Sunday, April 20, 2014

Notes on Duplicity in U.S. Foreign Policy

Written on December 21st, 2011

   The U.S. supported the Mujahideen (part of which later became the Taliban) in its struggle against the Soviets, and later invaded Afghanistan to fight and oust the Taliban.

   The C.I.A. supported the Haqqani Network in Western Pakistan, and is now urging Pakistan to fight the network.

   The U.S. remained friends with Israel while it encouraged Hamas as a way to avoid negotiation over Palestine, and also while Israel mediated our weapons sales to Iran, and Israel now appears to be gearing up for strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.

   Bill Clinton flew Hezbollah operatives to Bosnia to support the U.S. and its allies, and now considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

   The C.I.A. supported Saddam Hussein against the Iranians, and armed Iran against Iraq during a war that lasted throughout nearly the entire 1980s decade.

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