Monday, April 26, 2010

US Foreign Policy part 1: "Blowback"

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I'll be doing a series of posts discussing United States Foreign Policy, what it is and why you should care.

Let's begin with the most basic of questions: why were we attacked?

Yes, I'm speaking of 9/11. No, I don't believe we were attacked because of our freedom or prosperous western ways. It's easy to go there though, but it's very reductive and ignorant. We were attacked because our government has been meddling in the affairs of other nations, it's what the CIA terms "blowback". Unintended consequences of foreign operations deliberately kept secret. (Note: the consequences are unintended, but they are expected.)

When you realize that we have been attacking nations for things they haven't even done, can you imagine what we'd do to a nation that has been occupying our country? There's no way we'd stand for a foreign occupation, yet we've got 700 bases in 135 different countries. We intervene in affairs that aren't American while claiming it's to preserve our freedom. Consider blowback and you'll know nothing could be further from the truth.
part 1: Blowback
part 2: Sanctions
part 3: Just-War
part 4: Preventive War
part 5: Declaration of War
part 6: Torture
part 7: Finances
part 8: CIA
part 9: War on Terror
part 10: War on Terror part 2, Suicide Terrorists
part 11: Conclusion

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