Time for a reset of US policy on human rights and military actions?

By Donald A. Collins | 14 January 2020
Church and State

America has spent $6.4 trillion on wars in the Middle East and Asia since 2001, a new study says. (Screenshot via Vox)

Recently I raised a question in a letter to the Wall Street Journal which was not replied to. Here was my editorial question to the Journal:

To: wsj.ltrs@wsj.com

Title: Did our policy of Manifest Destiny begin with the Monroe Doctrine?

It is certainly time for a major reset in the conduct of US foreign policies!

The Soleimani killing bodes certain for a new era of discord and terrorism our fragile planet can ill afford.

Did, as Elizabeth Warren suggested on one of the January 5th Sunday morning talk shows, this President do anything to further his re-election chances or to mute the unavoidable embarrassment of his political showcase impeachment in the US Senate?

Regardless, our untutored President offers more violence and hatred which obviously will lead to more of the same.

The record of our endless overseas wars justified by dubious claims for our security have not improved our security but only emboldened and exacerbated the hatred of extremist enemies.

And the idiocy of George W. Bush’s invasion and putdown of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein’s regime only gave Iran the option of taking over most of the power in an already troubled Iraq.

Now we see Trump’s continuous baiting of Iran with more sanctions are making Iran more desperate and dangerous. His earlier mindless abrogation of the Iranian nuclear treaty is now seen by any neutral observer as ill advised.

Our long time NATO allies are no longer in doubt about the absence of US reliability under this President.

On other important social issues associated with the Trump Presidency, this web site has been clear in its renunciation of Trump’s attacks on women’s reproductive rights and his stopping abortion funding for Title X services for poor women. Why not as his Secretary of State Pompeo has pushed things his personal religious orientation would seem to believe? Look at this recent article:

http://churchandstate.org.uk/2020/01/pompeo-awaiting-the-rapture-pushed-trump-to-strike-iranian-general-soleimani/

However, now it is high time to acknowledge and push for a significant reset of the US foreign policy by the world’s major aggressor! Yes, it’s the USA.

For decades our network of “defensive” holdings around the globe continues what one could call our Manifest Destiny policy! You recall, after our westward annihilation of native Americans, in 1898 Teddy Roosevelt began with our Cuba/Philippines take over (“for their own good?”).

In justifiable self-defense for WW II we built a major defense establishment. Now this seems to have turned our Defense Department into a perpetual excuse to strengthen the need to continue the economic rule of our Industrial Military Congressional Complex!

Hard to swallow? Think about it! Has our historic decades long massive interventions made the world safer or just encouraged others to “weapon up”?

Now our planet needs saving. How about a worldwide meeting of all major powers to discuss the above? Topics such as global warming, fresh water supplies, goals for education and trade barrier removals could fit into such a gathering. Probably not possible until we get a new President.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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