Originally posted by DJW001
reply to post by Corruption Exposed
I don't blame Iran and Russia for being concerned about American military expansion in the region. It's all but clear what they're trying to
do, and they have almost completed their goal.
Please explain what you think it's clear that they're trying to do, and how this map supports your conclusion.
Before I butt in (you didn't ask this of me), I want to state that I agreed with your map-as-propaganda post.
For that matter, the Middle East has been a warmish "Cold War" zone for decades... with or without the US presence; and I think many posting here
know nothing about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, nor the Nazi occupation of much of the now Muslim nations (much less, of the Ottomans). At a
global level and during the two World Wars, the US learned the lesson from having inadequate military presence in some areas, and so did many of those
How many of those US bases are there in Kuwait, Israel, Djibouti, Oman, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and in Saudi Arabia at the
request of those governments? All?
Because history showed they should fear the US, or because history showed them that without the US they should fear everyone else? Anyone who knows
the history, knows which motivated those treaties.
Why is the question not being asked, "Who is the US protecting, and from whom?"
With that said, I have long been suspicious that the US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are tactical moves for a strategy which involves Iran. It
may not focus upon Iran as an opponent, but Iran is a part of it-- and Iran will do well to learn to score higher on the "plays well with others"
part of its report card-- starting with its own people.
I do not mean because the US thinks it is the "world's policeman," but because when the US sees a threat to strategic oil sources, Iran's
violating treaties (such as operating a nuclear weapons research program), oppressing its own citizens, threatening the sovereignty of other nations
in speeches (e.g,, anything from an embargo or sealed ports to terrorist acts) or implying a desire to annihilate a "race" of people-- opens the
door for military action.
But I think the Iraqi invasion and taking-out Saddam was likely a mere tactic in a greater US strategy-- and Saddam left that door wide open with his
"hide the weapons from the UN inspectors" ploy especially after his nerve gassing the Kurdish people-- it matters not that he was bluffing about
having the weapons-- his bluff got called.
The US has not extended Imperial powers in conquered nations, like Germany, France, England and the Russians once did. So guess which major world
power is top on the list to insure that one's own sovereignty can be maintained? That is right. The USA.
The Chinese are out because of Nepal, and India. India and Pakistan can't get along with each other, and both suffer from falling into the
Muslim-radical abyss-- the very thing the more modern Middle Eastern States fear more than invasion.
But I don't think most posting to this thread are aware of such things, because they are not blogged often-- snarky of me, but true.
And, by the way, if the Swiss ever try to place a chocolate embargo on the US, I am glad to see we are prepared for that!