America’s Egoism: Making Revenge a Foreign Policy
The third presidential debate, concentrating on foreign policy, aired last night. President Obama and Mr. Romney sat behind a desk for more than an hour and discussed how other countries, mainly middle eastern countries, should behave and bow down to them. It seems already normal, natural for such debates to take place; it’s not a question of why we’re there, but a question of why we aren’t. Over the last 11 years, ever since America experienced a shock hardly comparable to anything in history, it has been on a trope for revenge.
For the last decade, America has managed to make revenge its National and Foreign Policy
It ignored sovereign rights and the constitution in favor for blatant fear and a thirst for blood. There is metaphorical connection to be made between United States after 9/11 and a psychotic patient: As a mental illness tightens its grip on a poor soul with irrational fear, doubt and anger, so did those in power tighten their grip and hand it to the military, whose sole purpose is to kill and destroy.
The purpose of America for the last decade was revenge, pure and simple. We are not liberators and freedom protectors, ask President Mubarak that. We are protectors and enforcers of our national interests. Yet, these national interests aren’t in favor of our interests, the citizens interests, they are against them. We have been fed an argument that a Golden Cage is better than an uncertain freedom, and we’ve eaten that up with a spoon.
Back unto the Debate, where arguments put into motion ranged from soft to absurd:
MR. SCHIEFFER: Let me ask you, Governor, because we know President Obama’s position on this, what is — what is your position on the use of drones?
Do you really think that the current President or the republican candidate for the president will respond honestly or even rationally to this question? Do you think that they will mention hundreds of civilian casualties, dead because we were out hunting for another terrorist?
Well, I believe that we should use any and all means necessary to take out people who pose a threat to us and our friends around the world. And it’s widely reported that drones are being used in drone strikes, and I support that entirely and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology and believe that we should continue to use it to continue to go after the people who represent a threat to this nation and to our friends.
Great for you, Romney. Obama is a great Republican president; honestly I think he’d win the Republican Nomination about 30 years ago with his current views.
Besides Gay Equality and health care (which is just another round of boot licking to the insurance companies, don’t mistake Obama’s health care bill for anything more than that), Obama has proven himself to be a conservative.
But what can he do, some bright mind might ask? Even a super-blue blooded fictional president elected into office can’t pull out all of our troops, drones, tanks, carriers, fighter jets and intelligence out of every country we’re illegally in without being indicted for treason, that’s just the current climate we’re in.
Our officials have set up a system we can’t escape out of: if you criticize the war, you’re un-American and against the troops, if you don’t want to go into another war, you’re weak. There’s no escape out of this argument, and any politician will play by these rules.
America dictates the world because it is rich, and therefore influential. Any country, given an opportunity will do the same. Our national interests have been presented as a fight for equality and freedom, a politically correct lie for the naive public. While in pursuit of revenge and proving its power and strength, United States has given way to a dangerous idea: Corporate Interests are in the Interest of the Nation. From Big Oil to Guns, Drones and Contractors, the wars we fight are privatized. We buy guns, fuel and technology from private corporations, which in turn leads us down a very dark path, where lobbying and special interests control our military, our foreign policy and our politics. The wars we pursuit in Afghanistan and Pakistan aren’t fueled by strategic military decisions or good foreign policy, they are fueled by profit. There is no grand scheme or plan. Someone wants to make money, and he has enough money to buy time to make more money, simple.
Is there an escape? Do we see the light at the end of the tunnel? Only time will tell, terrorists will exist despite drones or wars, ideas and convictions can’t be destroyed with guns and explosives, and such extreme ideas such as terrorism are fueled by them. Terrorism thrives in poor, undeveloped countries because the young don’t see other ways of improving their lives and the lives of others, they are jobless and poor. Terrorism will be defeated once the countries it thrives in will have opportunities, freedoms and economies where people will find hope in, where they will find their future and the future of their families.