[Marxism] Is the real problem 'Isolationism' or Bipartisan Aggression?
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Sat Jun 7 03:58:37 MDT 2008
Is the Real Problem 'Isolationism' or Bipartisan Aggression?
By Ivan Eland | Antiwar.com, June 7, 2008
President George W. Bush and Democratic and Republican luminaries
broke ground recently at the future gleaming home of the United States
Institute of Peace on the National Mall. After absorbing the speeches
and, on the same day, the rather partisan Senate Intelligence
Committee's report that concluded the Bush administration lied to the
United States regarding its ill-fated invasion and occupation of Iraq,
one needs to dig just a bit to see what a bipartisan policy of
interventionism the United States really has. The existence of
bipartisan support for meddling in the business of other countries
stands in stark contrast to the President's remarks, which stated that
he feared the U.S. was becoming "isolationist and nervous."
Despite attending the launch of a government-funded organization
ostensibly dedicated to peace, former Republican Secretary of State
George P. Shultz praised President Bush's policy of preventive war,
saying, "In your time, I think this is one important idea that has
real legs and staying power." But the international community has long
dreaded such wars because threats are often invented or wildly
exaggerated to justify questionable "preventive" aggression, as
demonstrated by the Senate Intelligence Committee's findings about the
inflated threats during the run up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
At the groundbreaking, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made
an attempt to make us believe the two parties have opposing foreign
policies. Quoting Democratic President John F. Kennedy's 1963 words,
"The United States, as the world knows, will never start a war," was a
veiled jab at the President's Iraq policy. Of course, Pelosi didn't
mention that in 1961, Kennedy himself orchestrated the botched CIA
attempt to invade Cuba and overthrow Fidel Castro. Later, in 1962, he
nearly initiated a nuclear world war for no strategic reason after the
Soviets installed missiles in Cuba, a move intended to counter future
U.S. invasions of the island.
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