Something I Don’t Understand

I know you should write about things you know.   But today I’m writing about something I just can’t seem to get my head around; American Foreign Policy.  This has been eating at me since the turmoil (revolution) began in Egypt.  At first I was going to use some quotes from the current administration regarding the Egyptian revolution.  But I’ve decided against it.  I don’t want you to think I’m just bashing President Obama.  This goes back farther than 2 years.

Donald Rumsfeld with Saddam

Donald Rumsfeld with Saddam Hussein

In truth, I don’t understand why we continue to do the same thing over and over expecting different results.  We supported the Shah, now we are at odds with Iran.  We supported Saddam Hussein: then helped get rid of him.  We have supported Mubarak for almost 30 years and now we find ourselves in a pickle.  If we admit he was a dictator then we have to answer the question, “Why did America support a dictator?”.  If we support the revolution, we have to answer the question, “What happened to your loyalty to Mubarak?”  It seems like a no win situation for us because our foreign policy, especially in the middle east, MAKES NO SENSE.

Question: Does Islam hate America because of her freedom or because she preaches freedom and self-governance but her actions have undermined those same values for decades in their countries?  I don’t have any answers here.  I’m just asking questions.  But I think the answer is in here somewhere.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Question: What happens when the Saudi’s decide their done with the Saudi Royal Family?  What side will we be on?

One last question:  If you lived in a Muslim country, would you view America’s foreign policy as consistent or schizophrenic?


About Larry Downes

Son, brother, husband, father, boss, mentor & friend. Believer in unfettered personal liberty. Occasional host on 93.1 WIBC in Indianapolis.

5 Responses to “Something I Don’t Understand”

  1. Foreign relations are mutable. We fought Great Britain for our freedom, with assistance from France and what would later become the Germany of WWI and II. Russia was our ally until WWII ended. Reagan helped create the Taliban to fight against the USSR. Who knows what tomorrow’s world will look like?
    Every country wants freedom, most Islamic states dislike Israel, besides that an oil dependence, everything else is up for grabs.

    • Poker Face,

      Your comment points out my conundrum. People are mutable, principals are not. Do we stand on the principals of our founding or are we simply trying to be on the side of the “winners” of various conflicts?

      If we abandon principals and simply try to pick the winners and losers around the world, should we be surprised that we are viewed as inconsistent and unreliable allies?


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