Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day and U.S. Imperialism

Can we stop it? Who will stop it? Will it be
one of the two major political parties? Will
it come from the outside?

U.S. imperialism or for another term, U.S. foreign
policy, is one of the 800 pound gorillas in the
room. History has told us that it is "our manifest
destiny". The world can be safe for the U.S. only
when the rest of the world is under U.S. control or
U.S. hegemony. The U.S. must be the super power.

U.S. foreign policy is very controlled by elitist
thought. It is not just a neo-con phenom. The war
in Iraq is a manifestation of this larger problem.
Simply attacking the Iraq War does not solve the
real problem, U.S. imperialism. This is the policy
we need to "vent" against. It's this policy that is
causing the U.S. to drive over the approaching cliff.

The wars and near wars like VietNam, Lebanon, Granada,
Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Dafur are the wrong
focus of the intellectuals. It's the real policy, don't
you see, that is the issue which must be engaged. That
policy is elitist control of U.S. imperial foreign policy
and affairs. In all the above cases we argued that if
we end that war or that insurrection or that trouble spot
the U.S. would come home. It's not the case. VietNam
didn't end because we occupied college presidents offices
or protested in the streets. The U.S. became involved in
VietNam back in 1954 with Eisenhower and Dulles and it
lasted 20 years. Nixon and Kissinger couldn't stop it. Events
outside the U.S. ended U.S. involvement, no demonstration
or no protest, no Senate hearing, no changing of U.S. foreign
policy. Until the focus is put solely on U.S. foreign
policy and imperialism, the elites will have their way. The
wars and other overseas issues need to be points to back up
an anti-imperialistic foreign policy. As long as we continue
to "vent" about some war, the real issue is unchallenged, that
is, elitism and the control of U.S. foreign policy. On this
Memorial Day we need to commit to a bring the U.S. home foreign

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