Concerning the Faltering US Foreign Policy
By Adnan Al-Said
Translated By Joseph McBirnie
17 January 2013
Edited by Daye Lee
UAE - al-Khaleej - Original Article (Arabic)
It has been difficult for President Barack Obama to pursue two foreign policies: one public and one secretive. The difficulty is due to resistant forces, such as the Republican Party hawks who stalk every detail of foreign policy. How might they then overcome the difficult junctures, from Afghanistan to Pakistan, “Israel” to Syria, Palestine, Yemen and Iraq?
American citizens have been wondering: What have we gotten out of the the war in Afghanistan in these 12 years? Are all our efforts actually wasted against terrorist organizations such as the Taliban, who have, in reality, grown in strength and expanded their influence?
After the results of the Afghan crisis inside Pakistan, after decades of struggle for power there, the responsibility of the U.S. administration in Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent has amplified. It remains an open question whether the Americans' war is really a war on terror. Regarding the Arab conflict — note that this conflict had waned in details during the last two decades — Israel did not propose any way to save the idea of a two-state solution from imminent death. Instead, it relentlessly built and continues to build settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The Obama administration seems weary, or perhaps they are unable to deal with the Netanyahu government. The peace process in the Middle East is at a stalemate as never before.
Furthermore, this administration failed to persuade the American and Western public to support the Syrian opposition, and in fact now objects to overthrowing the regime in Damascus because of the diversity within the opposition. Some members of the opposition are aligned with al-Qaeda and some with other militant sectarian and factional groups. Here it seems that the stated policy of the U.S. is inconsistent with the indirect policy of secretly negotiating with Iran and Russia to get out of the “bottleneck” — that is to say, the complexities of the Syrian crisis threatening the region, which includes Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The conditions in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula raise troubling questions concerning the propriety of American foreign policy and whether security in these regions has been achieved. Suspicions and fears have accumulated, while rising Asian powers China and India formulate new policies aligned with their own energy interests, oil and natural gas — significant factors in assessing their global strategies.
All of this reflects an important aspect of the complexity of the global system, which is in reality a system of disorder. How will the economic crisis unfold in the years to come?
This crisis may seem stressful to the U.S. administration, but U.S. foreign policy has stumbled into this region of the world. The result is this: that the reign of persistent global chaos will grow stronger and dominate unilaterally. In the recent past, this regime has come closer to chaos than it has to protecting the world.
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