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The Folly Of Interventionism

February 10, 2011 by  

The uprising in Egypt, a United States puppet state run for 30 years by an America-approved dictator, demonstrates yet again the folly of a foreign policy of interventionism.

Despite billions of dollars in aid to Egypt, the Egyptian people don’t view America in a favorable light. According to a 2010 Zogby poll, fully 90 percent of Egyptians viewed the United States as a threat. Other polls show that eight out of 10 Egyptians view America unfavorably, and almost half view America very unfavorably.

Egyptians, tired of tyranny, are protesting in an effort to build a more democratic country. For his part, President Barack Obama continues to walk the fence between supporting long-time U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak and trying to get out front of whichever force on the ground establishes itself as the leader of the anti-Mubarak faction.

That leaves the U.S. in a precarious position. On the one hand, if Mubarak survives, the Egyptian people will see his survival as the result of America’s meddling in the affairs of their country, and they’ll hate us even more. If the anti-government forces prevail — particularly if the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood achieves dominant status — the new government will not be as friendly to the U.S. or Israel.

To top it off, other U.S. puppet states like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain may fall next. That’s many more billions of U.S. fiat currency out the window.

In the name of foreign policy the U.S. has spread untold wealth on nations throughout the Middle East and Eastern and Western Europe. It has propped up tyrants, created jealousies and hard feelings and supplied Europeans with nanny state-style benefits.

The money wasted over there could have been better used over here building a strong economy and improving the lives of Americans. Instead, it’s created enemies of the people who have suffered under the tyranny of America-financed dictators.

The current Congress is debating ways to cut the budget. Money to dictatorial regimes for the purpose of improving their military might and clamping down hard on their people should be the first line item to get the ax. Next should be money that funds U.S. military bases around the world.

President George Washington, in his farewell address, warned against establishing permanent alliances. He said:

“Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course. If we remain one people, under an efficient government, the period is not far off, when we may defy material injury from external annoyance; when we may take such an attitude as will cause the neutrality, we may at any time resolve upon, to be scrupulously respected; when belligerent nations, under the impossibility of making acquisitions upon us, will not lightly hazard the giving us provocation; when we may choose peace or war, as our interest, guided by justice, shall counsel.

“Why forego the advantages of so peculiar a situation? Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?

“It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world; so far, I mean, as we are now at liberty to do it; for let me not be understood as capable of patronizing infidelity to existing engagements. I hold the maxim no less applicable to public than to private affairs, that honesty is always the best policy. I repeat it, therefore, let those engagements be observed in their genuine sense. But, in my opinion, it is unnecessary and would be unwise to extend them.

“Taking care always to keep ourselves, by suitable establishments, on a respectable defensive posture, we may safely trust to temporary alliances for extraordinary emergencies.”

It’s way past time for us to heed his advice.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    Why wouldn’t the Egyptians hate us? We pumped money into the pocket of their dictator! With all the committees and czars, why doesn’t someone look into the governments we send money to and find out where our hard-earned tax dollars are going? If the people are not receiving the benefits of our generosity, it’s time to end that flow of money!

    • Les

      Foreign Aid was never about helping country’s people out. The money had to be spent on American made arms such as tanks and jets. With the usual finder’s fee for the current dictator. Mubarak has 40 to 70 BILLION dollars stashed in banks around. And that amount is probably just a guess. So much for “Democracy”. Why do we have to “buy” our friends????

  • Bert Cundle


  • Charley

    The only country worth defending or engaging in the Middle East is ISRAEL; the rest are barbaric killers bent on destruction and domination of the entire world! When are we going to learn – WE DON’T NEED MIDDLE EASTERN OIL OR ANYTHING ELSE THEY HAVE!!! They are trouble, trouble, trouble and do not think the way we do in the West.
    We are in way over our heads with these people and we, our children and our grandchildren will pay the price unless God intervenes in time. May God help and have mercy on us.

  • sam

    They cant afford to eat because of ethanol production. Corn prices go up, farmers grow corn instead of other crops, other crops prices go up too. What do we gain from ethanol production? A few more jobs? We use as much energy to produce ethanol as the ethanol produced gives us. It also uses water and is not as good for our vehicles. Why does our government subsidize it? Payoffs!

  • barbm

    if not made for it, ethanol sure can screw up your vehicle. i do think we should be pursuing better, cleaner, cheaper, and more sustainable energy sources, but ethanol isn’t among them. i, too, would like to know why we aren’t keeping track of the foreign aid we’re giving. at least half should go to the people. and we need to stop giving money away until our own country is healthy. we have everything we need to keep us going for many, many years right here in the good old u.s. of a., so i say let’s get back to that isolationism thang. :)

  • s c

    Foreign aid is a double-edged sword. It can have a good ‘edge’ to it, but sooner or later Uncle Scam’s
    addiction for spreading democracy around the world at ANY cost will fester until we have to deal with enemies who were supposed to be our friends. Egypt is a classic example of how America’s big nose gets in the way. Throw in Korea and Vietnam, and you get a better picture.
    Obubba is doing what he’s told. He’s straddling the foreign diplomacy barbed wire fence, waiting until the ‘right’ moment when he can act like he came to a semi-divine conclusion. I’m betting he has a playbook in front of him, and every contingency has been thought out in advance (NOT by him, by the way).
    You get what you pay for, boys and girls. This is just another example of what the best government money can buy can and can’t do.

    • Vicki

      Why are we trying to spread democracy around anyway? Democracy is bad. We should be trying to spread freedom and limited government.

      Besides Egypt is already there.

      I watched some of the news from last week and I saw Democracy in action right there on the streets of Cairo. I saw about 15 people vote on a truck. 14 voted to tear the truck apart. Democracy triumphed and the truck was dis-assembled. The same 15 voted on beating up the driver. 14 voted to beat up the driver. Democracy triumphed and the driver got beaten.

      Democracy has come to the sands of Egypt.

      • Bert Cundle

        Patheticly Right!

        • Bert Cundle

          & oboma Jumps on the side of the PEOPLE… Not Supporting GOVERNMENT, His DUTY.

  • Leo Corion

    When viewed in its historical setting.
    The twelfth amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides the states with Veto Power over the tyranny of government.

    The Electoral College was intended by our Founding Fathers to preserve the ancient Precedent established by the Israelites on the Plains of Encampment when Levi was in the Midst: also when the thirteen Chieftains of the lost tribes who had settled in Scandinavia held a TING to elect their King; likewise when the Pope is chosen: and this is the reason that when George Washington was likewise elected he was given the title of ~Mr. Precedent.

    [With ambiguous placement, a modifier is confusing to a reader because it can refer to two or more words in a sentence.] ~(c) 1999 Prentice-Hall, Inc.

    “The Electors…one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves…
    . But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.” ~Amendment XII.

  • anneliese

    There is a season for all things. The crisis in Egypt enlightened some just enough to pay attention. Regardless of the outcome there, I personally am just sick and tired of hearing about how a billion goes here and a million there, then be told my health insurance and prescription coverage is going to cost me more than my mortgage and electric bill. I am disgusted that my near 70 year old mother, who has spent her life dedicated to helping others and serving her community has had to feel the fear of nearly losing the land that her father passed to her due to the rise of property taxes. The social security that shes paid into for 50 years hasn’t gone up at all for 2 years, while those who have never paid a dime into it are collecting checks with a raise of $100.00. We have never been rich, since the time my ancestors stepped foot on this land they have been hard working, honest and true human beings, yet at the end of it all, the hopes and promises, the sweat blood and tears put into paying taxes and social security and various other supportive measures have left them in fear and near poverty experience. I don’t care what politics, theology or passion it falls under, I just dont see it changing any for the better for me at the time I am at that stage in life so I would like to just keep my earnings to myself, take care of my own yard, and put myself and my future into my own hands. Not too much to ask.


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