Monday, June 14, 2010

US Foreign Policy part 8: CIA

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The Central Intelligence Agency, also known simply as the CIA, is tasked with providing national security information to US policymakers (Congress, Senate, President), including information on corporations, individuals and foreign governments. Gathering information doesn't sound so bad, does it?

Well, if that's where it stopped then *perhaps* it wouldn't be, though the level of information gained on citizens would need a great deal of discussion. However, the CIA has a history of more than "information gathering", it practices a great deal of tinkering in the internal affairs of other governments. There's a vast well of information on the ways in which the CIA manipulates around the globe, so I'll stick to a few highlights to show you how they place America on the wrong side of danger by involving us with clandestine intelligence operations.

In 1953, the CIA orchestrated a coup (Britain's SIS was also involved, but we're talking about US Foreign Policy) to topple the democratically elected government of Iran, setting up a dictatorship for the next 25 years. This dictatorship was held in place with the Iranian secret police (SAVAK) trained and supplied by the CIA. (Simply google SAVAK CIA for a plethora of accounts.)

Perhaps you've heard of the "Bay of Pigs Invasion"? This was an attempt in 1961 to overthrow Fidel Castro by a group of Cuban exiles, trained and supplied by the CIA, as directed by President Eisenhower. ("Bay of Pigs" is actually a small body of water on the southern coast of Cuba, FYI.) Not to mention the numerous assassination attempts on Castro himself.

In 1954 the CIA implemented a coup in Guatemala to overthrow their democratically elected President.

In 1986, the International Court of Justice ruled in favor of Nicaragua that the US was guilty of violating international law by supporting Contra guerrillas in their rebellion against Nicaragua's government.

This is the short version of what I'm sure could be a very long list of the CIA intervening in the affairs of other nations. Directly affecting the stability of foreign nations.

I'm not making the point that Castro is a good guy, or that Iran's government would've been the peak of civilization. I'm saying that when you decide to covertly interfere with the fabric of another government that it creates animosity towards us. None of this even includes domestic spying programs (that's programs to spy on you and I, US citizens), CIA torture policies, or the other countless things the CIA has probably done without our knowledge or permission.

These are acts of war, but all we see is the blowback. Imagine if a foreign nation attempted to covertly overthrow our government? We need to start thinking about reciprocation, how do we want to be treated? Then we must stop perpetuating underhanded hostile acts towards other nations, because it isn't safe.
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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

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.
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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