A Tale of Two America’s Part II: America’s Killing Fields Around the Globe
By Mohamed Khodr
[Author’s Note: I realize my articles are longer than usual but my intent is not simply to report, analyze, or give an opinion on an issue but to provide context and historical background to issues that still impact us today. I’ve done that with all my previous articles. I do hope you’ll be patient enough to read them through and perhaps you’ll seek further information on the subject. Thank you.}
“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America”.
“Throughout the world, on any given day, a man, woman, or child is likely to be displaced, tortured, killed, or disappeared’, at the hands of governments or armed political groups. More often than not, the United States shares the blame.”
—Amnesty International, 1996
“We have to constantly critique imperialist white supremacist patriarchal culture because it is normalized by mass media and rendered unproblematic.”
― Bell Hooks, “Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Critcism”
“The overall conclusion reached is that the United States most likely has been responsible since WWII for the deaths of between 20 and 30 million people in wars and conflicts scattered over the world.”
–CounterCuurents Study of “Deaths In Other Nations Since WW II Due To US Interventions”. April 24, 2007, By James A. Lucas. [
For more on World Casualties of U.S. Imperialism, see article below.
“America Imperialism’s death toll on the world: 27,000,000+”; Aug. 11, 2008
Due to the politico-economic pressure of the “Military-Industrial-AIPAC-Congressional-Media Complex” America would rather fight then switch to a policy of peacefully dialogue with the rest of the world. None more so than the Israeli forbidden for America to talk to region of the Middle East, hence America’s current wars, unilateral decision to attack Syria, and the imposition of harsh sanctions, isolation, and probable war against Iran.
“The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution”. –John F. Kennedy
Western empires that arose after the sixteenth century adopted Machiavelli’s ruthless, deceitful, immoral, and bloody Realpolitic that depended on strong armies and striking fear into opponents. He strongly condemned empires and governments who sought to implement the unrealistic idealistic romanticism of lofty, laudable, and moral ideas unless they prove useful for domestic deceit.
Racism and a self-righteous bigoted attitude toward the “other” laid the foundation for the imperial west to conquer, enslave, and commit outrageous genocides and holocausts across the world’s southern hemisphere, the habitat of the barbaric primitive dark “other”.
The west got rich due to the gun and bomb by stealing the economic resources and enslaved people of the rest
“When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die”.
U.S. foreign policy has closely adhered to Machiavelli’s principles and rules as mentioned above; while domestically it continues to project for public consumption the image of a benign benevolent and altruistic nation –i.e. we’re the U.S. Government and we’re here to help.
In all its foreign interventions and wars the Congress has only issued a Declaration of War five times as the Constitution requires; none have been issued since World War II. The wars have been mainly carried out under Presidential directives witout Congressional approval.
No one who has studied U.S. Foreign Policy and its resultant ramifications and consequences around the world can ever describe it as being wise and intelligent. It’s been just the opposite much akin to a Bull in a China shop. In no nation invaded, bombed, or occupied by the U.S. has there ever been a positive and progressive outcome in the aftermath of a U.S. military intervention. In fact, when the U.S. eventually withdraws it leaves behind a scorched earth, environment, and people who continue to suffer for decades if not centuries afterwards such as the case when Depleted Uranium is used.
The U.S. has been involved in more military interventions across the world, more invasions and occupation of foreign lands, more bombings of nations and people, more coups against democratically elected governments, more assassination of world leaders, and more covert operations and sabotage than any other nation in history.
Please Watch this Brief Video on U.S. Imperialism.
“Take up the White Man’s burden–
Send forth the best ye breed…
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.”
–Rudyard Kipling in “White Man’s Burden”
Rudyard Kipling, a British imperial poet, wrote this poem to urge the U.S. to conquer the Philippines after the Spanish American war. It reflects the imperial attitude of white supremacy, racism, and a divine right given to the white man to seek forth new territories to civilize, Christianize, enslave, occupy, and steal the resources such lands held be they human or wealth generating.
Historians have called the Spanish American War the first media driven war in American history. Cuba at the time was revolting against Spanish rule. The main media tycoons at the time, Joseph Pulitzer (Jewish) and William Randolph Hearst, were relentless in their media campaign to incite public anger against the “evil” Spaniards who are crushing the freedom aspirations of the Cuban people. Their papers ran daily headlines and cartoons to emotionally invest the American people in a war for liberty and freedom.
All that was missing to declare war was an “incident”; a “Pearl Harbor”; the false North Vietnamese attack against the ship US Maddox in 1964 that led to the bombing of North Vietnam”; or a “9/11.
The “incident” was furnished when an explosion on the USS Maine occurred on February 15, 1898 while docked in Havana Harbor. Immediately the warmongerers in the media and the government blamed Spain and successfully pushed for a Declaration of War on Spain.
By defeating Spain the U.S. acquired Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines. The American Exceptionalism as an Empire and Imperial Power began and has never stopped since then.
The powerful role of the media in creating, inciting, and pushing for wars cannot be underestimated.
The two media tycoons who pushed for war against Spain, Hearst, and today’s tycoon who pushed for the Iraq War, an attack on Syria, and pushing for a war on Iran…
The same men who own and run Wall Street and the Federal Reserve Banks are of the same oligarchy that owns the U.S. media. Thus their single purpose is to enrich themselves, their cabal, and heavily influence and push the U.S. into wars, mainly for OIL and ISRAEL’s benefit.
These men, mainly Jewish, within and out of government manufactured the lies that pushed the U.S. into the costly quagmire of the Iraq war; But that was just the first phase of their overall plan for the Middle East.
Please Watch this Important, shocking, and revealing VIDEO of Amy Goodman’s interview with former General Wes Clark, former head of NATO, who reveals the shocking truth about the Pentagon’s Plan to invade Iraq with no reason or evidence to do so and how it plans after Iraq then to attack six more Middle East nations in five years. The nations are Syria, Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, and Somalia.
In a rational, civilized, informed and civically involved populace such revelations would have led to a revolution against the powerful political, economic, and media elite who use the U.S. military and the lives of its young soldiers to launch foreign wars and devastation of nations for the benefit of a foreign nation, ISRAEL. But we’re speaking of the American people who mostly exist in a self absorbed bubble far away from their government’s policies and those who control and manipulate them.
Let us take a closer look at the Foundations and Actions of the American Empire.
“What We Say Goes” —President George W. Bush
In addition to America’s military supremacy as its main instrument of foreign policy, the U.S. also wields enomous power and influence upon the world stage through international organizations such as the United Nations and all its agencies, the World Bank, and the I.M.F. (International Monetary Fund), thus either politically or economically the U.S. can pressure any nation on earth to either submit to its will, stand aside, or risk losing vital economic aid.
What Americans don’t see as a consequence of their Government’s militarism and their media inspired “support the troops” bumper stickers is the heavy cost borne by the victimized innocent populations of America’s arrogant and deadly militarism abroad. The media either ignores, sanitizes, or fabricates stories and images that present the heroic courage of American soldiers fighting the evil, uncivilized, barbaric enemy, an enemy whose weapons are guns against the world’s most powerful military. Rarely, if ever, do they show the victims of these heroes and wounded warriors.
Standing Military Orders to the U.S. Soldier: “Kill Anything that Moves”
Please read this shocking article in the New York Times titled:
“For America, Life Was Cheap in Vietnam”, by Nick Turse, historian and author of “Kill Anything that Moves”; October 9, 2013
From the Article: Notice the sheer arrogance and racism toward the “other”
“Veterans I’ve interviewed, and soldiers who spoke to investigators, said they had received orders from commanders to “kill anything that moves.”
“The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does the Westerner,” Westmoreland famously said:. “Life is plentiful, life is cheap in the Orient.”
[General William Westmoreland was Commander of U.S. Forces in Vietnam}
Mark Twain was so outraged at the U.S. Military’s invasion and War upon the Philippine people that he called them “uniformed assassins”.
Here’s a headline from the Hearst paper, the New York Journal, on the massive genocide of the Philippine people by U.S. Soldiers.
A brief overview of Presidential Doctrines, the U.S. Military Budget, and Military Bases around the world that gives the U.S. the arrogance and self righteousness to intervene around the world.
1. From 1798 – 1993: U.S. Intervened 234 times in foreign conflicts more than any nation in history. (Excludes the wars in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria and others)
From the article titled: “Instances of Use of United States Forces Abroad, 1798 – 1993”; October 7, 1993″.
“This report lists 234 instances in which the United States has used its armed forces abroad in situations of conflict or potential conflict”
2. Presidential Doctrines:
Monroe Doctrine: 1823 – Protect U.S. Hegemony over Latin America.
President James Monroe issued this declaration that prevents any European nation from interfering in the affairs of Latin America which the U.S. would consider an act of war.
Polk Doctrine: 1845 – Reiterates Monroe Doctrine
President James Polk: Fate of North America would be decided by Americans, not Europeans.
Roosevelt Corollary: 1904 – Reiterates Monroe Doctrine
President Teddy Roosevelt declares the U.S. “Policeman” of the Western Hemisphere against Europe.
Truman Doctrine: 1947:
Military Aid of $400 Million to Greece and Turkey to Prevent Communist takeover.
Eisenhower Doctrine: 1957:
It is U.S. Policy to intervene militarily in the Middle East to prevent Communist subversion. This led to the U.S. sending the Marines to Lebanon in 1958 to protect Lebanon’s Christian minority government from a nationalist coup, but the coup never happened.
Nixon Doctrine: 1969
Encouraged Asian nations to wean themselves off U.S. aid in their fight against Communism. However this doctrine was used to sell a large amount of military hardware to the Philippines, Indonesia, South Korea, other Asian nations, and the Middle East.
Carter Doctrine 1980
Committed the U.S. to protect the countries of the Persian Gulf (OIL) from outside Interference. This was in response to the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Carter warned the U.S.S.R. that any invasion in the Persian Gulf would be an “assault on the vital interests of the United States” and would be repealed by military force if necessary.
Weinberger Doctrine: 1984
The Weinberger Doctrine, named in honor of Reagan’s Secretary of Defense, declares it is the policy of the United States to use its military forces only in the defense of American vital interests given the already overextended military force
Powell Doctrine: 1990
States that military force should only be used to win an overwhelming victory in a short period of time and that U.S. vital interests were at stake.
Clinton Doctrine: 1999
This informal doctrine, never officially articulated by the administration, argued that the best way to ensure stability in regions of interest to the United States was to combat instability wherever it may occur. Reasoning that no matter how seemingly insignificant the areas where instability may arise, violence and disorder can intensify and spread, ultimately threatening United States interests at home and abroad. To stymie potential problems, regional and ethnic conflicts must be addressed as early as possible. Clinton said military use is justified “where our VALUES and Interests are at stake, and when we can make a difference
Bush Doctrine: 2001 – The Worst and Most Dangerous of all Doctrines
Declares it is the policy of the United States government to go after all terrorists with a global reach and the states which harbor them. A key element is the right of the United States to Preemptively attack any group or state deemed to pose an emerging threat.
3. U.S. Military Bases Around the World.
There are over 1000 U.S. military bases around the world that are known publicly. According to a study conducted by David Vine, “How U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying the Pentagon to Occupy the Planet”, December 14, 2012, he estimates that the annual cost of maintaining these bases with over 255,000 personnel is between $1.8 and $2.1 Trillion, which is astronomically higher than the Pentagon’s costs of tens of billions of dollars. No one, not even Congress knows the true extant and cost of these bases.
But they are the most powerful intimidating message to the over 170 countries that host these bases. People in these nations despise the presence of this military hegemony.
In this most valuable must read analysis of U.S. military bases, costs, and international ramifications, written by Jules Dufour for Global Research entitled, “The Worldwide Network of US Military Bases”, July 1, 2007, the editor of Global Research writes in the intro to the article:
“The Worldwide control of humanity’s economic, social and political activities is under the helm of US corporate and military power. Underlying this process are various schemes of direct and indirect military intervention. These US sponsored strategies ultimately consist in a process of global subordination”.
4. U.S. Defense Budget Highest in the World.
The U.S. has the highest defense budget of any country in the world. In fact it spends more on defense than dozens of other nations combined including Russia and China. The only reason why the U..S outspends the world is to impose its imperial power for the economic benefit of the top one percent of Americans who send the youth of the 99% of the nation to fight and die for them, including for Israel.
When you hear of “National Interest” immediately think of MONEY for the rich and the industrial-military-corporate complex.
Please watch this VIDEO of President Dwight Eisenhower’s famous speech waring the American people of the power and corrupt influence of what he called the “Military-Industrial Complex”. Here is a former General and President who knew the truth, spoke the truth, but as is the case with all warnings to the American people on matters of corruption it is unheeded and forgotten, thus the corrupt political, business, and military alliance continues to roll unabated, killing abroad and bankrupting the nation.
U.S. Military ?Budget 2012 Larger than the Next Ten Nations Combined
The U.S. is also the leading nation in Arms Sales in the world; mostly to developing countries whose priority is defense and not socio-economic development. The largest market for U.S. Arms Sales is the Middle East where EIGHT out of the top TEN nations spending on arms purchases as a Percent of their GDP are in the Middle East. The Arab tyrants only use such weapons against their own people, never against Israel.
According to an annual study by the Congressional Research Service released earlier this week, the US overseas weapons sales jumped to $66.3 billion last year (77.7 percent of the $85.3 billion global market in 2011), from $21.4 billion in deals in 2010. [Mother Jones]
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed”.
—From President Dwight Eisenhower’s Speech, April 16, 1953
Every government in the world is immoral, hypocritical, and infected with double standards. But no nation is as arrogant as the U.S. in such vices. The U.S. supported Freedom Fighters of yesterday are today’s terrorists. When the Mujahadeen were fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan with U.S. money and weapons they were invited by President Reagan to the White House as freedom fighters. After the Soviets left Afghanistan the U.S. dumped them and abandoned Afghanistan. America’s freedom fighters became the dreaded Taliban, now America’s enemy, but surprisingly they are not on the State Department’s list of terrorist group because the U.S. needs to make peace with them so that it can leave Afghanistan with “honor”.
In summary the U.S. is far from the “exceptional” nation whether in its own history or in its militarism abroad creating the newest “Empire” in the world. The U.S. has committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and many genocides around the world. It’s violated every International and human rights laws against the use of illegal chemical weapons such as Agent Orange, Depleted Uranium and White Phosphorous. Around the world from Vietnam to Iraq it has left a legacy of children scareed for life suffering from congenital malformations to cancer yet refuses to acknowledge any responsibility.
The U.S. has no creditability whatsoever to lecture any other nation on upholding and adhering to U.N. Resolutions, not when its Vetoed close to 90 UNSC against Israel, International Laws, the Fourth Geneva Convention or to any Weapons Ban treaty as the U.S. refuses to sign the Land Mine Treaty and has unilaterally withdrawn from the Anti Ballistic MIssille Treaty (ABM( allowing it to continue to test new nuclear bombs.
America’s Economic and Military power allows it to defy the world and bomb and invade any nation it wishes.
It is my sincere hope that Americans understand the widespread animosity against America’s Pro Israel and militaristic policy in the Muslim. They hate ‘US” because we BOMB and INVADE their countries and give Israel a carte-blanche protection for its decade’s long murderous and ethnic cleansing policy against the Palestinians, made refugees in their land.
Please Watch this Brief Video on U.S. Bombings and “Why They Hate Us”
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