The American Dream: Dominance?
In the decade since 9/11, the United States has been commonly criticized for its interventionist policies. That is, the government has extensively interfered with the internal politics of other nations in the name of safeguarding its national security and dominance in the world. United States of America has always stood at the helm of things and decided what is good or bad for the rest of the world. There have been instances where it has been the decision maker and breaker. Who can forget the highly criticized internal conflict in Syria and the rising death toll of the common Syrian man because of the fight between the Government and the rebels.
The United States has been recently involved in at least two major military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S.A intervention continues to be an ongoing occurrence in international relations with a very thin line between military intervention and democratization. The thought process behind U.S.A’s intervention in the world politics and crisis management is to reach out and fix things for others. But is it really so?
The fact that America today has a major part of its soldiers overseas getting injured or killed in the name of setting up “Peace” is disturbing. America has taken up the onus of getting things right in the World by muscle or talk but it is mostly muscle in the form of Military intervention. This intervention is often justified as a bid to promoting democracy abroad. The justifications do not stand to reason and America should be realizing that by now.
What is befuddling is how America comes out with this Heroic image each time it interferes with another nation’s affairs. Is it all a political conspiracy? Is it the fact that America interferes only because it holds a vantage point for them? Yes, we have seen that happening in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, the most highlighted nations in the long list of American interference.
While the US received extensive global support immediately following 9–11, the seemingly never-ending war in Iraq, the accompanying thousands of civilian and military deaths, and the debunking of the WMD pretext caused those in the international and national arena to question US interventionism. In order for countries to mitigate their chances for being involved in dangerous global disputes, countries should avoid interfering with the internal politics of other countries. Indeed, the quest of global dominance often necessitates countries, such as the US, to get involved in the domestic matters in other countries. In order to maintain its hegemony in the world, the US government often interferes in the affairs of other nations.
For example, it may attempt to manipulate another economy through sanctions in order to protect the dollar and secure its economic status. It may influence voting results by funding groups advocating for democracy. It may also fund rulers as a way to ensure their politics are in line with US interests. Most of these influences are accomplished through diplomatic means; other times, the US uses its military prowess to achieve goals. While interfering with other nations may increase one’s power, Anti-American groups and activities have multiplied due to US hegemony. While they claim to be “protecting” US citizens and its global status its interventionist policies have ironically made more and more people unsafe in the homeland and abroad. There are, however, arguably good reasons for countries to intervene in another country’s internal politics. For example, the US entered Bosnia in the mid-90s on a humanitarian mission—-as a way to prevent Kosovans from being killed in mass numbers. Granted, the US always has extra motives when being involved in a humanitarian mission. After all, the government chose not to rescue Rwandans in what was probably the worst case of genocide in the 20th century; simply put, the US did not have anything else to gain by involving its military in the region. Notwithstanding ulterior motives, humanitarian interventions do save many lives and that fact, in itself, may justify a nation’s interference in another’s domestic politics. The US, indeed, has probably boosted its own status in the global arena by being heavily involved in other countries’ affairs. It is still holding on to its global dominance, avoiding further major terrorist activities on the homeland, and having foreign leaders supporting its goals. However, this grand-scale intervention has come at a price. That is, the Anti-American movement has been growing at a rapid pace and people around the world have come to resent the fact that their national affairs are directly affected by US will. Indeed, in order to mitigate chances of dangerous global disputes, nations should avoid meddling with the internal affairs of other nations.
So, here is something to think about. Is that what the American Dream is? Dominance?