AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY - DEAD BUT NOT YET BURIED
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It seems to be becoming more and more obvious that the overall
The demise of American foreign policy goes back to the virtual end of the Cold War following which the
The problem with American foreign policy is that a succession of U.S. Administrations have had no idea as to how the rest of the world actually operates for a very long time. They have had no idea as what real issues are within and between various countries and regions and simply put, America simply cannot accept that most people throughout the world would prefer to have as little as possible to do with the U.S.
Apart from the constant interference by the United States in the affairs of countries where they had no business to interfere, the real decline of U.S. credibility was expedited by and during the war in Vietnam, and by and through its long-standing and misguided 'no questions asked' support of Israel.
Vietnam once again proved the military theory that has been proven numerous times in numerous locations that, no matter how big and technologically advanced an occupying force is or might be, a well disciplined and organised guerrilla force simply cannot be defeated once it has gained local support.
The Israeli connection has proven to be much more problematic for the
Other failures of American power and influence can be found in relation to Iran, Iraq, Cuba, Venezuela, Panama, Kosovo, Peru, Chile, Colombia, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Zealand, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Korea, Pakistan, Haiti, Somalia, Kuwait, Palestine, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Grenada and all this because at one stage or another, the U.S. decided to interfere with local political processes.
In order for the
1. Interference by
3. As the
7. The U.N., not the
8. The U.S. should comply with international laws and human rights laws and sign up to the international legal processes that it currently ignores.
In total, there is a place for the
It will be up to future
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