried out across the Iraqi border, into Syria and Pakistan, respectively.

And you wonder why we’re hated in the Middle East?  We completely disregard international law, violate the borders of other countries, and are willing to kill civilians to get a supposed Al Qaeda operative.

Does anyone believe that these raids are actually helping quell the insurgency?  If anything, they are creating more hatred and resentment directed towards the US, which in turn inspires people to fight against us.

We need a foreign policy that uses diplomacy and negotiations, not brute force and bullying other countries.  These raids might help killing insurgents in the short term, but in the long run, they are adding multiple fighters for every one we kill.

Our goal should be stabilizing Iraq and then getting out.  We should use diplomacy and not sanctions and force to promote change in the region.

Some people feel it is the duty of the US to be the world police because we are the only remaining “super power.”  However, this policy is isolating us from the rest of the world, straining alliances, and costing us trillions of dollars.  We need to end our empire, bring our troops home, and promote peace and change by example and through diplomacy.