Ladies and Gentlemen,
American foreign policy alas, is something I am not very proud about but understandable nevertheless. Ultimately we see that for all the talk of human rights and liberty that America claims to cherish, it is always quite another tune when it comes to foreign policy, which is, whatever needs to be done in America's interest goes. Human rights and such highfalutin things are really always secondary.
I remember when Hilary Clinton had not too long ago planning to go to China for talks when a journalist asked her if she would press human rights and the case of the Dalai Lama. Her answer was not unexpected. She said that human rights was on the list of matters to discuss, but not necessarily at the top. We also have to consider she said, the growing trade between the US and China.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, the life expediency there is less than 40 years old, it has the highest rates of illiteracy and one in every 4 children or so never reach the age of 5. And what is particularly important is the fact there is no oil in Afghanistan! So why in Heaven's is America spending billions every month if not every day to keep the war going on there? The only reason I can think of is the fact that they made a mistake having sent troops there in the first place and once they began taking casualties, it was a question of pride which prevents them from just pulling out.
And recently Obama has declared that he is going to withdraw the troops by 2014. Is this not a striking reminder of what they did in Vietnam? The fact is, just as in Vietnam, they are now certain they have lost the war. So what better way to find a way out of this mess and calling it something else than a defeat. Which is exactly what they did in Vietnam. There they knew the war was lost. So in 1973 they claim to train the Vietnamese army to fight the Vietcong, reach some sort of an armistice in Paris and graciously pull out. When their Vietnamese army were soon roundly defeated by the Vietcong in 1975, they could cleverly say that it was not they who lost but the Vietnamese army, who they trained the best they can. So it was not a defeat of the US Army at all but a defeat of the Vietnamese Army.
They seems to be planning the same thing for Afghanistan. They know they have no chance to win. They simply cannot take on the Taliban. So what does Obama do? He does the same as what they did in Vietnam. He says he is training the Afghan army and the US is pulling out all troops by 2014. So when the Afghan army is routed by the Taliban a few years after 2014, which we know will happen, the Americans will sing the same tune they sang in Vietnam. "We did all we could. We trained the Afghan army as best we can. It is not our fault they were defeated. You have to blame the Afghan army."
Coming to Lee Kuan Yew, I read he was awarded the Lincoln medal recently by the Americans. I tell you, the Americans would be prepared to shower every medal possible that is available out there on Lee Kuan Yew; why, because Lee Kuan Yew is good for American business, and that is frankly the bottom line of it all. Human rights does not matter, nothing else matters.
Some other dictators come to mind. Mobutu Sese Seku, or formerly Joseph Mobutu was the Belgian Congolese leader who in 1965, was resisting Patrice Lumumba who had leanings to the Soviet Union. The Americans and the French not only propped up Mobutu even though he was the biggest thief imaginable, they also helped to murder Lumumba, all because Mobutu was in the American interest. And not just that throughout Mobutu's corrupt rule, he was protected by the French and Belgian armies each time there was threat to his government.
Then you have medals upon medals bestowed upon the late Shah of Iran and the overthrow of Iran's true democratic leader Mossadeq in 1954. And then you have every other tyrant and dictator in Latin America who are all propped up because they are pleasing to American business and the elimination of perfectly honest leaders such as Salvatore Allende of Chile who thought it right that workers should be given their fair share.
It is not that the State Department or rather the CIA is not aware that Lee Kuan Yew is a ruthless dictator, of course they know this. But it so happens that Lee Kuan Yew is a good friend of America which means it is good for American business. So of course Lee Kuan yew gets the medals, and it should be no surprise to anyone.
In the past there was a saying about British Prime Minister Margaret Thather that she was so obedient to the American President Ronald Reagan that if Reagan were to ask Thather to jump, her question would be "How high"! I think the same can be said of 89 year old Lee Kuan Yew. If Obama were to ask Lee to jump, he would similarly ask "How high", that is if he still can with this wobbly legs.
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