Monday, June 7, 2010

US Foreign Policy part 7: Finances

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We recently passed a Trillion Dollar mark on our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's expensive for wars we shouldn't be waging anyway.

We also engage in a hefty amount of Foreign Aid, sending billions to foreign countries engaging what amounts to "nation building", which can mean a variety of things, including installing a government or an infrastructure to operate the marketplace. Those things may sound good, but it raises the question of "What right do we have to tell others how to operate politically?", any anthropologist could tell you that every culture works differently, forcing a society to act democratically is just as poor a decision as Cuba forcing us to be communist, it isn't their business. Similarly, installing a marketplace also may seem like a good idea, but when it's propped up by US monetary backing, it isn't real, it will fall apart because it didn't arrive authentically to meet a market demand.

This can be seen in Madagascar where we gave them preferential treatment in the textile industry through the US African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and business boomed for a few years, then a couple months ago we pulled the plug on AGOA and is resulting in business closing and mass unemployment and all around political and economic mayhem.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for helping other nations, but it shouldn't be done by the government. It is wrong to use American citizens' money to conduct all this foreign occupation and manipulation. It dilutes the value of our dollar by increasing our national deficits & debts, it tramples on foreign cultures, and it further forces us into political situations we have no business in.

In fact, did you know that Osama bin Laden's plan all along has been to lure us into a foreign war in order to bankrupt us and destroy our nation? He *wants* us over there. This is how the Soviet Union was brought down. I'm not speculating this, he said it:

"All that we have mentioned has made it easy for us to provoke and bait this administration. All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al-Qaida, in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies.

This is in addition to our having experience in using guerrilla warfare and the war of attrition to fight tyrannical superpowers, as we, alongside the mujahidin, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt and was forced to withdraw in defeat.

So we are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy."
He said that in 2004, perhaps we should rethink our policy.

That doesn't even factor in the 700+ bases in 135+ foreign countries. The Department of Defense spends over $700 billion a YEAR! We can either responsibly come home, or wait for the destruction of our economy and be forced to return home. Make no mistake, empires have historically always fallen because it's not economically feasible to maintain.

Bring home our troops. Stop handing out money. Start taking care of home.
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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