REVINCE ON QUORA: WHICH OF THE US GLOBAL INTERVENTIONS WERE PURELY WELL-MOTIVATED?
Which of the USA's global interventions were purely well-motivated?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Answered 17m ago
Ok, let’s look at the motivations broken down into regions.
Middle East and the rest of the Muslim world
All US-waged wars in the Middle East have been motivated mostly not to defend the US but to please two allies that the US Establishment deems important, namely, Saudi Arabia and Israel. In Saudi’s case the motivation is to prop up the US dollar. (Although in the case of Afghanistan, part of the motivation has been to harass and weaken Russia).
This is explained on Quora here: https://www.quora.com/What-were-...
In Israel’s case, the motivation is threefold:
1 - The holocaust. Americans are compassionate to Jews because of their suffering in Hitler's Germany.
2 - AIPAC, the Israeli-American lobby, which controls elections. As you know, many politicians, mostly Democrats, have accused Russia of interfering with the US elections. But there is very little evidence to accuse Russia of this, and besides, US candidates and their partisans in media spend far more effort and money campaigning for their candidates of choice than any foreign government possibly could. On the other hand, Israel openly and blatantly interferes in the US elections and no one complains. How do they do that? AIPAC does this in two ways: they give generous donations to candidates who declare themselves pro-Israel and discredit candidates who refuse to pledge support to Israel or who show sympathy for Palestine. This blatant meddling gives Israel almost complete control of US foreign policy and much of its domestic policy. Saudi Arabia also helps Israel to control the US because that country has a petrodollar agreement with America that obliges it to comply with the wishes of the Saudi dictatorship. Given that both countries hate and fear Iran, they have had an enormous influence on Trump, who seems to be preparing for a conflict with Iran. See this documentary for further details: https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/...
3. "Christian" Zionism. Non-Americans find it odd that there may be a religious sect that exerts such a huge influence on US foreign policy, but the truth is that about 70-80% of American evangelicals believe that their country should support Israel, and should not care that Israel commits crimes because many of them believe that the Israeli government is guided by God -- even when they violate the Ten Commandments. However, their belief in Israel is actually not aligned with the Bible. They claim that the resurrected Israel prophesied in Ezekiel 37 is the modern secular state of Israel. However, none of them seem to pay attention to verse 24 of that chapter, which says that resurrected Israel will be "obedient to God’s decrees." Unfortunately for them, a survey conducted by WIN/Gallup shows that 65% of Israelis have no religion whatsoever. Furthermore, the IDF's repeated killing of Palestinian protesters in Gaza, for example, is contrary to the decree in the book of Leviticus (19:9-18) in the Jewish Torah, which enjoins the Hebrews to love their neighbours as themselves. For these and other reasons, Ezeiel 37 cannot be referring to the Israel of today.
The other location of US-waged wars is outside the Middle East, ie, Europe, Latin America and elsewhere, such as Afghanistan
In the case of these wars, the reasons are more complex, but generally, the motivation is to preserve US hegemony. The pretext given for wars during the Cold War, eg, for the disastrously failed war in Vietnam, was the desire to stop the spread of communism. But if this had been a sincere desire, then the attempt shortly after that war to grant communist China Most Favoured Nation Status would not have happened. During the debate in Congress leading up to the granting of this trade status, some members actually stated that free trade with China could offer the benefit of driving a wedge between China and Russia. Since this attempt to institute free trade with China rules out the possibility that the US Establishment wanted to “stop the spread of communism,” this lays bare the true motivation, and that is, the desire to keep Russia under control. Indeed the concept of encircling and hemming in Russia became part of US policy that outlasted the Soviet Union.
Finally, the question mentions not only wars but interventions in general. The most representative case of US non-military intervention was the Maidan coup. There was no stated motivation because the fact that the US State Department, and US NGOs like NED, USAID and a George Soros foundation were involved in wresting control of the Ukrainian government out of the hands of the legitimately and democratically elected president and placing Ukraine in the Western sphere of influence was not stressed in the Western press. The coup was sold as a spontaneous grassroots protest but was clearly instigated and led by the US. It was therefore illegal meddling. The motive was to remove a Russian ally from the Russian sphere of influence. well motivated? The UN has determined that about 3000 civilians have been massacred so far in Donbass by the US-backed regime and the IMF has found that Ukraine is now the poorest country in Europe. Further, to add insult to injury, the US now shows little to no interest in the welfare of the Ukrainian people. Their “aid” is limited to lethal arms that are used to massacre more Ukrainians.
Finally, we would be remiss to omit a commentary on the NATO assault on Sebia. This received detailed commentary at Quora: https://www.quora.com/Why-hasn-t...