There was a massive shift in American foreign policy after the fall of the USSR. Until then, America had concentrated on winning the Cold War. After that, it wasn’t sure what to do. But then it had a brilliant idea – it would extend itself into what it saw as a power vacuum in the area between Israel and India. Israel was an extension of America – the Evangelicals thought – and this would simply take that process further. It didn’t realize it was trying to breathe life into a very old idea – that of Empire.
I am now living in another part of the American Empire created by the Monroe Doctrine. This was was not intended to create an American Empire in the American South – but eventually Central America adopted American popular culture and became part of the American economy. American missionaries flooded here also.
This was not necessarily to the benefit of the people who lived here, since America considered the South to be a source of raw materials (such as bananas) and was happy to support local dictators – since this made business dealings for them so much easier.
Meanwhile, back to the present. An influential part of Bush’s cabinet had dual citizenship (they were Israelis also) and they persuaded Bush that countries like Iraq would be a push-over – all the American military had to do was walk in, and the they would be welcomed as liberators! They would bring Democracy with them, and Democracy would quickly spread to the rest of the Islamic world!
This seemed reasonable to the American public – who knew nothing about the Islamic world – and intuitively felt that a new Crusade was a good thing. Why mess around with small part of that world, when you could get the whole thing? Simply by showing a strong American presence – Americanism would take over the world! Our close association with Saudi Arabia was conveniently ignored. They were the bad guys, no question about that – but they were our bad guys.
The Iraq war would be good for American business too – which was coming under heavy attack from countries such as China.
9/11, for these people, was a blessing from Heaven! It let the Bush Administration do what it had been planning to do for some time – get on with its expansion of the American Empire.
You may be asking yourself “If this is true, how come I never heard about it before?” My answer is simple and direct – because deeper forces are never obvious. And something equally obvious – the American Media says what it is supposed to say.
It is not hard to discover the truth – right now I am reading Baghdad Burning - published in Canada, and not readily available in the US - a blog written by a young woman during the Iraq War. This not only gives you an idea of what was really going on – it is also entertaining reading.
Eventually, Obama withdrew American troops from Iraq – but still stubbornly persists in a war in Afghanistan – which he cannot possibly win.
Americans cannot realize (like the British before them) that Empire is Dead. And America (in spite of its huge military) is in decline.