Friday, August 30, 2013

Seeing Obama's Foreign Policy Plain


A nation whose foreign policy aims at acquiring more power than it actually has, through a reversal of existing power relations--whose foreign policy, in other words, seeks a favorable change in power status--pursues a policy of imperialism.  
Appeasement is a foreign policy that attempts to meet the threat of imperialism with methods appropriate to a policy of the status quo.

-Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace

Barack Obama's foreign policy is a peculiar mix of imperialism and appeasement. From the outset, he has aligned the United States with the Sunni branch of rightwing political Islam (Islamism) in order to overturn the status quo, using the clerical fascist creed as a sword, or club, against adversaries, allies and competitors, while alternating between (a) appeasing and attempting to engage (collaborate with) Islamism's Shiite branch--Iran/Hezbollah--and (b) trying to counter it in the main by backing Sunni Islamism.

The policy is clearly pro-Islamist, conducted under political cover of democracy promotion ("the Arab Spring") and so-called humanitarian interventions and drone strikes on select Al Qaeda commanders and members and the killing--at long last--of the group's deranged terrorist chieftain, Osama Bin Laden.

Most of what Obama has done in the realm of international relations--the odious outreach to what he insists on calling "the Muslim world;" the unnecessary intervention in Libya that resulted in the overthrow of a terrorist sponsoring adversary-turned-asset in the struggle against Islamist terror; the betrayal, ousting and abandonment of Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak, an Arab leader who had for 30 years supported U.S. interests while preserving the peace with Israel; the "strategic partnership" with Turkey's Islamist regime, which aims to restore the Ottoman Empire; and, lastly, the stirring up of a Sunni Islamist rebellion in Syria, a secular despotism backed by Iran, Hezbollah, Russia and China--makes sense when seen in the context of a foreign policy that seeks to use Sunni Islamism's leading organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, as a tool … actually, a weapon of mass destruction … for restructuring and reordering the Middle East and Central Asia, for containing and perhaps, even, cracking apart Russia and China, and for squeezing Israel into surrendering remaining lands conquered during its defensive Six-Days War of June 1967 in order to make possible the creation of a "contiguous Palestinian state."

An attack on Syria could turn disaster into catastrophe should Assad and his Shiite Islamist allies--Iran and Hezbollah--make good on their threats to retaliate against Israel, presumably, with massive missile strikes that could include use of chemical weapons. Moscow's relationship with Syria and determination to prevent a Sunni Islamist regime from coming to power in a country that is driving distance from the Russian border must also be taken into account, along with China's Middle East strategy and opposition in principle to U.S. interventions under democratic and humanitarian banners.

-André Pachter
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