That is not what America’s regional allies want. But if they truly yearn for leadership, better to lead them where the United States believes they should go than where, stubbornly and recklessly, they already are headed.
Date: 8 March 2017
Somehow the most reasonable, trusted and respected country in the world has become one of the most irrational, belligerent, feared, and distrusted countries in the world.
Imperious dictatorships. These are exactly what we Americans despise. When the words are pronounced, we gasp and shudder, as if on cue, compelled by our sense of moral righteousness and faith in our democratic system. We speak of such countries with endearing sympathy for the oppressed, with vitriolic anger for those manipulative and exploitative tyrants who wallow in self-glorification at the fate of the masses. The over-consumption of power, concentrated solely in one person – that is what we fear most. It is our duty as America’s youth, as citizens of the world to inhibit the growth of un-egalitarian regimes and to dismantle those extant ones that are all too hideous; this is our noble obligation.
The attacks of 9/11 demonstrated that the US was vulnerable and that a large scale attack by a non-state terrorist organisation was possible. It also demonstrated that these organisations had the will to cause as much death and destruction as possible and did not have any scruples about inflicting casualties on civilians or were prepared to follow rules of war accepted by most nation states to some degree or other. It, therefore, followed that groups such as these would try to acquire weapons as destructive as possible, which in the modern world was no longer as difficult or unthinkable as it once was. During the Cold War era, only nation states possessed the capability to inflict large scale damage, but in the post Cold War world, with the democratization of technology, small groups of people not bound to any specific state could inflict catastrophic damage (Tschirgi, 2007). The emphasis, therefore, was no longer on these groups alone, but also on their possible sponsors. At the top of this list were countries which had grievances with the United States, had links to terrorist organisations, were located in the Muslim Middle East, had WMD or the ability to manufacture them, and had used them in the past. The one country which stood out more than most was Iraq.