Foreign Policy

America’s Interventionist Legacy: “Regime Change” and “Failed States”

By Stephen Lendman

Wherever America intervenes, failed states follow. Pro-Western stooge regimes replace sitting governments.

They fail to provide essential functions, services and/or responsibilities required of sovereign independent ones.

Failed state examples include Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Haiti, Honduras, Somalia, Yemen and Ukraine. Syria’s government maintains power despite having lost control of much of its territory.

Wikipedia lists the following characteristics of failed states:

“Loss of control of its territory, or the monopoly on the legitimate use of physical force therein.”

“Erosion of legitimate authority to make collective decisions.”

“Inability to provide public services.”

“Inability to interact with other states as a full member of the international community.”

“(W)idespread corruption and criminality.”

“(I)nvoluntary movement of populations” creating huge numbers of refugees.

“(E)conomic decline.”

Chomsky argues “we should have little difficulty in finding the characteristics of ‘failed states’ right here at home.”

He calls America an out-of-control hegemon waging permanent wars on humanity under the pretext of “anticipatory self-defense” or “preventive war.”

Attacking any country it calls a threat to national security – real or invented. International, constitutional and US statute laws don’t matter.

Might makes right when America says so. Ultimate doom may be humanaity’s legacy if this monster isn’t stopped.

It operates under what Adam Smith called the “vile maxim of the masters of mankind: All for ourselves and nothing for other people.”

It’s willing to risk global war to achieve its objectives. Rogue state ruthlessness defines US policy. William Blum calls them “worse than you imagine.”

“If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy (throughout) the past century, this is what crawls out:”

“invasions, bombings, (subversion), overthrowing governments, suppressing (popular) movements for social change, assassinating political leaders, perverting elections, manipulating labor unions, manufacturing ‘news,’ death squads, torture, (chemical), biological (and nuclear) warfare, (radiological contamination), drug trafficking, mercenaries,” police state repression, and war on humanity writ large.
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