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Uncle Sam’s Long Trail of Wreckage

the Biden administration opted to use Ukraine in a Western proxy war against Russia. 

Washington and London appear to have sabotaged a possible peace accord between Moscow and Kiev. 

 The Biden administration is risking nuclear war with Russia to assist a corrupt, authoritarian regime in a country of little importance to the United States.

Until the early 1990s, Ukraine wasn’t even an independent country, much less a U.S. vital interest.

Very few policymakers even concede that Washington’s overseas military adventures often have not turned out as planned.

The American Conservative, Ted Galen Carpenter, Sep 28, 2022, The leaders and most of the news media in the U.S. seem to believe that Washington’s foreign policy over the past several decades has been a success and benefitted both the United States and the world. That assumption wasn’t really true even during the Cold War, although that confrontation eventually resulted in the peaceful demise of America’s nasty totalitarian adversary. There was plenty of collateral damage along the way, with the suffering caused by Washington’s conduct in Vietnam and Afghanistan being the most glaring examples.

The performance of U.S. leaders after the Cold War has been even worse. An array of disruptive, bloody tragedies—most notably those in the Balkans, Afghanistan (again), Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen—mark Uncle Sam’s global trail of wreckage. The Biden administration’s decision to use Ukraine as a pawn in Washington’s power struggle with Russia is fast becoming the latest example.

Very few policymakers even concede that Washington’s overseas military adventures often have not turned out as planned. The news media, which is supposed to serve as the public’s watchdog, have routinely ignored or excused America’s foreign-policy disasters. Instead, when one intervention fails, they simply move on to lobby for the next crusade pushed by U.S. leaders.  Consider how few news accounts now deal with the ongoing violence and chaos in places such as Libya, Syria, and Yemen, even though Washington was a major contributor to all of those tragedies.

Paul Poast, a scholar with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, aptly describes the conflict in Syria as America’s “forgotten war.” “That the war in Syria has become the “forgotten war,” he observes, “points to a more disturbing trend in U.S. foreign policy: The United States is so engaged in wars and interventions around the world that a conflict involving the U.S. military that has killed hundreds of  thousands of civilians does not even register with the American public anymore.”………………………………………

The turmoil in Iraq is less severe, but is still damaging the country. Political disputes and mass demonstrations against the current government regularly surface in Iraq. Pro-Iranian militias continue to play a prominent role in the country’s government, and the three-way split among Sunni Arabs, Shiite Arabs, and Kurds is becoming ever more contentious. Political violence among rival factions shows no signs of subsiding, nor does public resentment against the presence of U.S. troops. Washington so lacks trust in its “ally” that officials once threatened to seize the country’s bank reserves if Iraqi leaders continued to press for the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

The level of human tragedy in Libya and Yemen is horrifying. Washington and its NATO allies bear almost exclusive responsibility for the situation in Libya………………………

The latest application of Washington’s meddlesome policy is in Ukraine. U.S. leaders ignored repeated Russian warnings that making Ukraine a NATO member or even an unofficial NATO military asset would cross a line that threatened Russia’s security.  When Moscow finally responded to the provocations with an invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the Biden administration opted to use Ukraine in a Western proxy war against Russia. 

The conflict has already done enormous damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure and taken thousands of lives. Worse, Washington and London appear to have sabotaged a possible peace accord between Moscow and Kiev. 

The U.S. foreign-policy record over the past three decades could hardly be worse. It is crucial not to let policymakers and their media mouthpieces get away with convenient collective amnesia and imitations of Pontius Pilate. Instead, they need to be held fully accountable for their blunders and deception.

Future U.S. policymakers also need to avoid repeating the faulty performance of their predecessors. To do so, they must make three significant changes to U.S. foreign policy. 

First, Washington should utterly renounce nation-building. Trying to remake alien societies by force and impose Western political, economic, and social values is the essence of folly.

Even when the United States has not yet been drawn into a new war to enforce crumbling nation-building goals, as in Bosnia and Kosovo, such armed social experiments are an exercise in futility and frustration. Worse, nation-building missions frequently worsen conditions in the targeted country, and the predictable failure of U.S. objectives even can lead to Washington’s outright humiliation. The debacle in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of that danger.

Second, the United States must avoid the temptation to engage in regime-change wars. Such offensives often are a prelude to disastrous nation-building ventures. That was the case in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Those wars not only made matters worse for the populations in the three countries, but worsened the security situation for neighboring states and even the United States. In both Iraq and Libya, U.S. actions toppled secular dictators, paving the way for chaos that strengthened the position of Islamic jihadists. Granted, the secular dictators were brutal and sometimes caused problems for the United States, but Washington’s “solution” clearly made matters worse, not better.

Third, U.S. leaders must do a much better job of distinguishing vital national interests from secondary or peripheral ones. Washington’s current policy of using Ukraine as a proxy for a war against Russia is a troubling example of the failure to make such basic distinctions. The Biden administration is risking nuclear war with Russia to assist a corrupt, authoritarian regime in a country of little importance to the United States.

Until the early 1990s, Ukraine wasn’t even an independent country, much less a U.S. vital interest. To accept the risks the Biden administration is incurring is irresponsible and violates the U.S. government’s responsibility to the American people.

Unless these policy changes are made, it is just a matter of time until a new set of officials repeat the disastrous blunders of their predecessors. If they do, the consequences to America and the world will be equally damaging.  Indeed, the Ukraine adventure reveals that the consequences could be even worse than the wreckage already wrought by Uncle Sam.


October 1, 2022 - Posted by | politics international, USA, weapons and war


  1. It’s not like Putin needed much of an excuse though is it. He’s an extremist dictator, a fascist. I can’t quite understand why the US would want to enter into a ‘proxy war’, aside money of course it’s mostly about money. But land, resources? What does the US want?! Why IS Russia so threatened by the US, they are both very powerful well armed countries. Is this a post pandemic panic on both sides? Is it a legacy of Trump’s rule, did he stir the pot? Old men (not that women are neceassarily any more peaceful or peace loving, when in positions power) destroying lives of the young, wrecking the planet even more when the planet just does not need a war of destruction, polluting the planet even more. It’s so messed up. The UK English government are corrupt as h**l, and their phoney support for Ukraine is sickening when the conservative far right, were and no doubt still are pals with Putin and his cronies. B.Johnson installed a guy who is a relation to Putin, in the unelected English ‘House of Lords’, there are others he had as best pals and took a lot of money from.

    The fact that Ukraine was once part of Russia and not independent until the 1990’s, surely does not at all justify Putin’s attacks and vicious killings, and torture (even little children have apparently been raped and murdered!) of innocent people, (caught up in this terrible destructive stupid ‘war’) on the country. As for corruption, the UK (English regime) are incredibly corrupt and don’t even have to hide it anymore. Was it not the case that Ukraine wanted to ditch the oppressive regime of the past and just be a normal independent country, if that is even possible.
    There are many corrupt countries around the world, money really is evil.

    There are always two sides to a fight, and Putin has needed little provocation really, his rule over the people of Russia is incredibly oppressive and he has no qualms about sending young and old alike, to their deaths for his own personal grievances imo. His Hitler style of fanatacism seen in Moscow yesterday is not about feeling vulnerable, it’s about power, it’s chest beating war mongering propaganda.

    Lastly, Biden is not perfect by any means but does he really want a war to go on indefinitely, ploughing $blns into it while his country is in mess post Trump and others before him?
    I don’t know but it seems that many people at all levels of society have lost the plot as we say in Scotland, and could that be the result of a weird and messed virus that is doing untold damage to people long term even in terms of their neurological health. Who knows, but I guess chemicals and chem weapons could render humans incapable of rational, peaceful negotiation and bring on certain paranoia’s. (I know, humans have always warred with each other they don’t need chemicals to start a war).
    Just a few thoughts, probably all completely off the scale in ignorance but I reserve jusdgement re Biden’s agenda. I do however question Putin’s faux (imo) vulnerability. He seems pretty strong in many senses of the word and cannot bear to appear weak, old men, wrecking the planet, killing young people, destroying lives. It’s truly depressing.

    Comment by ArtyHetty | October 1, 2022 | Reply

  2. Arty Hetty, Not just money, – but the wish of the USA- which has gone on ever since the Bolshevik takeover in Russia in 191`7, to always be in the position to be able to soundly defeat Russia. Ukraine would be the last piece of NATO military virtual encirclement of Russia – and that would suit America. Of course Russia feels threatened by the U,S, just as USA would feel threatened if Cuba and other locations around USA had military bases aimed at USA,

    UKraine has had such a chequered history, and the Donbass region is ethnically and linguistically Russian, A logical solution might have been for this region to become genuinely autonomous. As for corruption – let’s not forget that Ukraine is always pretty much among the top countries in the Corruption Perceptions Index.

    Yes, Putin’s rule is oppressive – and, I’m not excusing him here, but Putin’s rule is culturally in line with the ruling style of Russia’s leaders for centuries. Historically, it’s about what Russians expect. Meanwhile, under Putin things have improved economically over the 20 year period. Putin is a ruthless dicatator, yes, but he is not Hitler.

    There are indeed two sides – and the USA/NATO have spurned all previous attempts by Putin for a negotiated settlement. I think that the military-industrial-corporate-complex in the USA are very happy to have the tax-payer endlessly plough $billions into their businesses. Joe Biden might not like endless war, – but you don’t get elected in the USA without the backing of the military-industrial-corporate complex.

    Your comments are welcome – not at all ignorant – thinking is these days such an unusual thing to do! Sure – it is all depressing. Diogenese wandered around Athens in daylight with a lighted lantern – said he “was looking for an honest man”. So are we all, today.

    Comment by Christina Macpherson | October 1, 2022 | Reply

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