Is the United States done being the world’s cop? If only…
July 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM - Views: 54 #436220ZimInSeattleParticipant
Tom Fowdy is a British writer and analyst of politics and international relations with a primary focus on East Asia.21 Jul, 2021 13:57Despite what the New York Times claims, there’s zero evidence that the US is turning its back on its self-appointed role as global policeman. All that’s changed is that it’s now consumed by one main mission: confronting China.
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A well-thought-out article in the New York Times asks an interesting question: “Is the United States done being the world’s cop?” Most people will understand what that description means: the discursive image that America is the global policeman, framing itself as a country that apparently constantly engages in overseas military action in the name of ‘democracy’ and ‘a rules-based international order’. A country that is zealous, but apparently driven by good intentions and for the well being of all, right? At least, that’s how its advocates paint it.
The article touches on the rapid pace of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the equally rapid gains of the Taliban to make the argument that, similar to Trump’s ‘America first’ doctrine, President Biden has had enough of the ‘forever wars’ approach that defined the opening decades of this century and is now taking a narrower approach that no longer involves costly military adventures against foreign countries.
It depicts a historically woven journey from US isolationism at the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. It offers a contrary view, too, citing Noam Chomsky’s observation that “little is changing” in practice in American foreign policy and it’s still led by self-interest.
Once a cop, always a cop.
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July 21, 2021 at 5:10 PM #436221Passionate ProgressiveParticipant
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‘city on a hill’ to Samantha Power ‘responsibility to protect’…..it has been the Anglo-American illusion that it was their duty to craft the world in their own image not to mention what was in the interests of the wasp /men who performed this service and what the consequences were for those who were the victims/subjects of their endeavors.
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July 21, 2021 at 5:16 PM #436222Mr. Mickeys MomModerator
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Why, just this week, we decided that before Haiti’s premier’s body was cold and in the ground that the United States was supporting (fill in the puppet’s name, because it escapes me now). Some asshole from the State department responded with typical arrogance when the AP questioned him…
I’m sick to death of U.S. imperialism, and apparently, so are the people of Haiti.
Hell, no... I'm not giving up...
July 21, 2021 at 6:08 PM #436226soryangParticipant
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More likely it’s pursuing the special interests of various sectors in the so called “national security” institutions, who appear as the perennial carpetbaggers in every US administration. What’s good for Raytheon and General Dyanamics isn’t necessarily in the national interest of the US. In one sense, their interests, typically seeking the profits in more and more expensive weapons system that need to be expended by deploying them overseas either in gunboat displays of power to intimidate or actually dropping them on people in foreign lands to increase the wealth of their shareholders. Their weapon systems costs always seem to get more expensive (whether they work or not), and more are always needed as the unit costs mushroom, and production runs are curtailed. After dropping missiles and warheads costing a million dollars a copy on others, demands for replenishment are a source of joy to the industry. Inventing pretexts for their use is a robust industry in itself in media and academia.
How the expenditure of literally trillions of dollars in these endeavors is in the national interest is a mystery when the policy choice results in the deterioration of the public sector at home in multiple dimensions. 800 plus military bases overseas, really? This capital infrastructure abroad represents an empire of exclusively military interests looking for a justification.
Thousands of nuclear weapons, and a high tech military of over a million on active duty can’t protect us unless the empire abroad is maintained at its current level? It’s just self interested bs from the corrupt interests bilking the country for all it can get.
The insiders in DC, the lobbyists, the congressional complex, the pentagon, among themselves, openly refer to what they are doing as “empire building.” To get ahead, to make money, to get appointed as corporate director, one must constantly be seeking new ways to expend government revenues to counter mostly contrived threats abroad. Once something like Africom, Centcom, or the newly expanded “Indo-Pacific Command” is created, it immediately must be served with target lists, new facilities, new weapons systems, and new enemies, so that the cancerous growth of these institutions and their insatiable demands can continue to the detriment of “national interest.”
A little goodwill goes a long way. The US doesn’t seem to know what that means anymore.
July 21, 2021 at 8:40 PM #436253gordyflParticipant
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I missed that one on the local news.
July 21, 2021 at 8:45 PM #436256EarthartistParticipant
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America got it’s start slaughtering and insulating people it has never stopped I do not believe it will until the world put a foot on it’s neck, or the people topple the gang of thugs that run the government and country
July 22, 2021 at 5:16 AM #4363533fingerbrownParticipant
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More like the world’s gangsters, and no, we haven’t stopped.
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