[Marxism] Obama's war for oil / U.S. foreign-policy motives

John Cox johncox519 at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 23 14:18:12 MDT 2011


Louis Proyect wrote / 23 Aug 2011 12:27:58 -0400:

> I think that we should avoid the temptation to reduce our analysis 
> to one of economic determinism. The US occupied Haiti, Somalia and 
> Afghanistan where the economic stakes were minimal. Of course, 
> those of a dogmatic bent will always find a way to spin such 
> interventions (to prevent Haiti from becoming another Cuba; 
> Somalia was close to shipping routes, pipelines in Afghanistan, etc.)
> When the US bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Stimson told Truman 
> that it "would teach the Russians a lesson". These occupations of 
> marginal countries are intended to keep the rabble in line by 
> showing the power of the American military. It is of particular 
> importance in the Middle East where democracy challenges US 
> interests. But to assign some kind of economic role to every 
> intervention in and of itself is unwise.

Yes, very good points; in a 1965 memo, this is how a high-ranking official explained U.S. objectives in Vietnam:
"US aims: 70% - to avoid a humiliating defeat  20% to keep SVN territory from Chinese hands  10% - to permit the people of SVN to enjoy a better, freer way of life. ALSO – to emerge from crisis without unacceptable taint from methods used." 
1965 memo from Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs McNaughton


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