I’ve backpacked my way through 50 countries on 6 continents over the past 20 years - many of them on numerous occasions - all the while bearing witness to the carnage that is US foreign policy. I chronicle this odyssey in my book The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries. Despite it all, never have I seen an American President been so beloved abroad as Barrack Obama.
A big part of this sentiment is tied to the good riddance of Bush the Lesser, who was considered a laughingstock, a Nazi or both in most quarters. What really rubbed people wrong was that we re-elected him. How stupid could we be? Fair question.
Another part of it is that Obama simply looks more like the rest of the world that any US President ever has. And despite his mistakes he is capable of humility – a highly undervalued virtue in the “exceptional” America, but one which indigenous cultures have traditionally held in high regard.
But all of this international goodwill is about to go up in smoke if the President doesn’t call off the US military dogs in a big way during his second term.
An aircraft carrier looms off the Korean peninsula. Great idea! Let’s provoke the crazy North Koreans? And for what? US bases should be pulled from South Korea and Japan. Folks can take care of themselves.
In the Straits of Hormuz, the US Navy is threatening Iran. Brilliant! And for what? The Israelis who attacked us on 911? British Petulance (BP)? The queen of Holland? Rothschilds Inc? No problem, we’ll just shut down a few more schools to cover that.
It’s a pretty basic concept. People don’t like it when a foreign military occupies their country. Neither would you. This is why both Iraqi and Afghani governments will indeed fail as soon as the US military completely withdraws. And they should fail. Both Malaki and Karzai are puppets of the global oligarchy. Karzai used to work for Unocal, now part of Chevron. Malaki is a millionaire slumlord of equally impressive moral suasion.
You will never win a war that puts you on the wrong side of history. It’s not about military tactics. It’s about political strategy. Political truism: If you prop up thugs the people will hate you. And they do.
In his diplomacy with the Big Powers, Obama has done a nice job re-establishing relations with the Russians, who should be natural US allies despite all manner of historical subterfuge. He has also been wise to stand up to the Chinese, something no American president since Truman has done.
But in his dealings with the Third World Obama has been less stellar. His own CIA helped orchestrate the 2009 Honduran coup, where democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya was ousted by billionaire United Fruit-affiliated right-wing despots. Wrong side of history. He backed the wrong side in Libya and is now harassing Syria with the same Saudi-financed Israeli-trained jihadis.
Obama has rubbed shoulders with a Columbian regime whose human rights record is among the worst on the planet. Meanwhile he has treated Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dismally. Two years ago Chavez cut ties with Columbia after they accused him of harboring FARC and ELN rebels. Wrong side of history.
In Africa, Obama has stood aside while allowing Chinese economic diplomacy to prevail. In SE Asia, Obama should have condemned the Thai governments’ recent crackdown on “Red Shirt” protesters, which resulted in over 100 deaths in Bangkok. In South Asia, we promise more aid to Pakistan, despite its support of the Taliban and other anti-American crazies. Wrong side of history.
Obama’s plan to freeze the US military budget is a good start, but as the US debt approaches $16 trillion, it is time to call off the Pentagon dogs, shut down a whole bunch of overseas bases and deal with the rest of the planet as equals. Empires perish. Bullies get their clocks cleaned. If Obama wants to remain popular abroad, he should slash the 2013 Pentagon budget yet further. If he announces big cuts, the Democrats might even win majorities in the 2014 mid-terms. I’m hopeful that the resignation of Gen. David Petraeus under false pretenses is the beginning of a chicken hawk house-cleaning along the lines of what Pres. Jimmy Carter did through his CIA Director Stansfield Turner.
Americans aren’t as stupid as the Israeli/Saudi-owned Fox News would have you believe. They are tired of footing the bill for a war machine which is destroying our nation for the benefit the Illuminati international bankster oligarchy. Call off the dogs Mr. President!
Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries, Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @ www.deanhenderson.wordpress.com