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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 09:32 AM

The Blowback from Interventionism

from Consortium News:

The Blowback from Interventionism
April 27, 2013

American foreign policy remains locked in a cycle of violence, with the Obama administration failing to escape the neocon insistence on a swaggering “tough-guy-ism” abroad. That reliance on military intervention also comes with the cost of “blowback,” as ex-CIA analyst Melvin A. Goodman notes.

By Melvin A. Goodman

The United States and the Central Intelligence Agency have never acknowledged the potential for “blowback,” or negative fallout, from their military and covert actions. Yet, the Watergate burglary by the veterans of the Bay of Pigs was an obvious example of blowback. CIA’s support for the anti-Soviet mujahedeen in the 1980s proved particularly damaging, because the mujahedeen provided weaponry to fuel conflicts in the Balkans and the Sudan and trained the terrorists who would attack us at home, including the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993.

Former CIA Director Robert Gates may believe that support to the mujahedeen was the CIA’s “greatest success,” but don’t tell that to U.S. soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan who have had to deal with former mujahedeen forces, such as the Haqqani and Hekmatyar networks, for the past decade. The United States inadvertently created, trained, and sustained an infrastructure of terror that exported terror wrapped in the language of religious war.

Now we are dealing with an updated version of “blowback,” a series of terrorist attacks in the United States where perpetrators claim their inspiration is the U.S. “war on Islam.” They cite the use of U.S. military power and CIA operations in Muslim countries. The surviving Boston Marathon bomber, who contends that he acted to counter U.S. policies in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the latest example.

But he is one of many. Osama bin Laden claimed that he targeted the United States because of the “occupation” of Saudi Arabia and its holy places by the U.S. military. Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani immigrant who went to college in Connecticut, said he left a S.U.V. packed with explosives in Times Square because of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009 because of U.S. military strikes in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf. Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan-American, planned a suicide attack on New York City’s subway system because of the U.S. role in Afghanistan. ..................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://consortiumnews.com/2013/04/27/the-blowback-from-interventionism/

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 09:46 AM

1. File under

You made the bed : now lie in it.

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 02:54 PM

2. This is a good read ...

Of course, many of us Dems have been bringing these exact points since like 9/12/2001 (and being referred to as 'traitors' by people on the Right, of course), but ... I suppose if it causes one person to have 2nd thoughts about the way we conduct this 'war' ...

Anyways, the article is very well-written, but it's a shame to see something missed by the editor like this:

"an infrastructure of terror that exported terror"

That particular phrase could've really used some re-wording

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 06:05 PM

3. Almost like what you hear on TV.

"an infrastructure of terror that exported terror", meaning roughly: "horrible bad people that we need to spend lots of money to find and kill".

Verbal gestures in the direction of what is meant.

And: Welcome to DU.

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