US Foreign Policy

Time and time again the United States has interfered with foreign governments in an attempt to control those governments. The latest attempt, although not the first by any means, is with Iran. You can just tell Bush is itching to *get his gun off* by starting a fight here. Haven’t we learned enough from History to know that you cannot MAKE someone or some country do what you want them to do?

The Folly of Attacking Iran: Lessons From History

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Engaging video from JustForeignPolicy.org looks at the history of relations between the U.S. and Iran and the need for diplomacy.

The United States has gone into one country after another and performed secret military missions to overthrow these governments. Just look at the mess we have in Afghanistan not to mention Iraq or Viet Nam. These are just three of countless ruthless attempts by the United States to control other countries.

Foreign Political Interference … Vatican Style

Humanist, July-August, 1997 by John M. Swomley

Reports that the Chinese, Indonesian, and perhaps other foreign governments tried to influence the White House through political contributions to the Democratic Party during the 1996 presidential election have prompted vocal outcries from Republicans quick to condemn. Then came evidence that the GOP has been far from immune to such foreign influence, and Democrats quickly put the shoe on the other foot.

Those surprised by all this ignore two important facts. First, the United States channeled millions of dollars during the Cold War to political parties in Western Europe, including at least $10 million to the Christian Democrats in Italy’s 1948 election campaign. The United States also used the CIA to overthrow elected foreign governments and to defeat other candidates, especially in Latin America.

Using US citizens as fodder for the war machine that makes a few men wealthy and gets rid of citizens who might otherwise take up space in the United States of America and wrecking families in the process, the wealthy make billions of dollars on keeping wars going or starting them all together. Under the guise of patriotism our young men and women are told they are fighting for OUR freedoms or the freedoms of other countries yet you show me which other country has yet to be “free” after the USA has gotten involved in meddling with their so called “liberation.”

Published on Thursday, April 3, 2003 by CommonDreams.org

Halliburton, Dick Cheney, and Wartime Spoils“>
by Lee Drutman and Charlie Cray

However, of all the administration members with potential conflicts of interest, none seems more troubling than Vice President Dick Cheney. Cheney is former CEO of Halliburton, an oil-services company that also provides construction and military support services – a triple-header of wartime spoils.

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers awarded a no-bid contract to extinguish oil well fires in Iraq to Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton. The contract was granted under a January Bush administration waiver that, according to the Washington Post, allowed “government agencies to handpick companies for Iraqi reconstruction projects.”

The contract, which was not announced until more than two weeks after it was awarded, was open-ended, with no time limits and no dollar limits. It was also a “cost-plus” contract, meaning that the company is guaranteed to recover costs and then make a guaranteed profit on top of that. Its value is estimated at tens of millions of dollars.

Now, I don’t know how these men sleep at night but obviously their money keeps them warm because they can’t have a conscience. A normal, healthy adult could not do the things these men do and live with themselves for long. But when you are in charge of the country, well, you have to make decisions that are good for the (ahem…….) you naturally! Can’t trust the citizens, your own or other nations, to know what is good for them now can you? Of course not!

Zimbabwe: US Interference Backlash
U.S. Agenda Against the Nation Exposed

By Ayinde
rastafaritimes@yahoo.com
April 09, 2007

How do people feel knowing that Western powers have been paying people to criticize the Zimbabwe government? They should feel duped; especially if they actually believed most of the anti-Mugabe news that has been pushed by the Western media ever since the land reclamation exercise that forced some Whites to stop occupying large tracts of land that were to be distributed to Blacks.

The US did state their intentions in 2002 following an election that saw Mugabe victorious at the polls. In August 2002, Chris McGreal writing for the Guardian UK stated:

The United States government has said it wants to see President Robert Mugabe removed from power and that it is working with the Zimbabwean opposition to bring about a change of administration.

Mr Kansteiner [the then US assistant secretary of state for African affairs] said the US was working with trade unions, pro-democracy groups and human rights organisations to bring about change. He did not say how he believed Mr Mugabe could be brought down…

A senior Zimbabwean foreign affairs official replied:

The legitimacy of our political system or our president is not dependent on America, Britain or any other country, but on Zimbabweans.

The bullying tactics that America and Britain are using against us are meant to frustrate our quest for social and economic justice, to stop our programme to redistribute some of the very large tracts of land held by whites here to the indigenous black people.

The Guardian UK article continued:

The US attack on Mr Mugabe came after police began arresting white farmers for defying an August 9 deadline to vacate their land and homes.

The US failed to recognize the results of the elections although African observers stated that the “2002 elections in Zimbabwe were ‘free and fair’“:

 

Yes, we are everywhere and into everybody’s business! Now who is the terrorist? Of course we only mean the best for the other country, that’s why we seek to overthrow governments we don’t approve of. Yup, Jesus would be proud don’t you think? His live and let live teachings that all the Christians here preach being dragged into the mud everywhere you look. No wonder he didn’t show up at the millennium!

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~ by justmytruth on February 13, 2008.

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