The United States has never been known to have a good grasp on foreign affairs and international relations. In fact, worldwide involvements on the part of the USA have been embarrassingly stupid. Not that we have not occasionally had good intentions. But good intentions don't solve international problems. A little bit of intellect and a little less capitalistic greed might help.
Engrained into our psyche, etched into our culture, forged into our nation's self-image are pictures of the Western movie of an honest Sheriff, handgun on his hip, silver star on his chest, and the law clearly on his side as he mows down the bad guys. The law is enforced and justice is taken care of with bullets. In the American mind no court room is necessary. We know who committed the crime, we know who the good guys are, we know who the bad guys are, and we have a weapon to take care of it all. Our Western hero is lawman, judge, jury, executioner. And the good guy doesn't make any mistakes. This is America.
The very moment I learned the U.S. had invaded Iraq I commented about what a terrible mistake it was. I spoke out against it. I wrote in opposition. And I immediately predicted that it could only result in a civil war between the Shia, Sunnis, Kurds, and perhaps other groups or groupings. I continued my criticism month after month. I wrote my M.A. thesis concerning the Near and Middle East and colonialism. Anyone who had even a rudimentary knowledge of the area knew the tragedy that would result from the U.S. invasion.
Blaming President Obama for problems emanating from Washington is a situation in which nobody ever looks in the mirror. Obama is not to blame for the mess in Washington. Yes, he has made mistakes, but he is human. Now I wonder what species members of Congress are?
I was born in Milwaukee. I love Milwaukee. However, after living in different places around the U.S., I have observed something inherent in cities the size of Milwaukee's metro area. It has to do with what I might call an inferiority complex. And it is holding us back.