The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

The Roots of America’s Disastrous Overseas Failures: Hubris as Foreign Policy Goes Back More Than a Century

No doubt Bull Halsey thought little of Perry’s actual mission or its consequences when he ordered that Perry’s flag be transported half-way around the world to celebrate what was America’s second victory over Japan. Yet the very war that was concluding would not have occurred had Perry’s expedition never be sent. The flag represented the unmitigated, counterproductive, even disastrous hubris that dominates American foreign policy today.

US policymakers believe themselves to be entitled to run the world. And competent to do so. Hence decades of violent meddling in the Middle East, hundreds of military installations and tens of thousands of troops stationed around the world, more than a score industrial states reduced to dependent status, and routine support for vile, oppressive foreign regimes. This also is the age of endless war, when Washington seldom sees a problem that it believes cannot be solved with military force. Policies implemented in the name of preserving peace have turned peace into the unknown ideal.

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