(actually acts of terror by the U.S.) inside sovereign states is abysmally
shortsighted U.S. foreign policy. This horrific search and destroy
non-strategy is supported by a majority of the American electorate, as
numerous polls have shown. The American PUBLIC is largely accountable.
In their we-are-the-greatest-nation-on-earth, shop-until-we-drop stupor,
despite record high joblessness, homelessness, lack of universal healthcare
and a plummeting economy, the majority of American voters apparently thinks
that a 'strong' America means a threatening America, a 'strong' America
means an invading, occupying America.
The U.S. PUBLIC which historically has favored short-sighted military
adventurism by their government, whether Republican (the Bushes) or Democrat
(Kennedy, Johnson), got the government they deserve when they elected George
Bush twice. The U.S. public, AND a poll-driven Congress, supported Bush's
invasion and occupation of a sovereign nation state, Iraq.
This is the same U.S. public and their leaders, McCain/Palin, as well as
Obama/Biden, that now predictably supports raids against so-called
"terrorists", inside a sovereign nation-state, Pakistan, and kills large
numbers of women, men and children, all innocent civilians, in Iraq,
Afghanistan and Pakistan.
they ever learn? Is it possible that a public with various civic freedoms
can undermine their own democracy and endanger the prospect of democracy in
other sovereign nation-states? The frightening spectacle of U.S. democracy
in the last eight years offers sobering lessons for other nation-states and
their publics as they chart a democratic course.
The US has absolutely NO business being inside Iraq, Afghanistan or
The mere fact of U.S. military presence within these sovereign states,
nation states in which the U.S. has dangerously meddled for decades,
triggers adverse and sometimes violent reaction. The US has repeatedly
demonstrated that it has no respect for the sovereignty of nation-states.
The chest-thumping of American triumphalism and exceptionalism is continuing
to challenge an emerging and fragile multipolarity in much of the rest of
What the US govt. can continue to do is use its own intelligence and
international intelligence resources to strengthen its OWN borders against
incursions. This it has done admirably since 9/11. This is the way to go.
This is the way to keep going.
Raids inside sovereign states produce more and more "terrorists", as the
evidence already shows.