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US Foreign Policy
Code Name Operation Frankenstein
|by Gaurang Bhatt, MD|
At its birth America was a weak nation and would have been stillborn in the absence of British blunders. Washington hardly won any battle except the last one and that victory would not have been possible without the French fleet blockading Cornwallis at Yorktown. The defeated Cornwallis was then inflicted as a successful plague on India. Washington had the wisdom to warn against entangling foreign alliances and Adams steered a prudent middle course between the two hegemons Britain and France, at the cost of losing his reelection to the presidency. Jefferson, initially a rabid supporter of the carnage of the French Revolution stated that the tree of revolution needs the blood of patriots from time to time for its sustenance and renewal, but acquired some wisdom with age and refrained from wars while the nascent United States got its feet. He even more than doubled its size by the Louisiana Purchase by exceeding his constitutional powers. It was the normally calm and reasonable Madison with newly acquired delusions of grandeur and a lust for Canada, who precipitated the war against the British in 1812 with initially disastrous consequences. He was saved by General Andrew Jackson in the battle of New Orleans.
What was forgotten and has become the first Frankenstein is that the tyrannical, ruthless and cruel treatment of the majority of the peoples of Central and South America would grow slowly but inexorably in the minds of the masses and eventually metastatize from country to country in Central and South America. Despite the killing of Guevara, the inevitable exploitation and its newest avatar of neo-liberal globalization known as the Washington Consensus led to increased poverty and greater disparity of wealth in Central and South America. It was Lenin who first realized the failure of Marxist predictions was due to the exploitation shifting from labor in developed countries to labor in colonies. Belgian Congo was the classic example as documented in the book "Scramble for Africa". Thus the Soviet Union despite its imperial history of Czarist Russia and its continuation of holding those conquered nations, became a friendlier role model for colonies yearning for independence.
The depression of the thirties devastated the world economies and even in spite of FDR's myriad measures of the New Deal, it was the increased demand of WW2 that really catapulted the American economy to a full gallop. The foolishness of Churchill and Truman with the career boosting or paranoid delusions of Kennan and Forrestal drove American policy to militarization and Soviet containment. The paranoia and ruthlessness of Stalin did not help either. The Soviet Union was weak and threatened, and reassuring it may have had better consequences. The same follies are currently being repeated with North Korea and Iran. All this is well documented in Carroll's recent book "House of War". Various leftist groups sprang up in Central and South America which were suppressed by arms and torture taught at the School of the Americas run by the Pentagon, then in Panama.
Torture as a policy was begun by America in Vietnam, established in Central and South America by the US through its training school of the Americas in Panama (now relocated to the American state of Georgia) and has recently been used by the US at Bagram in Afghanistan, Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Guantanamo in Cuba. The Indonesian government of Sukarno was overthrown with American instigation and help, with the slaughter of a million Indonesians. The Truman doctrine led to the war in Korea. America supported anti-communist generals who had collaborated with the Japanese during their occupation of Korea, thus ignoring the will of the people, as it had done in the Americas, the Middle East and now even does in its own land. The Vietnam conflict was expanded to Laos and Cambodia by America on flimsy grounds. Its cold war foreign policy of reflexive hatred and desire to contain imagined monolithic communism and inability to differentiate it from feelings of nationalism and desire for independence of the European colonies of Asia and Africa has led to the current disasters in Congo and the Middle East.
The persistent third folly of the newest Frankenstein is supporting every scum faction that is anti-Islamic after it birthed and nurtured the Islamist monster to punish the Soviets in Afghanistan. America has still not learnt the lesson of its Carter and Reagan era of supporting rabid Islamists in Afghanistan to punish the Soviets, despite being hoisted by its own petard on 9/11. It has continued supporting warlords, drug lords and rapist Northern Alliance against the Taliban. This is why Afghanistan is destined to become a failed state and a thriving narcotics and terrorism base.
The US committed the same blunder in supporting Somali warlords who terrorized the populace. As was inevitable with time, they have lost to the Islamists, who hate America. Its foolish misadventure in Iraq is also bringing diehard Islamists to power whether they are Shia in the Southeast and center or Sunni insurgents in the West. Saddam is a despicable scum bucket but overthrowing him has made Iraq worse. The implacable hostility towards Bashar of Syria will bring a worse regime in the aftermath. On the other hand American support to the thieves ruling in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria and Pakistan will be the newest blowback and Frankenstein when popular discontent will lead to their overthrow and replacement by the Islamists or extremists. Supporting corrupt factions is a short run benefit but a greater long run harm. The election of Hamas should be a wake up lesson for the blind ideologues currently in charge of US foreign policy. The ignoring of Israeli kidnaping of Palestinians and Lebanese and refusing to stop the Israeli aerial bombardment of Lebanese civilians and civil infrastructure will further inflame the fire of fanatic Islamist terrorism just as the Iraq war did. It is America that creates its own Frankensteins who will eventually throttle its maker.
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