Recipe For Disaster:Washington ‘Suffers From a Severe Case of Strategic Confusion’

Thursday, November 26, 2015
By Paul Martin

US leaders have long failed to focus their efforts on tackling real challenges and identifying real enemies for a simple reason – they “suffer from a severe case of strategic confusion,” Robert W. Merry wrote for the National Interest.

The implications of this ailment are grave both for the country and the whole world since it “has a tendency to wreak havoc and generate tension in areas of American involvement,” he noted. “And the confusion seems so thoroughly embedded in the country’s collective psyche that prospects for any reversal remain dim.”

Recent history of the Middle East offers a glimpse into what Washington’s military engagement is capable of bringing about – unfortunately, not democracy or development.

The 2003 invasion of Iraq, according to the expert, claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and “unleashed sectarian fears and passions”so powerful that they still prevent the conflict-ridden country from returning to normalcy. Washington’s decision to topple Saddam Hussein also “enflamed the region in ways that spawned a new al-Qaeda force in Iraq where previously none had existed, or could exist,” Merry noted.

The so-called Arab Spring movements also seem to have clouded judgment of American foreign policy strategists. For instance, Barack Obama voiced his support for the revolution that put an end to the rule of America’s decades-long ally, Hosni Mubarak, who managed to keep radicals largely at bay.

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