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US Intervention Leaves Rifts That Take Years to Heal


With so many countries around the globe still subjected to US influence, either literally occupied by US military forces, or ruled by a government helped into power by significant US assistance (or a combination of the two), and with so many countries the target of possible US-sponsored regime change and interference in contravention of the UN Charter, it is important to take a look at the history of US occupation and the indelible scars it leaves on the countries and their inhabitants even decades after the US finally withdraws. 

Left in an American intervention's wake are often sociopolitical rifts that take years if not decades to heal. There is also the economic desolation left behind, forcing a country to rebuild its economy often from the ground up. And in the case of the US leaving a country after a lengthy military conflict, left behind is a landscape littered with unexploded ordnance (UXO) that will take generations to clean up, maiming and killing innocent people until that point in the distant future is reached. 

Understanding more fully the long-lasting consequences of US interference, intervention, and occupation in the past may help the world understand better the necessity to speak up, oppose, and prevent this interference, intervention, and military occupation by the US today.
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New US President, Same Old Foreign Policy


Another election. Another political transition. Another opportunity for the US to change course regarding its otherwise destructive foreign policy?

Not quite.

Contrary to popular belief, US foreign policy is not the product of the nation’s elected representatives nor is it overseen by the occupants of the White House.

US foreign policy is instead driven by unelected corporate-financier interests. These include some of the largest, most powerful corporations and financial institutions on Earth, in human history like JP Morgan, Google, Bank of America, Facebook, Intel, Exxon, AT&T, Citigroup, Microsoft, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Goldman Sachs, Amazon, Merck, Lockheed, Boeing, Monsanto, and GM just to name a few.

They create consensus within and across industries, the political landscape, and within mass media through a network of policy think tanks they fund and chair like the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the Brookings Institution, the RAND Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the Atlantic Council.
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