Iraq as US biggest geopolitical failure: democracy isn’t Mercedes, it can’t be simply shipped overseas – expert


Over the last decade, US external policy has in most cases meant interference in other countries’ domestic affairs. Its actions in Iraq, for example, brought nothing but tragedy at the same time not removing the terror threat at all. Almost all US analysts say the very idea of the campaign was a mistake.

Washington’s latest geopolitical projects either failed or hit those in the area of their implementation. The Arab world has suffered the biggest losses inflicted by US interference and sometimes even military invasion, believes the head of the Russian-Arab cooperation society Vyacheslav Matuzov.

“The reason is simple – the Arab world is appealing as it is a strategic global hub as well as a significant source of energy. What is going on now is Washington attempting to boost its influence, impose a tougher control in the region together with US-puppet regimes at the same time removing all potential foes of America that don’t fit in its strategy”.

The Iraq Campaign perfectly illustrates a huge US political failure. When Barack Obama just launched his first campaign, he admitted it was a “dumb war” – recent polls show half of Americans agree with their leader.

However, trying to make the most PR out of the 2011 troops withdrawal, Obama said Americans are leaving with a win, claiming “We are leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq with the representative government”. However, such rhetoric doesn’t make the failure smaller, says expert of the Institute for The Middle East studies, Sergey Seregichev.

“US external policy is all about exporting democracy but US mentors failed to explain to their pupils that democracy is not a Mercedes bought in one country and simply shipped overseas”.

Analysts call troops in Iraq the major geopolitical flaw of the White House. Even though Saddam was malicious, Iraq used to be the cornerstone of regional security, a secular state and a shield from Iranian influence.

Washington’s image on the global arena was most badly hit when the Iraq-has-weapons setting appeared a fake and Abu Ghrabe and Guantanamo tortures came public as well as abuse of locals.

Today Iraq is endangered – it is on the verge of splitting into ethnic and religious pieces – unstable, and vulnerable to terrorist and extremists seeing deadly attacks almost daily.

Many analysts believe Iraq was that wrecking ball that shattered global unipolarity and Baghdad showed to Washington and the entire world that Americans and their doctrines are not that omnipotent.


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