The Seeds Of Perpetual War
September 30, 2011 by Bob Livingston
There is no better example of the folly of United States foreign policy of the last 10 years than what is currently going on in Pakistan and Libya.
The terrorist organization du jour, the Haqqani network, is an arm of Pakistanâ€™s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, according to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He told Congress last week that Haqqani, with ISI support, conducted a truck bomb attack that wounded more than 70 U.S. and NATO troops on Sept. 11 and an assault on the U.S. embassy in Kabul two days later, along with other attacks.
The ISI is part of the Pakistani government — a government that receives $1.5 billion in U.S. aid each year.
In Libya, U.S. and NATO forces have supported the overthrow of the Moammar Gadhafi regime by elements of the al-Qaida network we are supposedly trying to destroy in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Somalia.
Sadly, most of contenders for the GOP nomination have expressed support of our current foreign policy — a policy that rewards with cash and military aid those who are shooting at our troops.
Does that sound like a policy designed to bring about an end to military engagements? Does it sound like a policy designed to make the citizens of other countries embrace America?
Not to me. To me, that sounds like the perpetual war of the warfare state.