The roles are turned against the American presence in West Asia
TEHRAN- It’s always gratifying to see the bully get beaten up, get his reward, or stand up to those he has been harassing, humiliating, hurting, intimidating for so long. Sometimes that’s all it takes. The most aggressive bully in West Asia and much of the world is the United States. He goes where he wants and does what he wants.
He never does this in isolation as he needs his gang members to support him, with muscle and encouragement to massage his ego.
The gang here is its standing army and submissive European allies in the form of NATO. But even a gang and its leader need a purpose, other than just assault and beatings to the chest. For the United States and its European allies, one of Afghanistan’s primary goals was to raise billions of dollars for the war industry, as these profits helped to perpetuate its very presence in the region. If the aim was simply to punish the Taliban, this was achieved very early in its occupation. If it was to eliminate Osama Bin Laden, it would have happened in 2011.
So, all that has happened in the past 10 years has been the rape of a land and the fulfillment of Wall Street’s dream of endless wealth for its military-industrial complex. By the way, when President Eisenhower coined this term, he wanted to include “congressional” but hesitated. It would have been so fitting for our Congress to work hand in hand with the Raytheons, KBRs and Blackwaters of the world.
If General Soleimani’s revenge was to see the United States leave West Asia, that has yet to happen. President Biden and his military command have made it known they are here to stay. Maybe not boots on the ground but drones in the air, and probably covert special ops on a mission. The United States not only left with its tail between its legs but on a deadly sortie, with the “accidental” buzz of 10 civilians, including children. Due to the political demonstration of many who want to see political blood for the poorly executed exit, all operations, including the continued illegal occupation of Syria, will proceed quietly.
The Iraqi government has called for an end to its occupation. In January 2020, after the drone assassination of General Soleimani, the Iraqi Parliament called for the expulsion of American troops. The tables are turning against the American presence in the region, but the United States has too much at stake to comply with this vote. Even as American sentiment against our never-ending war grows, political leaders are deaf to the call for an end to American engagements abroad. Moreover, now that President Biden has “lost” Afghanistan, with the 24/7 media coverage of the fall of Kabul, it will be difficult for him, or any president, to show again. such “weaknesses”.
The only hope for the American war machine is to pivot quickly to the Far East, especially against China, as its next theater of war in order to maintain its military and economic empire. With America’s short attention span, what happened in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, etc., will be distant history.
Since there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics, there are quasi-permanent interests. The enemies of yesterday are probably the new friends of tomorrow. The rapprochement between Israel and some in the Arab world bears witness to this. They are uniting their political and probably military forces against their common enemy, Iran, but it is Iran that has recently gained the upper hand. Its economic ties with China and the apparent loss of the US military in its region and its close ties with Iraq give it some leeway to restore the Iran nuclear deal on more favorable terms. The most recent US “betrayal” of France with its nuclear deal with Australia shows once again that the US is acting alone, and not always in concert with its European allies. While President Trump was alone on this deal, Biden is just a continuation of American foreign policy.
Arbaeen’s next pilgrimage, on September 27, would be another show of political force for the Resistance Axis, involving Shiites from Arab and non-Arab countries. We in the West may not be familiar with this annual event, but for the people of the Wild West it is quite remarkable, as it was a motivator for the Iraqi Parliament to expel the occupying forces. American.
The 20th century was the American century. The United States dominated in almost everything: military and economic might, science and technology, and public relations in general. This period is coming to an end. China is now seen as the dominant power for the foreseeable future. Countries in Africa, Iran and Pacific countries find that an alliance with China is in their best interests. The United States is fueling animosity towards China among nations still subject to its whims and demands, most notably Australia and, to some extent, Japan. It remains to be seen whether the United States turns out to be the “paper tiger” proclaimed by Mao Zedong. Iran being closer to China may be its best hope of protection against US imperialism.
Myles Hoenig is an American political analyst. He was a Green Party candidate in 2016 who sought election to the United States House to represent Maryland’s 7th Congressional District.