Ron Paul : Blame America? No, Blame Neocons!
Is the current refugee crisis gripping the European Union “all America’s
fault”? That is how my critique of US foreign policy was characterized
in a recent interview on the Fox Business Channel. I do not blame the host for
making this claim, but I think it is important to clarify the point.
It has become common to discount any criticism of US foreign policy as “blaming
America first.” It is a convenient way of avoiding a real discussion. If
aggressive US policy in the Middle East – for example in Iraq – results
in the creation of terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda in Iraq, is pointing
out the unintended consequences of bad policy blaming America? Is it “blaming
America” to point out that blowback – like we saw on 9/11 – can
be the result of unwise US foreign policy actions like stationing US troops
in Saudi Arabia?
In the Fox interview I pointed out that the current refugee crisis is largely
caused by bad US foreign policy actions. The US government decides on regime
change for a particular country – in this case, Syria – destabilizes
the government, causes social chaos, and destroys the economy, and we are supposed
to be surprised that so many people are desperate to leave? Is pointing this
out blaming America, or is it blaming that part of the US government that makes
such foolish policies?
Accusing those who criticize US foreign policy of “blaming America”
is pretty selective, however. Such accusations are never leveled at those who
criticize a US pullback. For example, most neocons argue that the current crisis
in Iraq is all Obama’s fault for pulling US troops out of the country.
Are they “blaming America first” for the mess? No one ever says that.
Just like they never explain why the troops were removed from Iraq: the US demanded
complete immunity for troops and contractors and the Iraqi government refused.