America Has No Allies

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These people are not our friends.

It should come as no surprise, but America has no more allies in the world, particularly in the Middle East.  In fact, we’re really, really bad at picking allies and therefore, it isn’t a shock when the ones we have stab us in the back and we’re typically clueless as to their motivations.  We’ve been doing this for a very long time, back decades and decades, where the people we claim as our friends turn out to be the worst of enemies.

Take Saudi Arabia.  We are aware that the majority of the 9/11 suicide attackers came from Saudi Arabia, right?  We are aware that they were trained both in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, another one of our “friends”, right?  Yet we didn’t go walking into Saudi Arabia or Pakistan with our military, insisting that their governments be ousted.  Why?  Oh, Saudi Arabia has oil and Pakistan has nukes.  For all of our moral outrage, we don’t fight anyone who can fight back.  It’s the modern American way.

So what happens now, when the biggest, most well-funded Muslim terrorist group, ISIS, turns out to be funded by other countries that we thought were our allies?  We’re going to ignore it, of course!  Wealthy contributors from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar have been giving millions to ISIS for years now.  In an odd twist, especially for Kuwaiti investors, ISIS has strong ties to the Baathist regime, the same regime that, under Saddam Hussein, tried to take over Kuwait before they were beaten back by American forces in Operation Desert Storm.  Now they’re giving money to the same group that attacked them in 1990.  “Everybody knows the money is going through Kuwait and that it’s coming from the Arab Gulf,” said Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “Kuwait’s banking system and its money changers have long been a huge problem because they are a major conduit for money to extremist groups in Syria and now Iraq.”

ISIS is extremely well funded, especially after robbing the central bank in Mosul and taking more than $430 million away with them.  They make even more money by selling oil out of Northern Syria and sometimes directly from the Assad regime.  More funding comes from Turkey and Jordan and other of our so-called allies.  Several countries in the region have passed laws against funding terrorist organizations but have done nothing to enforce the laws and many wealthy donors still operate openly, flaunting the law.  Turkey has been directly fanning the flames of war in the Middle East, they have  been providing arms and sanctuary for ISIS and sealing it’s borders, trying to stop the Kurds from establishing self-rule, something that ISIS and other Muslim terrorist groups desperately want to destroy.  Oh wait, Turkey is our friend, aren’t they?

No they’re not.

This is exactly why I said, back during the Iraq War, that America was just wasting it’s time trying to force a democracy into a nation which has no interest in a democracy.  You cannot impose a political system on a people who don’t want that political system for themselves.  As soon as we left, I knew that what we had built there was doomed.  The Iraqi government has self-destructed and all the billions of dollars and thousands of lives that war cost us has made Iraq even more dangerous than it was before.

Why are we still doing this?  While I doubt that Obama is going to send troops back into Iraq, the fact is that we either need to fish or cut bait in the Middle East.  We either need to stop this nonsense once and for all or we need to get the hell out and stop pissing people off with American dick-waving.  If we want to walk away and leave the religious crazies in the Middle East to cover the ground with bodies, that’s honestly fine with me right now.  They want it.  They’ve earned it.  Let them do it.  It just demonstrates the inherent harm that religion does, simply by existing.

We really need to stop pretending that any of these people are our friends.  We can’t trust them.  They hate us. Granted, they mostly hate us because we’ve had our nose in their business for decades and that’s our fault, but still, they hate us, right until someone bigger than them comes by and makes vaguely threatening noises, then they want the American military setting up on their border to discourage an invasion.  They only like us when we’re useful, otherwise, we’re the Great Satan.

I say fuck ’em all.  If they want to have these asinine regional religious wars, let them.  Let them blow the crap out of each other.  Let them paint the sand red.  Who are we to decide what another sovereign nation can and can’t do? So long as the nukes don’t fly, the biological and chemical weapons aren’t launched and it doesn’t spill over into our actual overseas interests, fuck ’em.  Let ’em die.  Maybe once they realize we’re not going to come to their rescue unless they really are our friends, until they stop acting against our interests, they might change their tune but I’m not holding my breath.

 

14 thoughts on “America Has No Allies

  1. I USED TO THINK YOU WERE LOGICAL AND INFORMED, NOW THAT IS IN DOUBT.

    FIRST, I KNOW ISRAEL IS MOST CERTAINLY AN ALLIE, AND BOTH JORDAN AND EGYPT CAN BE DEPENDED UPON TO FIGHT THE RADICAL ISIS,

    SECOND, WHILE BIN LADEN COULD HAVE CHOSEN TERRORISTS FROM MANY COUNTRIES FOR THE 9-11 ATTACKS, HE INTENTIONALLY CHOSE ALL THOSE OTHER THAN ONE TO BE FROM SAUDI ARABIA BECAUSE HE WANT TO DRIVE A WEDGE BETWEEN THE US AND SAUDI ARABIA. AND BIN LADEN KNEW, JUST AS THE RUSSIANS DID, THE "USEFUL IDIOTS" IN THE USA WOULD ASSIST HIM IN THAT.

    SO TELL ME, ARE YOU ONE OF THE "USEFUL IDIOTS?

  2. AND FYI, ANYONE WHO DOES NOT KNOW THE IRAQ WAR WAS FULLY JUSTIFIED EITHER DID NOT PAY SUFFICIENT ATTENTION AT THE TIME,. OR IS TOO LAZY TO DO SUFFICIENT RESEARCH NOW TO GET THE FACTS, AND/OR IS NOT REALLY BRIGHT ENOUGH TO BE ABLE TO FULLY COMPREHEND THE FACTS IF THEY DID GET THEM!

    IN MARCH OF 2003, I PUT TOGETHER A LIST OF 18 REASONS (FACTS) WHICH PROVED TO ME, AND TO MANY OTHERS, THE IRAQ WAR WAS FULLY JUSTIFIED. NOT ONCE, IN ALL THE YEARS SINCE HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PROVE EVEN ONE OF MY FACTS WERE NOT TRUE. (AND OF COURSE, THEY NEVER WILL AS FACTS CAN NOT BE DISPROVEN.)

    1. "…AS FACTS CAN NOT BE DISPROVEN."

      A not so minor correction is needed here. Facts can be disproven.One example: For more than 2500 years it was a accepted fact that the Earth was the center of the universe and that the Sun and other bodies revolved around the Earth. That accepted fact was disproven.

      1. Well, just to quibble, but if a "fact" is disproven, it wasn't a fact to begin with, it was in error. Just because something is believed to be a fact or perceived to be a fact, that doesn't make it a fact. It is a fact, only if it is actually a fact.

  3. IT SEEMS YOU DID NOT SERVE IN THE US MILITARY EITHER. IF YOU HAD, I DOUBT YOU WOULD HAVE SAID ANYTHING AS TOTALLY STUPID AS " For all of our moral outrage, we don’t fight anyone who can fight back. It’s the modern American way" AND YOU HAVE NO CLUE HOW BAD THAT STUPID RETARDED STATEMENT PISSES ME OFF! .

  4. We used to, if we gave them enough money and military equipment.

    But Obama's foreign policy has treated our friends badly and rewarded our enemies at every turn.

    1. Those aren't allies, those are lackeys. You don't buy allies, allies are people who share your political goals and want to work with you to achieve them. It wasn't just Obama, we've been going down the wrong road for decades, this is just evidence of the horrible foreign policy decisions we've been making for a long time.

  5. It is a tough call really Cephus. While I agree the USA should remove supporting a lot of these countries (or all of them, as why should an economy hurt while money is getting pumped into markets that don't care to reciprocate in kind) in the Middles East as they are funders of terrorist groups. What has happened in Iraq is largely due to the Bush administration and the lies that started that war.

    So really the government should be trying in some form to get things right there as even if it was the last president, it still is the US. Saddam was bad but compared to what is happening now Saddam was a good guy.
    My recent post Idiot of the week – Pat Robertson

    1. Oh, the whole mess in the Middle East goes back a lot farther than Bush. Yes, Bush was responsible for the most recent round in Iraq, but we've been doing this, going back to 1954 in Iran, where we forced the Shah into power because he was in our pocket. We've been swinging our dick in the Middle East for decades and the problem is, no matter what we do now, we can't win. We can't go in and do things right because they don't want us there and they expect that anything we do will be self-serving. We can't pull out because everyone expects us to stick our nose in there and we'll be accused of not helping people in need now. What do we do? We can't win.

      It's like what happened in Libya. We went in and took out Gaddafi, but then we walked away from Libya and the place is a cesspit right now. But if we had stayed, we invariably would have done some nation building and we'd be accused of pushing democracy. We can't win.

  6. The biggest problem is Russia and their hatred of the USA and the constant lies they spread about the USA. They have always fueled the fire and will continue to do so even if you do something right. Better start fighting PUTINS propaganda because Russia has been controlling minds around the world for a long time.

    1. Hey, we do the same thing to them that you accuse them of doing to us. It's all a giant political dick waving contest. We are no more innocent than they are, never have been, probably never will be.

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