Obama’s Deceptive, Ideological & Perilous Case for Escalating War in Iraq & Syria
The neoconservative foreign policy doctrine advanced by officials in President George W. Bush’s administration was defined by the ideological belief that America has a “unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity and our principles.” In other words, America is the one indispensable nation in the world. That ideological belief inspired the Bush administration to manufacture a case for war in Iraq that was based on lies. And now, more than eleven years later, that same ideological belief is driving President Barack Obama’s administration.
In Obama’s speech announcing his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), he invoked the September 11th attacks and the economic recession.
“My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks 6 years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back – America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.”
Obama proceeded to fervently rattle off accomplishments, which will, for the most part, have absolutely no bearing on what happens in Iraq and Syria, as the US further escalates war. He mentioned tech companies, universities, manufacturing, auto industry and job creation.
“Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists,” Obama declared.
“It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America – our scientists, our doctors, our know-how – that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people – or the world – again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future.”
In reality, America has been a leader when it comes to profiling, spying, detention, torture and extrajudicial killings, which disproportionately affects Muslim communities. America was about to bomb Syria when Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Syria turn over its chemical weapons. Disarming Syria was adopted as a solution and made possible because of an international coalition. America’s support for the Ukrainian people’s right to self-determination is not unique among other nations, and it is rather crude to bring the peaceful work of American doctors and scientists fighting a real virus into a speech announcing a war strategy.
“America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead,” Obama continued.