Why does the US government find it necessary to meddle in other countries business?
Mostly the middle east seems to be the focus of much US aggression. Can anyone explain why? Lets keep in mind that yes, there are other rich countries in the world, with the same, if not more liberty and a higher standard of living than the citizens of the US.
Also keep in mind, that if the US was so concerned about the citizens rights in these other countries, they would focus on the Sudan, and start helping those at the bottom first.
Please no leader of the free world answers. That's just rhetoric with no basis. I want a genuine answer and a civilized discussion.
Good luck with getting that discussion you want. The answer to your question, though, is that nation-states don't have ethics, they have interests. The underlying question is, why is the developed world interested in that sand-flea ridden, God-forsaken wasteland we call the Middle East? What's there that we need?
That one's a no-brainer.
That's about as accurate an answer as you could ever ask for.
The followup to this is to ask why the developed world has not developed ways of eliminating dependency on the Middle East. That is a question seems simple on the face of it but spawns a lot of theories, some of which may have a grain of truth.
"Meddle" is a mild term. The correct term is "control." The US is all over, that's the meaning of globalization. The US controls the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. There are US multinationals in other countries. They pay labor in developing countries only 10% of what they pay in their home country. Then there is the matter of foreign exchange rate. For example, one US dollar is equivalent to 42 pesos of the Philippines. The discussion might be civilized but the methods and effects of control are not, to say the least.
The US needs the oil of the Middle East.
In the Middle East I think it comes down to a three letter word that is very important to the U.S. economy and the U.S. military: OIL. In the rest of the world, it's all about economic domination.
One disturbing thing to contemplate is whether the U.S. meddlesome foreign policy is actually driven by U.S. domestic forces or by international forces, such as international corporations. The attack of Iraq in 2003, led by the U.S., could have very well been driven behind the scenes by the oil oligarchy that exists in many developed countries.
Oil is the easy answer. There are many contributing factors. The aftermath of the two world wars taught many governments the importance of "world peace". The US has had a large portion of the money in the world for a long time, so it was natural over the years for us to be the ones who stepped in financially in situations such as those. We also consider ourselves humanitarians, but that's mostly a guise for protecting our interest. In addition, our position in the world is changing drastically and the policies of policing the world are not. I agree emphatically that the US needs to use those funds towards domestic issues, especially in our current economic situation.
To summarize it briefly for economical interests and geostrategic reasons.
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